• David Carlson

705 the total inability of violence to change anything for the better.

Day 705: Saturday, February 19, 2022

It may or may not be possible to turn the world around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better”



AND: EMMAUS TITHING NOMINATIONS: We’re gifting to Non-Profits that need our help


Russia is forcing the whole world into fear. Under the guidance of Vladimir Putin, Russia has amassed 190,000 troops, tanks, ships, rockets and jets - all ready and seemingly willing to crush Ukrainian hopes for a future of peace and democracy. Will they overrun Ukraine in the coming days or will diplomacy win? It's not so hard to imagine that war will come. After all, after 9/11 our country started wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that have not yet ended in peace. Forever war seems to be the norm. We have been unable to stop the madness either here or in Russia - no matter how many people demonstrate and march in the streets (And we've done a lot of marching and demonstrating since the Viet Nam war).



But going to war is a lot like going to court. Lots can happen and the outcome is always in doubt -- until the final judgment of the jury.


Unlike court, wars are incredibly destructive and unbelievably expensive. We will be paying for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for decades to come as we support veterans who have been wounded in those wars.


Haven't we had enough of killing, mayhem, the grief of parents and widows and orphans? The mind-numbing maiming of young women and men? Lives and families destroyed? Is there something in us that loves to fight and kill and maim? Some lust for combat in which winning is always Pyrrhic?



Daniel Berrigan reminds us:


“The sponsors of war closely resemble the weapons they create. And smart bombs, depleted uranium, land mines, rockets and tanks, rather than protect 'widows and orphans and strangers at the gate', are designed precisely to create 'widows and orphans', to transform strangers into enemies and enemies into corpses.”


Let us, as a community pray for peace


Peace Prayer of Saint Francis


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.


O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.



“We are called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the world around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better”

-- Daniel Berrigan





Announcement:


EMMAUS TITHING NOMINATIONS: We’re gifting to Non-Profits that need our help

We are so blessed. And we are happy to give away our money! At Emmaus we give away most of the money we collect from the donations given by members of the community. Only a small portion of these donations pays our rent, insurance and the costs for our musician(s). We have been especially fortunate in that St. Patrick’s has dramatically reduced our rent to $100 per month during the pandemic and we paid Doug Harmon a one-time flat fee of $500 for the entire catalog of music he and Dana Couey created.


Peter Schneider leads our tithing committee, and he has asked that we decide on which 501 C3 organizations we’ll support this year. (Please note that Emmaus can donate only to other non-profits - not to individuals.) These non-profits can be local (City or County), or national or international. See the list below for those non-profits we have supported in the past.


We have about $10,000 to give away.


The process is simple:

1. Fill out the form and return it by mail or email to Peter. His home address is:

6270 Anderson Road

Forestville, Ca 95436

Peter’s email is

rigsail@gmail.com


2. Please submit only one nomination by Sunday, April 3rd, 2022.

The tithing committee will meet to discuss and agree on this year’s recipients.

3. We’ll announce the results on Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022


The form is attached here in WORD and PDF formats:

EMMAUS TITHING NOMINATIONS_v2
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Download DOCX • 14KB

EMMAUS TITHING NOMINATIONS_v2
.pdf
Download PDF • 53KB

Please fill it out and return to Peter. You can even take a photo of the form and send it via email.


Here's a PDF with a list of all recipients to date:

Tithing by Emmaus 2010 to 2021
.pdf
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