November 2011 ~ Volume II, Issue
Quote of the
"First you love and peace will
follow." -- Mary Dube
Here are several thoughtful columns about Occupy
Wall Street. What does this new movement mean for URI?
Celebrations for Thanksgiving -- see the URI N.Am. Calendar for
details. Houston, Nov 17, 7 PM * Los Vegas, NV, Nov 20, 6:30 PM * San Francisco, Nov 22,
5 PM * Bainbridge Island, WA Nov 22, 7 PM * San Rafael, CA Nov 23, 7 PM * San Francisco, Nov
24, 10 AM.
Nov 19, Culver City,
CA: Peace Sunday
Collaborative Exploration, 1-3 PM, AGAPE, 5700 Buckingham Parkway, Culver City, CA
Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics is gearing up a new dramaturlogical
program aimed at teens, L
ife Choices through Interactive Drama. Might there be a good connection with URI Youth
Nov 20, Orange
County, CA: How to Boil a
Frog. Chapman University Auditorium 3:00 pm Presentations, 4:00
pm Film Screening and Q&A with filmmakers, 6:00 pm Catered. HTBAF is a comedic
documentary about the consequences of overshoot: too many people using up too little planet.
URI co-sponsored. Flyer.
CA. Dec 2-4, Master Class in Peace Education from the National
Peace Academy. Instructors: Betty A. Reardon and Tony Jenkins. $300 commuter, $400
residential. The "Occupy" movement is building energy for change and transformation around the
country. Education will and must play a critical role in the transformations now being
considered. Knowledgeable, well prepared, practiced and reflective peace educators will be
on the front lines of these efforts. More information.
Nov 20, Spirit has
chosen Vancouver, BC, for Inter-spiritual Sacred Dance. Come to the 3rd
annual InterSpiritual Sacred Dance Festival: Sunday, Nov 20th, from 2 - 3:30 pm at Christ
Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard @ Georgia.
Washington, DC, Dec
5: S.A.R.A.H., a URI in N.Am. CC, is a
2011 recipient of the Peace X Peace "Women,
Power and Peace Award". Sande Hart will be accepting the award in DC. More information. Congratulations to
SARAH and to Sande Hart!
New URI in N. Am. GreenFaith Affiliate has a
two minute get
about the Golden Rule. This video was produced by the Arizona Interfaith
Movement. Through the efforts of AIFM, Arizona has declared itself a Golden Rule State.
A Land Called
Paradise - In December 2007 over 2000 American Muslims were asked what they
would wish to say to the rest of the world. Stereotypes and fear begone!
Civilization - a spirited and easy introduction to Jeremy Rifkin's ideas.
Search for a New
A month long
search for a new URI in North America Regional Coordinator began on November 4. This
is an exciting opportunity for the right person. Starting date is January 9, 2012.
2011-2012 Global Trustee Selection
Nominations for the
URI Global Council are now being accepted through the end of the year. The
Trustees are your voice and it is not that hard to get nominated. It is an open process. All
Cooperation Circles are likewise asked to certify their eligibility to vote before the end of
December. Changes to the URI Bylaws are to be voted on in the same time frame, and the
proposed changes affect how the elections will work. Please be sure your CC leadership is aware.
There are five documents: Guide to
the Process | Certification
Form | Nomination
Form | Bylaws
Material | Bylaws
Ballot. The documents are also available in Spanish and Portuguese. Send questions to Mark Mancao
at the URI Global office. The Trustees are your voice and it is not that hard to get nominated. It
is an open process.
The Global Trustee elections will be held
March - May 2012. The three North America Trustees are automatically included as part of the URI
in North America Leadership Council, so nominations and the elections make a direct difference at
the regional level.
News from URI North America
Charlotte, NC: The URI Charlotte CC held a tree planting day in
conjunction with Habitat for Humanity and had a great time as these lovely photos attest.
Elsah, IL: Euphrates Summit: Our World Beyond
911 October 27 & 28 made a difference of the sort that pile up until one day it is that
one extra difference that makes all the difference. It’s not often that a conference on the
Middle East begins with a talk about the Golden Rule and ends with one on loving one’s enemies.
Indianola, WA: The URI in North
America Leadership Council (LC) retreated in October to Camp Indianola across Puget Sound from
Seattle. As in previous retreats, the LC members felt their bonds strengthened and themselves
rejuvenated. Despite Sandy Westin's resignation there was a sense of optimism about the future
of the region. Photos of the retreat are posted here.
Orange County, CA: Valentina Khan of
URI in North America Affiliate i am jerusalem was
featured on Newshour
on PBS with Claremont School. "I am jerusalem" represents Jews, Christians and Muslims all
over the world, whom each have Jerusalem as a sacred place in their hearts.
San Mateo, CA: Summary of URI SF
PENINSULA CC - Meeting on Religious Science and New Thought presented by Rev. Judith Fleenor
- Monday, 7 November 2011 - reported by Oscar Koechlin. Reverend Fleenor's presentation was
very well organized and lent much clarity to the complex development of New Thought religions.
And here is The Interfaith Observer's Third
Issue focusing on "How We Organize"..
News from URI
World Interfaith Harmony Week, which was
launched at the UN in 2011, will be observing its second year in the first week of this coming
February. If your organization is planning an event near that time, you are encouraged to register
it as part of this worldwide recognition of the importance of interfaith peacebuilding. As you will
see on the homepage of www.worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com,
URI as a whole has registered and is a supporter of this global movement.
2010-2011 URI Organizational Review: Can
You Envision World Peace?
Indra Udayana of the Gandhi Puri Ashram CC
in Bali, Indonesia received the 2011 International Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Promoting Gandhian
Values outside India. He was presented with an award of 500,000 rupees ($10,000USD), a
citation and a trophy at a ceremony in Mumbai, India on November 7th. Mor
URI Global Newsletter for October, 2011.
Each month in this section, we list a few of the fund raising
efforts of URI in North America Cooperation Circles and Affiliates.
URI Principle #17: We have the
responsibility to develop financial and other resources to meet the needs of our part, and to share
financial and other resources to help meet the needs of other parts.
Just Vision relies on the generosity of
individuals -- your donation will help us support
Israeli and Palestinian peacebuilders and nonviolence leaders. All contributions are tax-deductible
in the United States to the fullest extent offered by law.
Kashi Foundation: Since its foundation
in 1976, Kashi Ashram and Ma Jaya have touched many thousands of lives throughout the country
and the world and continue to do so every day. Kashi Ashram is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
and we rely on contributions from our generous
supporters for our continued operations.
The National Peace Academy has received a
$40,000 Matching Grant from the Biosophical Institute. Click here to help meet this challenge!
Please consider giving a recurring monthly donation of just $25 in 2012. With the Biosophical
Institute challenge grant your $25 donation becomes $450 over the course of a year.
Network of Spiritual Progressives: If
you'd like to support Rabbi Lerner's voice to continue to be active in presenting a
religious/spiritual perspective in the active social movements of our time, please make a
tax-deductible contribution to Tikkun www.tikkun.org or
send a check to Tikkun, 2342 Shattuck Ave, #1200, Berkeley, Ca. 94704 or JOIN the Network of
Spiritual Progressives, an interfaith activist organization at www.spiritualprogressives.org.
URI in North America is in search of a
volunteer grant writer to work with us in building our region's capacity. This might be
an internship opportunity for a student, or a way to contribute life experience and expertise to
help in building URI's strength throughout the US and Canada. Please contact Ardey Turner,
(449) 434-8128, for more details and to explore the possibilities.
The URI in North America Region also seeks your help.
When you buy from Amazon, please always go in through the N.Am. website. Look for the Amazon
search link on the right at urinorthamerica.org.
From the GreenFaith website we have
easy ways to get started for ind
ividuals/households and for houses of worship.
A Morning Prayer for Mother Earth from Neshamah Emi Miller of URI Charlotte, NC.
A Greater Democracy Day by Day by Sally Mahe and Kathy Covert brings
together 365 thought-provoking quotes from around the world and through time, all centered on
this concept that is the keystone of modern society. The book presents a theme for each month
and a quote about that theme to ponder on each day of the year. Sally and the publisher have
donated dozens of copies to the Occupy Wall Street movement, and more are available: For
donation to OWS encampments, you may order a box of 50 books for shipping costs of USD 15.00.
Order via the author's website.
Educational selection of quotes and they are cool.
The 11 Karmic Spaces: Choosing freedom
from the patterns that bind you by
Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, founder of URI in N.Am. CC, the Kashi
Foundation. The 11 Karmic Spaces reveals how and why most of us become stuck by karma
and our habitual patterns of action and reaction. We learn that although karma is a spiritual law,
we do not have to be bound by it. Through awareness, intuition and grace, it is possible to
choose freedom from Karma. Ma Jaya shows us how. Pre-order for Thanksgiving.
Bay Area Interfaith Connect - indispensable
Interfaith event calendar for the SF Bay Area - is sent each month to nearly 2,000 subscribers,
and is available online at the Interfaith
Center at the Presidio website. To subscribe: simply write to
email@example.com. Please include your name, and, if you are willing, your street address
Easy - Dial 1-800-INTERFAITH because Unity CAN be Made Visible.
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