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The Language of Interfaith

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Wisdom Circle Ministries, a URI Cooperation Circle, is proud to launch “The Language of Interfaith” project with this first of 5 Pre-Parliament World Cafe Events. Through out these events we are exploring the major themes of the Parliament of the World’s Religions 2015 Conference as they align with the Charter for Compassion. The events will be happening once a month thru September as we approach the October conference in Salt Lake. 

This Parliament experience, “Reclaiming the Heart of our Humanity”, is being brought to life through this project to the world of the URI.  Join us and let your voice be heard! 

The Language of Interfaith

The Future of Conflict Resolution Through the Eyes of Youth “To ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures”

   Wisdom Circle Ministries presents an On-Line World Cafe, Pre-Parliament Event In Partnership with

 Charter for Compassion

Parliament of World’s Religions

United Religions Initiative


Conflict resolution and reconciliation is a powerful way for two or more parties to find a peaceful solution to a disagreement. The voice of our youth has always provided a progressive and creative perspective.

What possibilities exist in conflict?  What are the ways youth can effectively communicate? How do we find a common voice?

With these simple questions, we invite you to be part of an important conversation about the role of youth in conflict resolution, reconciliation and creating a voice that can be acknowledged by all.

The Wisdom Circle Project, “The Language of Interfaith,” explores our inter-related world from the perspective of our shared humanity no matter our age. We are fostering its growth by creating breakthrough questions, conversations, and relationships that turn dialogue into action.

The Future of Conflict Resolution through the Eyes of Youth is a World Cafe initiative that consciously fosters inter-generational collaboration and partnership. We believe it will take all of us — one generation alive together now — to effectively address this shared concern in front of us.  We actively welcome participants of all ages to add their voice to this conversation.

This conversation will help us create interspiritual solutions around the above questions. It will also give us tools for concrete action in our own lives and communities. We can share our collective wisdom, new insights and knowledge about how to make our exchanges more mindful. 

Register for this exciting online World Cafe at:


April 22nd is Earth Day

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Hi there Friends, 

 April 22nd is Earth Day.  

 May I pleas share a teaching moment with you? 

April 15, 1935 United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and leaders from 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries signed the Roerich Pact, an International Law Treaty calling for the Banner of Peace to fly over and protect all cultural institutions in time of peace and war, thereby serving a similar function to the Red Cross symbol which protects hospitals and crisis centers during times of conflict.

The government of India approved the Treaty in 1948.
Eighty years later, the Banner of Peace is seen and honored in all regions of the world. 

 Banner of Peace

May Peace Prevail on Earth. 

PS. If you would like a Pax Cultura / Banner of Peace, please send me your address and I will send you one free of charge. 
- Email me 


Rebecca Tobias
URI Global Council Trustee
North America 

Artist Trina Smith’s 1st Gallery Show

Saturday, April 18th, 2015


Our House Artist Trina Smith’s First Gallery Exhibition

For almost two years, Our House at the historic Project Row Houses has supported artists’ endeavors through programming and workshops, engaging artists in becoming all that they can be. The time has come for these artists to grab the mantle and showcase their work through a gallery show specific to their work created during their time at Our House. Our first artist to showcase art will be Catrina Smith aka Trina, a visual artist as well as poet.

Trina’s work will hang in Our House Gallery starting on Saturday, April 18th and ending on Saturday, April 25th. Trina’s art is a cornucopia of houses, from her black and white pen and ink drawings to houses beautifully colored reminding one of a Dr. Seuss story without the words. Join the Our House Artists’ Circle in supporting Ms. Smith with her first gallery showing. Saturday’s opening will include an Artist Talk with Ms. Smith starting at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Curator P. K. McCary at 713.485.9214.


Every other Saturday, Our House will host an artist. Stay tune for more information on upcoming gallery showings.

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Contemporary Jain Way of Compassionate and Ethical Living

Friday, April 17th, 2015

…I have just completed the attached article Contemporary Jain Way of Compassionate and Ethical Living.”  It took more than 4 months to collect the information and its verification. 

The intent of the article is to provide some real information with regards to the choices we have in the usage of plastics cups, water bottles, Styrofoam plates and milk and other dairy products that we use during the Jain functions and conventions.  I am confident that you will not find any information presented here is incorrect or marginally correct.

The article includes summary of the following topics:

1.0   Jain Ethics and Compassion
2.0   Survival of Human Life and Ethical Living (Where and how to draw the limit)
3.0   Universal Law of Mother Nature
4.0   Justification of Dairy Product Consumptions in the Past (why did Lord Mahavir and other Tirthankars accepted milk in their first Parana after the first penance?)
5.0   Contemporary Dairy Product
6.0   Ecological Impact of the Dairy and Meat Industry
7.0   Ecological Impact of Styrofoam and Plastics Materials
8.0   Conclusion

I sincerely wish that you will spare 15 minutes of your time to read this 6 page article and reflect on it.

One of our young Jain professional Dr. Tushar Mehta (Physician) of Toronto has prepared and compiled significant information on this subject.  You can view some of his work at these links (please watch) –

Since the theme of the next JAINA convention is “Jainism: World of Non-Violence.” It seems that we have a great opportunity to implement our own theme into action by making the convention totally environment friendly by using only biodegradable paper products, no plastic cups, water bottles, and serve only “strict vegetarian/vegan meal”. 

Mahatma Gandhiji’s whole Life philosophy was, “Be the Change You Wish to See”

You can also read/download the article from the following link

Please provide your feedback to my blog (just created) at the following link

OR you can also provide feedback at my e-mail address


With regards,


Pravin K Shah


Saturday, April 11th, 2015


Collective campaigns of religious terrorism can only be countered by a collective response – not just military, and not just diplomatic. United Religions Initiative (URI) is a grassroots collective response to religious conflict – and this book is its creation story.

“… An intriguing account” - Jimmy Carter, former U.S. President
“… Read and learn from this good man” - George H.W. Bush, former U.S. President
“… May this Initiative succeed for the sake of all believers” - Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus
“… An international leader seen with great respect” - Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, Grand Imam, Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan
“… A visionary individual” - Rabbi David Rosen, American Jewish Congress
“… A powerful force for tolerance” - William J. Perry, former U.S. Secretary of State
“… Gives meaning to our own life journey” - George P. Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State
“… Never more urgent” - Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, World Congress of Faiths
“… A riveting tale of herculean effort” - Dr. Sidney Drell, Theoretical Physicist, Stanford Linear Accelerator


Bishop Swing New Book