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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

Poem
Faith in Unity
by Harjit Singh Sagoo
Autumn/Winter 2011

Harjit Singh Sagoo:
 Shun all the silly religious and racial hostility, Embrace understanding, fairness and unity. To spread this vital message, I sought some help, With many faith leaders, the message may be felt.

Acharya Mahashraman:
 Compassion with all living things, Is the zest of all religious sayings. Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa: Whatever faith your soul embraces, follow that path with devotion, Respecting all paths the heart is filled with peace (no more commotion)!

Ervad Rustom Bhedwar:
 Love and wisdom are one and lead to happiness; prayers are their basis, Gives security, leads to clear thinking, helps to remain in the right places.

Rev. Maqsood Kamil:
 God wants people to be one, Join hands, get this unity done.

Dr. Hum Dac Bui:
 Being one with the universe, with love, services, will bring peace to all and within, As part of God's spirit, with sincerity and self- cultivation, one will return to Him.

Mohamad Abou Hamdan:
 Our heart, mind and soul possesses the key to a world of peaceful trend, Embrace our differences; on that my friend, peace and unity all depend.

Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra:
 Care for all human beings, Core of all religious teachings

Mr. Lee Tiew Kiang:
 World peace, a dream long cherished by past sages and prophets of old, It will be a reality when peoples of the world regard themselves as one fold.

Empress Rachel:
 We are family in this earth, no matter what race, We are equal and entitled to rights and justice.

Rabbi Yousef Hamadani Cohen:
 Peace is the hope of humanity that's achieved with our effort and grace of our Maker, God's greatest gift to mankind is tranquillity that blossoms with the glory of the Creator.

Dr.M. Bala Tharmalingam:
 In ignorance, discrimination and hostility our Karma fails, In understanding, fairness and unity our Dharma hails.

Bhikkhuni Dhammananda:
 It is not enough to practice in the temple, Make the world our temple and be gentle.

Harjit Singh Sagoo:
 Just as here, there are many authors but one piece of poetry, We are all different branches belonging to the very same tree.

Biographies

His Holiness Acharya Shri Mahashraman (born 1962)
is the 11th and current head of the Terapanth, a reformist religious sect under Shwetambar Jainism, founded in 1760 by Acharya Shri Bhikshu.
Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa (born 1929)
is a teacher of Kundalini Yoga and is known as the Mother of 3HO. She was the first US student of the Sikh spiritual master and founder of the 3HO foundation, Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji (a.k.a. Yogi Bhajan).
Ervad Rustom K. Bhedwar<>/strong> (born 1935)
is a leading Zoroastrian priest of Britain, and a Trustee of The Zoroastrian Trust funds of Europe, established in 1861.
Rev. Dr. Maqsood Kamil (born 1965)
is the Executive Secretary of the Presbyterian Church of Pakistan, Professor of Systematic Theology at the Gujranwala Theological Seminary, and Executive member of the National Council of Churches in Pakistan.
Dr. Hum Dac Bui, M.D. (born 1943)
is a CaoDai scholar and the founding President of CaoDai overseas.
Mohamad Abou Hamdan (born 1965)
is the current President of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Druze Society (Ontario).
Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra (born 1965)
is chair of the Mosque and Community Affairs Committee of The Muslim Council of Britain.
Mr. Lee Tiew Kiang (born 1949)
is a member of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Malaysia, the governing body for the Baha'i community of Malaysia.
Hon. Empress Rachel (born 1948)
is an Elder Empress and widow of High Priest, King Emmanuel, founder of the Bobo Shanty Ras Tafari Mansion movement.
Rabbi Yousef Hamadani Cohen (born 1947)
is the Chief Rabbi and spiritual leader for the Jewish community of Iran, and has served in that position since 1994.
Dr. M. Bala Tharmalingam, MBBS, MSc (born 1964)
is the Deputy President and Head of Religion Division of the Malaysia Hindu Sangam.
Ven. Bhikkhuni Dhammananda (born 1944)
is Thailand's first bhikkhuni (fully-ordained Buddhist nun)
in the Theravada tradition and abbess of the Songdhammakalyani Bhikkhuni Arama, Thailand's first monastery for Buddhist nuns.
Harjit Singh Sagoo
I was born in 1984 and have been on a spiritual journey since childhood, exploring the scriptures of numerous religions as well as conversing with spiritual persons, and wondering and pondering a great deal. Inspired by the grace of the Sikh gurus, I wholeheartedly want to help encourage peaceful co-existence among people of all religions, sects, castes, races, nationalities, etc. for the sake of a better world.