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
10/25 Dunes City
10/26 Coos Bay
10/27 Port Orford
10/28 Crescent City
11/2 Fort Bragg
11/3 Santa Rosa- 7pm Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County
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
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.
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