We wish for you a
New Year full of discovery and peace. We step into this time committed
to what is possible: each heart awakening to peace, walking gently on
the earth, and good will among all.
CELEBRATING BELOVED COMMUNITY
18, 19, 20, 21
goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a
qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
To some these words
are no longer relevant. Yet there is a challenge unleashed in this
sentence to each and every individual. A Beloved Community cannot
happen without a "qualitative change in our souls." And this cannot
happen without a "quantitative change in our lives."
Nothing can be more relevant.
Today we are faced
with the consequence of non action. We have turned our bodies, our
food, our energy, our governance, our education, our earth, our
personal power over. We no longer know the sources of our food or
water. We do not know where our people came from; we do not know our
history. Most significantly, we have forgotten the power and the beauty
held within each human heart.
We are guided by
fear. We look around and are overwhelmed by the immensity of the
dilemma of now - because we have forgotten who we are and where our
Community of Dr. King was to be the conclusion of an effort to make
right what has gone so terribly wrong. It was to be the conclusion of
nonviolence and love of "enemy." It was to be born from all that is
good in our humanity. The ongoing evolution of Beloved Community must
certainly begin within each one of us, and its manifestation is not
only relevant but it is essential.
We need one another.
We celebrate our differences as our strength. We must find our
commonality and, as we do so, the Beloved Community is no longer an
irrelevant phrase but a living, thriving reality.
From January 18 to
January 21, you are welcome to Echo Valley to celebrate and explore
"Beloved Community." Come for a day or for the entire time.
Together we will
seek common ground and understanding, we will take time for self
reflection and share meals. Our hope is not to solve a problem but to
open up a possibility. Our goal is not to answer questions but to
reawaken what we already know.
Friday: supper, introductions, video
discussion, lunch, breakouts, video, dinner, music
Sunday's schedule will
come by consensus
Food will be provided for a suggested contribution of $5 per meal.
For accommodations, call 608.337.4578.
As I write this, I
am becoming increasingly aware of the First Nations People living in
the land now called Canada and their stand to stop the abuses of the
earth and the disrespect of their people and their treaties.
I am heartened by the words and the actions of Idle
No More and by the
fact that it was begun by four women and all of the implications
I am holding Chief Spence in my heart, aware of
her sacrifice and
praying for good outcome. There is no coincidence that we begin our
year with Beloved Community, for it is clear that we are connected to
each other and the earth, and that it is our time. It is clear we can
no longer be silent. It is clear we must stand together. I am proud of
my humanity and of those who dance in the humility and the power of it.
I hold fast to what I know can be. Peace.
- Dena Eakles
Echo Valley Hope is a 501(c)3 educational and charitable
nonprofit advancing sustainable living and promoting all initiatives of
In 2013 we will host
an educational event each month as well as offer free classes in
living. We will also bring awareness and a charitable gift to like
minded organizations and efforts.
support is needed and welcomed.
Click on the button
above to make a tax-deductible one-time gift or become a monthly
supporter. Your donation of any size helps advance sustainable living
and promotes initiatives of peace.
Let Kindness win!
To make a
tax-deductible donation by mail, send a check or money order to
Echo Valley Hope, Inc.
E 14604 County Rd. F
Ontario WI 54651
WATER FOR PEACE
Donation by Echo Valley Hope
For the third year,
Echo Valley Hope will sponsor a water filtration system for a school or
hospital in Iraq. We recognize the important work of the Iraqi-American
Reconciliation Project (IARP) and their Water for Peace
One in four children
in Iraq lack access to clean drinking water.
If you'd like to
donate to the Water for Peace project, click
15, 16, 17
Come to Echo Valley
Farm for a seed exchange, shared tips on gardening, good food and
music. We will discuss garden design, water considerations in the
changing weather patterns and more.
will be collected for the Ontario Library's newly developing community
NONVIOLENCE, SOCIAL JUSTICE &
8, 9, 10 at Echo Valley Farm
We urge participants
to read Grace Lee Boggs's The
Next American Revolution in preparation for this
weekend of important conversation and active community.
will be collected for the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice
and the Boggs