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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Weekly Wire for May 4, 2011

Happy Mothers Day !

Mothers Day is this coming Sunday, May 8th.  I hope you enjoy these quotes I found about Mothers.

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.  ~Tenneva Jordan

Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
~George Cooper

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love.  ~Mildred B. Vermont

The sweetest sounds to mortals given
Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.
~William Goldsmith Brown

If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been. 
~Robert Brault,

A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.  ~Peter De Vries

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.  ~Author Unknown

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.  She never existed before.  The woman existed, but the mother, never.  A mother is something absolutely new.  ~Rajneesh

All mothers are working mothers.  ~Author Unknown

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts.  A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.  ~Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.  ~Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul

Mother - that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.  ~T. DeWitt Talmage

A mother is a mother still,
The holiest thing alive.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men - from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes


Thanks Moms!



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Camp Genesis at Samish Island

8-9 year olds

Early bird deadline is May 6

Camp Genesis

7:30 PM Friday, June 3rd to Noon Sunday, June 5th, 2011

For Boys & Girls currently in Grades 2 and 3

Contact: Sean Langdon, Director, 425-293-6366

Camp Pastor: Shannon McAdam

Camping Brochure


Peace and Justice  --  Human Rights

Saturday, April 30, 2011

In The Forefront

This newsletter begins with an ominous event regarding the unjustified arrest of an Egyptian blogger.  Secondly, while there is no direct action for Darfur, its neighbouring state, South Kordofan, is about to elect its governor and tension abounds.  Thirdly there is a message to send Walmart in the light of Bangladeshi garment worker troubles, of which Walmart is a key employer.  In addition are a variety of Follow-up articles and other articles of interest.

Finally for those countries celebrating Mother’s Day, why not consider a different Mother’s Day gift - honouring her by donating to Outreach International (Donate to Outreach International) or for Canadians, to World Accord (Donate to World Accord)?



The Egyptian revolution was the focus of previous newsletters.  A troubling sign has been the arrest and sentencing of 26 year old blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad, who is now the first prisoner of conscience after the revolution.  The world must remain focused on Egypt as the people try to transition to a freer, fairer society.  Resistance to this by powerful, entrenched forces must be caught and quickly brought to light.  You can sign the petition below.

Context and Link to Actual Petition:


HRW Condemns Sentencing of blogger



There is no specific action for Darfur at the moment.  The Doha peace talks have finally produced a draft document but it was rejected by one of the main rebel groups, JEM.  The dynamics were undercut by the Sudanese government’s surprise decision to hold a Darfur referendum on July 1, independent of the peace talks.  At the same time the GoS has continued its bombing and civilian attacks, as well as restrictive humanitarian aid practices (for full update see:

However there is an action for Darfur’s neighbouring state, South Kordofan.  Next week they will vote to elect a new Governor. If they view the election as illegitimate or the results are not honored, the potential for violence increases dramatically.  You will note in the link below, some satellite images showing the recent violence already.  This province also contains the Nuba Mountains, where in 1992-1993, the Khartoum government most fully developed its genocidal dynamics, later used in Darfur in 2003.

Please consider sending a message to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice to ensure the elections are fair and avoid violence.

Take Action:

Tell UN Secretary General to help prevent another violent conflict in Sudan.



As the largest buyer of Bangladeshi garments, Walmart must ensure Bangladeshi garment workers do not need to fear retaliation for speaking up for their rights.   Four peaceful labor advocates of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity continue to face falsified charges, brought on in part by Walmart's subcontractor

For instance, Kalpona Akter says she was arrested, relentlessly questioned, tortured and imprisoned for 30 days last August and now faces life imprisonment or the death penalty. The Bangladesh government has filed seven charges against her, including encouraging workers to take part in an illegal strike and starting a riot.

To be clear this call to action is to sign the petition below.  This is NOT a call to boycott Walmart.  Because the retailer employs so many people in Bangladesh, with the vast majority of them being women, she says a boycott of Walmart would spell ruin for thousands of people in her country.

Take Action:




Ivory Coast: Rightful President Assumes Power, but at Terrible Cost

The worst of the crisis is over for the Côte d’Ivoire, but as noted below it came at a horrible human cost.  An investigation is needed into human rights violations by both sides.

Investigate Atrocities by both sides


The Obama administration announced it was withdrawing the federal indictment against alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and abandoning plans to try him in federal court.  Instead, according to Human rights First, KSM and his co-conspirators will face trial in a military commission at Gitmo.  Attorney General Eric Holder blasted Congress for choking off funding for civilian trials. And HRF is criticizing the U.S. President for not making a strong case before the funding withdrawal. However, the funding restrictions are temporary, and the President has said he supports using the courts to try some Gitmo detainees. HRF will keep pushing for civilian trials and for the President to fulfill his commitment to closing one of al Qaeda's best recruiting tools: Gitmo.

Congo And Conflict-Free Minerals: The Issue of Governance:

The conflict-free mineral initiative is a way, similar to blood-free diamonds, to greatly reduce the money fuelling the tragic two-decade war in the Congo.  The initiative hopes to provide control over the mines and to regulate the international flow of minerals, choking off most illicit minerals.  The following report details thes aspects but more importantly recognizes the overall need for governance in the region.




China Crackdown, Shown by  Ai Weiwei, Largest in a decade

China has always played a delicate balancing act as it has tried to open up to the world through its economic reform while at the same time keeping a firm grip on the level of dissent it has allowed.  According to Human Rights Watch, the concerns over the Arab uprisings have resulted in one of the most severe clampdowns in a decade.  It is also different in many other aspects as noted in the report.  As well, it must contend against the global food crisis, noted below, which has restive implications for the growing rich-poor gap.

Liberia Refugee Crisis and U.S. Funding Cut

The unrest in the Ivory Coast has produced a great influx of refugees into Liberia.  Making matter worse is the unfortunate news of the closing of the U.S. Anti-Trafficking Program for Liberia, due to a lack of funds.  I don’t know the details of the funding withdrawal, but presume it is related ot the US debt crisi.  If so, it shows how far-reaching are the very real and tragic human consequences.  (Thanks to Malcolm Stephenson from Australia, and Gobah Ahasuerus Anderson, Liberia, for the alert).

Oxfam background Information

The New Geopolitics of Food

Previous newsletters have raised the serious long term issue of food supply.  Here is another take on the global food crisis.

US: How to Save a Trillion Dollars

This TIME magazine article repeats the warning of US Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that "the single biggest threat to [U.S.] national security is [U.S.] debt."  The article explores how the US forces, while dealing with the modern age, are still often saddled with Cold War era systems and thinking, as well as the typical excess that comes from such an enormous complex.  While many groups I work with have much deeper questions about the military-industrial complex, it is interesting to see what even a mainstream article can reveal in terms of discontent with the current situation..

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In appreciation and support,

  Rod Downing




May 2011
Keeping the church connected

President Stephen M. Veazey’s “The Mission Matters Most!” address that he shared with the worldwide church during a worship service at the Temple and by live webcast on April 10 is online. Video, audio, and text files in English, French, and Spanish are at

He introduced the church to five mission initiatives that provide a framework for pursuing the whole mission of Jesus Christ with greater determination, alignment, wholeness, and effectiveness. Learn more in the attached mission initiatives flyer and the May Herald.

The Power of 10 is an inspirational new way to align how we live out and give to Christ’s mission through the mission initiatives. In April, the church mailed invitations to all members and friends ages 18 to 50 in the USA—almost 21,000 households. It encouraged people to consider increasing their giving to worldwide ministries by $10 a week or more. That $10 each week has the power to change lives! It’s time to believe in the power of a few vibrant witnesses to transform the world through courage, vision, and generosity. Learn more at The Power of 10 starts with you.

Get involved and stay connected with how the mission initiatives have the power to transform lives on Community of Christ’s Power of 10 website: For those who like to use their mobile device, in the USA text MISSION to 74574 to get to the site. You will have the opportunity to share mission stories from your community, read others’ stories, and connect to the financial and emotional results of your giving to mission initiatives.

Explore more deeply what Doctrine and Covenants 164:6a–b has to say about relationships in a Herald series. Apostle Stassi Cramm’s commentary explores how the principle of mutual respect gains traction when two cultures brush against each other during a presentation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Send your reflections about articles to and we may print them in a future issue. See the series at or sign up at to get them delivered free to your e-mail.

“Offered for Love, Not Reward” is a sermon by Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith that you can see at and on the Witness the Word DVD that was mailed to pastors in Australia, British Isles, Canada, and the United States. You can also watch and download Witness the Word sermons by Carla Long and President Steve Veazey. Look for additional DVDs, each containing three new sermons, in June, September, and December.

Revised guidelines/criteria for World Hunger and Tangible Love Funds can be found on their respective websites and listed under “Application and Reporting.” Financial resources from the two funds are made available through “seed” grants to help congregations and mission centers develop collaborative and innovative programs within their communities to restore or protect the worth of persons and sacredness of the Earth. Your congregation is encouraged to become involved in your community by developing hunger related and/or justice, peace, and compassionate ministries. The two websites provide ideas and ways to make this happen. Check them out.

Catch the May generosity stories at PowerPoint presentations are included with each week’s story except the May 8 contribution update.

Did you know when you fund a gift annuity with Community of Christ, the church agrees to pay you at a fixed rate as long as you live? The beauty of a charitable gift annuity is that it never changes—no matter what the economy does! Incredibly reliable and easy to understand. Contact Estate and Financial Planning to learn more: 1-800-884-7526 or e-mail Visit our website at

The weather is heating up. Get a “Health Brief” about Summer Car and Highway Safety from Community of Christ Health Ministries Association. In just 10 minutes the interior temperature of a car can rise 19 degrees creating a dangerous situation for children (and pets). People who text while driving a car are 23 times more likely to be involved in some kind of safety-critical event compared to those who do not text while driving. Informing our congregations and communities about these safety issues are ways Community of Christ can promote health, recognizing the worth of persons. Go to to find this health brief and over 50 others.

Check out our updated Child Protection Policy at This policy contains information about training, policies, procedures, and contacts. With other resources, a new core training PowerPoint presentation in English, French, or Spanish can be downloaded. Simultaneous to the website launch, a core training resource pack (including a DVD of English-language, live training for use in the field) was made available to English-speaking field officers at their recent meetings at International Headquarters.

Help make Daily Bread. The Daily Bread, which includes daily spiritual practices, is a good place to reach out and share stories. From the simple to the transformative, your story will speak to someone. Lu Mountenay, Daily Bread editor, is seeking your story for the 2012 Daily Bread. Stories should be 1,700 or fewer characters with spaces (about 300 words). Write your story and send it to Lu today by mailing it to her attention at Community of Christ International Headquarters or emailing

New “Study and Faith” scholarships make a Graceland University education affordable for all Community of Christ Students. Community of Christ and Graceland leaders launched this scholarship program for church members around the world who want a Graceland education but believe tuition may be prohibitive. Graceland will now offer scholarships to all church members equal to 50 percent of tuition on the Lamoni, Iowa, campus. World Church President Stephen M. Veazey and Graceland President John Sellars are enthusiastic about the scholarship program and believe it will strengthen century-old ties between the university and its sponsoring church. To learn more about the “Study and Faith” scholarship program, contact the Graceland University Admissions Office:; 1-866-GRACELAND.
May 9-12: International Leadership Council meets
May 16-20: Seminary Focus Session
May 30: International Headquarters offices closed—Memorial Day (USA)

June 6-10: Seminary focus session
June 12: Pentecost/Endowment Day
July 4: International Headquarters office closed—Independence Day (USA)
July 23-30: Spectacular—Graceland, Lamoni, Iowas (USA)

Daily Prayer for Peace—A brief worship service is held daily at 1:00 pm central time at the Temple. Join us in prayer from wherever you are. For details and the text of each day’s prayer, visit


Spring Cleaning


Remember that most all of us can help in some way, including the kids.  If you think back to when you were a child and helped with Spring Cleaning at camp, its a memory of pride and ownership you will carry with you for life…and a great gift to give YOUR children.


Samish Island Work Week

This year over 1,500 people attending over 30 events will come to Samish Island Campground.   It’s time to prepare to welcome them!  Come help us clean, mow, trim, paint, sweep, weed eat, wipe, spray, nail, pressure wash, edge, repair, tune up, wash and set up!  Bring your family and friends and spend a week or a day at Samish!  You'll feel great!!

Samish Work Week Monday to Friday May 2-6
Work Days Saturday May 7 and June 11
Housing and Meals Provided
RSVP  Glen Fishel 360.757.4559  or Mark Chapman 360.766.8125 or Terry Smiley 360.854-0988
In addition to regular cleaning and maintenance, special projects will include:
Siding on two classroom cabins
New Gables on one row of cabins
Build porches on Dorm Cabins C and D
Re-side South Side of Brown Restroom

We have lots of “very easy” jobs too so come on out!


Hills of Peace Camp Opening

New Date

Camp Opening Weekend for Hills of Peace  will take place on May 14-15 this year. This is one week earlier than our traditional May long weekend date. We changed it hoping more people could come for a day and a half of cleaning, light maintenance, fun and fellowship. People will be arriving on Friday night, but the work will start Saturday morning after breakfast and continue until mid day on Sunday. Hope to see you there!




Arts on the Lake

at Hills of Peace, May 27-29

Time is running out to register for this celebration of fine arts, fellowship and fun.

RSVP today!

Class descriptions can be found on our Facebook page

 Arts mug


Canada West Mission Conference Accommodation

Be sure to book your accommodation early for Mission Conference in Vancouver, September 2nd to 4th.  We have LOTS of FREE accommodation available!

To arrange for billeting contact Linda Phelps at 604-792-1057 or

Or if you prefer a Hotel…

The Days Inn - $119per night 2 Queen beds, $109 2 Double beds, free continental breakfast, internet and parking. Other rooms and rates available. Use booking code “CWMConference”  2075 Kingsway, Vancouver, V5N2T2   604-876-5531 or 1-800-546-4792  

Accent Inn - $109per night- includes complimentary shuttle to and from Conference, free parking and internet.  3777 Henning Drive Burnaby, BC V5C 6N5 Canada Phone (604) 473-5000 Fax (604) 473-5095 email Use booking code Community of Christ.



Registration Instructions for Camping Season

To register for camps please use this link Camp Registration fill out the form and email it to the appropriate camp director. This is used as a courtesy to the camp director, to  hold your spot at the camp, retreat, or function, and to provide the cooks with basic numbers for meals.

The enrollment form must be printed, filled out, scanned and emailed, snail mailed, or you can bring the signed forms with you to camp.  This procedure is in place because we MUST have signatures on these forms.

Additional Medical and Liability information can be found on the CWM Downloads page of the CWM Website as well.


Have an AWESOME week!

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