May 2015 Minutes

CLJP Minutes –May 12, 2015
Monticello Room, Westminster Canterbury

Present: Chip Sanders, Carroll Houle, Dianne Murray, John Peale, Hal Horan, Peter Weatherly, Carol Muntz, Guy Hammond, Bob McAdams

Carroll Houle opened the meeting with prayer.

The Minutes of April 12, prepared by Horan, were approved with the notice that the two guests of Judy Sayed were missing from those present.

McAdams announced some programs at Yogaville, a large and beautiful facility in Buckingham County, and mentioned that the community has joined the fight opposing Dominion’s proposed pipeline which would through the property and build two large buildings next to it.  To appreciate the beauty and programs available at Yogaville, paste the following link: http://www.yogaville.org/about-us/yogaville/

McAdams also submitted two important upcoming events:

United Nations Association Blue Ridge Chapter –Sunday, May 31,  3:00 pm at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church on Rugby Rd.: Paul K. Chappell speaking on ‘World Peace’ Chappell is the author of the Road to Peace series, seven-books about waging peace, ending war, the art of living, and what it means to be human. The first four published books in this series are Will War Ever End?, The End of War, Peaceful Revolution, and The Art of Waging Peace.  Chappell serves as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and graduate-level course at the University of San Diego.  Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty in November 2009 as a Captain.  His web-site is www.peacefulrevolution.com.

Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice (CCPJ)
Annual Community Gathering June 9th, 2015

Each year the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice holds a Community Gathering of civic oriented, non-profit organizations. Our annual Community Gathering this year will be held:

June 9th from 5:30 PM to about 8:00 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 Rugby Road.
Gathering and networking will be from 5:30 to 6:00.
               A potluck supper will start at 6:00 pm.

Organization speakers will commence their two minute presentations at 6:45 pm after some introductory remarks from Bill Anderson, president of CCPJ.

We encourage representatives from your organization to sit at tables with people from other organizations. We hope that people at each table will have time to talk to each other about their organizations, the mission of their group, any particular events/successes in the past year, and any particular challenges they are facing. After the dinner, a spokesperson from each organization will have two minutes to present information to all those attending the Gathering.

CCPJ will also provide table space for any brochures or statements about your organization that you choose to bring.

 If your group has a website or other Internet contact information, please make sure that we get that information.  We want everyone attending the Community Gathering to be able to follow-up on their interests in your organization.

Over the years, this gathering has given people who work and volunteer for peace, non-violence, social and environmental justice organizations a chance to meet and network with people who volunteer for other non-profit organizations with similar interests. This is an outreach opportunity which CCPJ hopes representatives from your organization will attend.

Program:  Both Peale and Murray have proposed that we end this year with a discussion of possible programs for our monthly meetings beginning in September as well as a the possibility of a forum.  Murray was away in St. Louis and Minneapolis delivering a eulogy for a close friend, but indicated that he would like to devote some time himself to developing this forum.

To get the ball rolling, Peale offered the following possibities:

[1] The Cops, Courts, and Communities
[2] Anti science, religion and evolution, intelligent design
[3] Substance Abuse and Religious Faith
[4] Challenge of China, relations between China and US government; China Now
[5] What religious communities in America can learn from the experience of religions in China?
[6] T. E. Lawrence and Gertrude Bell and the history of the Middle East after WWI.
What were their visions and what took each of them down?
[7] What is there in Christianity that has not been drawn from Judaism?
[8] Same-sex-marriage: should regulations be decided by the Federal government,
Supreme Court or the States?

After some discussion involving the news that the CO2 levels having passed 400 parts per million in the global atmosphere in March, the safe levels being 350, shouldn’t we be concerned with ecology(Warren); with the number of Hindus in our community, should we not include them as well as others who exist beyond Abraham’s children (Hammond).

Houle raised the issue of terrorism, especially as it is occurring in parts of Africa and the Middle East. referring to his years of ministry in African countries, Houle reminded us that millions of our very own brothers and sisters (See Matthew 25:31f. and others) exist in those and other countries where conditions are so hopelessly impoverished and degrading that many have nothing to lose in than engaging in violence   as the only means by which they can exercise the kind of power that gets noticed.

Those privileged enough make policy (such as congresses and parliaments) as well as the press need to be challenged on issues of economic injustice—the forces that hide the costs that make possible the good life for the more affluent, appropriating resources that could be equably available for the good of the whole. From this perspective, it seems apparent that the CO2 levels are not the only ones that have reached a tipping point.

Diane Murray then proposed possible programs centered on economic justice issues with experts exploring the local, national and global. Murray suggested two speakers for each of the three areas.  Two national figures were mentioned—Robert Reich of the University of California Berkley and Michael Sandel of Harvard University were mentioned as well as members of the UVA Economics Department, etc.

Peale then said that he and Murray will try to give shape to these concerns with the Coordinating Committee.  It was also suggested that all of us could help by circulating emails as a clearing house of good ideas.  One offered by this scribe is the recent column by E.J. Dionne in the May 13 edition of the Washington Post, The Poor Get a Moment Pushing Poverty to the Top of the Faithful’s Agenda

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/something-is-stirring-in-the-religious-world/2015/05/13/02452c6c-f9a4-11e4-9030-b4732caefe81_story.html

Next meeting September 8.  Have a good and blessed summer.

Respectfully Submitted
Hal Horan