CENTER FOR INNER PEACE NEWSLETTER

Minister’s Reflections

The Center for Inner Peace completely and unequivocally rejects white supremacy, racism, and all other assaults on human dignity and equality. The Center will continue to work to bring people together in the spirit of love.

As a nation, we are suffering the division of racial and religious bigotry. I pray everyday for peace and for our collective hearts to be opened to the mystery and the joy of life where hatred and violence are anomalies. As the Dalai Lama once said, “Although attempting to bring about world peace through internal transformation of individuals is difficult, it is the only way.” That means we each have our part to play in creating peace within our borders as well as without. To this Joanna Macy adds, “If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear.” I believe that only compassion for ourselves and for each other can truly take us beyond our fear of each other. If we once see that we are each unique human beings with something valuable to offer, how can we help but have compassion for each other? May we all respect the oneness of life.

We have several exciting events planned for the fall and I hope you will join us!

In the wake of racial and religious bigotry we are planning an interfaith event on October 12 so that those of is of many faiths can come together and pray for peace. This event will explore the equivalent of the Golden Rule in many different traditions including Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Native American traditions. More details to come.

On International Prayer day, September 21 we will hold a prayer vigil for peace from 10:00 am until 8 pm. Come any time during those hours for a time of silent prayer/meditation for world peace.

On September 30th we will host a concert featuring Don Richmond beginning at 7 pm. Details to come about purchasing tickets. http://donrichmond.com/

Keep posted for two more upcoming concerts:
Inaiah Lujan and Desiare Garcia of the Haunted Windchimes
and Susan Gibson http://www.susangibson.com/ who we enjoyed last year on her annual tour.

-Neema Caughran-