Like many of you, I have oscillated this last week between disbelief, deep sadness and disappointment, anger, and fear. We do not know what the next months and years will hold for our country, but we do know that we will continue to be called to resist tyranny, xenophobia, homophobia, misogyny, racism, and Islamaphobia. And we will be there.
The seasons seem to bring different rhythms to the Cana Community. While the fall and winter find us hunkering down in this snow belt, the warmer months bring new experiences. Cana Community members venture from South Bend to lands near and far to join others in work for peace and justice.
The School of the Americas Protest has become my activist family reunion. For the last five years, I’ve marched with many of the same people from organizations I trust and love. This year we converged on the Mexico/US border in Nogales.
At the Activist Council Fall Meeting this past weekend we said a huge “Thank You” to Fritz Gutwein, who has been part of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship staff for over five years. He was hired as the Associate Director and became a Co-Director with Rick Ufford-Chase and then Emily Brewer. Fritz brought his wisdom and knowledge of development and communications to PPF, overseeing a doubling of the operating budget and more regular and frequent communications.