can look at war as a massing of arms and matérial and troops, but you can
also see it as something else--as a delicate web of interwoven choices made by
human beings, made out of a certain consciousness. The decision to order an attack,
the choice to obey or disobey an order, to fire or not to fire a weapon. Armies
and, indeed, any culture that supports them must convince the people that all
the decisions are made already, and they have no choice. But that is never true."
The Fifth Sacred Thing" by
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LINEN WEAVE OF BLOOMINGTON POETS anthology,
now in its second printing, presents the work of 49 area poets is available at
Howard's and local bookstores.
the days ahead we must not consider it unpatriotic to raise certain basic questions
about our national character. We must begin to ask, 'Why are there forty million
poor people in a nation overflowing with such unbelievable affluence? Why has
our nation placed itself in the position of being God's military agent on earth...?
Why have we substituted the arrogant undertaking of policing the whole world for
the high task of putting our own house in order?'" - Dr. Martin Luther King,
IN THE SHADOW OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
(editor's note: This sermon was written following a full day of singing and celebrating
the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Wabash Valley Correctional Institution
in Carlisle, IN.)
I sat down last night to forge this sermon in the fires of emotion which threaten
every year to consume me at the end of a long day of prison ministry, I gave thanks
for you all, for this community, for this faith, and for the wonderful good fortune
that has granted me the honor of being a minister in this place.
in the shadow of Martin Luther King is not an easy thing to do. Yet it is my opinion
that all preachers in the United States in the latter decades of the 20th century
and the beginning of this century do just that. We preach in that shadow whether
we acknowledge its existence or not. I would go so far as to say that all Americans
live in that shadow, because I must honestly say that I believe that Martin Luther
King climbed higher than any other American has ever climbed in terms of understanding
the need for the development of a global consciousness, a global peace and a global
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COMMUNITY KITCHEN, MIDDLEWAY HOUSE, MOTHER HUBBARDS CUBBARD, BACKSTREET MISSION
AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WHO SUPPORT THOSE IN NEED OR WHO WORK TO IMPROVE OUR COMMUNITIES'
HEALTH. FOR MORE ORGANIZATIONS THAT CAN USE YOUR HELP, VISIT THE BLOOMINGTON VOLUNTEER
NETWORK AT http://www.city.bloomington.in.us/volunteer/
Kruzan has given the okay for a new commission - Soon there will be a Commission
on Sustainability! If you are interested contact the Center for Sustainable Living
phone (812) 332-8796 or email@example.com
Monroe County Public
Library Public Board Meeting - Upcoming - February 18th, March
17th at 5:00PM,
does it mean to the "Public" in Library, when the "Public"
board makes it clear that the concerns, and the maintanence of intellectual excellance
within staff falls behind the desire to follow through with implementing changes
mandated by a "Strategic Plan" which calls for "beefing" up
administrative staff to control the fewer people handling the larger quantity
of books, one that the "Public has and continued to express many concerns
about, or the degrading of staff positions and responsibilities, coupled with
the declining moral due to the implementing of this plan, and the board's lack
of concern with this degradation.
- SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY KITCHEN, MIDDLEWAY HOUSE, MOTHER HUBBARDS CUBBARD, BACKSTREET
MISSION, WFIU, AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WHO SUPPORT THOSE IN NEED OR WHO WORK TO
IMPROVE OUR COMMUNITIES' HEALTH and AWARENESS. LIKE WFHB - GET INFORMATION FROM
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Review by Martha
Thoughts An Interactive Journal in Positive Thinking for Children and Their
Parents Written and Illustrated by Robin K. Thumann,
M.Ed., M.S.W. Peaceful Thoughts Press, 2003 $19.95
is a book to DO with a child over a period of time. It is good tool for parents
or other significant adults and children to use together to talk about big concepts
and values, 18 in all. The author intended it to be used with children ages 4
to 10, but I think some older children would enjoy it as well when done with a
caring adult. Each 2-page spread has a little poem about a particular concept,
an illustration to go with it, and excellent discussion suggestions for the adult
and child to talk about together. While the poems are not great children's literature
(I find them sing-song-y and simplistic), this book is an excellent way for adults
to bring up and discuss these important values/concepts. There are many excellent
stories available in children's literature to illustrate each concept. It would
be well worth the adult's time to find a good children's picture book to go along
with each value in this book. When I did the pages about "Our Earth"
with a 10-year-old, I read the book Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. The book
Elmer by David McKee would be one of many excellent stories to read with the pages
on humor. A little time spent at the library would result in many excellent books
to read along with this one. "Doing" one page a day - reading the poem,
talking about the picture, reading an additional story that illustrates the value,
and doing the discussion questions would be a meaningful way for adult and child
to spend time together and help a child grow in wisdom, peace, and happiness.
I recommend this book if the
adult is willing to make the commitment to doing the pages thoughtfully over time
with a child. The values/ideas presented are: togetherness, family, people, friendship,
caring, forgiveness, thankfulness, courage, bravery, determination, peace, freedom,
knowledge, change, caring for our earth, humor, planning, and preparing for rest.
It is a good resource for caring adults to have available to use with the children
in their lives.
Martha Nord is
coordinator of the Children's Task Force (CTF) of the Unitarian Universalist Church
of Bloomington. - http://www.uubloomington.org
Us Children Of Peace
Make us children of peace
don't let war darken our mind Instruments of understanding, let
us seek and find!
No blood can
we trade for oil, no oil can warm the dead So let us continue forward
keeping this thought in our head.
When people are starved and suffering, let us feel it, too. Compassion
to be our guide we'll make the world seem new
we respect the planet, and ALL the people that she holds Our lives will
be a history~ an ancient tale to be told
I'd rather be remembered as one who chose to make love Than as one in
favor of war, a vulture, not a dove.
are children of peace, if only
we opened our eyes revealing what we knew already it was all simply a
gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the
final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold
and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone; it is spending
the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hope of its children.
." Dwight D Eisenhower
From the Organic Consumers
and Foods News Tidbits with an EdgeFrom The Organic Consumers - Organization http://www.organicconsumers.org
More Food News and Local Food Resources at http://www.greendove.net/localfood.htm
DO YOU TRUST? The Bush Administration gave the USDA Secretary of Agriculture
position to Anne Venemon (who once served on Monsanto's Calgene Board of Directors).
She appointed Dale Moore as her Chief of Staff. Prior to playing his new role
of "protecting" consumers from food safety threats like Mad Cow Disease,
Dale Moore was the chief lobbyist for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
IS MAD COW DISEASE CAUSING
THOUSANDS OF HUMAN DEATHS IN THE U.S.? Thanks to a massive marketing blitz
(funded by scarce taxpayer money) the U.S. Government has been working overtime
to alleviate the public's concerns about Mad Cow Disease and its human counterpart
Creutzfeldt Jacob Disease (CJD). Consumers no longer know who to trust. Regardless,
experts on all sides of the political spectrum agree with one basic fact: the
two diseases are undeniably connected. In both cases, aberrant proteins, known
as prions, begin to multiply and literally cause holes in the brain, ultimately
leading to death. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, hundreds of
CJD human fatalities have been occurring in the U.S. every year, but until now,
they have simply been written off as unexplainable and spontaneous cases. At the
same time, it is well known that ingesting meat contaminated with these prions
causes the same fatal reaction to occur in the human body. Based on that basic
understanding, coupled with the fact that the vast majority of U.S. cattle are
never tested for Mad Cow Disease, scientists like Dr. Michael Gregor, a world
renowned expert on the issue, and dozens of research institutions around the world
are now linking these deaths to the food supply. http://www.organicconsumers.org/madcow/GregerCJD.cfm
OF CONSUMERS UNITE Last year, while the E.U. tested 10 million cattle
for Mad Cow, the U.S. only tested 20,526 cows out of 35 million slaughtered. In
response to this threat to food safety and consumer rights, the OCA has launched
a massive campaign to pressure the USDA into creating standards that emulate those
of Japan and the EU. Every day, thousands of citizens are signing on to this important
petition. Help the OCA in achieving its goal of gathering over a million petition
signatures, demanding that the U.S. Government adopt and enforce: ~ Mandatory
testing for all cattle brought to slaughter, before they enter the food chain.
~ Ban the feeding of blood, manure, and slaughterhouse waste to animals. Please
forward this email to family and friends! Sign the petition here: http://organicconsumers.org/madcow.htm
FARMER'S VS. TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS In Mendocino County CA, voters
will be deciding whether or not to ban genetically modified crops, to protect
the county's organic farmers from possible contamination from neighboring GE crops.
The vote will be held March 2, 2004 and would make the county the first in the
U.S. to pass an anti-GMO resolution. The biotech industry has responded with a
goliath investment into persuading the voters of the county against the measure.
Indeed, the biotech battleplan is to call every household in the county with a
paid 20-30 minute conversation, in order to assuage voter concerns about GE issues.
Can Mendocino organic family farmers compete with transnational corporations?
Your help is needed: http://www.gmofreemendo.com/
Food News --"Who Do You
Trust?" --"Is Mad Cow Causing Thousands of Human Deaths in the U.S.?"
-- "Millions of Consumers Unite" --"Family Farmers VS Transnational
Corporations" --"Organic Toxic Sludge"
People, I have been ready for winter to be done for some weeks now. I
don't want to joke about icy driving conditions, or talk about the roads. I want
to place my attention on things like spring flowers, delicate flowers in tender
new green salads and the gathering of dandelion blossoms for making a batch of
I am thinking about Green Dove and where it fits in this community. I am thinking
about friends and family who feel quite personally betrayed by this administration's
mis-use of military personnel, forcing war upon the people through trumped up
claims supported by loudly presented false information.
we in this community draw together our dreams and work toward creating a culture
of peace? Can the Green Dove Network and its publication, the Green Dove Peace
Magazine serve as a vehicle for spotlighting, supporting, and documenting this
collective conscious journey toward living in peace among our selves? I think
so. I think there are others who agree.
connected - contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
One small article per month would let the community know what you and your group
are doing for peace. We look forward to hearing from you.
peacemaking, Green Dove Editor
Green Dove Network, Inc. P.O. Box 8172Bloomington, In 47407 email@example.com
Dove Zine will be published every four to six weeks on the web by the Green Dove
Network and in print whenever donations make it possible. Green Dove is dedicated
to being a presence for peace, featuring articles, book reviews, poetry, art,
and current events and resources around Bloomington, IN, the state of Indiana,
and the world. Green Dove is a non-profit network. Your donations contribute to
the cost of maintaining and developing Green Dove as a valued peace resource.
We welcome submissions of articles, reviews, poetry, art for our cover, calendar
events, classifieds, and letters pertaining to peacemaking. Send questions about
your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and
then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
-- Harold Thurman Whitman
7:00 pm Every 2nd Friday Runcible Spoon Coffeehouse
412 E. 6th Open to all interested in peacemaking. Gather with us to
share poems (yours or another's) of peace, nonviolence, tolerance, etc. Storytellers
and Folk Musicians are welcome.
you for submitting your articles to Green Dove; for graciously granting us permission
to reprint articles; for sending us love comments and helpful advice; for just
stopping by our site; for donating money to keep us going, and to family and friends
for putting up with us.
Books for a Better World,
by Mike Palecek, former federal prisoner for peace, congressional candidate, newspaper
reporter. "... to inspire us all, because it looks beyond the false gods
of our time, the ruthless political leaders, the timid intellectuals, the stars
of People magazine, and tells the story of the bravest people in America".
Much of what you
flush down your toilet likely ends up being spread on local farm fields as fertilizer
for the food you eat. At face value, it seems like a perfectly natural process.
Historically, manure has been a preferred fertilizer for farmers worldwide. In
the U.S. 60% of sewage sludge is treated, dried and shipped out to the farm. Proponents
claim the sludge has only low levels of bacteria, but what about the chemicals
homeowners and industry dump into the wastewater system? Those toxins don't just
disappear. When applied to the soil, they work their way into the ground water,
the air, and the plants we eat. Award winning scientist, David Lewis, a microbiologist,
was recently fired from the Environmental Protection Agency for his criticism
of the U.S. Government's sewage sludge policies. Lewis and likeminded opponents
question how the EPA, in 1992, determined that sewage sludge was too toxic to
continue dumping in the oceans, yet it's perfectly legal to apply the same stuff
to food crops intended for human ingestion. The EPA is now considering selling
this same sludge under the label "organic compost". Write a letter to
the EPA, expressing your concerns: http://www.organicconsumers.org/foodsafety/
The Farm Experience Weekend - April
2, 3, 4 - An opportunity to discover the inner workings of life in community,
inspiring you to take the next step to follow your dreams. May 28, 29, 30 The
Community's Conference & Activist Summit - Bringing together the Fellowship
of Intentional Communities, and leaders in ecovillage design, alternative lifestyle
and political movements for an intense and information filled exchange. Last year's
Memorial Day Weekend event was an astounding success, with over 200 people working
together to change the future...and we still had energy to rock out on Saturday
night! March 12-14, April 18-20, April 30 - May 2, and May 30 - June 1The Leadership
School - VisionQuest Workshops - The PeaceMakers Series workshops focus on outlining
your life's purpose - completing the past and setting your intention for the future.
The battle of the peaceful warrior is always with the self. If your goal
is to take positive steps toward creating a life that fulfills your soul, then
we urge you to come to The Farm in Summertown , Tennessee this spring for one
of our much anticipated weekend events. The Farm event organizers work very hard
to help you maximize your experience. Whether you are in search of intense connections
or a chance to taste the peace and freedom that comes from a liberated lifestyle,
we guarantee that you will leave fulfilled and with a clearer vision of your path.
Of course these are only some of the many events held on The Farm throughout the
spring summer and fall. Many of the workshops during the above weekends are introductions
to the more intense training and education available through the Ecovillage Training
Center , the Farm Midwifery Center and the new Leadership School . Visit our events
page for a complete listing. We look forward to hearing from you! For more information.
contact: Douglas Stevenson Douglas@villagemedia.com Thomas
Hupp Thomas@villagemedia.com The Farm Welcome Center - rVickie@thefarmcommunity.com
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