CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

January 8, 2012

Broken Bridges

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

BROKEN BRIDGES

     BROKEN BRIDGES.

     This newspaper headline caught my attention. Immediately thoughts flitted across my mind…thoughts of all the broken relationships I’m hearing about…interpersonal, intercommunity, international…broken bridges that need to be healed before we can experience interpersonal, intercommunity, and international peace.

     My eyes turned to the article: PennDOT is spending more than $63 million to fix the deteriorated bridge that stretches more than a half-mile, connecting four Western Pennsylvania counties.

     The half-mile “deteriorated bridge” the article references is the less-than fifty-year-old (more…)

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June 20, 2011

Pennsylvania Hero Walkers to Stop in Ligonier (PA) June 22, 2010

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

PENNSYLVANIA HERO WALKERS

TO STOP IN LIGONIER (PA) JUNE 22, 2010

     You suck up and deal with the soreness and tiredness that comes with a long walk, according to Al Pulice. After all, you don’t compare it with the discomfort of the guys walking with you, the soldiers who bear the wounds of protecting freedom.

     Pulice, 55, of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, is one of the founders of the Pennsylvania Hero Walk. This year a core group of twenty wounded soldiers will trek the entire 329 mile journey.

     He said the third-annual walk should remind Pennsylvanians of the sacrifices troops continue to make in Iraq and Afghanistan. “They hear about the casualties, the deaths, but they don’t hear about the injuries,” he said. “This definitely brings attention to the injuries.”

     Participants in the walk are collecting donations for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nationwide nonprofit that helps injured service members that offers counseling, mentoring, and support programs. The organization is based in Jacksonville, Florida. The goal for this year is $100,000.

     The 2010 walk began Sunday, June 12, at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and will end June 25 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 92 in Lower Burrell.

     Participants in the 329 mile walk expect to be in Ligonier on (more…)

March 11, 2009

Kathy Kelly, of Voices of Wilderness: On Peace

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

KATHY KELLY, of VOICES OF WILDERNESS: ON PEACE

     Today’s e-mail brought an announcement that peace activist and educator Kathy Kelly will be the Sister Mary Schmidt Lecture Series speaker on March 24, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. (See end of this post for further information). Kathy helps coordinate the Voices for a Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end military and economic warfare against Iraq. This three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee has participated in nonviolent direct action teams in Haiti, Bosnia, and Iraq.
     When my husband Monte and I were traveling New England in the fall of  2003, we found ourselves in Lewisberg, Maine. There, I spotted a meeting announcement on a grocery store bulletin board. The speaker was Kathy Kelly. Below is my journal entry on that evening.

 
     One night I suggested to Monte that we attend a meeting where a woman from Iraq was speaking about her experiences being in that country during the war. Since the meeting was preceded by a pot-luck dinner, we purchased an adorable yellow-iced cake with brown mice on it. After all, we were traveling and our cooking facilities were limited.  (view photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/3347179523/in/photostream/ )
     When we arrived, the activity seemed very loosely run, so much so that I felt uncomfortable. No one seemed to know what was (more…)

July 20, 2008

KEEPING PEACE IN SOUTH AFRICA Part 3

On April 24, 2005, I was privileged to attend the Myers Lecture at the Church of the Savior United Methodist Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio (I happened to be in the community for my grandson’s birthday). The guest speaker was the Rev. Peter Storey, a renowned peace advocate and former Methodist bishop of South Africa. The following is taken from his notes, which he so graciously gave me.

This is the third of a three-part article. To read Parts 1 & 2, click on  KEEPING PEACE IN SOUTH AFRICA Part 1 &  KEEPING PEACE IN SOUTH AFRICA Part 2

This third part of KEEPING PEACE IN SOUTH AFRICA was excerpted from the February 29, 2008 United Methodist Reporter, titled Peace conference urges church to find its voice, by Kathy L. Gilbert, United Methodist News Service.

The Rev. Peter Storey asked participants 2008 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference to consider the God they serve. If He is the God of Jesus, any response to violence must be examined through the cross, Storey stated, setting the tone for the three-day conference held in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.

While participants grappled with the question “How can the United Methodist Church find its voice in a world of violence?”, Storey asked “Why our silence? Why no clear, bold challenge? Why is the way that leads to peace still apparently hidden from our sight when (more…)

July 10, 2008

KEEPING PEACE IN SOUTH AFRICA Part 2

On April 24, 2005, I was privileged to attend the Myers Lecture at the Church of the Savior United Methodist Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio (I happened to be in the community for my grandson’s birthday). The guest speaker was the Rev. Peter Storey, a renowned peace advocate and former Methodist bishop of South Africa. The following is taken from his notes, which he so graciously gave me.
This is the second of a three-part article. To read Part 1 click on  KEEPING PEACE IN SOUTH AFRICA Part 1 .  It explains how peace after apartheid was accomplished. The third part,
KEEPING PEACE IN SOUTH AFRICA Part 3 speaks about the 2008 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference.

The question still remained: HOW SHOULD SOUTH AFRICA COUNTRY DEAL WITH ITS (APARTHEID) PAST?

There were so many persons involved in the culture of apartheid, guilty of its sins. How should the guilty be dealt with?

There were options.

Prosecute and punish? The number of guilty persons would make this difficult, as would (more…)

July 8, 2008

BRAMBLES (Brief RAMBLES) 1-5 June 15, 2008

All three pieces of this BRAMBLES issue are about jigsaw puzzles: NEW BLOG ABOUT PEACE ISSUES TITLED “PEACEPUZZLE,” ABOUT JIGSAW PUZZLES…, and CREATE A JIGSAW PUZZLE PIECE (CHRISTMAS) ORNAMENT

NEW BLOG ABOUT PEACE ISSUES TITLED “PEACEPUZZLE”
     A Beanery Writers Group member, Joe, has a passion for developing peace. As a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Ligonier, PA, he leads a small group of others who also have an interest in issues of peace.
     His latest endeavor is a blog, which is designed to engage its readers in a dialogue on peace issues.
     He presents the concept of approaching peace like one approaches a puzzle, starting the process somewhere, it matters not where, and finding (more…)

July 6, 2008

KEEPING PEACE IN SOUTH AFRICA Part 1

On April 24, 2005, I was privileged to attend the Myers Lecture at the Church of the Savior United Methodist Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio (I happened to be in the community for my grandson’s birthday). The guest speaker was the Rev. Peter Storey, a renowned peace advocate and former Methodist bishop of South Africa. The following is taken from his notes, which he so graciously gave me.
This is the first of a three-part article. The second part, 
KEEPING PEACE IN SOUTH AFRICA Part 2 , explains how peace after apartheid was accomplished. The third part, KEEPING PEACE IN SOUTH AFRICA Part 3speaks about the 2008 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference.

In 1990, South Africa’s new president spoke words that shook the world. As leader of the white, racist regime, he stated that he had come to realize that apartheid must end—Nelson Mandela must be freed, the black people must be free, and there must be a new democratic future for South Africa. It was a time for transition.

This happened in a country where the church role was divided. Prominently supporting the racist regime: the (more…)

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