December 5, 2017

Ashland, Oregon, has found the secret!  This community demonstrates ageless wisdom for turbulent times: it is coming together around shared values and intentions. It is taking action to manifest a culture of peace. Ashland understands that we (humans) create our own re...

May 9, 2017

As our nation and community wrestles with real issues which impact our daily lives such as healthcare, housing and climate change, the question arises for me: How do I remain engaged, yet peaceful?

There are real issues at stake and it’s important we lift each other up...

April 1, 2017


“As an undocumented immigrant,” Ricardo Lujan recalls, “living in the shadow and telling lies in high school to cover up the reason for my not having a driver’s license.”  Now an SOU pre-law student, Lujan is an organizer for Unite Oregon, working to create sanctuary.
...

March 14, 2017

As the administration is considering eliminating the watchdog for our environment, the Environmental Protection Agency, we are called to consider our role with nature. When we speak of creating a true and comprehensive culture of peace, there is usually an unacknowledg...

February 27, 2017

"When I started reaching out to homeless people, I intended to help others, but they help me," explained Vanessa Houk, the coordinator of Ashland's Sunday night shelter. "They give me a sense of peace that I don't get anywhere else."

Similar revelations came to light in...

February 14, 2017

Ashland's mayor recently named a type of love, agape, as a possible antidote for the divisiveness rampant in our country. As an ambassador of the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission (ACPC), I've been listening to local and global voices on how love would be expressed i...

January 31, 2017

"I was just in complete awe, having never created anything this powerful before," said Samae Chlebowski. She was describing the Women's March Southern Oregon which she and Sharon Dohrmann organized. They spoke to me at the Ashland Culture of Peace office in a wrapup se...

January 17, 2017

As we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his work for justice and peace, one word comes to mind which encompasses both: love.

I recently attended the meeting of the committee that plans and produces the Martin Luther King Day celebration, and it's the wor...