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NOVEMBER 2014

GROWING OUR SOULS*

The harvest has been good, the wood is in, the animals are healthy, and so we took much of the month to sojourn among friends. In this issue: rebirth and renewal, the human spirit alive and flourishing, Detroit and the land of the Dine.


Image Credit: Monica Jagel




DETROIT

The city of Detroit is bankrupt. The people are not. 
And while the emergency management increases foreclosures and water shut-offs with little regard to the humanity they crush, the people are demonstrating resilience and creating new visions and new possibilities for their community. They are waging love. Please read this article by Shea Howell. 

Supported but not driven by the wisdom of Grace Lee Boggs and Jimmy Boggs (Boggs Center), the people of Detroit are "finding a way out of no way." I keep in touch with the pulse of Detroit and with my friends there because their effort inspires me. Their love welcomes me. Their challenge to become more human in a culture with little regard for humanity is my challenge. 

I urge you to become a friend of Detroit, go beyond the media dribble, recognize the gentrification that is occurring - but most importantly discover the passion and strength of our collective human spirit. It is alive and well in Detroit. For a lively introduction, check out Tyree Guyton and The Heidelberg Project

*"Time to Grow Our Souls" is a quote from Grace Lee Boggs. If you haven't met Grace, take the time to stream the movie American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs here:

Grace Lee Boggs American Revolutionary




THE LAND OF THE DINE

For nearly 20 years I have traveled to the land of the Dine. Compelled by the compassion and dignity of the people and the beauty of the land, I have grown my soul there.

We have been invited to bring youth in 2015 to walk with the sheep, to learn about weaving, and so much more. Stay tuned for details.




UPCOMING EVENTS

Renewing a Commitment to Peace:
A Peacemaker Conversation at Echo Valley
November 29

Cordials and Elixirs
December 13, 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

with Carol Jacobs, Coulee Region Herbalist

Festival of Light at Echo Valley
December 20

Upcoming Classes
Weaving Classes will be scheduled by request.

Please contact Jan at 608-337-4578. 





PAYING ATTENTION

Winona LaDuke at Winona State University
November 17, 7:00 p.m.

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Winona State University will host Winona LaDuke for "The Next Energy Economy: Grassroots Strategies to Mitigate Global Climate Change & How We Move Ahead" in East Hall, Kryzsko Commons. Click here for more.

Prem Rawat in London
Enjoy this speech on staying focused on humanitarian efforts and our own personal peace.





ECHO VALLEY HOPE 

Advancing sustainable living and all initiatives of peace.

We are an all-volunteer 501(c)3 educational and charitable organization working to raise the voice of peace, bringing people together, celebrating diversity and respecting the Earth. 

Thank you to all who support our efforts. Your help is welcomed.

Echo Valley Hope is looking for volunteers. We are planning peace activities and cultural exchange throughout Wisconsin in 2015. Have time and passion? Get in touch.

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.

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



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