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Winter Food Drive

Winter Food Drive

Help United Way of Northern California feed the homeless this holiday season by donating canned and dry goods through December 17, 2017 to benefit food pantries in Shasta, Tehama and Butte counties. Donated food items will help seven local organizations feed the homeless: Good News Rescue Mission, Shasta-Trinity-Tehama Hiv Food Bank, The Father’s…

North State Symphony Holiday Concert

North State Symphony Holiday Concert

North State Symphony is having their Holiday Concert in Redding CA on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 2150 Benton Dr. Scott Seaton will direct an orchestra with a festive performances of a variety of sacred and popular holiday music – from baroque to contemporary: Bartok – Rumanian Folk…

California Native Plant Society Field Trip

California Native Plant Society Field Trip

The Shasta chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is having a Field Trip on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at Turtle Bay’s Native Plant Garden. They will take an easy 2 to 3 mile loop around the Redding Arboretum and then finish up with a walk through…

68th Annual Shasta College Art Faculty Exhibit

68th Annual Shasta College Art Faculty Exhibit

Shasta College Art Department is currently having their 68th Annual Art Faculty Exhibit with an Opening Reception today, Thursday, November 30, 2017 from noon to 1 p.m. at Shasta College, Building 300, 11555 Old Oregon Trail, Redding, CA. The Shasta College Faculty Art exhibit will run through December 7, 2017. Gallery Hours are: Mondays…

Pink Martini at Cascade

Pink Martini at Cascade

Back by popular demand, America’s most diverse “little orchestra” returns to the Cascade Theatre on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. for a special, all new holiday show featuring lead singer China Forbes. Drawing inspiration from the romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1940s and ’50s and adding their own…

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

Everyday should be World Kindness Day but November 13th is the official, international date. Make a special effort to do at least one random act of kindness today.  World Kindness Day was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement a coalition of nations kindness NGOs. World Kindness Day is…

Five North at Simpson

Five North at Simpson

Simpson University Music Department is presenting their percussion ensemble and faculty jazz group Five North on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Grant Student Center. The evening will highlight Simpson’s finest percussion students under the direction of Dr. Dwayne Corbin, followed by classic jazz, skillfully performed by…

Beyond War

With the recent bellicose exchanges between our current President and the leader of North Korea the very real threat of nuclear war has emerged again. It is time to renew our dialogue and actions to get beyond war. Beyond War was a non-political, educational organization started in the San Francisco Bay Area, that was active […]

Homeless Art Project Fall Session Art Show

Homeless Art Project Fall Session Art Show

Shasta County Arts Council is having a reception on Friday, November 3, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. for opening of the Homeless Art Project Fall Session Art Show at Old City Hall, 1313 Market Street, Redding, CA. Experience the art, poetry and stories created by Redding homeless from the HAP Project. The…

Anthropocentrism is Idolatry

Anthropocentrism is Idolatry

“There is no future for humanity if we don’t come into right relationship to Reality, which includes all of nature and time… Reality is my god; Evidence is my scripture; and Ecology is my theology… any understanding of God that does not include what today what we mean by the…

Divided We Stand

Divided We Stand

The standard way of dividing up the country is based on economic indicators, voting patterns, cultural stereotypes, or geographical and physical features, but a 2013 study suggests that clustering regions by psychological traits may be more useful to understanding why we are so divided. This study was conducted well before…

Order of the Sacred Earth

Order of the Sacred Earth

“The planet doesn’t need another church or religion. What it needs is a new Order… a sacred community and movement” – an Order of the Sacred Earth. This “deeply spiritual movement, free of religious institutions and grounded in the wisdom traditions of both East and West, in leading-edge science and indigenous tradition……

Infectious Rhythms

Infectious Rhythms

= North State Symphony is presenting their second Masterworks Concert on November 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cascade Theatre, Redding, CA. The November concert is a rhythmic frenzy that starts with images of a Roman carnival and then features violinist Chloé Trevor on a new concerto by Redding’s…

California Values Act

California Values Act

The ACLU of Northern California announced that on October 5, 2017 Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California Values Act (SB 54) and, with the stroke of a pen, California took a bold step to protect the rights, dignity, and wellbeing of our immigrant communities by becoming a sanctuary state. SB…

Time for Action on Gun Control

Time for Action on Gun Control

From the Peace Alliance Board and National Leadership Council: Time for Action on Gun Control – Call Congress “Friends, our hearts are so broken right now, as I am sure so many of yours are at the horror of the last 24 hours. Sometimes with pain, there is also anger, even…

Autumn Equinox

Autumn Equinox

Today is officially the beginning of fall. The autumn equinox in the northern hemisphere will be at 1:02 PM on Friday, September 22, 2017.…

Nature Photography Workshop

Nature Photography Workshop

Terry Nathan is leading a two-day nature photography Workshop From Concept to Portfolio: Telling a Story, on September 15 and 16, 2017  at Lassen Volcanic National Park (Bumpass Hell to Kings Creek Picnic Area.) They will be using the Park’s stunning landscape and diversity of ecosystems to improve skills in making photographs. By…

I Love Redding

I Love Redding

Most Redding CA residents love it here and are inclined to emphasize the positive things they now enjoy and that originally attracted them to this place – the beautiful Sacramento River; nearby lakes; access to outdoor recreation; normally clean air; lack of auto traffic congestion; a small community; friendly people…

Countermeasures

Countermeasures

The right-wing Patriot Prayer Freedom Rally that was planned for Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Crissy Field in San Francisco was cancelled. The No to Marxism in America rally scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 in Berkeley was also cancelled, due to an incomplete application. Meanwhile, counter-protestors have been gathering…

Spiritual Activism Training: Beyond Resistance

Spiritual Activism Training: Beyond Resistance

The Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) has announced that they are again offering their next Spiritual Activism Training: Beyond Resistance Strategies, beginning Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 4 p.m. and ending on Sunday, October 22, 2017. The training will be conducted on Zoom, a video conferencing platform that allows us to…

Inspiring Positive Social Change

Inspiring Positive Social Change

There is an exciting merging of spirituality, neuroscience and peace-building with innovative solutions expanding across the globe. Inspiring Positive Social Change is taking place online from July 11-September 5, 2017 and “it will feature passionate and inspiring leaders in the important fields of spirituality, neuroscience, peace-building, compassion and peace education. They’ll provide…

Redding Cultural District Wins California Cultural District in State’s NEW Pilot Program

Redding Cultural District Wins California Cultural District in State’s NEW Pilot Program

Great news! Shasta County Arts Council just announced that Redding Cultural District is one of 14 districts selected throughout the state for a five-year California Cultural Districts pilot program. The announcement was made July 10, 2017 in Sacramento with Shasta County Arts Council Executive Director Debra Lucero in attendance. “We are…

Is Resistance Politics Sustainable?

Is Resistance Politics Sustainable?

Progressive voters who are very unhappy with our current President’s executive orders, cabinets appointments, policies, proposed budget and behavior have loosely organized in resistance for marches, calls and letter writing campaigns to elected officials. But are these resistance efforts sustainable and effective in changing the current conservative direction our nation…

Truthout

Truthout

“Truthout is a non-profit, subscriber-supported news website devoted to the principles of equality, democracy, human rights, accountability and social justice. We believe ardently in the power of free speech, and understand that democratic journalism can make the world a better place for all of us. As an organization, Truthout works…

Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture

For several reasons, we are supporters of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) in Shasta County. We have a partial share at Oliview Farm in Anderson where we get organic, fresh, seasonal vegetables, eggs, herbs and olive oil delivered weekly to our home in Redding. Oliview CSA is in their fourth year. They are…

The Journey Into Hope

The Journey Into Hope

Today is day 17 in Oprah and Deepak’s free 21 day meditation Hope in Uncertain Times – How 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…

High-Functioning Sociopath

The United States and the world is experiencing a new, alarming, dangerous and destructive reality since January 20, 2017.

Moral Reframing for Conservative/Liberal Conversations

Moral Reframing for Conservative/Liberal Conversations

Empathy and respect. That is what will result in better conversations between conservatives and liberals according to 2015 research by Robb Willer, sociologist at Stanford University and Matthew Feinberg, Assistant Professor of organizational behavior at the University of Toronto, co-authors of How to Make Effective Political Arguments. “Research suggests such moral rhetoric…

Launch Campaigns, Not Non-Profits

Launch Campaigns, Not Non-Profits

OMG, we have not even had the Presidential inauguration yet, and I am already suffering from extreme media over-exposure fatigue from the President-elect with his disregard for facts, lack of respect for intelligence and decorum, the continuing insult responses to criticism, nepotism, lack of transparency, dangerous foreign policy by 140…

Spiritual Wisdom

Spiritual Wisdom

Everyone thinks their opinions are correct, but obviously this cannot be the case, so we should strive to be generous and try to understand the reasons for other’s beliefs. Is their/our certainty based on personal experience or have they/we just uncritically bought into someone else’s worldview? Are these values mutually…

#Be The Balm

This past year, we’ve seen political leaders use fear and anger to divide communities and undermine our shared values, both of people of faith and those who do not claim any faith community. Shared values are not beliefs, dogmas, doctrines, theology, traditions, customs or religious practices. I believe almost all of us share basic human […]

Future For Good

Future For Good

“How will we mobilize eight, nine, ten billion people into a new force for life? How will we change our minds to change our collective economic, political, and interpersonal fortunes? How will we reweave delicate biological relationships in ecosystems battered by ever-increasing temperatures? How will we see what we can…

Sense of Community

Sense of Community

This past weekend we “experienced true community” in two unexpected places. We attended a plein air painting gathering in Shelter Cove, CA, where we were warmly welcomed by the tight-knit community hosting the event. Then we visited with the sisters of the sublimely peaceful community at Redwood Monastery, where Thomas Merton…

Global Citizens

Can Tweets save the world? Did you know that there is an organization whose aim is to end extreme poverty by 2030? Over the last five years, millions of Global Citizens around the world have taken over six million actions to solve the world’s biggest challenges. That’s six million emails, tweets, petition signatures and phone calls […]

Contemplative Action

Contemplative Action

Are contemplating and action mutually exclusive or part of a “New Wave Emergence?” Holly Roach in Huffington Post’s Patheos Emerging Voices writes about a spirituality grounded in both action and contemplation. She interviews therapist Teresa Pasquale who talks about the “dynamism between inner and outer life forms” – beyond duality.…

Creation Spirituality

Creation Spirituality

Honoring all of creation as Original Blessing, Creation Spirituality integrates the wisdom of Eastern and Western spirituality and global indigenous cultures, with the emerging scientific understanding of the universe, and the passion of creativity. It is both a tradition and a movement, celebrated by mystics and agents of social change from every…

Redding Kindness Watch

Much attention has recently been given to crime in Redding, CA with Redding Merchants’ ReddingCrimeWatch.com; Redding Police Department’s nixle.com alerts; the Shasta County’s Most Wanted; City Council candidate Dacquisto’s “Let’s Take Back our City” tag line; Redding’s police chief Robert Paoletti’s July Town Hall meeting that drew hundreds of concerned citizens;…