Advocating Peacefully

Welcome to Let’s Try Peacemaking.  A site with resources, events, reflections, and testimonials for peacemakers. 

Reflection Paper Can Catholics Survive the Clergy Abuse Crisis? Some Psychological and Theological Reflections from Theological Studies: Forum

Written by Rosemary M. Ellmer, M.Div., Ph.D. Dr. Rosemary Ellmer is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in practice for over 30 years. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University, completed an M.Div. and an M.A. in Psychology and Religion from Pacific School of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at University of Texas at Austin. She has worked for over fifteen years at Santa Clara University both as an adjunct professor and a clinical psychologist and training director at the university’s counseling center. Currently, she is in private practice in San Jose, California. Dr. Rosemary Ellmer offers reflections from the fields of psychology and theology on the current crisis facing the church. Click on title to read article:  Can Catholics Survive the Clergy Abuse Crisis?

Update on Discussing Dr. Ellmer’s article    On Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Marie Rose Center in Campbell, we will have a discussion of Can Catholics Survive the Clergy Abuse Crisis?  We will meet at 65 W. Rincon in Campbell from 9 AM to Noon.

RSVP to Kathy Noether


Bryan Stevenson: How You Can Change the World

Reflection 6 months into 2018: From my perspective our country continues to spiral further downward into a darkened cave that bears no light. Yet people are still  energized and ready to do more.  There are people hopping into planes to fly to the border either to rally to assist in a shelter for those detained or recently released. Bishops are sending letters to their dioceses condemning the recent border policy. Governors and mayors are trying to correct the wrong that has been done to children and parents.  And today I read this quote by Clarissa Pinkola Estes that helps to make sense of our reaction to the chaos that surrounds us.

“Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach…What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding two, adding more, continuing.  We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.”

The chaos has also propelled young adult women and men to become more engaged in the future of our country. They are running  for office, volunteering, becoming involved in projects that are of benefit to others.

Some of those trying to soften the storm are looking at mindfulness practices.  Engaging in contemplation so that they can begin to understand and accept the perspective of others and not turn away in anger and derision from those who have opposing values.

So the societal dark matter that is swirling in our institutions, our personal lives, creating a disequilibrium may be a means of helping us today. Might we begin to confront this energy in a more positive way.  It is possible that in the end the dark matter can help create a more just and peaceful world.  January 5, 2018


 In the Spring of 2017 I attended the Unity Rally to show support for our Muslim Sisters and Brothers. I decided to engage in conversation with those who wish to deport Muslims because they believe that Muslims are passing Sharia Laws across the United States. Those that I spoke to were adamant about the veracity of their statements.  I checked out Dearborn, Michigan where supposedly Sharia Laws had been passed.  There was an article written stating that Dearborn Michigan had passed Sharia Law in 2015, but it was labeled as a false article.  READ More

Those opposing Muslims because it is claimed they are passing Sharia Law throughout the United States

These protests are branded as a “march against Sharia” and will explicitly target Muslims at a time when Islamophobia is already rampant.  ACT’s founder Brigitte Gabriel’s believes “every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim,” a Muslim “cannot be a loyal citizen of the United States,” and that Arabs “have no soul.” She also argues that, “America is at stage two Islamic Cancer.”

Our faith and our values call us to action and to ensuring that our communities feel safe and loved. Many turned out today to support our Muslim Sisters and Brothers. There were around 500 Pro Muslim vs. about 30 from ACT.  


Council on American-Islamic Relations  San Francisco Bay Area Office

3160 De La Cruz Blvd., Ste. 110
Santa Clara, CA 95054
408.986.9874 I<>

Catholic Relief Services held a workshop at the San Jose Chancery on Ethical Trade Practices.

The Women’s March in January was the first of many that has brought together  thousands in San Jose joined with others from around the world to March for Women, Equal Pay, Science, and the Climate.