Sweet home Monte Verde film is streaming on PBS

The story of this filmmaking venture begins in 2013 when Bill Adler and his family were living in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Bill had a passion to preserve the history of the community’s original founders, a group of Quakers from Fairhope, Alabama, so he began the task of interviewing the elders and crafting a film. Along the way, there were some starts and stops (these often happen with independent film projects), and in 2017, Robin Truesdale joined Bill to direct and edit the hour-long documentary. The film was finished in February 2020 just weeks before the Covid pandemic began erupting around the world. 
Covid threw us for a loop, canceling the theatrical premiere and plans for a film tour at festivals and conferences. But virtual connections came to the rescue. We’ve been able to screen the film for virtual groups and film festivals and take part in online Q&A discussions. 
We want to express our thanks to all the film’s supporters – from the early days, through the production years, and during our pandemic release! Also, we’re extremely grateful to the individuals and families who shared their stories, both on and off camera. Their actions continue to impact our world. 
Please enjoy watching this amazing story of courage, conviction, and kindness! https://video.rmpbs.org/video/sweet-home-monteverde-dh7gzy/
Best wishes for 2022, Robin Truesdale and Bill Adler
Mission Statement: Through documentary storytelling, we strive to expand our understanding of the human experience and foster an informed, connected, and compassionate world.

Robin Truesdale and Bill Adler

Please follow the link above for more details of the film’s web home.

Vista Peace Pole

You Are Invited to the Dedication

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 10:00 am

Columbia Vista, 900 Senate St Median
(Between the SC Statehouse and the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center)

Masks and social distancing kindly requested.

The public is invited to attend a brief, outdoor dedication of the latest work of public art in Columbia, South Carolina. The eight-foot-tall peace pole, one of over 200,000 planted around the world, shares the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in eight languages. Local artist Eileen Blyth was commissioned by the Columbia Peace Pole Initiative, in collaboration with One Columbia for Arts and Culture. The artist has included a bell, which young and old may ring to signify their desire to actively work for peace in their communities and in the world. The Vista Peace Pole was funded by donations to the Columbia Peace Pole Initiative.
The Vista Peace Pole and names of donors will be included in One Columbia’s Public Art Directory ([email protected]).

For more information contact Elaine Frick ([email protected])

Friends Kayaking

As the last bit of summer warmth comes to an end, and we prepare for a winter 2021 only a South Carolina resident could understand. Friends of Columbia decided to come together for one last hoorah with Mother Nature for the season. The pumpkin spice is brewing and the eggnog is on the way. Tis the season while some went kayaking others visited with members of the Horry Branch of Friends at the meeting house.

Hiroshima Vigil

PLEASE JOIN Columbia Friends Meeting and Carolina Peace Community on Friday, August 6th, from 7 to 8 pm at Columbia Friends Meeting (120 Pisgah Church Road 29203). We will remember the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to honor the hibakusha – the last remaining survivors of the explosions.  We will begin with silent, expectant worship in the manner of Quakers and then share as we are led.

In August people around the world hold vigils in memory of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to remember and to pledge never to use nuclear weapons again. Columbia Friends have held vigils since the early 1990’s when Rebecca (since deceased) and Harry Rogers organized silent vigils.

South Carolinians, we hope, will commemorate Hiroshima Day. Savannah River Site in the 1950’s began producing materials used in nuclear weapons. Not only have key explosive components of nuclear weapons been constructed here, but our state also has been a center for nuclear weapon and nuclear waste production. Currently, Savannah River Site is being planned as a factory to create nuclear triggers for more nuclear weapons.

This year, Columbia’s annual Hiroshima Day will remember the destruction caused by nuclear weapons, celebrate community, and pledge to walk together in peace.