GHR 2014 Q4: Unity/Inclusion

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2014 Theme: Unity

So powerful is the light of unity that
it can illuminate the whole earth. —
Baha’u’llah 

October-November-December

Focus:   Inclusion

Quote: “Peace requires everyone to be in the circle – wholeness, inclusion.” — Isabel Allende

Color:  Red

Prayer/Meditation: St. Francis prayer seems to work perfectly this quarter…

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life. Amen

Ideas for benefiting organization:

The Southern Poverty Law Center works tirelessly and fearlessly to promote tolerance and provide teaching materials for tolerance: http://www.splcenter.org/

Ideas for ambiance: Musical instruments such as bells, drums, tambourines that can be played in unison or in collaboration with fellow walkers

Music: Any Chant album such as ChantIII: The Benedictin Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos

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GHR 2014 Q3: Unity/Compassion-Understanding

Global Healing Response Quarterly

2014 Theme: Unity

So powerful is the light of unity that
it can illuminate the whole earth. —
Baha’u’llah 

Juuly-August-September

Focus:   Compassion/Understanding

Quote:  “Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

 “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” ― Albert Einstein

Color: Green for the heart chakra—because understanding and compassion come from the heart.

Prayer:

Holy ones, we ask your guidance in coming to the heart of compassion.
Help us to be with the suffering of each being.
Help us to imagine the pain of poverty, oppression, illness, hatred and fear.
Help us to understand courage in the face of despair, nobility in the face of adversity
And give love to all who suffer.  —Judith Tripp

Ideas for benefiting organization: Local organizations that provide aid to the homeless, food pantries, domestic violence shelters.

Ideas for ambiance: I love this idea from Judith Tripp: I have been thinking about Kuan Yin when it comes to compassion lately, reading a wonderful book by Stephen Levine, Becoming Kuan Yin.  I would recommend images of her for ambiance.”

Music: “Edges of the Soul” by Dr. Harold Grandstaff Moses. Get it thru www.musicfortheheart.com. The opening & closing selections called The Circle.

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GHR 2014 Q2: Unity/Affirmation-Diversity

Global Healing Response Quarterly

2014 Theme: Unity

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth. —Baha’u’llah 

April-May-June
Focus: Affirmation/Diversity

Quote:  “I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.” ― Ani DiFranco

Color:  Yellow like the sun that shines on all of us.

Prayer:
Holy ones, help us to live a life of clear seeing of the light in each soul.  Help us to let the distinctions of race, gender, class, orientation and appearance fall away in the bright light of our affirmation of the essential goodness we each possess.  Help us to show our affirmation loud and clear in our thoughts, words and deeds.  —Judith Tripp

Ideas for benefiting organization:
Find an organization in your community that celebrates diversity!

Ideas for ambiance:
A mixture of textures of cloth, images, objects, instruments, global sense, representing the diversity of your community, the diversity of our world, as we move to walk and dance in unity. May the walk be a time and way to move together and honor the other.

Music:
Sweet Honey in the Rock’s “Sacred Ground” (http://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Ground-Sweet-Honey-Rock/dp/B000002M7R)

Exerpt of lyrics from the song “We are” on the “Sacred Ground” CD
“We are Mothers of courage, fathers of time
Daughters of dust, sons of great visions
We are sisters of mercy, brothers of love
Lovers of life and the builders of nations”

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GHR 2014 Q1: Unity/ Consensus

I am very happy to introduce our theme for 2014—Unity. In preparing to send this information out, I started to think of the impending Olympic games. The flame seems like a wonderful visual for Unity and perhaps when we see the Olympic flame we will each think of Global Healing.  I was thrilled to find a quote by Dr. King about consensus and it feels very fitting considering we just celebrated his birthday. Thank you to Veriditas Master Teacher, Jo Ann Mast, for helping me create this quarter’s materials. Thank you for using these materials as a community! 

Peace & Healing,

Ellen Bintz Meuch

Global Healing Resource Quarterly

2014 Theme: Unity

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth. —Baha’u’llah 

January-February-March 

Focus:   Consensus

Quote: “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

Picture/symbol: The illuminating flame of the candle

Color:  Orange

Prayer

Like the labyrinth, consensus is a journey –preparing individuals to make a decision that requires identifying issues, clarifying and questioning to create an understanding of the issues.

Doesn’t this sound like a journey into the labyrinth? Walking to seek clarity, release anger, listening to all the possibilities? We honor what comes up.

Consensus is a process where people think and talk together until they find a solution to move forward. Following a community labyrinth journey, we often come together, witnessing and sharing with one another that leads to a greater depth of understanding.

We Are One

“Creator of All, we join our minds and heart with people of this earth. We recognize the deep bond that we have with each created being. We rejoice in your sacred presence among us and with us.

Divine Oneness, we celebrate the goodness, the beauty, the talents, and the spirituality of all these brothers and sisters. We stand in solidarity with all those who suffer in any way.

Rekindle our love, revitalize our compassion, and renew our awareness of the unity we share with all beings.”               – Excerpts from “Out of the Ordinary” by Joyce Rupp-

Ideas for benefiting organization:  An organization that promotes nonviolence such as The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (www.thekingcenter.org)

Ideas for ambiance around the labyrinth: Candles—Perhaps many candles in sand within a pot or bucket.

Music:   Winding Path” by Kevin Kern. (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-winding-path/id62112693)

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