Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Article Stats
No comments, 3 series
General News

Seventh Annual Unity Walk, Washington, DC

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 4 of 5 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; ; , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

Headlined to H4 9/11/11

Become a Fan
  (11 fans)

Rabbi Jack Moline and Rev. Bill Haley stood together on the podium to deliver short speeches, insisting on the unceremonious nomenclature "Jack" and "Bill."

Jack told us a wonderful story about two sisters condemned to a concentration camp during World War II. One was sickly and the other healthy. The sickly one told the healthy sister that she must survive the ordeal. Her last words were "God's love is deeper than this evil." That is the message the well sister was able to take back, because she did survive, miraculously rescued.

Echoing this, Bill told us that real love comes from a place deeper than evil.

Renowned author, independent scholar, and activist Karen Armstrong told us to resolve that 9/11 would never happen again. We need more compassion in life, both private and public. "Compassion" literally means materializing the Golden Rule--putting ourselves in another's shoes.

"The voice of religion must be clear and dynamic," she said. We're bound together by the Internet and world economy. One market crashes and the domino effect brings down the others.

She is engaged in a project of building a network of compassionate cities; there are fifty so far, and the District is on deck to join, she said.

We must reach out to our "enemies."

Think, as you resume the walk, that you must become the change you wish to see in the world. This time the popular St. Augustine's Gospel Choir sang as Arun Gandhi led our march back toward the statue of his grandfather.

Once we arrived to the statue, and once Arun spoke (see above), Rev. Clark Lobenstine, Executive Director of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington pledged to become peacemaker not just until the end of this year but throughout his life. The people cheered as he urged us to join him.

Altaf Husain, member of the Islamic Society of North America, told us next that no religion can ever be subverted to evil. Religion can't be hijacked.

He recalled sadly how people ran into the towers on 9/11 when they were struck, nearly as often as they exited.

He quoted the Qu'ran: If you take one life, it is as if you have killed all people; and if you save one life, it is as if you have saved all of humanity.

The closing benediction was delivered by a layperson, mc Maureen Fiedler. She borrowed her words from a faith group unrepresented today, the Native Americans.

The ideas resonated with others shared earlier. Bless us in any way we need, carried a novel thought, though clearly our greatest need was evident today--peace.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5;

A jack of some trades, writing and editing among them, Marta Steele, an admitted and proud holdover from the late sixties, returned to activism ten years ago after first establishing her skills as a college [mostly adjunct] professor in three (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Smart Security or Dumb Dollar$?

Ohio Heroes On Path To Deposing Rove

There Is Life on Mars, Not Just Water

Shall the Truth Set Us Free? (with a surprise afterword by Greg Palast)

Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear: Colbert, Stewart,, and Audience Sober Up

Review: Andrew Kreig, "Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney, and Their Masters"


The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
No comments