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January 2013

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.

In kindness,

Andy

Deb

Dena

Holly

Jan

Kathy

Margaret

Melody

Patrick

Rain

Echo Valley in Winter



CELEBRATING BELOVED COMMUNITY
January 18, 19, 20, 21 

Our 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 lives.
- 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 strength lies.

The Beloved 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.

SCHEDULE

Friday:
supper, introductions, video

Saturday: breakfast, discussion, lunch, breakouts, video, dinner, music

Sunday's schedule will come by consensus

Monday: breakfast, closing circle

Food will be provided for a suggested contribution of $5 per meal.
For accommodations, call 608.337.4578

Frosted Tree




POST SCRIPT

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 therein.

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
Let Kindness Win

Echo Valley Hope is a 501(c)3 educational and charitable nonprofit advancing sustainable living and promoting all initiatives of peace.

In 2013 we will host an educational event each month as well as offer free classes in sustainable living. We will also bring awareness and a charitable gift to like minded organizations and efforts.

Your continued 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
January Donation by Echo Valley Hope

Water for Peace

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 project.

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 here.




GARDEN DREAMING
February 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.

Free-will donations will be collected for the Ontario Library's newly developing community garden.




NONVIOLENCE, SOCIAL JUSTICE & VISIONARY ACTIVISM
March 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.

Free-will donations will be collected for the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice and the Boggs Center.


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