Disciples Peace Fellowship of Kansas City
Keeping Alive the Passion for Peace and Justice
[A]Biden Says, “Bye Don”
Only a few fragile leaves
Held hands with bare arms
Of majestic maples
In the annual display
Of the Fall season
Four days on a Saturday
After the election count
Pennsylvania hired Joe
Closing down the dark days
Of the Trump presidency
Letting light filter
Through the naked skeletons
The stress succumbed
To relief as throngs of people
Poured out dancing in the streets
A new day was declared
Aspiring to tall trees
Holding their heads high
Like steeples shouting
Their prayers to the heavens.
(On occasion when the Fall election of November 3, 2020 filtered the nightmare of America’s ordeal with a confluence of seventy million chaotic disagreements, over 100,000 record number of Covid–19 cases and a huge intake of oxygen relief)
3/3/19 . Annual Meeting for PeaceWorks, 2 - 4pm, Simpson House, near All Souls UU church.
2/21/19 Pat Elder to speak on military recruitment.
3/21/21 Kevin Kamps to speak on plan to transport nuclear waste.
9/21/19 UnPlaza Art Fair at Southmoreland Park, 10 am. 5 pm. Stop by the PeaceWorks booth..
Come Celebrate Peace on Earth Day! PeaceWorks isthrowing a party for the earth. Enjoy food, music, and info on getting active in the local peace network. RSVP (0ptional) on Facebook at PeaceWorksKC
TBA Shut Down Creech! Personnel at Creech Air Force Base, 35 miles from Las Vegas, send killer drones by remote control to Mideast targets. This event combines a drone war teach-in, personal sharing by former military members, and a protest against drone warfare. Contact: 816-878-3185.
TBA, Fly Kites, Not Drones, 2 pm rally at the entrance to Whiteman Air Force Base, near Knob Noster, MO, site of remote control of drones. Keynote speaker: Joy First. Carpools leave at 12:15 pm from All Souls UU Church & 912 E. 31st St., KCMO. Contact: 913-206-4088.
5/30, Mon., Memorial Day Walk/Ride/Die-In beginning at 8 am at Bannister Federal Complex (BFC), heading along Holmes to Mo. Hwy. 150, reaching Prospect and Hwy. 150 by 11 am, walking final mile to entry of National Security Campus (NSC) by noon. Why the die-in? To expose the dangers of nuclear weapon production, formerly done at BFC and now at NSC. Contact: 913-206-4088.
8/6, Sat., Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance, at Loose Park, 53rd St. & Wornall Road, KCMO; 6:30 pm potluck, 7:30 pm program. Contact: 816-561-1181.
9/21-22, Sat.-Sun., UNplaza Art Fair, PeaceWorks’ annual fundraiser, at All Souls UU Church. Needed: new artists! Contact: 816-561-1181.
New Book on peace, A Room Full of Shadows, See last page...
So quick to destroy
What takes so long
To build up
Like a two-year old
Knocking down blocks
Just to hear them crash
So goes the White House
These days of deconstruction
That takes away
Of concern for the poor
In favor of a business operation
That makes money for the rich
By piling money into the military
And ignoring, even assaulting
the welfare of the people
And if this was the agenda
Of the conservative
How do they live with themselves
Knowing that it looks selfish
Even sneaky and dishonest
To out-maneuver the resistance
By avoiding questions
That disclose the truth
The divisions are painful
The ethics of the greater good
Are lost in superficiality
The forces of fear push away
The gentler persuasion of love
So it seems so it seems
Violence doesn’t always prevail
Enough people can turn about
The destruction of the climate
Or save a nation from ruination
But this is our hope, a fragile hope
Like a last-second basketball shot
So close but it’s not just one game
We are still given another chance
If we are spared from the nuclear option
As the Good Book reminds us
To choose life over death
As long as we breathe our next breath.
(On occasion when the Affordable Health Care was spared repeal without a good replacement under the Trump assault upon government on Mar. 24, 2017)
(On occasion of wondering why guns are treasured by the addicts of fear who wonder how we have a climate of gun violence, certainly stormy weather conditions of alarming statistics, i.e.,100.000 victims every year, 32,000 fatalities, 89 people dying each day) 3/6/16
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A Room Full of Shadows
Ronald L. Faust
Kansas City DPF Activities
Small in numbers but long on compassion, the local DPF chapter is currently convened by retired-pastor-active-peacemaker Dr. Ron Faust and meets monthly from September through May. Typical activities include
* Annual citywide Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2nd Sunday of January
* Annual citywide Festival for Justice and Peace
* Annual September 11 “From Pain to Peace” service of healing and hope
* Promote Peace Sunday observances
* Raise awareness of local, national, and international causes such as Iraqi refugees in Kansas City, Hope Flowers School in Bethlehem, and the plight of immigrants.
* Collaboration with local peace organizations such as PeaceWorks, Iraq Task Force, American Friends Service Committee, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Interfaith Worker Justice, Immigration Justice Advocacy Movement, and Citizens for Justice in the Middle East.
* Designate the Living Witness Award and Shalom congregations from time to time.