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Peace Community Invited to Potluck

Please Join Military Families Speak Out and Veterans
for Peace on Sunday January 9th, at the Community of
Christ Church for a "Prayer Flag Potluck."
Dear Friends,
As we welcome in the new year, and many in our country
welcome in a new term for President Bush we are left
with a very important task: To inform the public of
the true, human cost of war. We are left to continue
the movement that calls for the US troops being sent
home from Iraq now.

Please Join Military Families Speak Out and Veterans
for Peace on Sunday January 9th, at the Community of
Christ Church for a "Prayer Flag Potluck." We will
meet from 2-6 to create a prayer flag for every US
soldier who has died because of being in Iraq, and
over 100 flags that each represent 1000 Iraqi
Civilian lives lost. On the flags we will have the
name of the life lost and a prayer, or thought in
memory of that soldier or the Iraqi Civilians.

This prayer flag will be used at our January 20th
Peace Protest of President Bush's inauguration and
also used at other Peace events this year. We hope
that the "Prayer Flag Potluck" will be a time for the
Peace community to come closer as we prepare for an
important day of Solidarity on January 20th.

If you plan on attending the potluck please RSVP to
Eric Blickenstaff at  ehblick@yahoo.com or call
with any questions at 503-708-6190. Directions to the
Church are below.

If your last name starts with:

A-M Please bring your own drinks and a salad and/or a
main dish.

N-Z Please bring your own drinks and a dessert
and/or a main dish.



I hope to see you soon,

Eric Blickenstaff
Military Families Speak Out


Coming South on I-5:
Take I-5 SOUTH towards PORTLAND, take exit #301
towards THE DALLES onto I-84 EAST - go 2.4 mi, take
exit #2 towards 39TH AVE. - go 0.1 mi, turn Right on
NE 39TH AVE - go 0.5 mi, enter the turnaround until
you can exit East on NE GLISAN ST - go 0.4 mi, turn
Right on NE 47TH AVE - go 0.2 mi, turn Left on NE
COUCH ST - go 0.1 mi, arrive at 4837 NE COUCH ST,
PORTLAND, church is on the Left.

Coming North on I-5
Take I-5 North, exit #300 towards THE DALLES/PORTLAND
AIRPORT onto I-84 EAST - go 3.0 mi, take exit #2
towards 39TH AVE. - go 0.1 mi, turn Right on NE 39TH
AVE - go 0.5 mi, enter the turnaround until you can
exit East on NE GLISAN ST - go 0.4 mi, turn Right on
NE 47TH AVE - go 0.2 mi, turn Left on NE COUCH ST - go
0.1 mi, arrive at 4837 NE COUCH ST, PORTLAND, church
is on the Left.

Coming west on I-84:
Take I-84 WEST/US-30 WEST towards PORTLAND, take exit
#2 towards 43RD AVE. - go 0.3 mi, turn Right on NE
HALSEY ST - go 0.2 mi, turn right on NE 47TH AVE - go
0.7 mi, turn left on NE COUCH ST - go 0.1 mi, arrive

phone: phone: 503-708-6190

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hate to ditch it but 08.Jan.2005 09:03

nobody

The linking of the peace effort to a church turns my stomach. Being a non-believer and participating in an event like this compromises my personal ethics. Aren't the war mongers doing God's work anyway? They seem to think so.

privatly funded public space 08.Jan.2005 11:00

Thomas mail@cthgathering.org

Sorry nobody, your stand, while popular in some self described *radical* circles is merely proof that those hate-mongers that steal the name Christian have been sucessful in their efforts to fool the public.

We on the *Christian left* have stood against war, greed, domination,and exploitation far longer than any other conntinuing heritage. Even more importantly, how many open to the public buildings are there that are not owned by the government? Church buildings are put up and maintained by communities of individuals voluntarily providing space for what they see as community benefit.


Does it matter? 08.Jan.2005 20:03

Colby

The soldiers are people too no matter what their beliefs, their families want to do this and they want help, if you don't want to just say so. I have my own issues with churches but one thing that they are generous with is letting people use their spaces, I like the idea of a flag that will be taken to the inauguration.

not asking for others to abstain 09.Jan.2005 09:39

nobody

Intent of my post was to speak to the mass of those non-believers that feel very uncomfortable with church related activities. Peace is the goal and it doesn't matter to me what people believe as long they don't push their views of religion onto others... which seems impossible for them to not do. It is not something that this atheist likes, standing around bowing your head in pseudo prayer to some trumped up diety asking for the bad guys to go and peace to be returned. But, if that is what you are into, it would be better for you to pray for peace than for the continued killing of muslims as the others in the christian community seem to desire or at least to feel obliged to ignore.

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