“The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music where many different notes blend together in making the perfect chord. If you meet those of different race and color from yourself, do not mistrust them and withdraw into your shell of conventionality, but rather be glad and show them kindness. Think of them as different colored roses growing in the beautiful garden of humanity, and rejoice to be among them.”
~ Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, pp. 52-3.
What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, spiritual conversations, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace and sweetened with organic honey, home-made banana bread baked with love and shared with smile?
Whatever the answer might be, sharing prayers and inspiring conversations with friends and befriended strangers alike gets us all closer to the Creator and recharges us for the week ahead.
In honor of Black History Month, the weekly Interfaith Prayer Stations and Spiritual Conversations in February are dedicated to the theme of Race Unity and Challenging Racism.
Last week’s viewing of the thought provoking documentary “The Fear of Color” focused on the importance of fighting the instinct to avoid difficult and uncomfortable conversations about this most vexing issue of the American society – racism.
As it has become our tradition, this Monday, February 22nd, we will start by sharing a meal at 7 pm after which we will continue with a spiritual conversation on how to play an active role in challenging racism by focusing our hearts’ lenses of the oneness of humanity.
We have many books of prayers from different faith traditions but if you wish, feel free to bring your own prayers or inspiring writings. We will uplift and refresh our souls with inspiring musical selections and we’ll conclude with tea and sweets.
We’ll also say prayers for anyone in need, so if you can’t join us and would like to request prayers — or if you need directions — please contact me.
Until we meet, enjoy this video about “The Human Family Tree“: