Centers for Spiritual Living holds that peace is an essential human right. We also recognize that peace begins in the heart of each individual and then spreads from heart to heart. We see this as the necessary pathway if we are to really have peace in our time. We are saddened by the tragic conflict between Israel and Hamas that has inflicted so much misery and harm on the people of Gaza and the people of Israel. It is difficult to fathom how an individual might be able to access the peace that results in reconciliation. Nevertheless, the current open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Hamas encourages us to believe that reconciliation can come when peace is seen as not only a possibility, but as a desirable and practical outcome.
Nine prior cease-fires have come and gone, and so we are inviting you, our friends and member communities to participate in this new peace, by resolutely seeing the relationship between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and Hamas in a new light. In short, we are enrolling you to join us in prayer for the next 30 days that a change of heart happens, not only in those directly impacted by conflict, but in all people everywhere, a change of heart that grows rapidly to become a force for a true and lasting peace, one that encompass the entire Middle East, and in the United States, in particular Ferguson, Missouri where an ancient and deep wounding of society erupted in violence and outrage.
It is incumbent upon those of us who are called by a vision of a world that works for everyone to respond with as much compassion and clear thinking as possible. This is a worthy task for the spiritual seeker, because the events in question stimulate the strongest emotions and have a tendency to polarize people into opposing sides.
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 20:21
Thur. Oct. 30 - Monthly Peace Meditation, 7 pm
Sat. Nov. 1 - No Saturday Meditation Group this week.
Sun. Nov. 2 - Morning Services at 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 am.
Sat. Nov. 8 - Project Sleep Warm, 10 am to 1 pm.
Sat. Nov. 8 - Temple Maintenance, 9 am to 12 noon.
Sun. Nov. 9 - Morning Services at 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 am.
Sun. Nov. 9 - HeartSafe Sunday, between services
Sun. Nov. 9 - Compassionate Communication Practice Group, 1 to 3 pm
Tue. Nov. 11 - Seniors in Spirit, 1 pm
Sat. Nov. 15 - Saturday Meditation Group, 10 to 11 am, Room 10 (North Wing)
Sun. Nov. 16 - Morning Services at 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 am.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 18:09
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