Archive for March, 2009

An OLM Retreat Day – (Re)learning the Golden Rule

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

By: Mina Velasco

The OLM community recently gathered on the last Sunday of March to meditate on the Golden Rule – basically an iteration by the religions and modes of spirituality of the world of the universal edict: Do to others as you would have others do to you. This is also known as the Ethic of Reciprocity.

The retreat was given by Paul McKenna, who, along with Scarboro Missions and many others, in 2000 compiled and developed The Golden Rule Poster, the demand for which has become phenomenal as people of all faiths, organizations and backgrounds use it to learn how similar ideas bind together the different religions and philosophies of the world.

Paul said the edict could also be simplified into three words: Consider others thyself.

The retreatants consisted of the OLM sisters, as well as the congregation’s associates.

They watched a film about a Golden Rule workshop that is being given to high school students in the Toronto area. At the end of the day there was a concluding activity in which the participants were divided into pairs and asked to look into each others’ eyes. The basis of such an exercise: the Shinto belief that “you are the mirror of the person before you”; in other words, “you see yourself in the heart of the other”; another way of knowing that all is one.