April, 2014 Calendar of Events
Program Note: No Walkilng Meditation Monday, April 21st
Many Ways of Peace
217 S. Main St.
Mondays, April 7 - April 28, 6:30-8:30PM, "Ethics for the New Millenium" Weekly Study Circle. Explore the Dalai Lama's best selling book which describes the role of an ethic based on compassion. According to the Dalai Lama, our survival has depended and will continue to depend on our basic goodness as human beings. In the past, the respect people had for their religion helped maintain ethical practice. Today,with the growing secularization and globalization of society, we must find a way that transcends religion to establidsh consensus as to what constitutes positive and negative conduct, what is right and wrong, and what is appropriate and inappropriate. Newcomers welcome.
Tuesday, April 15, Noon-1PM, Peace Cafe, April 15, Making Your own Green Cleaniang and Personal Care Products, with Marcy Chuckel of Eagle River. Using simple, inexpensive items you may already have at home, Marcy (presenting soup served at Peace Cafe) shows you how you can help the planet and your pocketbook by making easy, fun recipes you can use daily. Marcy has been experimenting with formulas for a long time, some of which were used in a commercial setting at the Travel Green resort she managed for several years.
Thursday, April 24, 6;30PM, Special Earth Day Screen of the film, "The Economics of Happiness".This inspring and critically acclaimed documentary about the worldwide movement for economic localization challenges us to believe it is possible to build a better world. Discussion follows the film. Refreshments.
Wednesdays, 11:30-12:50, Yoga with Betsy Schussler, registered Yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance RYT-500). Combining Thich Nhat Hanh's breath awareness (breathing in, I know I'm breathing in/breathing out, I know I'm breathing out) with a sense of equanimity, peacefulness and good humor is the focus in this Hatha yoga class. Newcomers and beginners are always welcome. $8 per sessioon, 50% of revenue returned to Many Ways of Peace to support programs. Class meets upstairs, park in back and use back stairs.
Mondays, 9-10AM, Guided Sitting and Walking Meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, led by Mary Jo Berner. When our breathing is in harmony with our steps, we transform our walking path into a field of meditation and with each step, a gentle breeze blows, a flower blooms. Whether you're walking to your car or at home, walking with awareness calms the mind. Group meets upstairs, use back stairs.
Past programs in 2013:
Wednesday, January 8, 6:30-8:30PM: Special Screening of INEQUALITY FOR ALL. This award-winning documentary is a passionate argument on behalf of the middle class featuring Robert Reich--professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member--as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has devastating impact on the American economy.
This film is an intimate portrait of a man whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. Through his singular perspective, Reich explains how the massive consolidation of weath by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself. In this "inconvenience truth" for the economy, Reich uses humor and a wide array of facts to explain how the issue of ECONOMIC INEQUALITY affects each and every one of us. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by the Weinstein Company - RADIUS. Discussion will follow the showing of the 85-minute film.
Monday, October 28, 7-9PM, "Let's Try Democracy" with David Swanson (via Skype) from Charlottesville, VA. David, a prolific author, has a Masters Degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. His newest book is "War NoMore: The Case for Abolition". In addition to being a writer, he's a journalist, activist, and educator, and hosts "Talk Radio Nation". David serves on the communications committee for Veterans for Peace, of which he is a non-veteran member. Copies of three of his books are available for purchase or to check out of the Many Ways of Peace library. In addition to "War No More: The Case for Abolition", "War is a Lie" and "When the World Outlawed War", the story of the Kellogg-Briand Pact, when 80 nations--including the United States--signed a pact renouncing war in 1926 in Paris. David is an outspoken critic of our govenrment's drone killing program.
By: Mary Jo Berner, creator and producer of the series
For four Monday nights--January 28 through February 18--we came to Many Ways of Peace to learn about drones. You might have heard of the administration's "kill list". You've certainly heard about drones. But much about our government's deployment of drones remains shrouded in secrecy. What is not a secret, however, is the rapid rise of drones as the "weapon of choice" by the military and CIA following 9/11.
After Pat Chaffee's presentation (January 28) about her visit to Pakistan and what life is like for Pakistanis living under our drones 24/7, we began to have a sense that there is more to drones than we had anticipated. Pat is a sister in the Dominican order located in Racine. She went to Pakistan in October, 2012, with a Code Pink delegation to protest US drone strikes in that country. Here is a link to an important and revealing BBC special report,"The Secret Drone War", she showed us.
Even if you watched it once, it's worth seeing again!
Ethan Cummings, moderator and facilitator for the entire KILLING BY REMOTE CONTROL: DRONE WARFARE series, conducted the second program, Drones 101: how they evolved into killing machines in remotely piloted war (February 4). Ethan's presentation was packed with information critical to a basic understanding the issues swirling around the use of drones primarily by the military, CIA, and the State department. Ethan's program primed us for the Senate Intelligence committee's hearing later that same week on the Obama administration's nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Brennan serves as Obama's counter-terrorism chief, with responsibility for the drone program. Here are links to the videos shown during the program::
Code Pink's Medea Benjamin Brings Voices of Pakistani Drone Victims to Obama Inauguration
Drone Strikes: Where Are Obama's Tears for Those Child Victims?
Drones: Less Distance from War
Living Under Drones
The third program (February 11) featured a panel discussion on drones with area religious leaders. Seated from left, Fr. Dean Einerson, rector of St. Augustine's Episcopal church in Rhinelander; Dale Bishop, former pastor of First Congregational-UCC church in Rhinelander; and Jerry Woolpy, who is active in the Jewish Reform congregation in Wausau. Fr. Robert Koszarek, pastor of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic parish in Eagle River, was unable to participate on the panel because of a family funeral. Following presentations by each of the panelists, the audience was invited to ask questions and make comments.
Our guests for the final program on February 18 were activists from No Drones Wisconsin and WI Coalition to Ground the Drones and Stop the
Wars. Lars Prip, left, and David Soumis brought the Reaper drone replica to display for the evening's program.
Bonnie Block is a longtime peace activist who explained she works to ground the drones because she thinks they are illegal, immoral, and ineffective. "I want a safer, more just, and peaceful world for my grandchildren to live in."
Joining Bonnie were Lars Prip of Janesville and David Soumis of Madison, who started the Drone Working Group within national Veterans for Peace. David also attended the International Drone Summit in Washington, DC, and runs No Drones Wisconsin. David says we need to stop the militarization of the United States, bring our troops home, and bring peace and harmony to all on the earth.
If you attended any of the programs in the series, your feedback would be most appreciated.