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Issue 25

Editorial
Editorial
Lorna Douglas
Shap Award
Shap Award 2011
Heather Wells
Keynote
Freedom to choose
Richard Boeke
Tenth Anniversary
Congratulations
Various
Religious Education
Shap - then and now
Shap Working Party
Lifestory
The Homecoming
Elspeth Gibb
Poem
'Come away…'
Jerome K. Jerome
Religious Freedom
Quote from Reith Lecture 2011
Aung San Suu Kyi
The right to search for meaning
John Barnabas Leith
Co-Existence, Conflict and Collaboration
Ian Linden
The façade of freedom
Stephanie Brigden
The Gift of Diversity
Shiban Akbar
Hounslow Women's Interfaith Workshops
Charanjit Ajit Singh
Historical Insight
The Cyrus Cylinder
British Museum
Reflections of the Past
The Golden Temple of Amritsar
Parmjit Singh
Poem
Weather Notes
Rebecca Irvine Bilkau
Language of Art
Spirituality of Abandonment
Adam Boulter
Festival
A Peaceful Existence
Radha Mohan Das
Focus
Healing: A collective responsibility
BK Jayanti
United Birmingham
Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh
Spiritual Insight
Christian Meditation
Alex Holmes
Expressions of Mysticism
Turning towards the Divine
Burak Sansal
The Shekinah
David Rankine
The Cloud of Unknowing
Peter Dodson
Timeless Devotion
Umm Hanie' Rebler
A Well Trodden path…
Michael Lewin
Devotional Script
Homage to Ahura Mazda
Dastur Dr.M.N.Dhalla
Book Review
I SHALL NOT HATE
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
I SHALL NOT HATE (Extract)
Izzeldin Abuelaish
Poem
Faith in Unity
Harjit Singh Sagoo
Faith & the Artist
What the eye sees
Yoram Raanan

Focus
Healing: A collective responsibility
by BK Jayanti
Autumn/Winter 2011

"Greed, inhumanity, and lack of integrity in the pursuit of financial or political gain are hardly the preserve of the young rioters."

The violence we have seen in the past week in our cities has created an atmosphere of anger and fear. In itself, this can spread like fire. How are we to respond? Will more anger and frustration help?

There are many causes for the unrest, but this is a crisis that goes very deep - to the very foundation of our society. We appreciate more than ever the value of the police force that provides security and applaud the thousands of Londoners who showed their community spirit by organising a street clean up, but in the long term profound healing needs to take place. The rioting is also an indication of a deeper sickness in our society. Greed, inhumanity, and lack of integrity in the pursuit of financial or political gain are hardly the preserve of the young rioters. Young people are particularly susceptible to the myth peddled to them by society that happiness lies in material gain; this has left a huge vacuum inside with nothing to fill it.

Over the coming days it is important that instead of thoughts of condemnation, anger and blame we contribute to society with our humanity. The father of one of the three young men who were killed in Birmingham showed no bitterness but asked for our youths to remain calm and for the community to stand united.

By accepting collective responsibility we can strengthen our own capacity to live by positive values and to embody the behaviour that we wish to see in our children and young people. This will lead to much greater effectiveness in finding the answers and solutions over the coming weeks, months and years.

Om Shanti - an affirmation of peace to you all