This is the third newsletter from Jerusalem
Peacemakers, a non-profit support network based in Glastonbury and
Jerusalem, supporting independent peacemakers and joint Palestinian / Israeli
reconciliation projects in the Land of the Prophets.
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Next year could be one of the most important ever in the fight against poverty
A series of landmark meetings are taking place where world leaders
could finally end the kind of extreme poverty that claims 30,000 lives
every single day - that's about 40 needless deaths by the time you have
finished reading this.
Giving graciously is a sentiment that labors
under a dichotomy. On one hand, giving is a beautiful expression of
warm feelings that come from the heart. And yet, it is easy to find
oneself under tremendous pressure to unearth the ultimate manifestation
of those feelings. It often becomes a competition of who can buy the
most generous, most expensive, or most thoughtful gift. But it has
never been necessary to realize the spirit of giving in material form.
True generosity is merely a matter of a deep understanding of the
recipient's tastes, hopes, needs, and dreams.
December is known as a month for holidays.
Wherever you live in the world, this joyous month has become a time to
treasure all that was in the past year and to begin to make way for a
new cycle of rebirth. Much of this seasonal mood has roots in the
celebration of winter solstice, which takes place every year in the
northern hemisphere on December 21 or 22.
[A] Justice for Fallujah's refugees: a night-long protest under tarpaulin in Parliament Square, 7pm, 22 Dec - 7am, 23 Dec. [B] Background info. on Fallujah refugees [C] Other upcoming Iraq-related events around the UK [D] Latest JNV briefing: 100,000+ dead - the likely death toll in Iraq
I'm an Acharya (a senior teacher) with the Order of Amida Buddha, which is a Pureland Buddhist Order. I'm a minister, teach on-line and hold Pureland Buddhist sangha gatherings in Perth, Scotland. I mainly write about Buddhist matters and share the teachings of the Head of our Order, Dharmavidya David Brazier