Posted in Current events & community, Future/stability/security, global, Women

Wonderful interfaith event

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I am grateful I had the privilege of being on the planning committee for this wonderful interfaith event. This was the 38th Annual Women’s Interfaith Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

A beautiful group of women have been planning these wonderful conferences each year since the early 80’s. There is a new topic each year. The theme this year was “Holy Days – What, When, How”.

I loved learning about the diverse faith practices of each of the faith traditions represented. From Ramadan to Rosh Hashanah, Easter to Buddha’s Birthday, we had the opportunity to learn about each these diverse holy days and what they mean to these women of faith.

My favorite portion were these final questions: what do the holy days mean to you, what language do you pray in, and how can we carry the peace-building message of interfaith to the world.

There was such an atmosphere of peace, respect, and inclusion in the room. The qualities of kindness, thoughtfulness, and love were truly uplifting.

It is affirming to see what is possible in the example this diverse group of women sitting in the same room, listening to one another, and sharing their stories. It inspires hope!

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Posted in Environment, global, Mental health/wellness, Prayer/healing, Time/stress

The love of trees

There is something so wonderful about being in nature. Perhaps because it is a time when I delight in beauty.

20171023_16210234076464.jpgI love getting to spend time each day in nature. For me, this means simply taking my dog and son to the park each afternoon as a family. We are fortunate enough to live near a park with beautiful trees and lovely wooded trails.

This “outside time”, as we call it, feeds our souls. The trees in this park are beautiful sugar maple and black walnut trees, surrounded by wooded hills, caves, mountain biking and hiking trails. It makes me want to go and plant more trees for our children’s children to enjoy for decades to come.

Trees are like quiet, uncomplaining sentinels, giving of their energy. They are familiar old friends. I am in awe and gratitude for trees. They are a spiritual symbol of home to me.

20171023_161808718632813.jpgStudies show that average Americans spend 90% of their days indoors. This tells me that specific effort is needed to carve out time to spend in nature, to enjoy the stillness around us, to take deep breaths and slow walks, and to give space to notice the little wonders around us.

Nature is where I feel God’s presence. It is so beautiful and wonderful that it reminds me of how much She loves us. I believe divine Love is the creator of the universe, and I am in awe of Her majesty all around us. It is as though She is showing off Her beauty, grandeur, order, stillness, and harmony, whispering “I love you” in Her still, gentle ways.

Posted in Current events & community, global, Love/relationships

Love—the key to the Kingdom of Heaven

I love this 2-minute uplifting podcast. It shows the detrimental effects of anger and that our salvation from anger and resentment lies in love –the human consciousness yielding to the transforming power of Christly love.

Love is all powerful and all presence. Love owns no past, present or future but is (God, Himself/Herself) forever embracing each one of us and present each moment.

What is Love seeing and knowing? That is an important question when we want to be transformed spiritually and heal society.

Divine healing and regeneration are here for every individual. The government of God guides consciousness and is manifest in infinite blessings. No person, place or thing can ever separate us from the allness and goodness of Love. Claim it and accept this today!

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?…Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

The Bible, Romans 8:35