Stories for Harmony Week

These are news posts that pertain to the World Interfaith Harmony Week.

David Gershon – First Earth Run and Seven Actions to Create Peace on Eath

Stories of someone overcoming life’s challenges and demonstrating that the impossible is possible can be inspiring and very meaningful, especially at this time. With that in mind, we are thrilled to pass the Compassion Torch to a Champion of Compassion whose story is particularly relevant to the Compassion Games, the Compassion Torch, and what is taking place at the U Day Festival in Ethiopia.

In 1986 David Gershon, Gail Traub, and their team initiated the First Earth Run and carried the Torch of Peace around the world. It’s seemed like an impossible journey, something unimaginable but then it came to be.  Here’s a short description from their website:

David conceived and organized at the height of the cold war, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund and ABC Television, one of the planet’s first global consciousness-raising initiatives—the First Earth Run. As part of this event a torch of peace was passed around the world engaging 25 million people and 45 heads of state in 62 countries. A billion people via the media witnessed it circumnavigating the globe. As part of its journey, the Torch of Peace shed light on acts of cooperation for the common good and raised millions of dollars for children suffering the ravages of war.

Over the course of thirteen books and development of training programs for the Empowerment Institute, David is a Champion of Compassion and an excellent source of wisdom and experience in making large-scale system change.  Here is more about David:   

David Gershon, co-founder and CEO of Empowerment Institute, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on empowerment and large-system transformation. His clients include cities, organizations, government agencies, and social entrepreneurs. He is the author of thirteen books, including the award-winning Social Change 2.0: A Blueprint for Reinventing Our World  and co-directs Empowerment Institute’s School for Transformative Social Change which empowers change agents to design and implement transformative social innovations.

This is clearly a transition story for our times.  What can we learn from the First Earth Run to unite the planet to Light Up the World and create Peace on Earth?  We recently met with David and passed him the Compassion Torch in a Wopida Ceremony; here is what he had to say:

“First Earth Run” Story and Video

These challenging times call for a leap forward in how we realize the social changes that we need to make individually and collectively. Fortunately, David wrote the book Social Change 2.0. and recognizes the power of play to create social impact. We have begun to collaborate on the Seven Actions to Create Peace on Earth as a Compassion Game. Each of the Seven Actions can be worked on independently and concurrently, and alone or with a team. To participate read the story and watch the video on the First Earth Run.

Seven Year Time Frame (2018 – 2025) for Creating Peace on Earth

We are planning to reinforce and build our collective capacity over a seven-year time frame. In this first year, 2018, our goal is to coalesce a critical mass of “DreamKeepers” who believe it is possible to create Peace on Earth.  We will experiment with a new tool to synergize and act together; it is called Unifyre.  Let’s Unify with Unifyre!  Undoubtedly, we will learn a ton in the process.  Follow the link and commit to Be a Dreamkeeper and agree to invite others to join with you.  Do this by the end of the World Interfaith Harmony Week (February 7). When you invite others let the crowd know that you did this by reporting back to the Unifyre.

In 2018 we are going to focus on reaching a critical mass of people who believe that creating Peace on Earth is possible.  Unifyre offers a simple way to commit personally and then invite others to join with you.  Let’s try it and see what happens!  If you have questions or need help contact us at chetan@unifyre.co

Champion of Compassion Spotlight: King Abdullah II of Jordan

Spotlight Champion Of Compassion: King Abdullah II of Jordan First Initiator of World Interfaith Harmony Week

We are thrilled to share the vision and celebrate King Abdullah II of Jordan from U Day Festival Ethiopia: Land Of Origin on behalf of hundreds of spiritual leaders from around the world, we pass you the Compassion Torch as a spotlight Champion Of Compassion. World Interfaith Harmony Week is an anchor and inspiration to why we are coming together during this first week of February 2018. Thank you for keeping the interfaith flame alive since 2012. We are thrilled to announce that at this time Champion Of Compassion is giving communities and teams around the world the opportunity to win $50,000 for there service projects (register your project here! Game On). He offers this to communities every year during World Interfaith Harmony Week. Bravo to you and your generosity for making peace and cooperation a priority. See here some of the amazing stories of how King Abdullah II has given through the years here. See the many events happening around the world at this time honoring Interfaith and where you can add your event too.

Here is a video about World Interfaith Harmony Week in 2018 from HRH Prince Ghazi.

“Our choices are cursing in the dark or lighting a candle in the darkness, and through the first week of February, having everyone that is soul minded celebrate based on one theme at one time in the world, is World Interfaith Harmony Week. This is a crucial way to push back the forces of religious hatred and conflict.” -HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad

The World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. Just under a month later, on October 20, 2010, it was unanimously adopted by the UN and henceforth the first week of February will be observed as a World Interfaith Harmony Week.

The World Interfaith Harmony Week provides a platform—one week in a year—when all interfaith groups and other groups of goodwill can show the world what a powerful movement they are. The thousands of events organized by these groups often go unnoticed not only by the general public but also by other groups themselves. This week will allow for these groups to become aware of each other and strengthen the movement by building ties and avoiding duplicating each other’s efforts. 

Learn more about World Interfaith Harmony Week 2017 at the website.

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The Interfaith Amigos

Spotlight Champion Of Compassion: Interfaith Amigos

Imam Jamal Rahman, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Rabbi Ted Falcon — the Interfaith Amigos — started working together after 9/11. Since then, they have brought their unique blend of spiritual wisdom and humor to audiences all over the U.S., as well as Canada, Israel-Palestine, and Japan. 

You will see why these three extraordinary men are champions of compassion and global teachers on embodying Interfaith below in one of there Ted Talks.

The Interfaith Amigos present a crucial message in their unique humorous style, helping participants appreciate the promise and the problems of the interfaith experience. Since 9/11 we have had the good fortune to work closely with Rabbi Ted Falcon, Imam Jamal Rahman, and Don Mackenzie who have come to be known as the “Interfaith Amigos”.  They have helped many recognize the pitfalls while learning and understanding how to engage with people who walk on different faiths and carry different beliefs. Finding the unity in diversity that comes from appreciating different nationalities and cultures is a critical skill of our time.  Through their books, presentations, and workshops the Interfaith Amigos are a cultural treasure offering wisdom and guidance in learning how to bridge this divide.

We are honored to pass the Compassion Torch to the Interfaith Amigos for their leadership and partnership in creating a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.

The Interfaith Amigos started working together after 9/11. Since then, they have brought their unique blend of spiritual wisdom and humor to audiences in the US, Canada, Israel-Palestine, and Japan. Their first book, Getting to the Heart of Interfaith (Skylight Paths, 2009), brought the Interfaith Amigos international attention with coverage from the New York Times, CBS News, the BBC and various NPR programs. Karen Armstrong calls their “exuberant and courageous” second book, Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith (Skylight Paths, 2011), “an inspiration and example for all of us in these sadly polarized times.”

Check out there most recent book from 2016,

Finding Peace through Spiritual PracticeThe Interfaith Amigos’ Guide to Personal, Social and Environmental Healing.

“Spiritual practices can give advocates for social change greater success in their pursuits, and concrete actions in the world can deepen the experience of spiritual seekers. We can maximize positive personal, social, and environmental change by supporting activism with spiritual practices, and we can encourage spiritual seekers to recognize that true spirituality demands action. We all want greater peace, and that requires both inner and outer action.”

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Megan Gaiser with Leadership For Diversity

Spotlight Champion of Compassion: Megan Gaiser

We are thrilled to be passing the Torch of Compassion to this extraordinary leader, Megan Gaiser!

Today we are passing the Compassion Torch to Megan Gaiser, the Founder of Leadership For Diversity and Global Women Leader in the Gaming Industry. Megan recently founded the 21st Century Leadership for Diversity network, a collective force across industries championing leadership for the greater good. Check out this list of leaders from around the world that have joined this movement taking a stand for diversity!

She became one of the first female CEO’s in the video game industry and with her team, pioneered a new market niche – inspiring video games for girls, with the Nancy Drew game franchise. Awards include: “Game Industry’s 100 Most Influential Women” Next Generation; “Top 10 Most Influential Women of the Decade” Gaming Angels & “2011 Indie Cade Trailblazer Lifetime Achievement Award.”

This is a powerful place to be inspired by action with many resources on diversity and compassion leading the way on the resources page. As a way to elevate our celebration of Megan, you can join the Network of Leaders for Diversity too by signing up HERE! You can also follow the action on Twitter, Facebook, and Website.

Thank you for making such a vibrant positive impact in the world! Megan Gaiser, you are a Champion Of Compassion!

 

 

Unity Earth: U Day Festival Ethiopia

Spotlight Champion Of Compassion: Unity Earth

We are thrilled to light the Compassion Torch for the profound impact and infinite ripples of peace coming from Unity Earth! Thank you Unity Earth for bringing spiritual leaders, ambassadors, and musicians together in Ethiopia during World Interfaith Harmony Week! We celebrate Unity Earth for inspiring a convergence of compassion, peace, and unity fire together for the first time in history in the Ethiopia Land of Origin January 26th – February 7th. We are deeply grateful to participate with Unity Earth at U Day Festival on the grounds of Ethiopia this week.

UNITY EARTH initiative, U Day 2018 Ethiopia: Land of Origins includes events at sacred sites, musical performances and a special gathering at the African Union in Addis Ababa. Representatives are attending from Aboriginal Australia, Indigenous leaders from Asia, North and Central America, Buddhists Monks from Thailand, Sikhs, Bahai, Sufis, Tibetan Buddhists and Hindus from India, along with Jews, Christians, and Muslims. All are gathering in Ethiopia in a grand dance of music and spirituality to celebrate our colorful and diverse human family while advancing universal values of Peace, Compassion, and Unity. Learn about how to get involved in this Global Event virtually here on February 3rd.

UNITY Earth provides the philosophic foundation and framework for a wide variety of activities and organizations. Through festivals, events, education, and community building, UNITY Earth is dedicated to a grassroots approach to spreading the profoundly simple truth that we are one. We are one people, one human family, sharing one planet.

Unity Earth is committed to facilitating greater intercultural harmony and a deeper appreciation of humanity’s connection to nature.

There are so many inspiring individuals and organizations doing the hard work and taking strides towards greater unity on our planet, our aim is to strengthen and connect this grassroots movement.

UNITY.Earth:
One people: many cultures
One planet: many challenges
One colorful diverse human family

Unity Earth provides a roadmap to 2020 which includes many large events around the world including; Thailand in 2012, Ethiopia in 2018, India in 2019, Jerusalem in 2020 and more! See the detailed map to Unity Earth HERE. Thank you for all you are doing and blessing on this Earth!

In Caring Community,

Compassion Games International Leadership Team

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Scarlett Lewis with Choose Love Movement

Spotlight Champion Of Compassion: Scarlett Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are passing the Compassion Torch to Scarlett Lewis and her son Jesse Lewis as leaders of courageous compassion, shining the power of love to the world!  Scarlett is the Founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement™ is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission to ensure that every child has access to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in their classrooms and to help facilitate this teaching within their families, schools, and communities. They do this in honor of Jesse and to spread the message he left on his family’s kitchen chalkboard shortly before he died – “Nurturing, Healing Love.”

“Although we can’t always choose what happens to us, we can always choose how to respond. Children can learn to choose a loving thought over an angry one. When a child realizes that they have the power to positively impact themselves as well as those around them, it is empowering and perpetuates their positive actions and interactions.” –Scarlett Lewis, Founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement™ and Jesse’s mother

One of the main solutions through this movement is for educators called the Choose Love Enrichment Program Here are some of the incredible global impacts of this program so far.

IMPACT STATS

  • More than 2,380 educator downloads
  • All 50 states + DC
  • More than 40 countries
  • 200,000 estimated student’s reached 
  • 100% of survey respondents said they have seen an improvement in classroom climate and in students’ overall behavior
  • More than 95% of survey respondents said they would use the program again or recommend it to other educators

Agents of compassion here is an opportunity to get to know Scarlett’s personal story that brought her to creating this Choose Love Movement in this video.

Lets shine light today on Scarlett Lewis by supporting this movement to continue to positively impact youth, families, and educators all over the world. It could start today by sharing this spotlight article, sharing how she has made a difference in your life on the Compassion Report Map and also donate to the movement. Your contributions will help keep the Choose Love Enrichment Program free to all educators. Your generosity will ensure that no student is denied this life-changing and even life-saving resource.

You can “Choose Love” even more with Scarlett Lewis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also learn more about this movement through Scarlett’s book, Nurturing Healing Love: A Mothers Journey of Hope and Forgiveness. This book has a featured forward from Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.

“Scarlett Lewis has faced the ultimate darkness. She has shared, from a deep place of truth within, the agony of losing her Jesse at such a tender age. she has shared her very personal journey back to living and teaching how to become instruments of love…

Her message is a reflection of Jesse’s life. It is what I humbly attempt to live and teach. Where there is hatred, change the thought. Where there is no love, we must put love, and then surely we will find love.”

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

 

 

Thank you for lighting up the world with love and compassion Scarlett! You inspire us to keep all our hearts in the Best Game On Earth!

In caring community with you,

Compassion Games International Leadership Team

 

 

 

 

Karen Palmer with Global Kindness TV

Karen Palmer: Spotlight Champion Of Compassion 

We are thrilled to pass the Compassion Torch to Karen Palmer today celebrating her as a phenomenal, Champion of Compassion during the 2018 World Interfaith Harmony Week Coopetition. Please join us during these seven days sharing this article on your favorite social media platforms with what you appreciate about Karen and report your reflections on how she, and Global Kindness TV has impacted you in your life on the Compassion Report Map.

Here we are passing Karen Palmer, Founder of Global Kindness TV the Compassion Torch! You will also learn more about what makes her tick, who she passes the torch onto (Rick Ulfick from We The World), Guided World Peace Meditation and so much more!

Karen Palmer just launched her newest book, in December 2017, called “Co-Creating Heaven On Earth”. She has included many solutions to these times including Compassion Games International. www.globalkindnesstv.org/heaven  

“Kindness and love are superpowers and are the keys that open the door to unity. We are all in this human experience together and we can co-create a more loving kind world. This book will show us how. You will feel inspired and empowered as you hear true stories of amazing individuals making a huge difference in their corner of the world.” – Quoted from Karen Palmer in “Co-Crea

Karen  Palmer is the mom who made a wish and started a kindness revolution. She is the founder of The #Globalkindness Revolution networking with many to co-create a kinder and more loving world. She has been nick-named The Queen Of Globalkindness and is also known as a Modern Day Mystical Mr.Rogers, Dr.Doolittle, and Dr.Seuss who uses music, meditation, mindful practices, and mantras for empowerment of all ages.  She is a singer and songwriter and will be going on tour for “The Spirit Of Love” in 2018 teaching self-love and cooperation through concerts, workshops, and community events. Learn more at www.internationalchildrensmonth.com

 She is also Co-Founder of Global Peace United and a partner at Charter for Compassion. She features both in her new book, “Co-Creating Heaven On Earth” www.globalkindnesstv.org/heaven  She believes in being a #voiceforthevoiceless and helps many other non-profit organizations and animal rescue. Her non-profit organization is dedicated to bringing environmental education, animal advocacy, mindfulness, kindness, and compassion to schools worldwide.

 She is a successful non-profit business leader, Best-Selling Author, Game Designer, Social Media Expert, Angel and Animal Communicator, Mindful Marketing Strategist,  Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Instructor. Visit www.globalkindnesstv.org to learn more. She also designs musical coloring books  that empower children and families to sing together and volunteer as a family; www.globalkindnesstv.org/color  and www.globalkindnesstv.org/spreadpeace

She combines Ancient Wisdom, Technology, music, and Modern Science to help make OUR world a more loving place. She also helps dreamers, visionaries, change agents, and peacemakers find their voice and share their message and gifts globally.

She uses hashtags, social media, and technology to help raise the levels of joy, love, kindness, and peace.

The intent of this article is to celebrate Karen Palmer! We invite you to take action today by sharing this article far and wide, follow her below and buying her new book that will continue to help make Global Kindness go viral and expand her movement!

During Harmony Week, Karen Palmer will be interviewing amazing people and having activity going on at Spirituality Gone Wild FB Page. The best way to stay informed is to follow her at all the locations below.

website: globalkindnesstv.org/

Facebook here and Spirituality Gone Wild FB Page

 

 

 

 

On Twitter, she is @MindfulMediaMom

 

 

 

On Instagram, Karen is @mindfulmediamom

Champion of Compassion Spotlight: The Fetzer Institute

Whether we’re aware of it or not, we are deeply interdependent and interconnected. What would it be like to live that way—as if our borders (personal and otherwise) extended beyond our body, neighborhood, state, or nation, spilling into each other as a river into the sea? How might we move beyond our self-imposed borders to build and deepen authentic, sustainable connections?

We offer these ideas and invite you to join us in this practice of unity:

  • – Be friendly and get to know people
  • – Consider how you are part of a wider web
  • – Nurture connection through music
  • – Put books of literary fiction on your reading list

Tell/show us how you cultivate unity.

Tag your photos/responses with #compassiongames.

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With gratitude from the Fetzer Institute!

“Our work is about helping build the spiritual foundation for a loving world.

Our goal is to help catalyze and support a broad-scale, spiritually grounded transformation from an ego-centered way of being grounded in separation and fear to an all-centered way of being grounded in oneness and love.

Our vision is a critical mass of people around the world embracing love as the guiding principle and animating force for living in sacred relationship with self, others, and the natural world.”

Visit fetzer.org for more information. Follow Fetzer Institute on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Champion of Compassion Spotlight: Standing Rock 7th Generation Runners

The Global Compassion Torch is in the hands of Champions of Hope and Earth Protectors. We welcome the Arrival of Ms. Bobbi Jean Three Legs, Hunkpapa Lakota, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Chris Walton and other youth runners from the Oceti Sakowin, the Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation, and local 7th Generation Runners as they run across the Golden Gate Bridge in the 7th Generation Inaugural Wopida Run and Ceremony today. This is available from the live stream on Compassion Games FB Page.

The Inaugural 7th Generation Global Wopida Ceremony and Run:

Sharing the Spirit of Standing Rock, Protecting and Restoring Mother Earth and Building a Global Fire of Compassion.

A coalition of partners is hosting the Inaugural Global Wopida Run, led by Great Sioux Nation Youth Runners, across the Golden Gate Bridge carrying the Global Compassion Torch of solidarity, hope, and the spirit of Standing Rock to the Great Meadow at Fort Mason on Sunday, February 5th at 12:00 PM.

The 7th Generation Prophecy promised that this generation of Indigenous young people, guided by their Elders, would rise up and inspire other young people of the Human Family to join them in unprecedented, unified, prayerful action to Protect and Restore Mother Earth.

The Dakota people have a special ceremony, Wopida. Wopida is a sacred sharing of gratitude, a connecting with all beings through thanksgiving for all the countless gifts and blessings from the Creator in our lives. Often this includes sharing food and giving gifts of thanksgiving to those who have sacrificed for the upliftment of the People.

The purpose of the Global Wopida Inaugural Run is to be grateful for whatever Life bestows on us, knowing that every test and challenge comes into our lives for our spiritual growth and development to protect and restore Mother Earth.

This spiritual understanding of Wopida requires each of us to live with honor, compassion, love, respect and harmony with all life. The coalition is hosting the 7th Generation Runners in San Francisco during World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Ms. Bobbi Jean Three Legs, Hunkpapa Lakota, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Chris Walton and other youth runners from the Oceti Sakowin, the Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation, will be joined by local 7th Generation Runners from the Four Directions.

The Runners will share their enthusiasm, vision, and words to co-create a just, sustainable and harmonious world by building a global fire of compassionate action to unite the Human Family. We will pass the Global Compassion Torch as part of the Wopida Ceremony taking place on the Great Meadow.

Origins of the Wopida Run

The inspiration for the Inaugural 7th Generation Run began in August of 2016 when the Standing Rock Youth Runners, led by the Ms. Three Legs, ran 2,000 miles to Washington DC and brought national and international attention to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their supporters. Their run broadened the impact of those protecting the waters of the Missouri River against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), and raised a global cry: “Mni Wiconi – Water is Life.”

Traditionally, Indigenous Peoples across the Americas ran on foot to carry important messages. The Inaugural Global Wopida Run shares the news that at this time of great global change, the promised time has come for the 7th Generation to arise and inspire all generations to heal and resolve “Standing Rocks” everywhere on Mother Earth. Guided by their elders, the Runners carry the message that we are one Human Family, interrelated with all Life, and share a common destiny. The Hurt of One is the Hurt of All, the Honor of One is the Honor of All.

The coalition of partners include (alphabetical): Compassion Games International, Women & Girls Sector of Charter For CompassionCultural Conservancy, E2K, Fetzer Institute, Four Worlds International, Four Worlds Europe, Pachamama Alliance, Seat of the Soul Institute, Seeding Sovereignty, The Shift Network, Unify, United Religions Initiative, and We The World.

The Goals of the Inaugural 7th Generation Global Wopida Run:

  • * To share the Spirit of Standing Rock and intent of the Global Wopida.
  • * To share the enthusiasm, the prophecy, vision, and words of the 7th Generation to ignite unprecedented, unified, prayerful, and enduring compassionate action to Protect and Restore Mother Earth.
  • * To unite the members of the human family to co-create a just, sustainable and harmonious world.
  • * To ignite a global fire of gratitude, love, and thanksgiving everywhere all at once.

Read this NY Times Featured Magazine article from this week: https://nyti.ms/2jQvPtH

Watch these documentaries about Standing Rock and the Runners on Vice

Champion of Compassion Spotlight: The Ali Center

We just completed an incredible Global Coopetition with Muhammad Ali Center in January called MLK & ALI Games Five Days of Courageous Service.  We are incredibly moved by all the light that is shed on the legacy of the Greatest Muhammad Ali and the constant catalyst this Center is in moving many into action. Mr. Ali’s life and way of being in the world was about love, compassion, and interfaith. We would like to pass the torch of compassion today to the Ali Center. Thank you for lifting the world into courage and sharing the wisdom of Muhammad Ali.

The Ali Center stands tall as a multicultural center with an award-winning museum, the Muhammad Ali Center captures the inspiration derived from the story of Muhammad Ali’s incredible life.  A visit to the Center is not just an experience, but a journey into the heart of a champion. The Ali Center’s two-and-a-half levels of award-winning exhibits and galleries invite visitors to explore Muhammad Ali’s legendary life, as well as to reflect upon one’s own individual values, inner strength, character, and what makes you the greatest person you can be.

Take a breathtaking journey through the Ali Center’s interactive and multimedia exhibits and discover the six core principles that Muhammad Ali embraced throughout his life: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality. Learn how they gave him the wherewithal to be the best athlete he could be, the strength and courage to stand up for what he believed, and the inspiration to reach people around the world and dedicate himself to helping others.

See Generation Ali Youth leaders share Muhammad Ali’s Six Core Principles in this amazing video.

Check out the calendar of the endless inspiring events planned for 2017. 

Follow the Ali Center through Social Media as well below.