Change does happen…

A poem, title unknown, by Rev. Lindi Ramsden, from her 2014 Berry Street Essay

Change does happen;

sometimes so slowly we can’t see it.

So we foster friendships beyond the familiar, organize for the long haul,

invest ourselves in the daily tasks of change, building networks of trust.


When public assumptions start to crack and open, stunned by reality into the necessity for change,

We are ready to move history:

ready with ideas and networks, songs and strategy, courage and compassion.

A good farm has soil built up, slowly, over generations, yet also knows the urgency of the harvest.

Justice too,

requires the long view

and powerful work in the ripe moment.

A safe place to park and ‘camp’

Bolan Meek, a volunteer at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, points to an area in the back of the church where overnight parking for campers will be allowed. [Daily Tidings / Jamie Lusch]

Three parking spaces sit empty but numbered and ready for so called “car campers” behind the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship church at 87 Fourth St., Ashland, Oregon. They are next to a small vegetable garden and a locked portable toilet. These spaces are for people who live in their cars and need a safe and welcoming place to park, sleep and function without getting a citation under the city’s ban on “camping.”

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