Grace Waves 6.30.17

Grace Waves


“Love alone is the only thing that can satisfy us.  Nothing else can.  And you know that.  Love always rewards the one who loves, but I will admit that sometimes Love seems to come all too slowly, at its own snail’s pace.  You can’t hurry it, though, so don’t ever let yourself give up on God, your community and Her Love.” (Hadewijch)


*** What a wonderful surprise to have Brock and Xanthia worship with us this past Sunday.  They are doing well and send their love to all their friends at Peace.

*** Thanks to Barb and Corrine for leading the Forum on Teen Challenge last Sunday.  If you wish to contribute you can do so this Sunday with a gift to Peace that the Thrivent Action Team grant of $250 will help match. (Barb as our Stewarding Deacon will be the catalyst for educating the whole congregation about how to use our personal $250 to encourage ministries we have a passion for within and beyond Peace.)

*** First Friday Films – Arrival   Friday, July 7  6:30p Join us in the Gathering Hall to view Arrival, a thought provoking film. Many have said it picks up where 2001: A Space Odyssey, left off. It has received an Academy Award with another 48 film award wins and 236 nominations worldwide. Based on Story of Your Life (1998) by Ted Chiang, it explores the spiritual practices of deep listening and free will. Confronted by a mass landing of 12 alien vessels around the globe, military leaders seek the help of brilliant linguist Louise Banks in an effort to communicate with the extraterrestrials and determine their intentions. It stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg. Run time 116 minutes; rated PG-13, parents strongly cautioned – some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Popcorn during, discussion after.

*** The New York Times recently requested stories from people around the country about the impact of the newly proposed healthcare bill upon them. Our own Kersti Malvre submitted her story which was included in the Times.  Read Kersti’s article in the N.Y.Times:

*** Homelessness – A Byproduct of Income Inequality:   More than 60 percent of Oakland’s homeless people lived in homes in Alameda County for more than 10 years before they landed on the streets. And nearly 60 percent said money problems, not addiction or mental health issues, were the primary cause of their homelessness.  “People are stuck. It’s very, very rare that somebody chooses to be homeless,” said Mark Shotwell, director of Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless, which sends doctors to camps to provide medical care.   “It is the accumulation of years and years of affordable-housing shortages. There is just no place for people to go.”  To learn more: Homeless camps becoming entrenched in Oakland  (thanks to Martha for this article)

*** Eating with Compassion:  Food is central to religious life – from rituals to sacraments to soup kitchens – and looking more carefully at our food choices can be a revealing exercise. has tips and resources to walk you through this, so you can make healthier and more sustainable food choices for your congregation and community.  In the United States around 25% of food is wasted at home. Food waste that goes to the landfill produces methane; methane is 21 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. By learning simple ways to preserve our food and lowering our food waste we can care for the gift of abundance from Creation and reduce our carbon footprint.  Almost one-fifth of greenhouse gas emissions comes from the food industry and our food choices.  We can reduce the carbon footprint of our food by up to 7% by eating locally and learning how to preserve seasonal produce.  Download your “Canning for the Climate” Kit today.

*** The UN 70th Anniversary celebrated 2 Years Ago – Dear Friends:  These days of the year remind us of our tour to the United Nations in NY and Grace Cathedral in SF!  A lot of memories come up on Facebook all the time these days.  These events were so amazing. One of the favorite memories on Facebook was our visit and ‘concert’ in Muir Woods, the UN birthplace. A holy moment! But all this is not just memories now, I know it has inspired many of us to proceed working for peace and building bridges between religions, people and different groups.  Regards, Stefan Safsten

Great that the summer time weather has arrived.


Pr. Steve