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40 Years of PJALS: Praxis Podcast Posted!

by pjals Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 | 10:22pm | Comment on this

For our 40th Anniversary, dedicated PJALS member and journalist Tim Connor worked with Hamilton Studio to create a beautiful video for us featuring some of the many voices who have built and sustained PJALS over these four decades. Our steering committee member Taylor Weech, who also hosts the weekly radio show Praxis on KYRS, re-mixed some of these interviews into a program which aired Monday, October 10th and is shared here now! The video will be unveiled at our October 13th luncheon and will be posted online soon after. Thanks again to Tim and to Hamilton Studio for your hard work!

Fellowship Of Reconciliation (FOR) honors PJALS with their “Local Hero” Peace Award at their Centennial celebration on November 7, 2015 in New York City

by pjals Friday, Nov 27, 2015 | 1:13pm | Comment on this

Fellowship of Reconciliationby Mark Hamlin

We were so honored to receive the news that the national Fellowship of Reconciliation would recognize PJALS for our work as part of their 100 year anniversary celebration events in New York City! I was excited to have our efforts publicly acknowledged and honored in this way by this very highly respected organization, of which PJALS is one of many world-wide affiliates.

I was asked to go to New York to represent PJALS to receive the award. I was excited to be going to New York, for my first time, but hesitated when I was told that I would need to give an acceptance speech. After my initial anxiety about that, I realized how important it was to share the work that we do at PJALS.

It was more than worth it as I enjoyed every bit of my time at all of the events. It started with the Centennial exhibit on Thursday evening for the opening reception at the Union Theological Seminary James Chapel. The exhibit of the history of FOR at the chapel was an amazing presentation of the events of the past 100 years of the FOR’s involvement in peace and justice efforts. I was inspired and very impressed with the work that went into the displays that covered the walls of the chapel. Read more »

Peace & Justice Center as Stepping Stone

by Pauline Druffel Friday, Nov 27, 2015 | 1:13pm | Comment on this

Pauline Druffelby Pauline Druffel

The 40th anniversary celebration of PJALS has special significance for me because I was a part of the early staff of PJC, the Spokane Peace and Justice Center (PJALS’s predecessor). PJC, started in 1975; I came on board in 1978 and stayed until 1982. The other day, Liz Moore asked me to write a piece for the Handful of Salt Newsletter about how my time at PJC has influenced my life since then. I recently had an experience of looking back over my life and identifying stepping stones that brought me to where I am today. I’m going to use that idea in what follows because I can see in hindsight that my experiences at PJC proved to be a major influence on my subsequent worldview. Read more »

A Time for Nostalgia

by pjals Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015 | 11:11am | Comment on this

Rusty NelsonRusty Nelson: On Peace & War

There was never time for nostalgia, here, even when I wrote this column every month. Just as PJALS was so often derailed from local projects by global violence and the siren call of war, my plans for a 40th anniversary recollection have been curbed by horrible attacks in Paris. Curbed, but not cancelled.

Here’s what must be said in November, 2015: The established powers of the earth continue to prepare for the same war, thinking we’ve learned from every tragic human sacrifice offered in the names of peace, panic and greed. Now, we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our outraged allies to prove we have not yet learned the lesson of the Trojan Horse, never mind Vietnam or Iraq. Read more »