Autumn has arrived and the weather was perfect for a Stand Up! I hosted one Friday night after work at the Brethren Volunteer Services House in Washington, DC with five of my friends. As we sat outside, sipping hot cider and admiring the changing leaves, we reflected on the difficult times our country is facing, and the importance of not letting poverty abroad slip from our radar. We then signed the Picture New Leadership Petition, and talked about how exciting it is that the question of who will be the next Treasury Secretary is suddenly, on everybody's mind. Lastly, we took photos for the Picture New Leadership Campaign under the Christmas tree lights strewn around the yard. Truly, all had a great time!!
Make sure you read the blog posted yesterday from Jubilee Oregon’s Bob Brown and friends.
Carline Emmons hosted a Stand Up at her church, but a sudden change in weather almost dampened their plans. St. Francis Xavier Parish planned to gather outside after morning mass to hold their Stand Up, but an unexpected visitor, the year’s first snowstorm, greeted them. Nonetheless, they bundled up against the Montana cold, and moved their event inside. Amazingly, over 100 people braved the bad weather to attend! Now that's dedication.
Sister Sandra Lyons was determined to go all out this year, by hosting three separate events. She had sisters from the Bernadine Franciscan order stand at two different regional meetings. She also gathered clients and sisters from the Chester Bernadine Center, a food pantry. Here clients of the food pantry in Pennsylvania showed solidarity with impoverished people abroad.