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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015

Selma, the movie may have got snubbed for multiple awards by the Academy, but Martin Luther King Jr. Day is still being remembered on January 19, 2015 in Redding, CA by Shasta County Multicultural Advisory Board. Here is a schedule of events: 8:00 AM – bell ringing ceremony inside of Old City…

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

My wife and I just got back from a lovely trip to the Bay Area, where we listened to Christmas choirs in a cathedral and a church and, while on the road, to Paul McCartney/Wings singing “simply having a wonderful Christmastime.”  It’s the most wonderful time of the year. What…

That’s What I Am

HUMAN DIGNITY + COMPASSION = PEACE is what Mr. Simpson wrote on the blackboard. The 2011 movie is “set in California against the backdrop of the mid-sixties, “That’s What I Am” is a coming-of-age story that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to […]

Not In Our Town

Shasta County Citizens Advocating Respect (SCCAR) is having it’s 25th annual Civil Rights and Social Justice Awards Dinner on November 7, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5050 Bechelli Lane, Redding, CA. They will  be honoring the following individuals: Ann Muir Corrin – minister of Pilgrim UCC is this year’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Award […]

International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

September 21 has been celebrated as the International Day of Peace by the United Nations each year since 1982. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Declaration of the Right of Peoples to Peace by the U.N. in 1984. That declaration called on all member states “to do their utmost…

Safe and Smart Priorities

Marc Beauchamp suggests in his July 12, 2014 Record Searchlight Editorial, that we need to “make crime the No. 1 issue in the November election,” after quoting excerpts from several vitriolic emails he has received. Homeless persons, transients, drug users, alcoholics, scrawny punks, mentally ill persons and outright criminals are all lumped indiscriminately together as if homelessness […]

The Summit: World Change Through Faith and Justice

Sojourners: Faith in Action for Social Justice is presenting The Summit: World Change Through Faith and Justice, June 18-20, 2014. The Summit is a collection of 300 leaders from a variety of sectors meeting today through Friday in Washington DC to “discuss, strategize, and create opportunities to act on some of the most…

Victims of Gun Violence

Please do more than pray for those affected by gun violence! Will you help stop gun violence? And today the New York Times had an article on how the G.O.P. is using gun sweepstakes and gun raffles as a campaign outreach tools! Is this how we protect our freedom and have the…

Vaisakhi Festival & Day for Non-violence

  Saturday, May, 10, 2014 has been set aside for the Vaisakhi Festival & Day for Non-violence at the Sikh Center, 5400 Sikh Centre Drive, Anderson, CA from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM. There will be Punjabi food/snacks; community booths and multicultural performances. The FREE event is co-sponsored by the Shasta…

Nation of Change

Nation of Change

“Progressive Journalism for Positive Action” is the byline of non-profit NationofChange. The mission of NationofChange is “to help people create a more compassionate, responsible, and value-driven world, powered by communities that focus on positive solutions to social and economic problems.” They “strive to accomplish this mission through unbiased, independent journalism…

Ed Asner at Pilgrim

Ed Asner at Pilgrim

Ed Asner, the Emmy-award winning actor and social activist, will speak to the annual meeting of the Shasta-Tehama-Trinity County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 1 to 4 PM at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd., Redding, CA During a career that has spanned…

Ecumenical Advocacy Days

The 12th annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD 2014) will bring together hundreds of people of faith for “Resisting Violence, Building Peace.” on March 21, 2014 in Washington, D.C.  The national gathering will focus on the ways various forms of and policies promoting violence can be transformed to policies which enable peace. Ecumenical Advocacy…

Strict Father versus Nurturant Family

George Lakoff makes an important point about the power of two opposing moral postures, frames, world-views or value systems – strict-father (conservative) versus nurturant-family (progressive). He argues, in the strict-father worldview, “the father is the ultimate authority, he knows right from wrong, his job is to protect the family and so he’s…

For The Bible Tells Me So

Can the love between two people ever be an abomination? Is the chasm separating homosexuals and Christianity too wide to cross? How can the Bible be used to justify hate? These are the questions at the heart of Daniel Karslake’s 2007 movie FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO. This provocative, entertaining…

GUNS! What do you think their place in society is?

Shasta County Citizens for Democracy and Shasta-Tehama-Trinity ACLU are sponsoring a forum on Guns and Their Place in Society on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM  at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd, Redding, CA 96001 Bruce Ross, Record Searchlight Editorial Editor will be the moderator. Panelists include:…

Background Checks for Gun Purchases

This morning, the White House honored the victims of Sandy Hook  Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.who lost their lives due to gun violence one year ago with a moment of silence. Wouldn’t it be more fitting to have our government enact laws that requires background checks for all gun purchases…

Honoring our Veterans

From UCC Justice and Peace Action Network (JPANet): “There are more than 20 million veterans living in the U.S. today. They are our partners, our brothers, mothers, sons, and friends.  They have served our nation bravely in combat operations including World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm, and Desert Shield.”…

SCCAR March for Peace & Unity

This coming Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 11 AM, community organizer Eddie McAllister of Shasta County Citizens Advocating Respect (SCCAR) will lead a March for Peace & Unity, starting at First United Methodist Church (South and East Streets) and ending at Redding, CA City Hall. This is part of the…

Shasta County’s Beloved Community Movement

This coming Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10 AM a group of caring people from several faith traditions (progressive Christian, Bahai, Quakers, Spiritual Living and Unity) plus representatives from a few well-established community organizations such as SCCAR and NAACP, will meet for an hour at First United Methodist Church to offer their…

Six Steps of Nonviolent Social Change

On todays date, 50 years ago, August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous I Have a Dream speech at the March on Washington DC. It cemented his status as a social change leader and helped inspire the nation to act on civil rights. Dr. King is less known…

Women’s Equality Day

August 26, 2013 is Women’s Equality Day. It was established by the United States Congress in 1971 at the behest of Representative Bella Abzug (D-NY) to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil…

Beloved Community

Beloved Community is a term coined by philosopher Josiah Royce to denote an ideal community. Royce founded the Fellowship of Reconciliation, “an interfaith organization committed to active nonviolence as a transforming way of life and as a means of radical change.”  FOR educates, trains, build coalitions, and engages in nonviolent and compassionate…

Reclaim Democracy this July 4th

As we celebrate our American Declaration of Independence, we are reminded of the importance of the democratic process and the value of each person’s vote and voice in shaping our common life. Yet over the past several years, we have seen the democratic process undermined by laws and court rulings…

International Day of Peace

September 21, 2013 will be commemorated by the United Nations as an International Day of Peace. The following UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon countdown message: “Today, June 13, 2013 we begin the 100-day countdown to the observance of the International Day of Peace, when the United Nations calls on all combatants around the…

Redding Floating of the Lanterns

Floating of the Lanterns for peace an non-violence will occur Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 7 PM at the Round House on Park Marina Circle in Redding, CA. The event is sponsored by Shasta County Interfaith Forum and Pilgrim Church.…

Holocaust Remembrance

Sunday, April 7, 2013 is Holocaust Remembrance Day, starting at sundown and lasting until sundown Monday. Yom Hashoah marks the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising. Locally, in Redding CA a remembrance will be commemorated from 1-4 PM Sunday at Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. They will have images (some disturbing…

Prision Realignment in Shasta County

Prision Realignment in Shasta County

There are many challenges resulting from prison realignment mandated by the State of California last year. On March 25, 2013 from 7 – 8:30 PM, listen to a distinguished panel Wes Forman, Chief Probation Officer Tom Bosenko, Shasta County Sheriff Rob Paoletti, City of Redding Chief of Police Donnell Ewert,…

2013 Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace and Justice

2013 Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace and Justice

Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. This years gathering of 1,000+ attendees is scheduled for April 5-8, 2013 in Crystal City, Virginia, Washington…

Genocide in Sudan: Rwanda in Slow Motion

Genocide in Sudan: Rwanda in Slow Motion

On Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM noted author, Rebecca Tinsley will speak at Simpson University La Baume-Rudat Hall, Room 204 on “Genocide in Sudan: Rwanda in Slow Motion”. This is a free event. Rebecca is a journalist; human rights activist; founder of Waging Peace and Network for Africa; initiator of the Carter Centre…

A Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future

Towards the ideals of peace Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Sustainable Peace… This year,…

United States Institute of Peace

Did you know that our US Congress created the Unites States Institute of Peace (USIP) as “our country’s global conflict management center… an independent and nonpartisan agency to prevent, mitigate and resolve international conflict through nonviolent means.” USIP works “to save lives, increase the government’s ability to deal with conflicts before…

Jeffrey M. Smith to Speak in Redding, CA

Jeffrey M. Smith to Speak in Redding, CA

Jeffrey M. Smith, a leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices, will speak in Redding, CA on October 19, 2012 at Sequoia Middle School, 1805 Sequoia Street, Redding, CA 96001. The reception is from 6-7PM with a local speaker at 7PM, introducing Jeffrey at 7:15 PM. A suggested donation of $5…

The Justice Conference 2013

Some cultural observers see a new convergence movement among post-evangelical and post-liberal Christians around the call for justice. Wild Goose Festival is an example, as is The Justice Conference. The Justice Conference 2013 will be held in Philadelphia, PA on February 22-23, 2013. This will be the third annual conference…

Redding Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Center

To commemorate the 49th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s. I Have a Dream speech, there will be “A Changing time in Our Communities” event Saturday morning, August 25, 2012 in Redding, CA. At 8:30 AM a Prayer Circle will assemble outside Redding City Hall by the fountain, 777 Cypress…

Supernormal Allurement

Doing the hard thing…easily.

Shasta Family Justice Center

Shasta Women’s Refuge helps end domestic violence and sexual assault in Shasta County. They are committed to providing victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with the resources needed for safety, healing and prevention of further victimization. They work with our community to promote and participate in intervention, education and…

Violence Against Women Act Protections in Jeopardy

Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a measure which has received strong bipartisan support since it was first passed by Congress in 1994, is currently moving through Congress. The Senate passed its version of the reauthorization (S. 1925) in late April, and it included important enhancements for addressing…

Ending Local and Global Hunger

Ending Local and Global Hunger

In searching for Christian actions addressing issues of faith and food I discovered this five-pronged approach of the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) working with congregations and partners around the globe to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes, as described in the Common Affirmation on Global Hunger: 1.  Direct relief 925 million people…

Ecumenical Advocacy Days

As people of faith our call is clear. The bible instructs us to act with mercy and justice and to care for our neighbors.  We live out these commandments not just as individuals in our local communities, but as a society through our government. The yearly debate over the federal…

Compassionate Communication

Interested in communication tools that promote connection in times of conflict? Want to increase your capacity for clear expression and empathetic listening? Longing for more inner peace and less struggle? Then sign up to attend An Introduction to Compassionate Communication being held May 5, 2012 from 10 AM to 5…

Women’s Inequality

65% of the work in the world is done by women. 12% of the paid salaries in the world go to women. 2% of properties in the world are on the hands of women. 1 in each 6 women in the world is a victim of incest. 1 in each…

Realities of Conflict Between Israel and Palestine

According to peacemaking advocate and Campus Minister at Stanford, Rev. Geoff Browning, “There is a growing gap between U. S. Middle East policy and the realities on the ground in Israel/Palestine.” Scores of church leaders in the Bay Area heard in-depth presentations October 29, 2011 on the Israel-Palestine crisis. The…

The Kingdom of God vs. Separation of Church and State

The Kingdom of God vs. Separation of Church and State

I believe that the announcement of Jesus that “the Kingdom of God is at hand” means that God, rather than man, is Lord of all and rightfully demands our highest allegiance, but this does not imply a theocracy, where any religion (Christian, Jewish, Muslim or any other faith) can or…

Constructive Conflict?

How do we move from conflict to communion? How can our differences in opinions be blessings and beneficial to us – opportunities to grow? For starters: Lower the anxiety or static in conversation so we can actually hear and connect soulfully. Use “I” statements rather than beginning a sentence with “you”. Remove…

Is Capitalism Consistant With Christian Values?

Tuesday the Occupy Wall Street protestors were ejected from Zuccotti Park and from some unused property owned by Trinity Wall Street Episcopal Church (a progressive church that has provided indoor space for the occupiers in recent weeks). In response to the latter, the Rt. Rev. Mark Sisk, Bishop of the…

1517 Protest Movement

In addition to being Halloween tonight, October 31st is also the day commemorated for Martin Luther tacking the 95 theses on the wall of the Wittenberg church – the beginning of a protest movement! Diana Butler Bass calls us to “Put the Protest Back in Protestant”. She emphasizes “the heart of…

USA at Bottom of the Heap

USA at Bottom of the Heap

Click here for a very powerful image (copyright by the New York Times) that graphically shows how the United States stacks up with other nations in various measurements of Social Justice. The report, Social Justice in the OECD – How Do Member States Compare, shows Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and…

Shasta County Crop Hunger Walk

Shasta County CROP Hunger Walk is scheduled for October 23, 2011 – 1:00 PM Several churches, including First Church, a United Methodist Congregation, Pilgrim Congregational and All Saints Episcopal Church are participating together. Noon Lunch & Registration at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Redding followed by a 1:00 PM Walk. Sign Up Online! The Shasta County CROP Hunger Walk has […]

Occupy Redding Protest

Yesterday, October 8, 2011, a group of peaceful protesters assembled and sang songs at Sundial bridge. Members of the local CDI American Dream Council and Shasta County Citizens for Democracy are planning a demonstration at Bank of America (Placer St & East St in Redding CA) at Noon, Monday, October 10, 2011, in solidarity with…

Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Darfur

Genocide No More–Save Darfur will hold its monthly Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Darfur on the Sundial Bridge, Friday, September 30, 2011 at 7:00 PM.  The public is invited to meet at the north end of the bridge for a Prayer Circle and then move onto the bridge for five minutes…

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