Bring an empty jug for
fresh pressed cider and lend a hand in finishing the clay oven from
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Your free-will donation will help support
Echo Valley Hope.
Unfavorable weather? No worries, we will be in the yurt.
As we move into this harvest season, I marvel at the abundance. Of
apples, yes, and all the garden delights, yet what is striking is the
abundance of laughter, the dance of united effort that has allowed it
all to be, and the bushels of good-will that keep fueling this place.
I look back on a year that began with our pledge to host one event
towards peace first and ending war each month and am humbled by all
that has come to pass and what is yet to be.
As we approach our October Peace First and Ending War
initiative, the Board of Echo Valley Hope has made this decision: We
stand with those who wish to see an end to the longest running war in
our history. On October 6th, the U.S. war in Afghanistan will begin its
11th year. Many nonviolent and peace-minded organizations have come
together to say "No more." On October 6th, a People's Assembly will
begin the "occupancy" of Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC with a pledge
to stay until this war and the Iraqi war end. There is also a request
for kindness in the federal budget. Visit www.October2011.org
On October 9th, I will be heading to DC to stand with friends I do not
know to make this request of our government: Welcome Peace and End War.
all goes well, as I suspect it will, the Board of Echo Valley Hope has
agreed to support people going to DC to maintain this vigil until the
wars are ended. Our intent is to have a voice and a presence in DC
throughout the entire effort to end war.
I am hoping each of you reading this will find some way to support the
effort towards peace. It is possible. If not now, when? If not us, who?
We will be posting activities occurring in DC. If you are interested in
being a "delegate" for Echo Valley Hope in DC in the coming months, we
will be hosting nonviolent trainings in late October, early November.
Your continued financial support is needed to ensure Echo Valley Hope's
towards sustainability and peace can continue. Our dreams are big. Our
efforts are big. They are fruitful.
Click here to see Echo Valley Hope's
2011 efforts to date.
A DAY OF
PEACE & FORGIVENESS September 11
Echo Valley Hope honored the anniversary of 9/11 as a Day of Peace and
Forgiveness. Friends and like-minded organizations were welcomed to
co-create the day. What occurred was priceless.
It began with the Dances
Universal Peace, led
by our friends Marcia Heeter and Peter Slonek. We then gathered in the
yurt, where guests had an opportunity to present their understanding of
peace and forgiveness. WDRT's
Bill Motlong taped the
words of two guest speakers, Madison Quaker and Vietnam veteran Mike
Boehm and his Vietnamese friend and colleague Mr. Phan Van Do. It serves as a
synopsis of all that was offered on this day. Listen to it here.
included Jim Farrell of One Spirit
Rising, Viroqua, Wis. and Rev. Dr. Calvin S. Morris,
historian and human rights advocate.
ensure the efforts toward sustainable living and peace continue.
No salaries paid and very low overhead allow us to put your
donations towards free classes in sustainability, building community
and supporting initiatives of peace.
If you like our hands-on and positive approach and would like to
support our efforts, you are most welcome.
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