Activism from a Place of Peace

There are two ways to be an activist: from a place of pain—anger, self‐righteousness, blame, or despair—or from a place of love and delight. The latter has long eluded me. In fact, it seemed ridiculous. How could I work for peace or justice or environmental healing without being upset? Wasn’t some kind of anger a prerequisite for doing the hard work, staying committed, and not giving up? And how could I look at what is happening in our nation, our forests, our planet without being horrified and furious, and periodically swallowed by grief? Despair, however, did not🔒

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Tina Tau McMahon is a member of Multnomah Meeting in Portland, Oregon. She is a founding member of the McKenzie River Gathering, a social change foundation in Oregon. For 25 years she has been on the board of Northwest Women's History Project. She has been a volunteer with American Friends Service Committee and served on staff at Pendle Hill, John Woolman School, and Hidden Hill Friends Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. Byron Katie's website is http://www.thework.com.

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