I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there. — Mother Theresa (1910-1997)
In the midst of the political turbulence and fear that has erupted across the world since the American election, I have been searching for this month’s newsletter theme. The one word that consistently repeats in my mind is
It seems everywhere one turns there are more and more reports emerging about acts of violence, aggression, terrorism, discrimination and mayhem. It is hard not to become immersed in that fear laden energy. Now, more than ever, it is even more crucial that we focus our prayers on its very opposite :
In the midst of darkness, let there be Light
May grief burdened hearts be soothed
May those who have suffered tragedy and loss
be protected, comforted and enfolded
in the everlasting arms of Unconditional Love.
May the guiding principles for prevailing justice
be Heart-centred and
honour, support and respect
the universal values of peace, freedom, dignity,
responsibility and co-operation.
May all nations, all cultures, all races, all religions
and transform the world
into one that is founded on
Love, Peace and Harmony.
So be it. Amen.
The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man or one party or one nation. It must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world— Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)
‘I do not usually involve myself with politics but this last span has been different. Different because the political realm has started to spill over hard onto human rights and civil liberties; things I care deeply about as a human being.
I believe very strongly in inclusion as a guiding principle. That, when we come together to find commonalities, when we are doing the work to understand each other, when we work to build bridges, we all move forward. But when we choose to exclude, when we sow the seeds of fear, when all we want is a higher wall, we all regress; we all lose something vital.
One of the most powerful ways we can foster inclusion is by reframing our view of each other by choosing to focus on the overwhelming similarities we share as human beings instead of the arbitrary, often petty, and largely insignificant differences.
To this end I have designed these T-Shirts. They are my statement of feeling, which I now humbly offer to you.’