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U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boonsummer2004 008

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Volume 8 page 39 (09-24-09)

AFFIRMATION

I appreciate all the religions and people of the world 

          When you enter the Center for Creative Living – you notice the flags of 22 different religions on the wall – none higher, brighter or more outstanding than the other. Then as you become comfortable in your chair – you notice the altar. There is a statue of Buddha with small children gathered around, a large silver cross made in Palenque and a wooden figure of Christ the Redeemer. As you look closely – you see a black goddess holding flowers in her hand, a bronze statue of Ganeesh, a large figure of Isis, a few angels and many candles. The Star of David is quite prominent as is another Buddha – a black one – looking like Buddha in a feminine form. Depending on the occasion, there may be American flags, Gay flags, flags from various wars, Mother Earth and Peace flags. But the best of all are the freshly cut flowers in many different vases representing the different hues, colors and religions of all who attend here.

          Here at CCL we consider ourselves a Multi-Faith church – welcoming all religions, philosophies and conversations as the voices of a Mother/Father God.

          Why so many religions? We feel that truth cannot be confined to any single path and that God’s beauty and glory is demonstrated in many incarnations beyond the ones called Jesus the Christ, Mohammad or The Buddha.

          In North America we daily live and work alongside people of different ethnic and racial groups. And we are more and more coming into contact with religions of the world embodied in human faces and next-door-neighbor families. This loving relationship, between the world’s religions is here.

          In all the religious traditions of the world, love of neighbor has been a necessary objective. The point is that we love our neighbor; and our neighbor is whomever God sets in our path, who ever we meet along our way. Inter-Faith cooperation and dialogue must begin with us. What we do now with respect to the growing religious communities will have consequences for our future.

          The goal of Inter-Faith dialogue is not to point out the faults of the other community. We need more discussion with acknowledgment of the suffering inflicted on one another, and accepting appropriate responsibility for the mistakes of the past; whether it is the torture of witches, the toleration of rape, mutilation and flogging in some sanctioned “holy wars” or the relegation of millions to the position of outcasts in the name of God!

          God can be a powerful force for good! The majority of the world’s people are deeply religious and various spiritual traditions have a role in providing the belief, systems and worldview within which we act out or

lives.

          “We the people of earth, need the help and involvement of our spiritual leaders. It is from our respective faiths that we derive our sense of origins, of self, of purpose, of possibility. You are our source of inspiration for what we humans and earth can become. Your dreams are our visions – and our destiny.” As was said in A Letter to Our Spiritual Leaders, members of the U. N. – written by Gerald O. Barney.

          There is a big mix out there, and there’s lots of different things going on, and there is not one way that was intended to be the right way. Just like there’s not one color or one flower or one vegetable or one fingerprint. There is not one that is to be the right one over all others. The variety is what fosters the creativity. And so you say, “Okay, I accept that there’s lots of variety, but I don’t like to eat cucumbers.” Don’t eat cucumbers. But don’t ask them to be eliminated and don’t condemn those who eat them. Don’t ruin your life by pushing against. Instead, say, “I choose this instead. This does please me.”—Abraham

Excerpted from the workshop in Rye, NY on Sunday, October 12th, 1997 #204. Our Love, Jerry and Esther Hicks

If God dropped acid, would he see people? — George Carlin

A minister in Florida lamented that it was difficult to get his message across to his congregation. “It’s so beautiful here in the winter,” he said, “that heaven doesn’t interest them. And it’s so hot here in the summer that hell doesn’t scare them.”

Did you know – life expectancy for non-church goers is 75 and for weekly churchgoers it is 82 and for people who attend more than once a week it is 83 years. USA Today

“It is extremely important that we all extend our understanding of each other’s spiritual practices and traditions, because to do so increases our opportunities for mutual respect. Sometimes, too, we encounter something in another tradition that helps us better appreciate something in our own.”

—His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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