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Our House – The 31-DAY Countdown

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

THE LONG GOODBYE: AN OUR HOUSE REUNION AND CELEBRATION

Our House

This is NOT about saying Goodbye. Goodbye can be forever and forever is a long time. Instead, this is about saying “so long” and it is but a breath, a moment and then we’ll meet again. I have always used my birthday as a way to say, “Thanks,” “Forgive me,” and “What’s up with you?” For four years, I have had the pleasure and honor to serve you at Our House, the place where ideas incubate and become reality. There have been a LOT of IDEAS that floated into realities for each of us at one time or another, and I’m grateful to have been a part of some of the best IDEAS for our future. Whether its social justice or artistic creativity, WE’VE DONE IT ALL. 

So, as always, I use my birthday as an excuse to explore, to dialogue, to PARTY and this year is no exception. We’re even going to do it as a 2-day event. For those artists whose work deserve a showcase, I’m offering you an opportunity to procure a booth (a small donation of $15, but NO ONE will be turned away) to share your wares. That’s both Saturday and Sunday (no food vendors) and then Sunday, artists who want to showcase their performing talents will be give a chance to perform on PRH’s stage.

We’ll be open at Noon on the 30th and 31st and hope to party until 7. Music is provided on Saturday with a DJ, but Sunday is a talent showcase led by “The Tents of Qadar” musical group. To sign up, please call Ameenifu at 832.897.9317. To sign up as a vendor, contact Eryon at 713.429.7587.

Officially, Our House will no longer be facilitated by me as of August 31st. It is my hope, however, that this HOUSE will always be known as “our house” as it belongs to the community. This will also be a time to pick up artwork that has been left and to get a HUG from me. You have meant so much to me. EACH of YOU. No exceptions.

So, as I use to say at the end of my radio broadcast: This is a time when the IMPOSSIBLE becomes POSSIBLE, the POSSIBLE becomes PROBABLE and the PROBABLE becomes inevitable. There’s nothing Impossible in our tasks. Impossible is only something that hasn’t been done. PEACE. ~ Miss P.K.

Healing and Transforming Ourselves – Our Humanity

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Healing and Transforming Ourselves – Our Humanity
7 (Cleansing) + 7 (Discipline) + 7 (Clarity) = 21-Day Fast Invitation

July 26 to August 15, 2016 / Audri Scott Williams

I have meditated and prayed — calling on my Ancestors; on the wisdom teachers that guide me (past, present, and future); on my Angel Guides – the Grandmothers; on my higher self; and on the younger generations, and those yet to be born. The questions I continue to ask are, “What is being called forward at this time for us? What is being called forward in us in response to all that is happening in our communities and in the world? How do we respond in a way that will move us beyond this tragic moment in our history?”

I do not believe I will be wrong in acknowledging that many of you are in the same quandary. And to ALL I say, “Thank you for at least taking the time to ask the questions that very well may lead us, individually and collectively, to actions that can become the foundation for an end to the genocidal practices that are affecting our black, brown, and red communities; immigrants; the LGBTQ, and increasingly vulnerable poor communities.”

In pursuit of the answers to the questions resounding in my heart, I am being led to do a “21-Day Fast” that takes place in three 7-day increments, beginning July 26 and ending July 15. Why this timing? To many ancient cultures, July 26 serves as the day marker for the helical rising of the star Sirius, signaling a time for renewal and recommitment to the new year. In this fast, we have the opportunity to renew and recommit to ourselves and our shared humanity.

I invite all who may feel called to join me. There will be a community call on July 25th (the day before we start) at 7pm Eastern Time. The call-in number, for this and all calls, is 712-775-7031 and the Access Code is 366-243-015.

Below is the process I will follow for the 21 Days. If you choose to join me, feel free to modify this to create a process that works for you.

The first 7 days are for cleansing (mind, body, and spirit); the second 7 days are for discipline; and the third 7 days are for clarity. The intention for this 21-day period is for Healing and Transforming Ourselves – Our Humanity.

*The type of fast should be determined by each person and based on each person’s dietary needs. The objective is to give up something that will be a real test for you. Please do your own research and consult with practitioners who can advise you on whether you should fast or the best way for you to fast.

1.       The First 7 Days: I will be doing a liquid fast (water and juicing). And I will engage in sunrise/sunset meditations and exercises such as yoga, Qi Gong, walking, dancing and journaling. As this is a cleansing time, I recognize that I will be releasing on every level and will use a buddy system so I will have someone I can share with during this 7-day period. I suggest you also have a Fasting Partner during this time.

My affirmation: “I celebrate this opportunity to cleanse and clear my body temple.”

There will be an open call on August 1st, (the end of the first 7 days) from 7 to 8:30pm – USA Eastern Time, for a group check in.

2.       The Second 7 Days: This is the time that I will be mindful of my thoughts and actions, learning to take each thought and examine what is coming up for me. I will be journaling and sharing with my Fasting Partner at a designated time each day. This is also the cycle where I will begin to minimize external conversations – going deeper and deeper within. I will continue with my body work and become more conscious of my breathing. I will use meditation techniques to assist me in maintaining my focus.

My affirmation: “I release and let go of any limiting thoughts. I am free to explore new possibilities and creative opportunities to examine my life, my family, and community. I am disciplined and consistent in my fasting, meditation, journaling, and body movements.”

There will be an open call on August 8th (the end of 14 days) from 7 to 8:30pm – USA Eastern Time, for a group check in.

3.       The Third 7 Days: These 7 days are centered on reflection and clarity. During this 7-day period I will seek to slow down, learning to gently begin a process of opening to the world, but not moving so fast that I become overwhelmed. This is a time when I will honor myself and others for holding an intention for 21 days. In the journaling process, I will highlight thoughts and actions that can be embraced by the collective body on this journey.

My Affirmation: I see the world through new eyes. I now know the right action for me to take for my highest good and for the highest good for humanity. I am grateful and feeling great! I am ready to face the world with energy, excitement, and courage.”
On the evening of August 15th, (the end of the 21 days of fasting) from 7 to 8:30pm – USA Eastern Time, there will be an open call for sharing and to ground this experience so it will guide and inform our actions forward in our daily lives and the lives of our families and communities.

We are the Ones — Wait No More,

Audri Scott Williams

www.audriscottwilliams.com
www.theredflameforfreedom.com

Invitation to the opening of THE BRIDGE exhibition in Portland, Oregon, USA

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

 

CARAVAN - East - West Bridge Tour

 

Opening Reception & Program

Portland, Oregon, USA

Sunday, 10 July, at 6:30 pm

CARAVAN’s
peacebuilding East-West
interreligious art exhibition, 

THE BRIDGE

47 Artists of Middle Eastern origin
15 countries
3 faiths

Interfaith Memorial – 7th July 2016

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Today people of diverse communities and cultures have remembered and honoured the victims and all those affected by the London bombings. 11 years ago London came under attack with 52 people killed and over 700 injured in four coordinated suicide bomb attacks.

We are seeing terrorist attacks almost everyday across our world. We must never allow terrorism in any form to beat us and we hold before the Almighty all those who are victims of atrocities.  As we reflect on daily horrific events, let us continue to be vigilant and keep each other safe. Let us strengthen our commitment to end hatred, and to build harmonious and hospitable communities.

May peace, love and light prevail on Earth,

In prayer,

Kiran Bali MBE JP  –  Global Chairperson
email: kbali@uri.org
phone: +44 7944 335855
skype: k.bali2
www.uri.org

 

Eid Mubarak!

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

eid

From URI Pakistan:

I wish very happy Happy Eidul- Fitr to the Muslim community and especially members of the URI. 

May this feast bring you many blessing from God Almighty and may there be peace all around the world. 

I am sharing an official message in Arabic and English from the Vatican to the Muslim community around the globe at this great feast of Eidul Fitr. This message is written and sent by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican. This message puts a lot of emphasis on mercy, forgiveness and mutual respect among Christians and Muslims. 

I express my deep condolences at the terrible attacks in Saudi Arabia. It is really very painful to read about this horrific attacks on innocent people. I am also very saddened at several other suicide attacks and bombings that took place in Orlando, Istanbul, Baghdad, and Dhaka. 

Such attacks make us realize that we need to further enhance our URI work to promoting culture of peace, reconciliation, respect and healing. 

May Peace Prevail on Earth! 

Father James Channa, URI Pakistan

 

Support SHAPE’s FREEDOM TOUR

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

ATTENTION ALL FREEDOM LOVING PEOPLE–URGENT REQUEST.

“Time is growing near for the Children of SHAPE Community Center to go on their 27th Annual Freedom Tour. In order for them to go, we need your help. Join us in an effort of cooperative economics and help us reach our goal. We need $7,500 before the 7th of July since we are leaving on the 14th. GET ON BOARD and get on that Freedom Tour train and engage in some collective works and responsibility.” ~ Deloyd Parker

In the Spirit of the great Freedom Riders of the 1960s, S.H.A.P.E. Community Center has taken young people on a journey of history throughout the Deep South (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Arkansas). Re-tracing the “Civil Right Movement,” students visit historical landmarks and Historically Black Universities. This year’s Freedom Tour begins July 14th and ends on the 20th.

Some of the sites visited are Tuskegee University, Brown A.M.E. Chapel, the Voter’s Rights Museum, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, and the Symbolic March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge (this auspicious historical event was documented in the film “Selma” released in January, 2015). Civil Rights activists attempted to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge on their way to Montgomery, Alabama. Young people are able to re-enact these moments in history by crossing the bridge with their group. 

When the tour ends, young people and their mentors will conduct forums to share information and their combined experiences. Through video documentation, written reports and question and answer sessions, participants educate others about places of historical significance.

Make your money count as we educate our children about the history and the legacies of the Civil Rights movement. The Freedom Tour changes lives and secures our future. GIVE GENEROUSLY!

SPECIAL NOTE: Think Peace International proudly supports the work of SHAPE Community Center and makes this special request to all of TPI’s friends and patrons. This is the 27th year of the FREEDOM TOUR and it continues to change the lives of children EVERY DAY. Be generous because this where money counts. Thank you. P. K. McCary, Exec. Director

Ahowan with Life

Friday, July 1st, 2016

A ”First of Its Kind” Animal Child Ashram in India!!  - Orphan Animals….Orphan Children….Holistic Living

 AHOWAN’s second main dream COMING TRUE!! 

(I realize that it was shared the N/S Peregrination LOOKED like it was next; however, Spirit has closed that door for now and has made it ABSOLUTELY CLEAR……THIS Animal Child Ashram IS NEXT! before moving THIS across the World)

THIS is what God has been preparing me for!!  I am READY, I am listening, and I am following the steps……Animals….Children…..Spirituality……Wholistic Living

AND We (AHOWAN and LIFE) need your help! To help get us launched! We all want to help Children….We all want to help Animals….and not all of us can do it physically….not all of us can do it financially; however, we all can help each other, through what we CAN do.

A lifelong LOVE of Children (I cannot have my own)……a deep-felt LOVE of Animals and Nature…….They are coming together as ONE.

The land is donated by the Villagers of Mapoli themselves!  and with the amazing “LIFE” NGO organization to work with!! The Animals are already there with a wonderful Sanctuary that is operating on its own, and is ready to expand.

My Job…..voluntarily building and setting up (to operate on its own)  ORPHAN CHILDREN and ORPHAN ANIMALS together, in a harmonious, self-sustaining, holistic environment!! MyShell of Ahowan needs returned to India, hire on the Veterinarian/Doctor, and oversee the building of all the Shelters, and set up the schedule. 

Life begins the Organic Farming, Animal Shelter funding, and rescuing the  Animals, Children and funding.

This is happening! Children healing Animals…..Animals healing Children!

“I am SO excited about this DREAM….and for finally the possibility of becoming a “MommyJi” and even more so, knowing how this is supportive of creating a “New World we have all been dreaming of!” 

THIS INITIAL ANIMAL CHILD ASHRAM WILL BE AN EXAMPLE FOR MANY OTHERS TO EMULATE!

Please support us…and BE a part of it!!

 AHOWAN will NOT be doing it all….LIFE is already receiving support from the Indians themselves…..we are each doing our part….

 THANK YOU for sending me to South Africa….THANK YOU for sending me back to India……THANK YOU for supporting this God-Inspired Dream…..

AHOWAN with LIFE……brings :APITHAN  Animal Child Ashram

Animal Love Blessings,

MyShell Howler RScP, OAC
www.ahowan.org
Int. Tel: 1-520-391-2041
WhatsApp: +91 9899926084
ahowanspirit@gmail.com 
Facebook:  Ahowan ICrow 

Follow up: Istanbul, Mogadishu and seeking non-violent pathways to peace

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Dear URI Friends,

We acknowledge with sorrow the violence and chaos being created by vicious actions of hatred, vengeance and distorted religion in Mogadishu, Istanbul, and around the world.

Interfaith URI

The antidote is loving action to strengthen love, harmony, and the truth of our religions. Last night many TRUST WIN women attended the Ramadan Iftar in Fureidis in the north of Israel, hosted by Ibtisam Mahamid and organized by Eliyahu McLean for the Abrahamic Reunion and attended by over 200 Israelis and Palestinians – Christians, Druze, Jews, and Muslims. The event was blessed by rabbis, priests, sheiks – Sufi, Muslim and Druze. URI members from each religion and nationality were present. The Jewish evening prayer service was held alongside the reciting of the Muslim prayers before the breaking of the fast. This photo reveals the truth of our religions and our ever present ability to transcend the violence and vengeance of our surroundings through manifesting love and respect for each other and each other’s religion.

كل سنة و أنت سالم

May peace prevail on earth!

Blessings and love,
Elana
Elana Rozenman
Executive Director
TRUST – Emun
15 Naomi Street
Jerusalem 93552 Israel
Office: 972 26749698

Istanbul, Mogadishu and seeking non-violent pathways to peace

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Dear sisters and brothers,

Two days ago it was Mogadishu, 15 loved ones killed and scores wounded. Today it is Istanbul, 36 beloved human beings dead, at least 147 injured. Each of these people loved and was loved by a circle of friends and family. Each family is now suffering and forever scarred by the actions of those who believe that violence is a legitimate means to an end, a strategy to win a conflict. The mass killing of innocent people has become an almost daily routine. Has the world grown numb to the slaughter of innocents as a “normal” part of conflict in our world? We cannot accept that, we must not.

Certainly we must pause to pray for those lost and maimed in these horrible attacks. We also pray for their families and friends who now grieve, and we send our love to communities filled with fear from the imminent reality of violence. But we must also speak out about violence – that violence is never a moral, ethical or humane strategy; that violence, whether it be physical violence, verbal violence or structural violence, violates the core principles of all religions, spiritual expressions and Indigenous traditions. Violence always leads to more violence unleashing a viscous cycle that consumes all life in its wake. Violence is also a sure indication of failure –  the failure to resolve conflicts through dialogue or negotiation, the  failure of imagination, the failure of creativity, the failure of will, the failure of hope, the failure of love. Today we open our hearts to all those affected by the bombings in Istanbul and Mogadishu. May our sorrow for these tragedies also open our eyes to the evil that violence is in our communities, our countries and our world, and move us to seek nonviolent means of addressing conflict and creating peace. 

May peace prevail in Somalia. May peace prevail in in Turkey. May peace prevail on Earth.

In peace…. Victor

 
The Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian Jr.
Executive Director 
United Religions Initiative 

Invitation to THE KEY in London at St. James’s Piccadilly

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

CARAVAN - The Key