Archive for January, 2016

THE PARLIAMENT OF WORLD RELIGIONS 2015

Monday, January 25th, 2016
Kathy Murtha at Antelope Island, Utah

Kathy Murtha at Antelope Island, Utah

  By Kathy Murtha of Scarboro Missions

The first Parliament of World Religions was held in Chicago in 1893.  It was the first formally organized gathering of representatives of Eastern and Western Spiritual Traditions.  That event is now widely recognized as the birth of the present day interfaith movement.  It was hoped that this highly successful and memorable initiative to create a global dialogue would continue, perhaps the following year in Vancouver Canada.  However, it seems that the movement was too far ahead of its time.  The attempt to replicate the Parliament in Canada met with intense conflict and an overwhelming reluctance to associate with heathens.  Another Parliament of World Religions was not to become a reality until the 100th Anniversary of the first Parliament in 1993.  To mark the occasion it was once more held in Chicago Since then it has been held in Cape Town, Africa, Barcelona, Spain, Melbourne, Australia and last fall in Salt Lake, Utah.  I was fortunate to be among the 10,000 attendees from 80 nations and 50 Faiths that attended.  The theme of the gathering was “Reclaiming the Heart of Humanity.”  It was a taste of heaven with all of humanity gathered to honor the richness of our spiritual legacies.

Most notably absent from the first gathering of the Parliament of World Religions in 1893 were women, indigenous peoples and young people.  The 2015 Parliament in Salt Lake City went a long way to correct this oversight.  According to the statistics 65% of the participants were women and young people under the age of 30.

Sikh Meal

Sikh Meal

In addition to encouraging women’s gifts and power, the gathering addressed the continuing violence against women and was a truer reflection of the more inclusive goals of the Parliament.

There are so many people, memories and statements that reside in my thoughts and heart from the Parliament.  However, the reflection that I continue to ponder comes from Rabbi Amy Eilberg, who began her presentation with a reflection by Rabbi Kook, who was the chief Rabbi of Palestine in the early 20th century.  It expresses my own deep longing of who I would like to be.

 

Here is Rabbi Amy Eilberg’s rendition of Rabbi Kook’s moving tribute to the Song of Songs:

“There is one who sings the song of her soul, discovering in her soul everything – utter spiritual fulfillment.

There is one who sings the song of her people.  Emerging from the private circle of her soul – not expansive enough, not yet tranquil – she strives for fierce heights, clinging to the entire community of Israel in tender love. . .

Then there is one whose soul expands until it extends beyond the border of Israel, singing the song of humanity. . . her spirit spreads, aspiring to the goal of humankind, envisioning its consummation. . .

Then there is the one who expands even further until she unites with all existence, with all creatures, with all worlds, singing a song with them all.

There is one who ascends with all these songs in unison – the song of the soul, the song of the nation, the song of humanity, the song of the cosmos – resounding together, blending in harmony, circulating the sap of life, the sound of holy joy.”

Dancing the Song of her Soul

Dancing the Song of her Soul

Book Launch of “Our Story”

Monday, January 18th, 2016


As we prepared for the book launch of

Our Story,” the history of Our Lady’s

Missionaries from our beginnings until

2015, we wondered if anyone would

show up. Well… almost 100 people came

to our Central House on Sunday, January

17’th! After Sr. Frances Brady olm, our

Congregational Leader welcomed our guests,

and Sr. Mary Gauthier olm read a prayer for

the World Day of Migrants and Refugees,

Sr. Suzanne Marshall olm spoke of how

“Our Story” came to be. Debra Majer, the

Project Manager, spoke of how she met

Our Lady’s Missionaries and what this project

meant to her personally. People were then

invited to partake of a simple lunch and

conversation.  Someone commented, “I’ve

never seen this house so FULL of energy!” It

was a fantastic day!

 

Thank you everyone… for your presence, for

your support, and for your interest in “Our

Story.”

Book Launch Toronto

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We will also be holding a book launch in

Alexandria, Ontario – the birth place of

Our Lady’s Missionaries on Sunday,

May 1’st from 2 to 4 pm.  We look

forward to seeing our Glengarry friends.

 

Would you be interested in a copy of “Our

Story”?  We would be happy to send or

deliver a copy to you.  They are not for sale,

but we would be grateful for a donation to

help defray our costs. Please contact us at:

olm.office@bellnet.ca