MEETING NOTES FOR PEOPLE FOR PEACE, JUSTICE, AND HEALING
People for Peace, Justice, and Healing
November 28, 2009
MEETING NOTES: Saturday, November 28, 2009
Present for check-in: Sallie, Nancy, Mark, Jan, and Rob.
1. GAZA DIARY READING. (Nancy)
On Sun., Dec. 6, 2009, King's Books (218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma) will present "Seven Days from a Gaza Diary," a dramatized reading of a 2008-2009 Gaza diary by 27-year-old Khulood Ghanem, adapted and edited by Ed Mast and presented by three actors from Seattle. Admission is free. There will be a post-performance Q & A with the director and a friend of the diarist.
2. ANTIWAR DEMONSTRATION (Mark)
On Wed., Dec. 2, after President Barack Obama's Tuesday prime-time speech announcing a military escalation in Afghanistan, United for Peace of Pierce County (UFPPC) is calling for a demonstration of protest at the intersection of South 38th and South Steele (near Borders Books).
3. REPORT ON SOCIAL ACTION AT UUAT (Jan)
In coordination with a national Statement of Conscience on Peacemaking being considered by Unitarian Universalists at their national assembly (see the draft statement here), the local Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation will be encouraged to study the document. Social action all across the congregation is on the increase.
4. DEBRIEFING FROM TUESDAY'S SOUTH SOUND INTERFAITH CAMP REUNION DINNER (Sallie)
Campers and parents of campers (about fifty in all) attended a reunion dinner of the Puget Sound Intefaith Youth Camp at Urban Grace on Tuesday. The dinner was made and served by members of PPJH.
1. DIGGING DEEPER BOOKS FOR DECEMBER (Mark)
On December 7 & 14, UFPPC's Monday night book discussion group, Digging Deeper, will spend two sessions discussing God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215 (W.W. Norton, 2008). On Dec. 21 & 28, Digging Deeper will discuss two books on the 2008 financial panic and the nature of money: In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic by David Wessel (Crown Business, 2009), and Frozen Desire: The Meaning of Money (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997; paperback 2001). Participation is free and open; meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. at the Mandolin Cafe, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA.
The meeting ended with a spontaneous group performance of "Lean on Me," by Bill Withers (born 1938) -- the popular 1972 song that is the only song ever to rank number one both as a soul single and on the Billboard Hot 100. See Bill Withers perform the song here.