Friday, August 07, 2009

Live the Question

When the question is not possible to answer at this time,
Live the question until the answer appears.
Rainier Maria Rilke, German Poet.
When we think Peace. We need to Be Justice.

We need to Live with Compassion and
Be Alert for new opportunities to express this concern.

I am asking our local daily newspaper to carry more stories like this instead of
the disastrous drivel about beatings and killings all the time.

We reap what we sow. Sow Justice. Reap Peace.

A 5 year old can make a difference in OUR world.

What holds YOU back?

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Never forget the PAIN of the PAST

or we shall relearn through PAIN again.

Even when we think the ends justify the means, that hardly ever tells the whole story.

This week carries painful history for all of us.

Enola Gay and Parsons and Little Boy are names etched in the hearts of all who recall these days.

Praying that we never experience this again. ANYWHERE.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Contagious Love from Iraq Veteran

Josh Steiber went to Iraq in the US Army and returned as a conscientious objector.
This is the story of his new mission in life.
To spread Love instead of waging war.
See the YouTube video and spread the word.
It will help all of us build a more peaceful planet.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Whites Only Pool in PA - NO WAY

I just received this message from a friend. You MUST pay attention to this. (Emphasis is mine)

Two weeks ago outside Philadelphia, sixty-five children from a summer camp tried to go swimming at a club their camp had a contract to use. Evidently, the club didn't know the kids were largely Black.

Kids booted from pool for being black

When the campers entered the pool, White parents took their kids out of the water, and the swimming club's staff asked the campers to leave. The next day, the club told the summer camp that their membership would be canceled and that they would refund their money. When asked why, the club's leader said the "kids would change the complexion ... and the atmosphere of the club."1

A "Whites only" pool in 2009 should not be tolerated. The club's actions appear to be a violation of section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act.2 Whether or not any laws were violated, a "Whites only" pool should be something every American condemns.

We're working with our friends at ColorofChange.org3 to do exactly that-condemn the club's discrimination. Your signature will also be used to call on the Department of Justice to evaluate suing the facility under federal law. It takes just a moment:


After you've taken this simple step, please email your friends and family and invite them to do the same.

Obama is President but that doesn't mean that suddenly all is fine when it comes to race in America. This is a vivid reminder of what we know still lies beneath the surface.

We all know stories like this one -- similar incidents play out quietly every day in different communities across the country. The difference in this case is that folks got caught and there was a contract in place that makes for a potentially illegal act.

Standing up now isn't just about making things right for these kids in Philadelphia or bringing consequences to this swim club (called the Valley Swim Club). It's about creating a climate of accountability everywhere. If we can publicly shame the Valley Swim Club and hold them accountable for this incident, it will make others think twice before engaging in this kind of discrimination.

Please join us in condemning the Valley Swim Club's blatant discrimination and calling on the Justice Department to investigate whether they violated civil rights laws. And please ask your friends and family to do the same.


In Solidarity,
The Keystone Progress Team


1. "'Pool Boots Kids Who Might "Change the Complexion,'" NBC Philadelphia, 07-08-09
2. "Section 1981 Summary," Employment Law Information Network
3. http://www.colorofchange.org

More Resources:
"60 Black Kids Booted from Philly Pool For Being Black -- Speak Out," Jill Tubman at Jack and Jill Politics, 07-08-09 http://bit.ly/GkJTs
VIDEO: "Please Don't Change the Complexion of our Pool," This Week in Blackness, 07-08-09
"Swim Club Accused of Discrimination," FOX 29 Philadelphia, 07-08-09
"Valley Swim Club: Day Two," Adam B at Daily Kos, 07-08-09 http://bit.ly/qbpSA


WHOA. This is 2009 right?

Did we not fix this race problem already? Duh?

As much as this news irritates, aggravates, saddens and appalls me, I could almost believe it happening in Alabama -- Where I see racism in action everyday.


I learned at Gettysburg College in 1970 that

"if you are not part of the solution ... you are part of the problem."

I spent a month in public schools in Wilmington Delaware learning HOW to be part of the SOLUTION because by my very skin color I am expected to be a part of the PROBLEM.... the privileged white skin. NO I am not the victim here.
These children are.
AND the children of all races all across the United States. (true worldwide too)

Spread the word. Do something positive to IMPROVE race relations in YOUR Neighborhood
Support rights of these campers to have their contract honored. Let the children at this camp go swimming in the "whites only" swimming pool.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

World March For Peace

Never Doubt That a Small Group of People Can Change the World. It is the Only Thing That Ever Has. Margaret Mead
With that thought in mind, I learned about the World March for Peace from a friend of mine who is also a member of the Erie Benedictines for Peace.

The World March starts in New Zealand on October 2, 2009, the anniversary of Gandhi’s birth, declared the “International Day of Nonviolence” by the United Nations.

I would like to take this march. I shall surely do so in spirit and online. I began training this week.

It will conclude in the Andes Mountains (Punta de Vacas, Aconcagua, Argentina) on January 2, 2010. The March will last 90 days, after three long months of travel. It will pass through all climates and seasons, from the hot summer of the tropics and the deserts, to the winter of Siberia. The American and Asian stages will be the longest, both almost a month.

Because a “world without wars” is an image that opens the future and seeks to become reality in every corner of the planet, as violence gives way to dialogue.

The moment has come for the voiceless to be heard! Out of agonizing and urgent need, millions of human beings are crying out for an end to wars and violence.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Mother's Day is for Peace

Mother's Day is for Peace. It started in America as a protest against sending their sons to war. Julia Ward Howe had some poetry within her proclamation documents:

"We, the women of one country,

Will be too tender of those of another country

To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

--Julia Ward Howe, 1870 Mother's Peace Day Proclamation

Though it took until 1914 for the US to legislate Mother's Day it was indeed intended to be in memory of the sons lost in war by these Mothers.

Mother’s Day is:

A time for the women and children

to come together

to speak for those things

that make for peace.

--Julia Ward Howe

Honor your mother with the gift of peace. And give her your love. And maybe flowers and chocolates.

And I give special appreciation for my own Mother who is the matriarch of 5 generations and well loved and appreciated by us all.

I pray for the Mothers in the White House, too.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Jonathan Livingston Seagull


Speaks Peace to me. . .
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Birds and Fish teach us perspective

AH Birds and Fish see the world differently.

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The bird thinks it is doing the fish a magnificent favor by giving it a lift up.

How do you feel about that?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hatred Lingers in the South

Rebel flag at black church

HARTSELLE — Less than 24 hours after Mount Pleasant CME Church celebrated the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, church members said they were reminded that the fight against racism is not over.

This is the city in which I live. It proudly proclaims itself as the city of southern hospitality.

But in light of recent events and especially the inauguration of Barack Obama, I can hardly believe the placement of this objectionable flag at this small black church in the midst of a black section of town is anything less than ominous and deplorable.

Bill Hybel suggests we each identify our "holy discontent" and act upon it. This is my last straw. I cannot be silent in this city any longer. Tomorrow I will attend their worship service and express my personal unity with them. God takes it from there. God bless us all.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

ONE-One Nation Empowered

Have you heard Suzette Caldwell--Preaching? I just did on the Hour of Power.

Wow. Power and presence and humor and sensitivity all wrapped in a creative prayerful woman. She led a prayer for our nation as we approach the Inauguration with a Yes You Can attitude. You are delivered- not doomed. You are righteous-not ruined.. . .and so forth, all with appropriate and inspiring scripture references.

I invite you to join us all with this prayer for the USA and the new administration.
And refer you to her website where you can learn more and be inspired.
I will do a book review at my other website on a recent publication of hers.

This prayer is quoted from her site:
A Prayer for O.N.E.
(One Nation Empowered)
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.
Psalm 33:12

Almighty Father, God, You merely spoke and the heavens were created. You breathed the Word, and all the stars were born. You assigned the sea its boundaries and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs. We praise Your name forever and ever, for You possess all wisdom and power. Father, thank You for blessing the United States of America with abundance and prosperity. Thank You for surrounding our nation with Your favor, grace, and mercy. Jesus, thank You for shedding Your blood for our redemption. Holy Spirit, thank You for Your guidance and power. You are an awesome God!

Heavenly Father, let Your kingdom come and Your will be done in our nation. Your Word states that we are to pray for kings and all people who are in authority, so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives that are marked by godliness and dignity. We know that this is good and acceptable in Your sight. Today, we pray for our new President, Barack Obama, and his presidential administration. We declare that as they prepare to lead our nation, they will trust in You with all of their hearts. They will not depend on their own understanding, but they will seek Your will in all they do and we expect that You, Lord, will show them which path to take when making decisions for the American people.

We decree that our local, state, and national leaders will not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful; but their delight will be in the law of the Lord and in His law they will meditate day and night. They will be like trees planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf will not wither and whatever they do will prosper. Gracious Father, some nations boast of their chariots and horses; but we boast in the Name of the Lord, our God.

We submit to Your care, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, Timothy Geithner, Robert Gates, Eric Holder, Ken Salazar, Thomas Vilsack, Hilda Solis, Tom Daschle, Shaun Donovan, Ray LaHood, Steven Chu, Arne Duncan, Eric Shinseki, Janet Napolitano, Leon Panetta, Dennis Blair, Lisa Jackson, Robert Mueller, Lawrence Summers, James Jones, Susan Rice, Peter Orszag, Ron Kirk, Robert Gibbs, Rahm Emanuel, the U.S. Congress and all governmental officials.

Holy Spirit, unite this new administration and remind all of our leaders that they are working for the good of the nation and not for the advancement of self. Please help our leaders to put aside “politics” and operate in the best interest of the American people. Heal the wounds that negative politics, fear and ignorance have created within our nation. Empower us, the Body of Christ, to lead the effort in the healing process. Eternal God, Lord of Heaven’s Armies, we ask You to bless and protect our leaders’ families. Please continue to protect our troops and our borders. Increase the courage and strength of our servicemen and women as they fight courageously for our country.

Merciful Father, we repent on behalf of our nation for our many sins. We acknowledge that our actions have created problems that only You can solve. Forgive us for all sin, including greed, arrogance, selfish ambition, disobedience, rebellion, hypocrisy, injustice, jealousy, hatred, violence, ageism, sexism, racism, and dissension. Father, forgive us for shedding innocent blood and denying Your power. We confess that we have not loved the world as You love the world. We ask You to heal our land and make us one, even as You and Jesus are One. Please have mercy upon all of us and help us! As a nation, show us those we need to forgive and help us to forgive.

Lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.

Now, unto You, the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture References for the Written Text: Psalm 33:6-7, Daniel 2:20, Matthew 6:10, I Timothy 2:1-3, Proverbs 3:5-6, Proverbs 11:14, Proverbs 4:6, Proverbs 22:4, Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV), Psalm 20:7, Philippians 4:19, Matthew 6:13, I Timothy 1:17

Friday, January 16, 2009

I have a dream . . .

Approaching the Inauguration ... New Beginnings. . . Keep things in perspective. . .

Remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was born on January 15th.

Remember his voice for peace.

And as you pray for our new president, think about what the previous ones are known for and watch this short presentation of all 44 presidents.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

A New Year- A NEW SITE

Have you seen the new website for Benedictines for Peace?

I love it

I give thanks daily for the Benedictine Sisters of Erie PA.

I also enjoy the reflections at their blog.

As an oblate with this community, I read and share with them at the oblates' blog.

I invite you to make this part of the difference you choose for this year. Make it a more peaceful year, a more just year, a more prayerful and considerate year.

And YET remember that Helen Keller said:

Life is a daring adventure or it is nothing.