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The Journey Into Hope

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Today is day 17 in Oprah and Deepak’s free 21 day meditation Hope in Uncertain TimesHow Hope Goes Viral. We become personal agents of change and even “affect those around us with whom we don’t have direct contact through the connection of our shared collective consciousness. When we learn to consciously live and act from a deep place of hope, love, and kindness, we are stimulating and connecting to the same level of hope, love, and kindness in others, near and far.”

This week we finally heard from former President Obama speaking in Chicago, offering hope to the next generation of leadership to take up the baton. No negative comment or energy toward the current President.

The mainstream media is currently eager to point out the failure of Donald Trump to fulfill his campaign promises during his first 100 days in office. Instead, there have been significant gains in 100 days of Trump Resistance by Federal court actions, Women’s Marches, Town Hall protests, support of the ACLU, etc. – democracy is working to temper some of the excesses of ignorance, bad judgement, hubris, lack of empathy, hate, greed, egoism and psychopathic behavior.

There is hope when about 150 people attending the new Alliance: Health, Housing & Hope, Achieving Change Together meeting in Redding on April 25, 2017. The Alliance was formed to collaborate, raise funds and increase awareness to address homelessness.  Meeting since in October, 2016, and collaborating together the parties are strengthening both their individual and joint efforts to make positive change happen.  This is an active group with representatives from six separate organizations and projects.  Alliance members are:

  1. Clean Break Partnership – provides mobile showers/restrooms and connections to services. The successful pilot is held Saturdays through April 22, 9:00 to 1:00, (across the street from Shasta Community Health Center)
  2. Project Homeless Connect – May 17, 2017, at the Shasta District Fairgrounds, 9AM to 3 PM-a one-day, one-stop event to provide services or referrals to the resources that can bring some stability into the lives of our homeless.
  3. Community Care Fund – administered by NVCSS, in just under a year, this program has provided 34 loans, with 29 recipients still housed.
  4. Bridges to Housing – provides financial resources and case management to move the most vulnerable into housing immediately.  Currently, nine medically fragile people who were living on the street just a few weeks and months ago are now residing in temporary housing.
  5. Shasta Humanity project – completed prototype micro home and currently working on raising funding to build the next home.
  6. Redding Homeless Day Resource Center – the proposed day center would be a hub providing connections to essential resources including housing, employment, mental health and substance use treatment.

You know progressive citizens have been awakened to action and there is hope when staunch La Malfa supporters at a recent Town Hall were heard saying “I didn’t know so many people with liberal values actually live in Redding.”

There is hope that the Shasta County Peace Initiative is alive and well with small groups meeting regularly. Hundreds of people attended the Whole Earth and Watershed Festival last Saturday in Redding CA.

There is hope when people gather as “sacred community for social transformation” at the Embrace Festival in Portland OR next week from May 4-6, 2017. Entirely new, hopeful, generous, alliances are being formed, across previous institutional boundaries , where “together we explore sacred oneness, Christ Consciousness, Buddha Nature, Eco-Spirituality, social justice and the way of universal and personal transformation that honors the Divine in all.”

Boundaries are shattered and hope is fostered when Franciscan priest Richard Rohr, female Episcopal priest Cynthia Bourgeault and William Paul Young, evangelical author of the The Shack came together for a conference on The Trinity in Albuquerque NM earlier in April, sponsored by the Center for Action and Contemplation.

Hope is alive when after 75 days of being stricken by shingles in the right eye I am gradually improving and can read, drive, exercise and get a decent night’s sleep again without debilitating nerve pain.Thanks to my wife Lynne for her patience, care and support during this difficult time. I am again back to blogging after more than two months.

Spread the peace and hope!

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