This age of environmental crisis and political divisiveness challenges us to break open our minds and hearts and bodies to the fullness of the beauty and the suffering before us. It is upon us to nourish our bodies and souls, so that we may care for the well-being of others as fully as we can, and so that we may dedicate our strength to co-creating the world that is always be-coming––a world of balance and justice, fecundity, equity, and interconnection–-by whatever loving means possible.”   ~ Rabbi Diane Elliot

From Brenda Bos (former seminarian at Peace):  I should have reached out at the time this 30th Ordination Anniversary article came out. I loved it and marvelled at God putting you and I together when I was at PLTS. Just started my 2nd call. Assistant to the bishop in southwest California. Guy Erwin and I do not take it for granted the positions we inhabit. Thanks for writing this piece. And for being there to begin with!

Water:  Our Disaster Preparedness Team has launched a year long educational campaign to equip members and friends of Peace resources that would be needed in the time of a crisis.  Water is the first and most pressing issue in California!  Philippa gave us an excellent presentation and recommendation for 5 gallon canisters – that we can purchase for a fine discount – by March 4.  A few details:  The Lamorinda CERT group obtains 5 gallon (or barrels) canisters that are 25% less than those offered on Amazon.  You can place your order on their website: – OR we will assist you in placing an order after worship on Sundays.  Either way the price is the same.  (Click on the tab labelled “Resources”.)  Arrangements will also need to be made to pick the canisters up on March 13 or 14.  We will make those arrangements later.

The Early Communion Class began this past Sunday with 6 children and parents participating.  Please keep all of us in your prayers.

A Proposal from the Peace Council to establish an Interfaith Deacon member of our Church Council:  ProposalThe Interfaith Deacon shall be responsible for building relations with I-SRV (our Interfaith Partners); educate and encourage Peace members to participate in interfaith Dialogue and Activities (e.g. Storytelling); and be the advocate nourishing our understanding and commitment to the larger spiritual community.  Our Annual Meeting is February 2 after worship.  We will vote on this proposal then.

Observe the flow of the Spirit —  A Message from our friend Buddhist monastic Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi:  I have just been invited to share stories of my work teaching the Stanford Compassion Training to incarcerated folks at a conference at Vanderbilt University Divinity School this March. Jorge (one of our Mandala artists)  was in this class, and he and the others have such moving stories about how this training enabled them to open up, and feel empathy and compassion towards not only the people they are surrounded by, but also family members, and their abusers (almost all are trauma survivors).  I asked Jorge’s group to write something I can read at the conference, in either English or Spanish, and I expect to be fighting back tears as I read their words!

I will also have a chance to go into death row in a prison in Nashville with one of the friends who invited me to this conference. He is an ethics professor at the Divinity School and has started taking the students from his classes in to death row to do sessions with the men there, and has been asking my advice about this, as prison work is new to him. Just amazing the work that is happening.

See the movie Just Mercy!

Humor in light of the 30th Anniversary:   “The Bible contains 6 admonishments to homosexuals and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals. That doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love heterosexuals. It’s just that they need more supervision.”    — Lynn Lavner

Friday Films:  Happy!  Friday Jan 31:  6:30p Dinner, 7:30p Film ~  Back by popular demand…  How do most people define happiness? A NY Times article listed the US as the 23rd happiest country in the world. Hollywood director Tom Shadyac (Liar Liar, Patch Adams, Bruce Almighty) read it and asked Academy Award nominated filmmaker Roko Belic to make a documentary about happiness. It combines cutting-edge science with real-life stories and takes us on a kind of cultural travelogue on the happiness trail through 14 countries. Join us for one of Kenny’s roast chicken dinners at 6:30, film at 7:30. Run time 73 minutes; unrated.

ANNUAL MEETING:  Sunday, Feb 2 ~ Following Worship

Jazz Church West – Second Sunday Feb 9, 5:00p with the Glen Pearson Quartet

Epiphany Wisdom and Grace,

Pr. Steve