Archive for September, 2008

Vote and Help Register to Vote!

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Hi Everyone,

I normally do not like to be overtly political – but with this coming election in the US.we are having quite possibly the most important election in our history. We have a clear choice between 4 more of the last 8 years or a change that we desperately need.

I encourage every US citizen on this email list to not only do their civic duty and vote this coming election, but to also help register others to vote. Here is a simple thing that each of you can do.

A. Volunteer for a campaign and/or
B. Go to your local library or post office and get a large handful of
voter registration packets (they’re free and small) – and:
C. Follow my simple example: My story – whenever I go shopping, go to the bank, go get sandwiches etc. there are always young people who are the customer service people helping me. And so I bring my registration packets with me and ask them if they are registered to vote. Usually they are not. I then hand them a voter registration packet and explain to them the simple registration process – it is only 1 page long and literally takes 45 seconds to fill out. Normally they are quite happy that an “adult” has gotten involved and talked to them about this for most do not know what to do.

I also have created a “One sheet” which shows where McCain and Obama stand on the issues and I hand this out along with the packets for most young people typically do not know much about the candidates. If you would like me to email you the one sheet, please individually let me know and I would be happy to email you it.

I challenge each of you to get 10 young people to register to vote!

Thanks and regards!

Lance Trumbull
www.EverestPeaceProject.org

International Day of Peace

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Dear Friends,

Greetings of love and peace as we approach the International Day of Peace and observances have begun around the world.

In these times of turmoil and promise, I urge all of us to observe a ceasefire in our hearts over these days of great power that include the Muslim world observing Ramadan as the Jewish High Holy Days draw near; and I’m sure there are other observances I am not aware of.

Like the IDP, they call us to a ceasefire with the world of wounding and division at every level of our lives.

They call us to still the noisy rush of external busyness and to listen with open hearts to the deep call of the Source.

They call us, in Jesus’ words, to love our enemy, to pray for those that hate us.

They call us, in the vision of the Moral Imagination, to imagine ourselves in a web of relationship – the interdependent web of live on Earth, I would say – that includes those we regard and who may regard us as enemies.

And, I would add, they call us to pray that any hatred and division in our hearts be healed and transformed.

When I was in Seattle earlier this week, I spoke at a gathering hosted by leaders of the Washington Interfaith Council, a local URI CC. The gathering was open to the public.

We began by having each person in the group introduce themselves. After most of the people had spoken, we came to an elderly man.

He said he was retired and was looking for new ways to invest his life to help make the world a better place. Then he said, I’m not sure if I’m welcome here because I’m a Republican.

In case it’s not clear to our sisters and brothers around the world, the Republican Party is the party of George Bush, Dick Cheney, John McCain and Sarah Palin.

I’m not sure if I’m welcome here, he said, bravely, but with an edge of uncertainty and fear in his voice.

His words recalled Rosalia Guiterrez’s words at the recent gathering of Indigenous leaders from Latin America in Brazil – I am not afraid to speak here, Rosalia said, but I was afraid to speak before.

His words and Rosalia’s words represent our brokenness and an invitation to experience healing and transformation.

I believe URI’s Charter calls us to create a space where no one is afraid to speak their truth in a respectful manner, trusting they will be listened to in a respectful manner.

I believe URI’s Charter calls us to honor the authentic voice of our own wisdom and to respect the authentic voices of others, recognizing that there will inevitably be differences in the truths, in the perspectives on life on Earth, these voices share.

The URI Charter emerged from a process that valued different voices and is founded in a belief that our diverse voices and world views can harmonize into shared wisdom that reflects our highest calling as members of the Earth Community, while retaining the glorious uniqueness and difference of our voices.

So, in these days of great power that invite us to grow beyond ourselves, I urge all members of the URI community to listen deeply to our Source, understood in myriad ways. And I urge all members of the URI community to make peace with ourselves so we may reach out in compassion and respect to those we consider our enemies and find ways to unite in service to our Earth community.

Blessings,

Charles

The Rev. Canon Charles P. Gibbs
Executive Director
United Religions Initiative