Monday, December 18, 2017

Peace within Conflict

An Advent Reflection from Jodi Garbison

I shy away from writing opportunities even if I think I might have something to offer. I’m not sure why.

“I have lots of experience to draw from,” I tell myself. I’ve lived in community for 14 years. What could provide more opportunity to work through conflict than living and sharing all things in common with 10 other people? We have offered hospitality to homeless friends for 14 years. What could provide more opportunity to work through conflict than walking with people who have many unmet needs?

While these experiences over the years have certainly informed how I work through conflict, this Advent scripture passage offers a different perspective.

Romans 12:12-14: Be happy in your hope, stand your ground when you’re in trouble, and devote yourselves to prayer. Contribute to the needs of God’s people, and welcome strangers into your home. Bless people who harass you – bless and don’t curse them.

Because of situations beyond my control, this has been one of the darker seasons of my life. Peace has felt elusive and fleeting. Peace has felt groundless and unsure. Seeking peace has felt much like trying to grasp disappearing vapor or the discouraging, fruitless efforts to remember the details of a recent dream. As I reflected on this scripture, I realized that the focus is less about where I experience conflict and more about where (and when) I experience peace. I read this passage differently this
year.

When we gather each morning for prayer, I experience peace. I experience the joy that comes in journeying with community members who pray together. Community that believes in the power of being still before God in prayer gives peace that has strong footing.

When we open our doors each day, I experience the presence and welcome of those—some strangers, some friends—who come to Cherith Brook for clothing, showers, and food. I experience the peace of God in contributing to the needs of God’s people. I am able to be happy in my hope, stand my ground in trouble, and remember that I am not alone.

In these rhythms of prayer and engaged hospitality, rather than feeling unmoored, I am grounded and held strong. This is where (and when) I experience peace in times of uncertainty, times of conflict. To combat the darkness, peace comes through offering and receiving welcome. It comes when we remember our interconnectedness. Peace comes from being happy in our hope to encounter Christ who comes in the guise of our guests. We live each day, all year, in the season of Advent—anticipating the Coming of Christ, the Prince of Peace.

Creating God, break open our hearts, so that we may be ready to welcome you, the Prince of Peace.

Amen.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Summer/Advent 2017 Newspaper Hot Off the Press

Our Summer/Advent 2017 issue of the Cherith Brook newspaper is out now!

This special ten year anniversary edition of the Cherith Brook Catholic Worker Newspaper includes a timeline of special events and photos from 2007 to 2017. It also features an article by Eric Garbison and poems by Jared, Jennifer, and NaNa. An updated needs list is on page 7.

You can view our newspaper embeded below or view and download a copy of the newspaper on a separate page by clicking here.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

We will be CLOSED for 2 weeks starting June 30th.  Join us again when we reopen on July 17th!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Come join PeaceWorks for their annual Memorial Day walk/ride/die-in.  We do a 10-mile walk/ride from the old nuclear weapons parts plant to the new one.  It's a chance to call for a world free from all nuclear weapons! Our program and die-in focuses on the many deaths related to contaminants from the making of parts for nuclear weapons at Bannister Federal Complex.  We'd love to have you join us for the 10 mile walk, last mile of the walk or for the program/die-in at the end.
Here's a schedule of what the day will look like.  Call/email with questions...

7:45 am    Park on Lydia (1 block east of Troost, just south of Bannister)
8 am        Meet 1 block E of Lydia on Bannister
8:15 am    Begin walk/ride
11 am or so     Meet at Prospect and Mo. Hwy. 150, begin last mile of walk
Noon or so        Meet at 14510 Botts Rd., north of Mo. Hwy. 150, for program and die-in. One of our speakers and die-in participants will be para-teacher Debbie Penniston, whose husband died 8 1/2 years ago from brain cancer after working decades at the old site at BFC for making parts for nuclear weapons. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


In June we will be starting a book study on Invisible Man. Got the Whole World Watching. We'll meet Tuesdays at 11:30am for lunch and discussion. Let us know if you're interested in joining us and we will get you more details.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

On Saturday, May 13th from 9am to 12:30pm,  we will be having our monthly Second Saturday Work Day.   We will put you to work sorting clothes, cooking lunch, deep cleaning, doing maintenance, gardening, ect. Afterward, we will enjoy table fellowship together. Please RSVP as soon as possible so we can plan projects.  You can call (816) 241-8047 or email at cherithbrookkcmo@gmail.com.  We are located at 3226 E. 12th St. in KCMO

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Conversations with Dorothy Day" 
Sunday 4/23 at 6pm at Cherith Brook Cafe 
3226 E. 12th St. Kansas City, MO 
Soup and Dessert Provided