The 100 Day Reality Challenge

Day 60 - International Conference of Interfaith and Globalization

For the next few days I will be attending this amazing conference. Academics from all over the world are coming to Melbourne to talk about: Peace, Acceptance, Compassion, Respect and saying no to: nuclear weapons, intolerance, bigotry, etc. There is such a sense of love in the room as people from all faiths and no faith tradition, gather to talk about this amazing desire for change for the common good!

This is all a part of the new direction I feel that is being opened up to me and I am so greatful for the opportunity to be involved.

We are really in an amazing time in history!

Love and Peace,

Linda

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Comment by Linda Hannah Young on July 1, 2008 at 5:07pm
Absolutely Christine. This is what we are hoping and praying for!

Linda
Comment by Linda Hannah Young on July 1, 2008 at 3:08am
Thank you Christina and Aleta for your encouragement!

The first night of the conference was very warm and welcoming. We heard from three Keynote Speakers including Kamarn Mofid who was one of the founding members of the gathering.

As the speakers took their turn to address us some of the more difficult issues of globalization began to emerge. A great deal of grace was exhibited by the audience of the conference. Several times different faith groups or nationalities may have been offended by comments made, but all listened intently and applause given at the end of each person's reflections. I think it is about taking responsibility. If we can admit that all of our faith traditions and all of our nations and cultures have hurt each other at different times, then we can move on and start addressing where we are at now.

I went to a workshop on Women and Globalization today and heard heart-felt stories from: - An Islamic woman; an Jewish woman, an female Anglican Priest who is also of Australian Indigenous background, a hindu lady who is also a curate of our national art gallery and a Sufi woman. Each one's story was very moving and each called for continual relationship building between women and men of faith.

More tomorrow,

Linda
Comment by Aleta on June 30, 2008 at 5:47pm
This IS an amazing time in history isn't it! How awesome of you to be a participant in this conference. Please let us know more as you experience the group there and thank-you for sharing some of the depth of what has already occurred with us.

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