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articles, events, people, and information in world affairs.
B. Books and
C. Health and
"Wisdom is the light of truth, the knowing, the real, which enables us
The Will to Good is the light of Wisdom in the action of loving understanding, compassion,
and, pure-practical reasoning." - CJ Wheat
"Give light, and the darkness will disappear itself." -
"May Peace Prevail On Earth"
A. Articles - Interfaithnews.net,
URI.org, GTW.org, Worldgoodwill.org, SaveTibet.org, MercyCorps.org,
The Great Invocation
A LETTER TO FRIENDS ON THE PATHWAY
"At the turn of the new year, Mussie Hailu,
Vice Chair of the United Religions Initiative’s (URI) Global Council, wrote a
touching and inspiring letter to URI members worldwide. Though written
specifically to the URI, its content is broad and I commend it to all
participants in the global interfaith movement...."
Read the article at http://www.interfaithnews.net/wp/2006/02/01/a-letter-to-friends-on-the-pathway-to-peace/
REFLECTING ON HAMAS AND THE
PROSPECTS FOR MID-EAST PEACE
Executive Director Charles Gibbs offers his reflections on the recent victory of
Hamas in Palestinian Parliament elections—beginning with despair and ending in
Read the article at http://www.interfaithnews.net/wp/2006/02/02/reflecting-on-hamas/
URI - New weekly column on 'Interfaith as a
Global Hope', online, by Charles Gibbs
"Charles Gibbs has
begun writing a weekly column for the United Press International (UPI) Religion
and Spirituality forum. Titled "A Global Hope," this series is an
excellent opportunity for the voice of Charles and the URI to be heard on the
internet on a regular basis. Please check it out at http://www.religionandspiritualityforum.com
to read, enjoy, and share with others. Each week his new column will be posted
on the front page of this Forum on Monday and Tuesday, and thereafter will be
available through Charles' listing as a columnist. "
Read the article at http://www.uri.org/Features/Features_Main/CGCOLUMN.html
GATHER THE WOMEN
often find ourselves discussing language here at Gather the Women. We are keenly
aware that the words we are using to communicate always carry energy, always
create a reaction in the receiver. Sometimes that reaction is warm and
welcoming; other times the reaction is to recoil or contract. When the reaction
is contraction, there is no longer any real communication possible. The
interactive opportunity has shut down, and we are left with separation.
Because Gather the Women holds the intention to heal that which separates, we
have dedicated ourselves to exploring this issue of language, meaning and
assumptions. We will be featuring a regular column in Reflections called
"What about this word..." that will step right into the center of the
tension around some of the powerful words in our global conversation..."
- by Kathlyn Schaaf
Read the article at http://www.gatherthewomen.org
THE POWER OF TRUE LEADERSHIP
"As well as focusing on
various aspects of leadership, we are also acknowledging and celebrating the
work of this group of world servers. After all, a celebration is not necessarily
a party, but a joyful affirmation whose power is equal to that of prayer and
meditation in its effect. The members of this group form a living organism, a
movement rather than an outer organisation and they come from all walks of life
and all disciplines. Their vision for humanity and common motive to serve
creates a subjective inner link between them. Therefore, though some might not
consciously consider themselves as part of a world wide group, they are united
through aim and intent, striking up an instant and powerful.........."
Read the article at http://www.lucistrust.org/goodwill/nl/2005/4/2005nl4_p2.shtml
In 2002, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a
respected Buddhist leader, and Lobsang Dhondup were arrested by Chinese
authorities for crimes that they did not commit. Both men were sentenced to
death for "incitement to separatism" and "crimes of terror"
involving a series of explosions in Sichuan Province. On January 26, 2003, the
Sichuan Provincial Court rejected Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's appeal, and Lobsang
Dhondup was executed the same day. Today, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche remains
in a Chinese prison for a crime he did not commit. He has reportedly been
tortured and his physical condition has deteriorated.
January 26th marks the third anniversary of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's
failed court appeal, and the first anniversary of his wrongful life sentence.
On this anniversary, you can voice your support for Tenzin Delek
Rinpoche by collecting signatures for this
petition that will be sent to Mr. Li Zhaoxing, Minister of Foreign Affairs
for the Chinese, calling for the immediate release of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche.
Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was a highly regarded community figure
in eastern Tibet, where he helped build schools, monasteries and homes for the
elderly. Threatened by his leadership role outside the Communist Party, Tenzin
Delek Rinpoche became a political target of the Chinese government. To date, the
Chinese authorities have not produced any credible evidence of Tenzin Delek
Rinpoche's involvement in the explosions, and the prosecutions have not met
minimum standards of due process. A smuggled tape made by Tenzin Delek Rinpoche
asserted, "Whatever the authorities do and say, I am innocent."
Despite having his sentence commuted to life in prison, the
case has yet to be resolved justly.
Therefore, ICT calls for the immediate release of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche.
In 2006, we will continue to work vigorously for the freedom of Tenzin Delek
and for all Tibetan political prisoners. The voiceless Tibetans inside Tibet are
on us to speak up."
make a tax-deductible, donation to support ICT's work in the coming year.
John Ackerly, President
In 2006, we will continue to work vigorously for the freedom for all Tibetan
"MERCY CORPS is a non-profit organization
that exists to alleviate suffering,
poverty, and oppression by helping people
build secure, productive, just communities."
AFGHANISTAN has emerged from decades of
conflict and oppression to find itself facing another terrible foe: the opium
poppy. These poppies, which produce addictive opium that can be processed into
heroin, have taken over the country's economy, accounting for more than half its
gross domestic product in 2005. Opium products are exacting a horrific toll on
the people of Afghanistan and neighboring countries. Thousands of new users are
tumbling into addiction every day, ruining local economies and wrecking
Mercy Corps has a way to combat this ever-increasing problem. READ
Shelter remains the top priority for Mercy Corps aid workers in northern PAKISTAN,
where immense needs remain from October's 7.6-magnitude earthquake.
Mercy Corps teams are also working to ensure families living in large-scale tent
camps have clean water and proper sanitation. Activity at our tented health
facilities also picked up last week, as acute respiratory illnesses topped the
list of ailments reported by the 3,500 patients. Medical outreach teams continue
to visit and treat residents of isolated villages.
"Please visit http://www.mercycorps.org/items/2288/
today and see how you can join our efforts."
"We need your
help to ensure critical aid and assistance to children and families in need.
Mercy Corps' programs in Sudan, India, Pakistan, North America, South America,
Africa and throughout the world, are
helping provide families hope for the future--one child at a time."
Your click on the "Give Free Food" button at The
Hunger Site funds food for the hungry, paid for by site sponsors whose
ads appear after you click, and provided to people in need around the world
through the efforts of Mercy Corps
"May Peace Prevail on Earth!"
From the point of Light
within the Mind of God
Let Light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.
From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.
From the centre where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men -
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.
From the centre which we call the race of men
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan
"The above Invocation, Mantra or Prayer
belongs to all Humanity. There are certain central truths and laws that
are accepted by all people worldwide, inherently and rightly so, - the
truth of a Being of the Highest Power Whom we contribute all things
known and unknown, governing, guiding, motivating energies of power
which are the just laws of the universe - LOVE."
of The Hierarchy, pg
in the New Age, Vol. II, pg
The Reappearance of The Christ,
pg 31; Telepathy
and the Etheric Vehicle, pg
138 - Alice
"The definition of religion, which will in the future prove of greater accuracy than any yet formulated by the theologians, might be expressed as follows: Religion is the name given to the invocative appeal of humanity and the evocative response of the greater Life to that
cry." - D.K. (See "The Reappearance of The Christ")
The Glory of The ONE
B. Books and Authors
CONCEPTS IN THE PRACTICE OF SUFISM" - by M. Fethullah Gülen -
" 'The heart is the home of God; purify it from whatever is other than Him
so that the All-Merciful may descend into His palace at night.' Though simple in
Gülen is original in thought and action. He embraces all
humanity, and is deeply averse to unbelief, injustice, and deviation. His belief
and feelings are profound, and his ideas and approach to problems are both wise
and rational. A living model of love, ardor, and feeling, he is extraordinarily
balanced in his thoughts, acts, and treatment of matters."
FOR HEALING" - by Maggie Oman - "As recent scientific research
shows, the simple act of praying can be emotionally, spiritually, and even
physically healing. With Prayers for Healing, Maggie Oman invites readers into
the healing space she has created within the pages of this daybook to reap its
benefits in times of stress, illness, depression, or spiritual longing. With
inspiration from such diverse sources as the Tao Te Ching, the Koran, the Torah,
Native American texts, and the Bible, contributors include Thich Nhat Hanh,
Wendell Berry, Jack Kornfield, Rumi, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marian Wright Edelman,
Martin Luther King, Jr., and Marianne Williamson."
"WHAT MATTERS TO THE HEART" - by
McCary - "From motherhood to sisterhood, P.K. shares her insights and
wisdom as well as her most intimate moments that brought her closer to God in
this anthology on hope and love. She is a master storyweaver and author whose philosophy
in life is that we must strive to bring humanity to its highest attributes.
Living in Houston, Texas, Ms. McCary has dedicated her work and life to peace
and justice. The stories she writes emphasizes her belief that God blesses the
entire world ... no exceptions."
A HEART FOR GOD" - by Dianne Aprile and Patrick Hart - "Aprile
offers a thorough, readable introduction to the Trappists and experiencing one
of their monasteries. The monastic experience demystified and an essential guide
to what it is like to spend a week inside a Catholic monastery. A life of quiet,
work and prayer, monasticism has been a part of the Christian spiritual
tradition for over 1,700 years, and it remains very much alive today. This guide
will prepare you for your own first venture into experiencing monastic
spirituality and a fascinating way to deepen your spiritual life no matter what
your faith tradition. Whether you're simply curious about what is behind the
mystery, or interested in experiencing it firsthand, this is the ideal handbook.
Also included are a helpful glossary of terms and a listing of monasteries
throughout North America that receive visitors."
C. Health and Well-Being
C.U.R.E. Medical Travel Teams
Since 1987, Project
C.U.R.E. has saved thousands of lives in the developing
world through its delivery of medical supplies and equipment. Today,
Project C.U.R.E. is offering health care professionals and volunteers an
international opportunity to
share their expertise and commitment.
Where do you fit in? http://projectcure.org/cure/ruswoody.aspx
URGENT SPECIAL NEED - A clinic in Hanoi,
Vietnam urgently needs cardiovascular surgeons to help a young boy. Please
contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-754-2442!!
Consuming More Organics than Ever
The number of Americans who've tried organic foods has jumped to 65 percent in
2005, compared to 54 percent in 2003 and 2004, and a quarter of 1,000 people
responding to a survey said they're consuming organics more than they did a year
ago, said Whole Foods Market.
3. From: The Humanitarian Action Network
"WE COMMIT ourselves - one person, one voice, one vote at a
time - to make a better, safer world for all."
a Global Movement to End Poverty - "Show
support for making poverty history by wearing a simple white band.
Sign the ONE Campaign declaration at http://www.one.org
or find out more about what is happening around the world by going to http://www.whiteband.org."
"WE BELIEVE that in the best American tradition of helping
others help themselves, now is the time to join with other countries in
a historic pact for compassion and justice to help the poorest people of
the world overcome AIDS and extreme poverty." http://capwiz.com/interaction/home/
Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006)
Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World
Nations Literacy Decade (2003-2012)
International Decade for Action:
Water for Life (2005-2015)
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