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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2 thoughts on “GHR 2014 Q2: Unity/Affirmation-Diversity

  1. Monthly Labyrinth Walk for May 19, 2014 Duncan Conference Center, Delray Beach, Florida

    Global Healing Response
    2014 Theme: Unity
    2Q Focus: Diversity

    May the walk be a time and way to move together and honor the other. Linda Hurley, Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

    Grace note: Every blade of grass has a song—every one of us has a song; and yet, every time we move to a different place we interact with a different blade of grass and create a new harmony–music, he said, happens only once. A true call to being awake. –Rabbi Louis Rieser

    We Are
    by Sweet Honey in the Rock

    For each child that’s born
    a morning star rises
    and sings to the universe who we are.
    We are our grandmothers’ prayers,
    we are our grandfathers’ dreamings,
    we are the breath of the ancestors,
    we are the spirit of God.
    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.
    We’re seekers of truth and keepers of faith,
    makers of peace, wisdom of ages.
    We are our grandmothers’ prayers,
    we are our grandfathers’ dreamings,
    we are the breath of our ancestors,
    we are the spirit of God.
    For each child that’s born
    a morning star rises
    and sings to the universe
    who we are.
    We are one.

  2. June 16, 2014 MONTHLY LABYRINTH WALK/DUNCAN CENTER
    You show me the path of life.—Psalm 16:11 “Life is a road that winds among the hills of time. With every turn in the road, an old view vanishes, a new view appears. Life is a pilgrimage, a passage through eternity, a journey …” James Dillet Freeman

    GHR 2014 Unity: Q2 Diversity

    The International Day of the African Child has been celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991, when it was first initiated by the Organization of African Unity. It honors those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976 on that day. It also raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children.

    (excerpts from) The Rock Cries Out to Us Today by Maya Angelou (2003):

    History, despite its wrenching pain,
    Cannot be unlived,
    and if faced with courage,
    Need not be lived again.

    Lift up your eyes upon
    The day breaking for you…
    Give birth again
    To the dream…
    Lift up your hearts.
    Each new hour holds new chances
    For new beginnings…

    The horizon leans forward,
    Offering you space
    to place new steps of change.
    Here, on the pulse of this fine day
    You may have the courage
    To look up and out upon me,
    The rock, the river, the tree…
    And into your sister’s eyes,
    Into your brother’s face…
    And say simply
    Very simply
    With hope
    Good morning.
    Maya Angelou

    “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” Maya Angelou, Facebook January 11, 2013

    Maya Angelou, (1928-2014) American poet, author and civil rights activist died May 28, 2014.

    Linda Hurley, Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

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