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February 2011

Feb 22 2011

Photo Contest! Read and Learn More!

Hi, friends - Greetings of love and peace. I just thought of another item to note on our calendar - the Photo Contest. It is open now, and submissions are due by April 11, winners announced May 20. Here's where to find all the info and details:  http://www.1000kalema.org/ Kalema = words.  As they say, a picture is worth 1,000 words! Love, Barbara Hartford URI Read more »

Feb 04 2011

Reflections on Multiregion Leadership Team Meeting

It is Friday February 4 in the afternoon here in the village of Tepoztlan  in the state of  Morelos in  Mexico. The three Multi region Trustees—Yoland, Linda and Don—have each departed by plane for their homes in the United States. It is cloudy and quiet now. Soon the Jewish Sabbath will begin.  The Muslim Sufis in their Mexico City mosque will pray tonight.  The Christian communities will attend Mass Sunday in the many churches throughout... Read more »

Feb 03 2011

URI Multiregion Leadership Team meeting – Day 3

Wednesday, February 02.  Our 3rd full day of Regional Leadership Team (RLT) meetings.  Candlemas for me, and for the inhabitants of Tepoztlan, who celebrate it as “Candelaria”  I can tell that it’s a holy day dedicated to the baby Jesus by the rounds of cannon-fire that wake me from a sound sleep, wondering if the protests in Cairo have spread to this small Mexican hill-town.  Of course, it’s not cannon-fire, but rather the largest yield... Read more »

Feb 03 2011

Voices from Egypt…Action is Needed

The URI Women's Coalition MCC is comprised of CC's around the world who are concerned about women's welfare.  The Four Coordinators have been very moved and concerned by the recent demonstrations and violence in different parts of the MENA region especially in Egypt.  We're aware that other countries in other regions are also currently threatened by violence and instability. As we pray for an end to violence, we're moved to connect with the women and mothers... Read more »

Feb 02 2011

URI Multiregion Leadership Team meeting - Day 2

Today, Tuesday, February 1st, was our second full day of meetings.  We started again at 7:30am with meditation in Jonathan's tea-house.  Over breakfast, we sang "Happy Birthday" to Jonathan's wife Margarita.  Jonathan and Yoland also sang the Spanish birthday song Margarita also sang the King David song in Nahuatl, the language of the local people.  She mentioned that the suffix "-ita" or "-ito" in Nahuatl signified smaller.  When she and Jonathan first met and all of... Read more »

Feb 01 2011

URI Multiregion Leadership Team meeting starts in Tepoztlan, Mexico

URI Multiregion Leadership Team meeting starts in Tepoztlan, Mexico Monday, January 31st, 2011 We are in Tepoztlan, Mexico (about 2 hours south of Mexico City) for the first meeting of the Regional Leadership Team (RLT) of the Multiregion of the United Religions Initiative (URI). This 2009-2012 term, the three Trustees elected for the Multiregion were Yoland Trevino, Mathew Youde, and Linda Bennet Elder.  One year into this term of the Global Council, the Multiregion found itself... Read more »

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