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As we transition into a new year, I invite you to reflect back on 2009, specifically to times where you have made a
difference. I'm hoping you are acknowledging your contribution, no matter how big or small. With each act, together,
we all add to creating a consciousness of peace and nonviolence. read more »
Response to Star-Telegram article on "Anti-War" activists:
Anti-war activists losing patience with Obama | Top Stories | Star-Telegram.com
http://www.star-telegram.com/804/story/1843242.html read more »
I'm here in the Bishop Arts District of Dallas enjoying the PEACE Block Party hosted by ArtSpirit to celebrate International Day of Peace. DPC has a table here, and I'm talking with people about the DPC and why they might want to join. And then I see the Channel 33 news crew doing interviews. So I wander over that way, surely they will want to talk with me. But what will I say? read more »
As I sit here on the eve of the eighth 9-11 Remembrance, I find the image is still fresh in my mind. I also find the question I asked eight years ago - could this have been prevented - is also still fresh in my mind. I know the answer is YES, but not in a way of prevention or monitoring or collecting information or connecting-the-dots. read more »
People do not like change. We do what we can to keep the status-quo, no matter how painful or difficult. Why? Because it feels comfortable, and please don't ask me to change, to do something different, because then I will be UNcomfortable. read more »
The recent horrific killing of Stephen Brown at the Holocaust Museum and Dr. Tiller at his church sent me reeling. I felt deep despair, and thought, how can someone do this to another human being, with no sense of compassion or respect, just cold-blooded murder. Where does such apparent hatred for another human being come from? What drives it and feeds it, what forces us to act on it? read more »
I recently had the honor and privilege of attending a three-day conference on Tibet, with the highlight being an entire day with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. For me, listening to his message of loving kindness, compassion and forgiveness as ways to not only bring about peace, but as a way to live, reaffirmed my commitment to this path. "I'm nothing special," he said. read more »
In his presentation at the Peace Project last month, Rev Michael Beckwith reminded us that peace is not the absence of something, but rather the presence - the presence of love, the presence of compassion, the presence of cooperation, the presence of creating a better world! read more »
Every day, I join others in this prayer for World Peace.
With each kind thought,
each choice for nonviolence,
we plant a seed that shall bloom
to bring forth rich fruit in its Season.
Together, friend, we till the soil and
plant the seeds that all creation may
sing for joy and dance in the
Garden of Peace.
May our prayers and practices
during this Season be but the beginning read more »
In April, we celebrate Earth Day. I'm not sure why we don't celebrate Earth Day every day of the year, but at least we have set aside one day to honor and recognize our relationship with our mother earth. Like so many other things in life, our relationship with the earth is a reflection of our inner feelings, thoughts and relationship with ourselves. read more »
There's another dimension of courage, and that's ENcourage. Where we come from determines the extent to which we are successful in providing encouragement to people. If we come with an open heart, we have the potential to change [our leaders'] way of thinking. Mutually contradictory conditions are always existing simultaneously, and because of that, people may surprise you. Always keep open to being pleasantly surprised.
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