Christmas Greeting 2014

As we begin the celebration of the 12 days of Christmas I greet my online  network with the universal message of peace on earth and good will to all.
May the ancient story of a child born in occupied territory open our hearts to the work of defending human rights.
May the the image of a family forced to seek refuge and asylum far from their home inform our political choices as citizens of a global village.
May our messages of good wishes and happy holidays not blind us to the work of justice making and non-violence.
May the lights and decorations of the season remind us of our mission to bring light to the darkness and celebration to life.
May our gifting be generous as we remember r those who live in situations of poverty and exploitation.
May the birth of every child cal us to our communal responsibility to protect children,to take them on wild adventures and to let them grow into the unique person they care called to be
May we hear angelic voices singing our dream of peace on earth

Follow my reflections on the 12 Days of Christmas here.

Easter Invocation

Welcome Refugees


May the blessings of the Easter Season surround us with courage and confidence. May we stand against the religion of Empire and proclaim the liberating anarchy of the teachings of Christ. 

May we roll away the stones of fear and prejudice in our lives.May we open our tombs and walk in the light of justice,compassion and solidarity with the poor of the earth.

May we sing “Alleluia” with voices that cry out against economic and political exploitation of vulnerable people.

May we walk gently on our mother earth in lives of nonviolence and find the harmony of life that is written in the stardust of our being.

May the love of the Easter story invade our hearts to welcome those who come to our shores as Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

May the mystery of the Easter story call us to live “Dadirri” in solidarity with the First Nations people of our land.

May we proclaim the Risen One by our public commitment to housing the homeless, feeding the hungry and thirsty, liberating prisoners,welcoming the stranger in our midst and standing against the powers of economic and political newspeak.


Solidarity with Peacemaker Delegation In Jerusalem

Wednesday, January 5

Thirteen people from across the Australia, the Netherlands, and the United States arrived in Jerusalem today as part of a delegation sponsored by Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). During the next several days the delegates will speak with representatives of Israeli and Palestinian peace and human rights organizations. They will travel to the West Bank city of Al Khalil (Hebron) and the South Hebron Hills, where CPT’s long-term Palestine team is based. They will visit Palestinian farmers and shepherds whose land and livelihoods have been threatened by expanding Israeli settlements.

Members of CPT’s January 4-17 Israel/Palestine delegation are Rick Polhamus (Fletcher, Ohio, USA), Sophia Calcagno (Chicago Illinois, USA), Rocky Calcagno (Chicago Illinois, USA), Wallace Cole (Clemmons, North Carolina, USA), Laura Colee (Bloomington, Illinois, USA), Barry George (Austin Texas, USA), Cornelia de Graaf, (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Marlaina Leppert-Wahl (Lebanon Ohio, USA), Jessica Morrison (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), Carole Powell(Morayfield, Queensland, Australia), Michael Snarr (Wilmington Ohio, USA), Caroline Spoeneman (Princeton New Jersey, USA), and Jennifer Svetlik (Washington, DC, USA).

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is an initiative of the historic peace churches (Mennonites, Church of the Brethren, and Quakers) with support and membership from a range of Catholic and Protestant denominations. CPT has had a continuing presence in the West Bank since 1995.

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There is so much to reflect on, to break my heart over and so little time to process it. Have been listening to amazing people including an Isreali soldier from Breaking the Silence – There is a sustained approach to break a people and completely destroy them. You may think you already know this