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NEWSLETTER                                                               No. 3,  2005~
A global goodwill, interfaith newsletter spotlighting newsworthy  articles, events, people, and information in world affairs.

A.  Articles
B.  Books and Authors
C.  Health and Well-Being
D.  Events
E.  Subscribe

"Wisdom is the light of truth, the knowing, the real, which enables us to help.
The Will to Good is the light of Wisdom in the action of loving understanding, compassion, 
and,  pure-practical reasoning." - CJ Wheat
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"It is good to have an end to journey toward,
but it is the journey that matters in the end." - Ursula K. Le Guin

"May Peace Prevail On Earth"

Katrina Disaster Relief

Redcross.org Mercycorps.org SalvationArmy.org

A.  Articles - Interfaithnews.net, URI.org, Worldgoodwill.org, SaveTibet.org, MercyCorps.org,        G
                       TheHungerSite.com, International Peace Day

I CHOOSE TO LIVE IN AN AGE OF TRANSFORMATION
"In his April letter, URI Executive Directory Charles Gibbs writes "I refuse to live in an 'Age of Terror' … I refuse to live in an “Age of Terror”, though many politically powerful people and extremists, bent on destruction and death, see our time through that lens.
I choose, along with URI members and countless other sisters and brothers around the world, to live in an “Age of Transformation”. 
This age of transformation is no more risk free than an age of terror, but it is an age of active hope rather than ..."
Read the article at http://www.interfaithnews.net/wp/2005/05/31/age-of-transformation/ 

A PLANET ON THE BRINK - Rowan Williams
"The Archbishop of Canterbury warns that the price of our continued failure to protect the earth will be violence and social collapse."
"Too often in recent decades, the two big "e" words - ecology and economy - have been used as though they represented opposing concerns. Yes, we should be glad to do more about the environment, if only this didn't interfere with ..."
Read the article at http://www.interfaithnews.net/wp/2005/05/31/planet-on-the-brink  

URI’s fifth anniversary & 60th anniversary of the UN Charter
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I begin this letter in Seoul, Korea at the end of a transformative week in URI’s life. Seventy members of URI’s 2005 and 2008 Global Councils, Global Staff and special guests have been privileged to share here a week of spirit-filled work, profound solidarity with a nation yearning for peaceful reunification, gratitude and celebration. We journeyed to Korea from 23 countries, as members of over 20 religions, spiritual expressions and indigenous traditions. I want to share some major accomplishments and highlights ... "
Read the article at
http://www.uri.org/Features/Features_Main/ed0705letter.html 

GATHER THE WOMEN
To: The self-organizing women of the GTW Global Matrix
I have been observing our organic GTW process with a new perspective in the past few months, through a lens polished by the power of nature as it manifests on the land where I have come to live with my family. As we work together to pull tangled vines down from the eaves of the house or to clear a thicket of shrubs that have grown up to choke off a small rose garden, I am awed by the tenacious force of nature. 
2005 REGIONAL CONGRESSES (Date: Saturday, November 12, 2005, Theme: Building the Field)
Read the article at http://www.gatherthewomen.org 



THE UN: RESOLVING THE CRISIS OF VISION        
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"Crisis means ‘to separate, to decide or judge’, and is related to ‘critic’ meaning ‘able to discern’; hence spiritual crises are major tests of discrimination, which lead either to extended vision, or to greater separation and isolation. This is the power and the transformative potential inherent in our habit of crisis. The crisis of the world conflict that gave birth.........."
Read the article at  http://www.lucistrust.org/goodwill/nl/2005/3/ 




INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR TIBET               G

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) works to promote human rights and democratic freedoms for the people of Tibet. Founded in 1988, ICT is a non-profit membership organization with offices in Washington D.C., Amsterdam and Berlin.

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China's construction of a railway across the Tibetan plateau forms the cornerstone of Beijing's efforts to tighten control over Tibet. The railway, due for completion in 2007, will have an enormous negative environmental, social and economic impact on the Tibetan people and their land. Bombardier, a Canadian company that has been awarded a $78 million contract from the Chinese government for 361 rail cars, takes no responsibility for the fact that Tibetans have not been consulted about whether or how they want the railroad project to proceed. No matter the impact on Tibetan people or lands, Bombardier has stated that there is "no way" it will pull out. Today, Tibet support groups around the world are collectively telling Bombardier to put ethics before profit and to stay out of Tibet. Join in this day of global action for Tibet! Your voice is need so please ACT TODAY.

"The voiceless Tibetans inside Tibet are counting on us to speak up."
Please make a tax-deductible, donation to support ICT's work in the coming year.

Sincerely,
John Ackerly, President
In 2005, we will continue to work vigorously for the freedom for all Tibetan political prisoners.



"MERCY CORPS is a non-profit organization that exists to alleviate suffering,
poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, just communities."

Mercy Corps Disaster Relief
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"Dear Friends,
    In the hours before Hurricane Katrina made landfall, millions of Americans hoped and prayed that the U.S. Gulf coast would be spared the worst of the storm's wrath. I was among them, as were my Mercy Corps colleagues around the world. Unfortunately, the worst has come to pass - and it's much worse than most ever believed it could be. In times like these, though, the worst that nature can unleash is no match for the best of human kindness
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    Mercy Corps has partnered with Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) and needs your help to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of families that have lost their homes. We are working through ERD's extensive regional network to deliver help and hope to survivors in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama."
"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.
Mercy Corps' programs in Sudan, India, and throughout the world, are helping provide poor families hope for the future--one child at a time.
" http://www.mercycorps.org/home/ 



THE HUNGER SITE                                                    
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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 and America's Second Harvest.



"INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE"                         G

"A World Day recognition of Peace on Earth - is Wednesday, September 21. "May Peace Prevail On Earth!"
Our World family will be holding 'Peace Talks, Venues, Ceremonies' throughout the planet for the week of 17th through 
the 25th of September. We are blessed to be a part of this pervading movement in the history of mankind.

Today over 180 countries with over 200,000 locations have 'Peace Poles'.
A Peace Pole acts as a silent prayer and message for peace on Earth, and, inspiration for all cultures, races, religions, and ideologies to embrace compassion for all life with respect for all our diversity within the ONE human kingdom.

"One World United in a Common Goal"

Join people all over the world striving to bring peace to our homes, hearts, and communities by planting a Peace Pole. 
The planting and dedication of Peace Poles is never limited to a time frame. They have been planted in the spring, summer, winter and fall of every year since it's inception; however, it is quite momentous at this particular time of the World Day of Peace.

The Peace Pole started in 1955 by Masahisa Goi, founder of The World Peace Prayer Society, and, recognized by all nations as a symbol 
of the spirit of humanities united and common goal.

Quote: "As we move forward into this 21st century, we encourage all of you to take a positive step toward universal understanding. Touch people with the message of love. Pray for the peace and happiness of people in all other lands and cultures. Make a commitment to world peace by honoring the earth, honoring its people, and celebrating the unity of the human spirit." 
- Masami Saionji, Chairperson of The World Peace Prayer Society

In 1981 the United Nations General Assembly passed resolution 36/67 declaring an International Day of Peace.
In 2001, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a new resolution 55/282 declaring 21 September of each year as the International Day Of Peace.

THE PEACE POLE PROJECT
"A peace Pole is an internationally recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family, standing vigil in silent prayer for peace on earth." 
"May Peace Prevail on Earth!"

THE GREAT INVOCATION

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 on Earth.

"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."
(See Externalisation of The Hierarchy, pg 26...; Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. II, pg 148...;
The Reappearance of The Christ
, pg 31; Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle, pg 138 - Alice A. Bailey)

"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")        


B.  Books and Authors                                                    G                                                                              

"UNCOVERING THE WISDOM OF THE HEARTMIND
'Shaking Down Seed', And Other Stories of Ordinary Goodness - by Lin Jensen - "Every ordinary act of kindness - like shaking down seed from a frozen bird feeder - is an expression of the intuitive goodness which lies at the heart of every human being. Zen Buddhists call this inborn compassion the "Heartmind".. 
This touching and uplifting collection of tales and personal essays helps readers uncover the simple wisdom of charity, benevolence, and sympathy within everyday acts. Each story goes straight to the heart, reminding us of what we aspire to be and assuring us that it is within our reach to get there."

"SUPPLEMENTOLOGY"
: Combining Religion with Science - by Sidney R. Smith - "'In his new book, Sidney charts a path for those seeking a 21st century vision toward religion.' Quote by Ambrose Lane, WPFP - Pacific Radio. 'This is a hyper-religion which could potentially encompass all religions of the world.' Quote by Dr. Cain Hope Felder, Professor of New Testament-Howard University,WashingtonDC."

"WHAT MATTERS TO THE HEART" - by P.K. 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."

"THE POWER OF INTENTION:" Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way - by Wayne W. Dyer - "After years of spiritual study and reflection, inspirational speaker and best selling author Wayne Dyer has emerged a highly esteemed teacher. His current message about tapping into the power of intention may sound like good old positive thinking: just stay focused on what you want, rather than focusing on the lack of having what you want. But the teaching here goes deeper than just controlling thoughts (although he does acknowledge that thought control is a surprisingly challenging and significant endeavor). This book might help readers land a be ..."


C.  Health and Well-Being                    

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."

Global Poverty Gets Global Attention

"On July 2nd, Bob Geldof, rock star and campaigner for African development, launched 'Live 8 - The Long Walk to Justice', ten simultaneous concerts aimed at raising awareness and mobilizing the public for the global fight against poverty. The concerts were held in London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Philadelphia, Johannesburg, Barrie, Moscow, Tokyo, and Edinburgh days before the leaders of the world’s eight richest nations met to discuss global poverty. The concerts, in collaboration with the ONE Campaign and InterAction, asked President Bush and other world leaders to increase aid, cancel debt and make trade fair. Despite tragic bombings in London, the leaders continued their meeting and agreed to increase global assistance by around $50 billion per year by 2010, provide near-universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment drugs, cancel the debt of some of the world's poorest nations, and address trade reforms in the near future."

"These are positive first steps and InterAction looks forward to ensuring that these leaders follow through on their promises."

Join a Global Movement to End Poverty

"150 million people in over 70 countries are coming together this year to call for an end to global poverty. This worldwide effort, called the Global Call to Action against Poverty, looks different in each country but all campaigns are asking world leaders for debt relief, more and better aid, trade justice, and an end to corruption. There are campaigns in a huge variety of countries -- from Armenia to Zambia. Here in the US, you can connect with this global movement by joining the ONE Campaign. People all over the globe are standing together on three days this year -- July 1, September 10, and December 10 -- to show their 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."


D.  Events   2005                                                             G                                                      

August 8 - Sept. 23 - "Conference on Disarmament (2005 Session)  - Geneva, Switzerland"
For information click   http://disarmament.un.org:8080/cd/ 

August 12 - "International Youth Day"
For information click  http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/iyouthday.htm 

September 19-21 - "Help women Do Business on the WEB - Conference" by Women’s Ecommerce Association International
For information click http://www.wecai.org/ 

September 21 - "World Day of Peace" ("Peace Event Week" September 17 - 25)
For information click   http://www.un.org/events/peaceday/2005/ 

September (Last week) - "World Maritime Day"
For information click  http://www.imo.org/About/mainframe.asp?topic_id=320 

October 03 - "World Habitat Day"
For information click  http://www.unhabitat.org/whd/2005/default.asp 

October 4 - 10 - "World Space Week"
For information click  http://www.oosa.unvienna.org/wsw/ 

October 16 - "World Food Day"
For information click  http://www.fao.org/wfd/index_en.asp 

October 24 - "United Nations Day"
For information click  http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/unationsday/ 

November 11 -13 - "Gather The Women Regional Congresses 2005"
For information click  http://www.gatherthewomen.org/gtw/upcoming_events/2005_regional_congresses.htm 

November 16 - "International Day for Tolerance"
For information click  http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/tolerance/ 

December 01 - "World Aids Day"

December 4 - 10 - "Interfaith Awareness Week"

December 10 - "Human Rights Day"

United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006)
International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010)
United Nations Literacy Decade (2003-2012)
International Decade for Action: Water for Life (2005-2015)

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