Wednesday, June 22, 2011
4:06 pm edt
What diversity this walk, the 13MoonWalk4Peace, presents for us as walkers in our continuing journey across America. From the west side of Lansing to the center of Detroit
we are living in and walking through areas that will break your heart. Areas whose heart and soul have already been broken
and hopelessness is seeping in all too fast. What then, as walkers for peace and healing in our communities, do we do? How
do we bring voice and visibility to what we are seeing.
When we planted a peace pole in Lansing, a young lady at the
ceremony said, "Thank you for coming and for putting this peace pole here. You came to our community and stayed. There
are not too many people who would even drive through here, but you all stayed and you talked with us... that means something."
morning we walk down Grand River Rd to downtown Detroit. We were speachless. There were so many abandoned buildings and homes.
It looked like a war had taken place. The only businesses along the walk that appeared to be able to survive amidst
the rubble were liquor stores (I heard in the news that there are 400 liquor stores in Detroit but only 8 supermarkets), small
night clubs, auto repair shops, and churches.
Of course we were in beautiful downtown Detroit as well, but throughout
Detroit there are abandoned homes and businesses to such a degree that the citizens are crying out for demolition serves in
their communities. In the last decade Detroit has lost nearly half of it's population. The path ahead is complex and challenges
the leadership of the city and the country.
The people of America and the world need our conscious engagement in the
pursuit of solutions that will uplift humanity by ensuring access, freedom, and opportunity for all to live a quality life.
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in his Vietnam speech,
"When machines and computers, profit
motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism,
and militarism are incapable of being conquered."
I do not know how much longer our communities
can weather the plight of financial neglect, while resources are being diverted from our needs at home to support wars and
questionable development pursuits globally. I do not know how many more young people can be sacrificed to maintain the current
stream of violence against humanity, the violence of irresponsible stewardship of our country and the world.
the time for us to transform senseless acts of violence, whether from a gun shot or from political decision making that places
a higher value on profit and greed than on the quality of life of people and/or Mother Earth, into a beacon of hope and freedom,
into jobs, housing, quality healthcare for all, access to education and opportunity,and into sustainable practices that guarantee
the sustainability of Mother Earth for generations to come.
A reminder from Dr. King, True compassion is
more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
The Spirit of the Walk
9:33 am edt
This morning I woke up with so much gratitude for the Divine Grace that has held us on this walk, 13 Moon Walk 4 Peace. We are coming into the home stretch now, only 5 more months to go. We have been in so many diverse communities and celebrated
community through sacred ceremonies, co-creating sacred spaces we call Peace Zones, sharing around the dinner table, in churches,
at community gatherings, planting peace poles, walking together and visiting sacred sites.
We have seen the best. We
have seen the worse. We have seen the best in the worse and the worse in the best. So we pray, a lot. We pray that God's work
in us is so strong that we reflect the love of God everywhere we go. As we constantly do the work to heal ourselves, we know
we are creating a healing path for humanity. We lift our voices with humility and we open our hearts to the stories of those
we meet with sincere respect and gratitude.
I am still awed every morning I wake up to the beauty of Mother Earth. We
have much work to do as a human species and I stand in the knowing that we are progressing and one day our humanity will RISE
to end poverty and oppression, genocide, prejudice, racism and sexism, disparities of health-care, education and opportunity,
pollution, the rape of Mother Earth, the protection of the rights of all human beings and Mother Earth -- ALL LIFE. And so