Today we begin our
Celebration of Spiritual and Religious Unity, Wisdom and Friendship!
I’ve picked September as the time for this ‘Celebration’ as a way to commemorate the Tenth Anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, by taking one small step to promote Peace, Brotherhood and Sisterhood among people of different faiths and beliefs.
What I’ve done is to contact Authors, Filmmakers, Musicians and Artists, who are creating work in support of Unity, Friendship, Spiritual Wisdom, and Intercultural Understanding, and I’ve asked them to contribute a little of their work to this Celebration. So for the next few weeks they will be sharing Book Excerpts, Film Clips, Audio Recordings, and Artwork.
Some of our contributors include:
Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave
Ervin Laszlo and Allan Combs (writing about the late Thomas Berry)
Alice O. Howell
and many more (including some surprises)!!
I hope you’ll come every day to celebrate with us, and please spread the word!
One last thing:
To make the celebration even more fun, there will be a GIVEAWAY CONTEST held Every Day to win a Free Prize (a book, a DVD, an Audio, etc.) from the contributor whose work is being featured that day. All you have to do to be entered in that day’s contest, is to take a moment and write a Comment about the work they’ve posted. That’s it! One winner’s name will be drawn randomly.
Good Luck to everyone!
We start tomorrow with an excerpt from Alice O. Howell’s wonderful book,
The Web in the Sea
To hold you until then, here’s a brief, relevant excerpt from my own book, THE PURPOSE OF RELIGION: Enlightenment, Meaning and Love in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Symbology, about Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, as a way to open our program:
“Blessed are the peace-makers, for they shall be called the sons of God”
It is said that Moses’ brother Aaron was an outstanding mediator who could make peace between angry neighbors and quarrelsome spouses. This made him greatly beloved by the Israelites, and it is the reason for his selection as High Priest, the Steward of the Mysteries, the Mediator between God and Israel, between ‘Being’ and ‘Becoming’.
To make peace is to forge a state of harmony where there were formerly contradictions and disturbances. But ‘peace’, which in Hebrew is ‘shalom’, means more than just the absence of discord! Shalom represents everything positive that is good for the soul’s evolution. Most importantly, this refers to creating the right relationships (1) with other people, (2) with oneself, (3) and with God.
Jesus here is blessing the level of the Teacher, the level of the ‘Son’ of God who mediates between the ‘Above’ and the ‘Below’ and brings peace to the soul – God’s peace, Shanti, the peace that surpasseth understanding.
Shalom everyone! See you tomorrow!
– Andrew Cort