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Project Harmony Celebrates World Interfaith Harmony Week

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

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MYSTICISM: A Meeting Point of Science and Religion

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

MYSTICISM: A Meeting Point of Science and Religion

 by Dr. T. D. Singh  
Bhaktivedanta Institute

We are surrounded by mountains of unlimited mysteries. In any discipline, if one goes a little deeper, he encounters myriads of mystical elements. Starting from the question about the existence of cute imaginary numbers (are they really imaginary?) in mathematics, to the meaning of incomprehensible wave function in physics and the inaccessible origin of life in the life-sciences, just to name a few, we cannot escape mysteries around us. In fact, the developments of modern science itself over the last four centuries have even opened them wider before us, as never before. In his spiritual journey, a mystic also encounters mysteries at every step and looks for answers. What are the various mysteries in physics, mathematics, life-sciences or cosmology? How does a scientist or a mystic encounter them? What paths does he take to move ahead? What guides his journey and what is the future of such a seeker? Explore these and more in this extremely precious publication, Mysticism – A Meeting Point of Science and Religion, with one of the most brilliant scientist and saint of our times, Dr. T. D. Singh. Dr. Singh, who had a first hand experience of both, with his Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine and having undergone devout mystical training in the age-old Vaishnava Vedantic tradition of India, takes us into its depth with utmost insights and simplicity. 

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Regards, vrajapati

Dr T D Singh Science Spirituality CC
Vasudeva Rao

Gender Crosstalk Initiative

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

With the support of the URI Multiregion, and as both a member of the Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons CC and the Board of UNA-SF, I want to alert members of URI to our ambitious Gender Crosstalk Initiative.

On the new moon of February 18, 2015, Gender Crosstalk participants will send two short messages to Dr Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. One message will be from the women participants and one from the men. Each lunar month, two more messages will be selected based on the messages chosen previously. The purpose of the Initiative is to foster human unity with gender equality built in at the foundation level.

Your individual participation and that of your CC are invited. The best introduction to the Gender Crosstalk can be found at can find step by step instructions there how you may join the process and write a message of your own. 

Let’s Make it Happen!

– Roger Eaton

Member of the Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons CC

UNA-SF Communications Chair
USA 415 933 0153

Caravan – The Bridge

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

In the wake of the terrorist tragedy in Paris, France, CARAVAN announces its upcoming interfaith peace-building art exhibition titled THE BRIDGE that will open in Paris at the historic Church of St. Germain des Pres, the oldest church in Paris.

Press Release
An unparalleled gathering of premier and emerging artists focusing on
what they hold in common through their cultures and creeds: Christian, Muslim and Jewish

8 January 2015 (Paris, France / Cairo, Egypt / Chicago, USA)
Following the recent tragedy in Paris and In the midst of the increasing chasm of discord and
misunderstanding that exists between the Middle East and the West, and between Christians,
Muslims and Jews, the 7th CARAVAN Exhibition of Visual Art titled The Bridge will open in Paris,
France at the historic Church of Saint Germain des Prés in the Latin Quarter, the oldest church
in Paris, during the first week of February 2015 to commemorate the United Nations World
Interfaith Harmony Week.

Through the founding sponsorship of SODIC from Egypt, The Bridge is an East-West traveling
art exhibition organized and curated by CARAVAN, an inter-religious and intercultural peacebuilding
NGO. It showcases the work of 47 premier contemporary visual artists of Arab, Persian
and Jewish backgrounds. As a multi-religious group, the artists are making the case for using
that which we have in common as the foundation for the future of our world.

The Bridge will open on February 2, 2015 with a month-long exhibition in Paris, France and will
then travel throughout Europe, to Egypt and the United States, and will be held in a variety of
venues (cathedrals, museums, galleries, interfaith centers, etc) before closing in 2016.

As the exhibition travels, it takes with it a fundamental message of intercultural and interreligious
harmony and provides a link not only within communities but also between
communities. The Bridge serves as a common starting point on which to build, toward seeing
the development of a world that inherently respects and honors cultural and religious diversity,
living and working together in harmony.

The Bridge exhibition involves a diverse range of Arab, Persian and Jewish visual artists.
Participating artists include women and men, from premier contemporary artists to emerging
younger artists, from the three primary monotheistic faith backgrounds and 13 countries. Each
artist has submitted one original work (done specifically for the exhibition) addressing the theme
“The Bridge,” focusing on what they hold in common through their cultures and creeds,
illustrating their ideas of how to build bridges between us all.

The Bridge is co-curated by CARAVAN Founder/President, Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler and
noted artist, Lilianne Milgrom.

THE BRIDGE: 2015 CARAVAN Exhibition of Visual Art / Paris: 2-28 February, 2015
Church of Saint Germain des Pres (dans La Chapelle Saint Symphorien)
3, place Saint Germain des Prés, VI, Paris, France (

Opening hours:
Monday through Friday: 17h00 to 20h00
Saturday and Sunday: 12h00 to 20h00

Facebook—visit us at: CARAVAN Arts
Twitter: @oncaravanarts
For more information, interviews or photos, please email:

CARAVAN, which originated out of Cairo, Egypt, is an international humanitarian arts NGO that
focuses on building bridges through the arts between the creeds and cultures of the Middle East
and West. CARAVAN’s experience has shown that the Arts can serve as one of the most
effective mediums to enhance understanding, bring about respect, enable sharing, and deepen
friendship between those of different faiths and cultures. One of the flagship initiatives of
CARAVAN is the globally recognized interfaith CARAVAN Exhibition of Visual Art, a unique arts
initiative that brings together many of the Middle East’s and West’s premier and emerging

Compassion Games

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

From our friends at URI North America:  

URI North America is excited to host the Compassion Games and World Interfaith Harmony Week for a lively discussion surrounding how we can care for Creation and each other in an innovative and creative way during this World Interfaith Harmony Week and beyond.  


URI Executive Director Victor Kazanjian will lead the conversation, joined by:

  • Osama Alshurafa, from the offices of the World Interfaith Harmony Week in Jordan
  • Chief Phil Lane, URI Global Council Trustee and Chairman of the Compassion Games International
  • Jon Ramer, Founder of the Compassion Games & Executive Director of the Compassionate Action Network 
  • Monica Willard, United Nations Representative for URI
  • Sande Hart, URI North America Chairperson and Compassion Games International Head Coach

Click HERE to RSVP and then click the share buttons below to help spread the word!