October 12, 2009

Josh Stieber & Conor Curran: Days 123-124: Blessed with Foolishness

I met Josh many days ago in Buffalo, NY. He was sharing his ideas and experiences with us as he walked across the country. Further west, he met another Iraq veteran, Conor Curran, and they bicycled together spreading their message that love conquers fear and hate.

I was reading his blog, Contageous Love Experiment, and noticed (a week too late unfortunately) that we were in the Bozeman/Missoula area at the same time. Along with their message below, I'm posting their remaining schedule so you won't miss them when they are in your area.

Josh Steiber:
I was inspired by a Franciscan Benediction that the pastor at the church we’d visited the day before shared, and I think it sums up these ideas beautifully:
May God bless you with discomfort…
at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
So that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger…
at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears…
to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war.
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them,
and to turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness…
to believe that you can make a difference in this world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen.

Remaining Schedule:

10/12-10/15 Seattle/Tacoma/Olympia area

–12th at 6:30pm Psychology of Peace class at Pacific Lutheran University

—15th Coffee Strong (Lakewood, near Ft. Lewis) 7pm10/19 White Salmon


10/20, 21 Portland

10/22 Salem

10/23 Corvallis

10/24 Eugene

10/25 Dunes City

10/26 Coos Bay

10/27 Port Orford


10/28 Crescent City

10/31 Eureka

11/1 Ettersburg

11/2 Fort Bragg

11/3 Santa Rosa- 7pm Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County

11/4 Winters/Davis

11/5 Sacramento

11/6 Stockton

11/7 San Jose

11/8, 9 San Francisco

11/10, 11 Berkeley

11/12 Greyhound to Kansas

11/20-22 School of the Americas Watch, Fort Benning, Georgia http://soaw.org/article.php?id=100

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