Archives for April 2016

*This Changes Everything* DVD on Sunday, May 1st

miki soos logoOn Sunday, Mathischangesy 1st, at 4 p.m., Pamela Hughes, Sierra Club Niagara Group Chair, will show a DVD, “This Changes Everything”, at the Environmental Cottage of Riverside-Salem United Church of Christ/Disciples of Christ, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island.

From the DVD publicity: “Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

“Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

“Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

“The extraordinary detail and richness of the cinematography in This Changes Everything provides an epic canvas for this exploration of the greatest challenge of our time. Unlike many works about the climate crisis, this is not a film that tries to scare the audience into action: it aims to empower. Provocative, compelling, and accessible to even the most climate-fatigued viewers, This Changes Everything will leave you refreshed and inspired, reflecting on the ties between us, the kind of lives we really want, and why the climate crisis is at the centre of it all.”

Riverside-Salem UCC/DC, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072-0207

Program from 4-6 p.m. Sunday; potluck following.

Arun Gandhi to speak at Sister Karen Klimczak remembrance

Arun Gandhi

miki soos logoArun Gandhi, grandson of the great peacemaker Mahatma Gandhi, will speak on “Legacies of Nonviolence: From Gandhi to Sister Karen” at the annual fundraiser for the SSJ Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence on Sunday, April 24th at 3 pm at Immaculata Academy, 5138 South Park Ave. in Hamburg, NY.

Riverside-Salem members and friends are encouraged to attend. There will be no program at the Cottage on this date.

Internationally known, Gandhi has been spreading the message of peace and nonviolence for decades. Founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, he will share lessons about compassion and love he learned from his grandfather.

This year is the 10th anniversary of Sister Karen Klimczak’s passing and the event will include a special commemoration of her life and ministry. The Center for Nonviolence founded in her memory shares a mission with Arun Gandhi to eliminate violence in our world.

Tickets are $25, student price $5 and scholarships are available. Tickets are available by calling 716-362-9688, purchasing online at or at the door.

A day for laughter yoga

miki soos logoScience backs up laughter as the best medicine.

Laughter Yoga was developed based on the scientific proof that laughter enhances the immune system.

On April 10 at 4:00 PM at Riverside Salem (3449 West River Rd., Grand Island) join me (Alan Sexton, a certified leader on Laughter Yoga) and participate in an introduction to Laughter Yoga, including a brief history of its development.

The only thing you need to bring is your funny bone.

(But Al is also a poet and welcomes possibilities to share poetry & other inspirations.)

Upcoming Sunday programs:

April 17         Vicki Ross, Charley Bowman, Valerie Niederhoffer, and Russell Brown, “Militarism & Environmental Degradation:  Mutuality at its worst.” We are waging war. We are the Nation of War. We destroy. We kill. Everyone fears us. Fewer and fewer admire us. The Pentagon is relentless in seeking immunity from federal environmental protection laws. [From Counterpunch, 3/9/16)

April 24          SKC 10th anniversary of Sr. Karen’s murder.  Arun Gandhi speaks at Immaculata Academy in Hamburg; tickets are $25.  Info:  362-9688 (Sr. Karen Center).

May 1              Pamela Hughes shows “This Changes Everything” (DVD)

May 8              “Mother Earth Day” – wood-chipping paths +

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