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New Group Discussion Course

Posted on: May 25th, 2014 by BWNWAdmin No Comments

“Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice & Sustainability”

The Northwest Earth Institute (, assisted by Eugene BWNW members, has created a six-session discussion guide to help us recognize how peace, justice and sustainability are interrelated.

The guide quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1967 “A Christmas Sermon on Peace”: “It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly…This is the way our universe is structured, this is its interrelated quality. We aren’t going to have peace on Earth until we recognize this basic fact of interrelated structure of all reality.” (p. 12)

Making use of insightful articles, the series brings us to a recognition of these interrelationships. It enables us to have “authentic hope,” as discussed by author Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer.

We can work together, engaged and inspired, to envision and act upon these systems to create positive change. Lacy Cagle, Editor and Curriculum Director for the series wrote that “recognizing the interconnected systems of our world can be difficult, but it can also be a joyous and empowering realization–through these networks of relationships, people power can expand and together, we can make a real difference for good.”

In Eugene, we are organizing discussion groups. If you live in the area and would like to participate, please email us at

If you would like to start a discussion group wherever you live, all of the information needed is available at the Northwest Earth Institute website:

We invite you to share your experiences and perspective with the Beyond War Northwest learning community in order to help us achieve greater clarity and effectiveness in our outreach.

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