Loretto Community Welcomes New Co-Member Byron Plumley
By Pat McCormickAs Byron Plumley approached the completion of our IATW/Loretto Life study group, he worked diligently to be accepted as a co-member by springtime, saying, “That is the season of new beginnings, the rise of seeds coming to fruition, and I want to be a co-member when I attend the Assembly in July.” He is a member of Community Group 4.
Byron is a farmer, nurturer and teacher of peace and nonviolence.
He and his wife, Shirley Whiteside, have a “farm” in the city, are ecological practitioners, and have been part of the Denver justice and peace community since the early 1970s.
Byron now adds his joyful and inquisitive self to our Loretto faith and discernment journey.
Byron shares the following as his introduction to the wider Loretto Community:
“Over the past 40 years I have been involved with many members of the Loretto Community working for justice and peace. I am excited to be part of this inclusive Community of women and men who share passion for nonviolence and the sacred web of life.
“In the late ‘70s I directed Cornerstone Justice and Peace Center in Denver. Pat McCormick was on our staff, and Pam Solo was on our board. Fond memories include our protest at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site with Mary Luke Tobin leading a little dance after our arrest.
“Shirley is my life partner, and what a blessing! She is an activist with a long history of involvement with homeless folks in Denver.
“She sponsors the Denver War Tax Boycott. Shirley has been a friend of Loretto for many years … even sharing jail time with Cecily Jones and Mary Ann Cunningham.
“Our home is the ‘Whiteplum Farm (Whiteside/Plumley),’ with several large gardens and a few chickens.
“My daughter, Anne, her husband, John, and our granddaughter, Lilli (14), live in Aurora, Colo. My daughter, Katie, lives in Naples, Fla., with her husband, Paul, and our grandson, AJ (14), and granddaughter, Jazmyn (11).
“Shirley’s family lives in Minneapolis. I have enjoyed being part of that family for the past 26 years.
“After 42 years of educational work, I retired in May 2014. While at Regis University I established a Peace and Justice Studies major. Now, it is time to begin a new chapter … volunteering with homeless folks, fiddle lessons, a beginning Spanish course, doing watercolor painting and metal sculpture. “