Tuesday, September 17, 2013

TRANSCENDENCE - The 2014 Multifaith Wall Calendar is Available


~ locally ~ in the Greater Madison Area!

The Multifaith Wall Calendar is an excellent source of accurate dates and descriptions of over 350 observances, including events from 14 world religions, and is an essential source of information for government, educational institutions, business people, travelers, and all who want to become enlightened global citizens.
     * Holidays and festivals accurately dated and described 

* Large, color-coded easy-to-read calendar grid
     * Twelve original beautiful color images 

* A beautiful calendar for the school, home and office 
      * A perfect gift


Order and reserve your copy today!
Be glad to them bring to meetings, have pick up or drop off as well.
For each calendar delivered by USPS, please send a check for $15.50 ($12.50+$3.00 shipping) and mail to:

Inroads Ministry
P.O. Box 5207, Madison, WI 53705
(608) 443-7241 ~ inroads@minister.com

Your order cannot be processed until payment is received.

Dear Friends, 
     Multifaith calendars available only as limited supplies last. Paid orders will be shipped within the next week, most within the next business day. Local USPS will deliver promptly. We can also arrange drop offs or pick ups, as possible.
Peace and light,
Rev. John-Brian Paprock, Inroads Ministry
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  • ~The View from Inside Syria~

     ~The View from Inside Syria~

    From: Tamimi
    Sent: 09/06/13 01:30 PM
    ~The View from Inside Syria~



    "In my city of Homs it was a very beautiful peaceful city. We were Christians, Muslims from many religions living together. My best friend was Suni. And other one Allawi. Not a time we thought about religion except when marriage. And now my peaceful city is almost dead.

    All the old beautiful ancient Mosque and churchs was destroyed. My city had a great history, her name was Ammessa. And the Roman emperor Karakala was born from a Homsi lady. Her name was Julia Doumna. Same story goes on other cites like Allepo. It is an old Roman city used to be her old name was Beroia.

    The history of my beloved Syria goes back to 4000 BC. This heritage belongs to all Universe not only to us!!....

    Excuse my language and my stress.

    My word is crying and screaming. But what to do alone? I am only one Syrian lady from 23 million Syrians. If I keep fighting with love for peace to spread peace again can I ?

    No one is perfect..

    I think we should take the opinion of those who's still there, inside Syria waiting for outside strike. My husband, my two brothers, my mom and dad, my cousins- all my family and my best friends are still there.

    I think outside leaders says you should use the military attack, but go there or imagine that one of your family member are still there!

    They are waiting for the international investigators to go out of Syria to start the strike !!!!!! Are the investigators humans and my people not? I was living there for 37 years and I just came to foreign lands.

    We were living all of us together- Christians, Muslims (Allawi, Suni, Dourzi) all of us together as a big family like Damascus mosaic.

    Many very good honest people. If your personal family are there will you do the attack and risk their life?? Why do they want to kill the Syrian people twice??!!!!!!

    Please help to bring peace to Syrian people, not more war. This is a word of one person but a feelings from thousands and thousands. You want to fight? Who will fight with us for a gunless world? To do this we need huge amount of humanity in the gun factory's heart."

    ~Lama Abboud
    Citizen of Homs, Syria

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  • Announcing URI's new Executive Director, Victor Kazanjian

    From: Kiran Bali, Chair of URI's Global Council
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    San Francisco, CA – September 3, 2013 – The United Religious Initiative (URI) announces Victor Kazanjian as its new Executive Director. Kazanjian will assume the leadership role on October 15, following Rev. Charles Gibbs who retired as URI's Executive Director in June of this year.
    "The United Religions Initiative community in 86 countries of the world enthusiastically welcomes Victor Kazanjian as our Executive Director and looks forward to his leadership and friendship," said The Right Rev. William E. Swing, President and founder of the United Religious Initiative.
    Kazanjian is looking forward to join URI in building peaceful communities and engage problems of injustice and violence by supporting interfaith cooperation and understanding. "At a time when religion is often seen to be at the root of division among people, it is a privilege and honor to be given this opportunity to lead an organization such as URI that stands out as a beacon of hope for the possibilities of peace" said Kazanjian.
    Kazanjian is coming from Wellesley College where he served for more than two decades as Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life, Co-Director of the Peace & Justice Studies Program and most recently Dean of Intercultural Education.
    Kazanjian's work at Wellesley College is widely acknowledged as the catalyst in the national movement to include religion and spirituality as core issues in higher education, and has led to inter-faith and inter-cultural growth and understanding. Specializing in inter-religious dialogue and conflict transformation, diversity and democracy, and peace building, Kazanjian is a recognized thought-leader and the co-author and editor of several books and numerous articles, including Education as Transformation: Religious Pluralism, Spirituality and a New Vision for Higher Education in America, (New York: Peter Lang, 2000), Beyond Tolerance: a Campus Religious Diversity Kit, (Washington: NASPA, 2004) and the Studies in Spirituality and Education series published by Peter Lang Press.
    Global Council Chair Kiran Bali extends the council's support. "I am absolutely delighted to welcome Victor Kazanjian as our esteemed Executive Director of URI. Victor is a real asset to URI bringing his extensive experience and high regard in the field of international interfaith cooperation. His leadership has been truly inspirational and has resulted in effective and impactful projects. I look forward to working in conjunction with Victor, our URI community and our partners to further strengthen our initiatives throughout the exciting times that lay ahead."  
    In 1998 Kazanjian co-founded Education as Transformation, an international organization working with colleges and universities around the world to promote religious pluralism and spirituality in education. He is also a visiting faculty member and Fulbright Scholar at the Malaviya Center for Peace Research at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India, creator of Wellesley College's Wintersession program in India, and member of the Global Learning Leadership Council of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).
    Victor Kazanjian is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church and holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also a graduate of Harvard University.
    URI is a global grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world.
    We implement our mission through local and global initiatives that build the capacity of nearly 600 member groups and organizations in 86 countries to engage in community action such as conflict resolution and reconciliation, environmental sustainability, education, women's and youth programs, and advocacy for human rights. 
    Visit www.uri.org for further information on URI's projects in: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and North America.
    Contact: Deborah Lauricella
    (415) 956-1791
    P.O. Box 29242 | San Francisco, CA 94129

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