Thursday, October 19, 2006

redirecting posts

The suffering and plight of animals continue as we face major changes in climate and the environment. The link between animals and the environment is very strong and so this blog will no longer exist. Instead I will continue to post entries regarding animal issues onto the Green Amida weblog. Please go to:
http://amidatrust.typepad.com/greenamida/
for news, petitions, and events regarding our planet and everything on it.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Interreligious celebration of Animals

Dear Susthama,
Just to let you know how the Interfaith Celebration of
Animals went on Sunday. Madrakara & myself felt that
it was a very good event & feel very positive about
future participation in their Interreligious
Fellowship for Animals and The Universal Kinship Fund
(of the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research) - which
were launched during the service.

The event was sponsored by the World Congress of
Faiths, The Unitarian Interfaith Panel & Quaker
Concern for Animals and had representatives from the
Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research (Wendy Higgins),
Quaker Concern for Animals (Marian Hussenbux) and the
RSPCA (Jackie Ballard, Director General).
It was a very warm & rich event - gentle harp music,
service led by Rev. Feargus O’Connor & Readings from
Brahmo Samaj, Buddhist (Andrew Burns), Christian,
Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh & Unitarian
Universalist. The Hymns were very touching:

We Celebrate the Web of Life (Alicia S. Carpenter)

"We celebrate the web of life;
Its magnitude we sing;
For we can see divinity
In every living thing.

A fragment of the perfect whole
In cactus and in quail,
As much in tiny barnacle
As in the great blue whale.

Of ancient dreams we are the sum;
Our bones link stone to star
And bind our future worlds to come
With worlds that were and are.

Respect the water, land and air
Which gave all creatures birth;
Protect the lives of all that share
The glory of the Earth."

After the service we had an opportunity to talk to
Marian, Feargus & other interesting people – as well
as eating delicious Indian vegetarian food.
Thank you for your support & advice. Hope all is
well.
love Joan
Namo Amida Bu

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Elissa Rattigan

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Jagdeesh Singh

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Nitin Mehta

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Marian Hussenbux

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Dharmavidya

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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Multifaith demo in Oxford

We were a small yet powerful sight in Oxford City Centre. A diverse group, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, and Spiritualists met together to show the public that we, religious people, care about the plight of animals. We started on Cornmarket Streets, decked in robes and red sashes, the first six people carried, simple yet elegant animal coffins while everyone followed behind, moving slowly and silently. People came up to get a leaflet to find out what we were doing, the police took photos to show that peaceful protests are possible and speeches were made from Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Spiritualists. We were even given a blessing from Native Indian elder in the USA.

Talk by Dharmavidya
Multifaith Service

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Thoughts and sayings from Quakers

John Woolman, the Quaker anti-slavery campaigner, wrote, in the eighteenth century:

"To say that we love God and at the same time exercise cruelty toward the least creature is a contradiction in itself."

A modern day Quaker, Audrey Urry, wrote in Quaker Faith & Practice in 1994:

All species and the Earth itself have interdependent roles within Creation. Humankind is not the species to whom all others are subservient, but one among many. All parts, all issues, are inextricably intertwined. Indeed, the web of creation could be described as of three-ply thread: wherever we touch it we affect justice and peace and the health of all everywhere. So all our testimonies, all our Quaker
work, all our Quaker lives are part of one process, of striving towards a flourishing, just and peaceful Creation - the Kingdom of God.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Wonderful

"Wonderful are the animated beings and their distinctions, their forms and their colours. Wonderful are the creatures that go about naked. Wonderful are the winds, and the waters, and the fires that play wonders. Wonderful is the earth, and the sources of production." Asa - ki - Vaar, Guru Nanak, Guru Granth Sahib

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

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