Dec.14, 2007 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (PA)
2007 Christmas Appeal
It is that time of year again, a season of special greetings and gatherings with family and friends, gifts, and renewed hope for justice and peace in our world. It is also a time when we traditionally ask you to support our work. Whatever you are able to share will be deeply appreciated.
Malu `Aina is, and has been for 27 plus years, an all-volunteer community organization. We grow food to share with people in need and help support our work for justice, peace and preserving the environment. We are inspired by The Catholic Worker vision of "agrarian universities" where workers become scholars and scholars become workers. Dorothy Day, a founder of the Catholic Worker, spoke of the grace of hope which transforms our daily lives to see that "there is in every person that which is of God." Dorothy also spoke of building a society -- "where all things are possible," and a society where "it is easier for people to be good."
Malu `Aina continues to be blessed with many visitors and residents who share in the community life here. This Advent season has brought us the gift of new residents, Paul Normann and Judy Walker, to whom I hope to pass the torch of "chief weeders." We have also been blessed by a special gift and visitor -- Martha Hennessy from Vermont. Martha is Dorothy Day's granddaughter. She is an occupational therapist by trade and a grandmother herself. Here at Malu Aina, like the rest of us, she specializes in being a generalist -- planting gardens, harvesting beans, greens, taro, and a variety of fruits, as well as cleaning house. She also is a good sower of seeds which nourish the soul and is quite skilled at "comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable."
Martha's presence is a reminder that as ordinary people, we all have a responsibility to build a better world, carrying on the work of those who have gone before us. The mystery and miracle is always found in the doing -- in action. We are called to be peacemakers and seekers of justice, not mere bystanders. The task before us is to live a life of service to the least among us -- be they hungry neighbors, or those suffering under occupation and the bombs of war.
We thank you for your partnership in this work and we thank you for your donations. We extend to you and your ohana our best wishes for the joy and love that lie at the heart of this Holy Season and life itself.
With gratitude and aloha,
Jim Albertini & the Malu `Aina Ohana
Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Ola`a (Kurtistown),
Hawai`i 96760. Phone (808) 966-7622 Email firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.malu-aina.org
Stop the War! Bring the Troops Home Now!
1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination: anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, etc. 5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Dec. 14, 2007 - 326th week) - Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office