We are still on for SATURDAY, AUGUST 22nd for OFOR's Annual Meeting and Potluck...however the venue has been changed. Here is the UPDATED location: CHAMPOEG STATE PARK, TOWNSITE DAY-USE PICNIC AREA (parking $5.00) and TIME: 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
Celebrating William Stafford is always inspirational for all Oregonians who appreciate their first State Poet Laureate who served as a CO during WWII, rather than fight what many people called "The Good War" (or was that WWI?) which Stafford replied "Show me a good war!" Join us for birthday cake, a poem or two and a family art experience on July 12th at the Kairos-Milwaukie UCC frm noon - 1:30. Find directions at www.kairosucc.org.
Members of the Oregon and Western Washington Chapters of the Fellowship of Reconciliation gathered at the Seabeck Conference, Washington State, on the Fourth of July weekend to celebrate ways to find attributes of a livable and vibrant community.
One of the keynote speakers was Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, the Senior Minister of Lemuel Haynes Congregational Church (UCC) in South Jamaica, Queens, New York, who is a third generation ordained Elder in the Church of God in Christ. Rev. Sekou holds fellowships with the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, The Fellowship of Reconciliation, and the Institute for Policy Studies. He declared that civilization is in crisis; we must look to our youth for help. This continuing theme involves the elders, his group, who must set the table by providing funding and other resources to young people, and then get out of the way letting them carry on the struggle.
The Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, our 2015 Seabeck Conference Keynote Speaker, will share with us his experiences during the protests in Ferguson and Baltimore earlier this year. He will be joined by Dr. Daymon Glenn (Warner Pacific College), JoAnn Hardesty (Portland NAACP) an Eric Knox (Imago Dei Community). Located at 2219 SE 68th Ave, Portand, Warner Pacific College will host this event in the McGuire Hall, on Monday, June 29th from 7-9pm. Contact OFORjoanie@aol.com for further information.
I've been a fan of David Swanson for quite some time. His latest blog "Peace: More Normal and Wonderful Than We Think" can be found at www.http://davidswanson.org/blog. If you wish to read this and respond about what you think, please do!