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Mahatma Gandhi and Rev. Martin Luther King, Examples of NonViolence - Episode 3 of Breathe Peace with new focus

30 March 2021

Dear Friends,

 

Here we are again with the third episode of Breathe Peace with a new focus. We continue to provide our friends with the ancient wisdom of yogic values blended with modern techniques. Together, we will explore and share new ways to learn and grow while being in a safe and healing space.

 

Friday, April 2 @ 5:00 - 5:30pm.

 

3rd. episode: "Nonviolence is the highest principle of living among people, planet, and animal. True nonviolence starts with loving yourself for who you really are - peace, love, joy, and compassion - and openly expressing the same. Mahatma Gandhi and Rev. Martin Luther King were examples of this. How did they do it? Where they drew their strength from? Can we learn this art from them? Through conversation, meditation and music, let us uncover this hidden trait that's latent in all of us.."

 

Love your neighbor as you love yourself.

 

conversation by Lindy Crescitelli | meditation by Rev. Qalvy Graninzvolt| creative expression by Nicholas Sattinger

 

Event will also be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

 


Kindly circulate among your contacts and friends.

 

Looking forward to being together again.

 

 

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February Newsletter 2021

10 March 2021

Dear National Coordinators, Center Coordinators, and friends,

Greetings of love.

We invite you to read news of World Interfaith Harmony Week, the 59th Session on the Commission for Social Development (CSocD59), Black History Month, and Breathe Peace new series.

Love of God, Love of Good

The United Nations annually observes World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) during the first week of February.

WIHW was first proposed by King Abdullah II of Jordan at the United Nations in 2010 which was quickly adopted by the UN General Assembly. The concept is to promote a culture peace, nonviolence, and mutual understanding between all people regardless of their faith.

This year's celebration seeks to spread the message of harmony and tolerance among the followers of all faith-based traditions. There's a need for us to come together and demonstrate that at the core of all faith systems is the recognition that we are in this together, that we share the common basis of "Love of God and Love of Good", that we need to love and support one another in order to live in harmony and peace in an environmentally sustainable world.

This year, the Brahma Kumaris organized events in six of the main regions in the world in collaboration with their friends.

In the Australian region, The Australian Interfaith Forum organized the event where the invited speakers were:
* Ms Manita Beskow (Perth, Multi Faith Background)
* Philippa Rowland ( South Australia, President/ Multifaith Association of SA)
* Dean Sahu Khan ( Canberra Interfaith Forum, Muslim)
* Rev Rosalind Terry (Tasmania,Christian Uniting Church)
* Sally Segal ( Brahma Kumaris Australia)
with hosts, Damian Outtrim and Terry Susmilch (Australian BKs).

The feedback was very positive as guests found the speakers very interesting. Participants shared from the heart and expressed that the topic “Love of God and Love of Good” was very lovely and broad.

In case you missed any, you are welcome to watch programs from other regions:
Africa
Russia and the CIS
North America
Europe
India

Socially just transition towards sustainable development: the role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all.

February 8 - 17, 2020

Over the years, the Brahma Kumaris has actively participated in this conference. This year, a BK delegation of 8 organized a workshop and read out an oral statement on the topic Building Stronger Communities: Harnessing Digitalization and Human Potential. The workshop was held on Monday, February 15. Watch event on YouTube if you missed it.

The workshop was co-hosted by the Brahma Kumaris, Radio Madhuban, Champions for Children, and Digital Impact.

BK delegation: Kinnari Murthy PhD, Valerie Still, Shivani Dayal, Nidhi Shukla, Karen Perusse, and Sabita Geer, with Gayatri Naraine as Spiritual Resource.

A Black History Month Special Event

It was with great pleasure that the Brahma Kumaris, Spill the Honey Foundation, Dr. Clarence B. Jones Institute for Social Advocacy, and Baha'is at the UN co-organized this timely and inspiring conversation. It brought together not only prominent people like Dr. C.B. Jones (90 years old) and Dr. Shari Rogers, but also a couple of holocaust survivors, Fred Ferber (93 years old) and Alexis Scott, daughter of the only black photographer during the Holocaust.

With heartfelt stories, soothing music, and empowering meditation, the event offered an experience of self love and healing.

In case you missed it, you can watch on YouTube OR Facebook.

Breathe Peace with a new focus

Participants of the "Breathe Peace: are you still breathing?" series unanimously supported the call for a continuation. The team is pleased to inform you of the new series, Breathe Peace, with a new focus.

These events continue to provide our friends with the ancient wisdom of yogic values blended with modern techniques. Together, we explore and share new ways to learn and grow while being in a safe and healing space.
In this time of powerful transformation we are being asked to become more conscious of how our identity affects not only who we are but how we act and connect with others.

The 30-minutes series, held on "first Friday's," provides a new focus for each month.

Watch the 1st Episode on YouTube.

Ongoing at the BKUN Office

Despite everyone's busy schedules, weekly one hour conversation and meditation is continuing with a small group of BKs along with regular Thursday evening meditation with friends.

The Social Media platforms are continuing to be very active. We do hope you are following us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and have subscribed to the BKUN YouTube Channel. An extra word of appreciation to the team working behind the scenes, putting it all together.

The BKUN team continues to participate in events organized by ECOSOC and DGC, our many NGO friends and partners: interfaith, Black History Month events, and more.

 

UN International Observances Celebrated by the Brahma Kumaris

International Days

Kindly make a special note of these dates so that events can be organized to celebrate or honor them. As usual, we appreciate a brief report and photos for the facebook page and the blog.
You are welcome to browse this website for updates on themes and other information and international days you may wish to observe.

March 8 International Women's Day
March 20 International Day of Happiness
April 7 World Health Day
April 22 International Earth Day
May 15 International Day of Families
June 5 World Environment Day
June 21 International Day of Yoga
August 12 International Youth Day
August 19 World Humanitarian Day
September 21 International Day of Peace
October 1 International Day of Older Persons
October 2 International Day of Non-violence
November 16 International Day of Tolerance
November 18 World Day of Remebrance for Road Traffic Victims
December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 10 Human Rights Day

International Weeks:

February 1 - 7 World Interfaith Harmony Week
May 17 - 23 Global Road Safety Week

 

 

 

Brahma Kumaris at the 59th Session for the United Nations Commission for Social Development

8 March 2021

New York (USA): “59th Session for the United Nations Commission for Social Development”- This workshop discussed how technology can engender stability in a time of uncertainty by highlighting motivational and award-winning meditation programs conducted during the pandemic. It included conversations with partner organizations — Radio Madhuban, Champions for Children, and Digital Impact Square — which explored how we can foster resilience and nurture communities.

The BK team presented a side event entitled “Building Stronger Communities: Harnessing Digitalization and Human Potential”. BK Karen from Tampa delivered the oral statement for the BK’s entitled "Bridging the Gap: Using Accessible Technology to Help Communities Thrive". BK Karen also took part in a panel discussion in which she represented her employer, Champions for Children who partnered with the Brahma Kumaris for the event.

Other panelists were Krishna Katakam of Radio Madhuban and Bhanu Prasad of Digital Impact Square, with Shivani Dayal as the moderator. Also on the team were BK Kinnari from New Jersey, BK Sabita from New York, and BK Nidhi from the UK.

 

 

 

Yogic Values, Vegetarianism and Eco-feminism - Episode 2 of Breathe Peace with New Focus

7 March 2021

Dear Friends,

 

You are warmly invited to the 2nd episode of the new series, Breathe Peace with a new focus. We continue to provide our friends with the ancient wisdom of yogic values blended with modern techniques. Together, we will explore and share new ways to learn and grow while being in a safe and healing space.

 

Friday, March 5 @ 5:00 - 5:30pm.

2nd. episode: "Vegetarian diet and yogic values are inseparable. The main principle of yoga is nonviolence (Ahimsa). This is why serious yoga aspirants are vegetarians. The vegetarian diet is crucial in balancing and purifying three qualities of energy (doshas) which lead toward the inner balance and union of consciousness (Purusha) and nature (Prakriti). This union is the goal of yoga - self-realization.


Denis Licul will share on Yogic Values, Vegetarianism and Eco-feminism and how they reflect in her life and work, and in ours..."

 

conversation | creative expression | meditation.

 

Register on Zoom  
Event will also be live streamed on facebook and YouTube .


Kindly circulate among your contacts and friends.

Looking forward to being together again.

 

 

 

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Let's Spill The Honey: A Journey towards Healing special event: Feb. 26 @ 11 am EST

20 February 2021

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Greetings of peace.

 

Please see below links to join the open intergenerational conversation with Dr. Clarence B. Jones, Dr. Shari Rogers, BK Judi Rich, and Ms. Rosleny Ubiñas.

 

Let's spill the honey...A Journey towards Healing.

Friday, February 26 @ 11am - 1pm EST.

 

Event will be online via zoom and live streamed on Facebook and YouTube

Watch trailer of Dr. Shari Rogers documentary, Shared Legacies
We appreciate it if you circulate among your friends and contacts.

 

(program details will be sent later next week.)

 

Thank you.
Warm regards,
The BKUN team

 

 

 

 

NEW SERIES: Breathe Peace with a new focus Feb. 12 @ 5 pm

5 February 2021

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Dear National and Center Coordinators,

Greetings of peace.

 

At the end of the Breathe Peace series in January, the participants unanimously requested a continuation. The team is pleased to invite you to the new series, Breathe Peace, with a new focus.

 

We continue to provide our friends with the ancient wisdom of yogic values blended with modern techniques. Together, we will explore and share new ways to learn and grow while being in a safe and healing space.

 

We appreciate your circulating this announcement among your contacts and friends. Additionally, many of you have already provided us with your cross-posting link. If you would like us to cross-post on your Facebook page when the event goes live, please let us know. If you haven't provided the link and would like to, it's not too late to do so. Please send it to us by Sunday, February 8.

 

Friday, February 12 @ 5:00 - 5:30 pm.

1st episode: "In this time of powerful transformation we are being asked to become more conscious of how our identity affects not only who we are but how we act and connect with others.


Ariel Figueroa will introduce the 5C's of identity: a framework to help us better understand our inner architecture and build healthier more attuned connections with others."

 

conversation | creative expression | meditation.

The event will also be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube

 

Thank you for all your support.
In Baba's loving yaad,

The PIP organizing team

 

 

 

 

 

Save-the-date: Special Interfaith event: February 7th @ 12noon EST

2 February 2021

Love of God, Love of Good

We extend a warm invitation for you to join us as we celebrate UN World Interfaith Harmony Week. Event will be premiered on


Brahma Kumaris at the UN YouTube channel

 

Sunday, February 7 @ 12noon EST.
We look forward to your presence and participation.

 

Key presenters

 

Marianne Williamson is a bestselling author, political activist and spiritual thought leader. For over three decades Marianne has been a leader in spiritual and religiously progressive circles. She is the author of 14 books, four of which have been #1 New York Times best sellers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jay Rosenzweig is an internationally renowned social impact entrepreneur, investor, humanitarian, trained lawyer, and leadership strategist. Jay has been immersed in global human rights causes for well over two decades and has been internationally recognized for the Annual Rosenzweig Report on equality, which he has published for the past fifteen years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audrey E. Kitagawa, JD, is the former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Parliament of the World's Religions, President/Founder of the International Academy for Transcultural Cooperation, the President of the Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family and the former Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations. She is the current Chair of the UN Task Force of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

 

 

 

Bishop Carlton Pearson has developed a multi-cultural and radically inclusive "Metacostal" online cyber community reaching thousands that emphasizes expanded consciousness, radically inclusive love and Self-Actualization. Its mission is to help create and inspire comprehensive global, planetary and cosmic peace on every level of human experience and expression.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Foojan Zeine is a Psychotherapist, Life Coach, International Speaker, Author, and Radio/Television/Podcast Host. She has extensive experience treating individuals and couples in restoring their Relationships, Addictive Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Traumas, and Domestic Violence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Ivy Hylton is an internationally known classical sacred performance artist, holistic psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, aromatherapist, professional development trainer, national restorative justice trainer, recording artist, author, and mindfulness instructor, with over 40 years of service to humanity. She uses the voice, singing crystal bowls, and other world instruments to create a surround sound of vibrations shifting body and consciousness into deep relaxation and restorative physical wellness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Brown Taylor is a best-selling author, teacher, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won an Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her next three books earned places on the New York Times bestseller list. Barbara has served on the faculties of Piedmont College, Emory University, Mercer University, Columbia Seminary, Oblate School of Theology, and the Certificate in Theological Studies program at Arrendale State Prison for Women in Alto, Georgia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BK Sister Jenna is the director of the Brahma Kumaris Meditation Museums in Metropolitan Washington, DC and host of the America Meditating Radio Show.

 

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