St Ethelburga's trustee Michael Binyon writes: (first published in the Times, 31st Oct 2016)
Most of the refugee Syrian children in a classroom in Amman, the Jordanian capital, have been traumatised by violence and death. But the young teacher, supervised by a trainer, is using extra English classes to bring back the laughter.
Like many of us all around the world, at St Ethelburga’s for the last 18 months we have been observing the refugee crisis worsen and asking what our response should be.
JH writes: According Albert Einstein, “we cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”. But in practice, how do we transcend our conditioned thought patterns? What tools do we have that make it possible to step into a new paradigm?
For those of us who deeply long to bring their spiritual commitment together with a meaningful social contribution in the world, a constant question is: What is my soul’s calling? How can I best be of service in the midst of a world that is falling apart? How can find fulfillment while making a positive contribution to humanity in these times of challenge and transition?
Justine Huxley meets Bruna Kadletz and revisits memories of Moria.
Justine Huxley reflects on post-brexit divisions and the tragedy in Nice. Can we take responsibility, recognise the dangers of oppositional thinking, and act from a place of collective intelligence?
Last week saw the momentus signing of the final agenda point in negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC, ending over 50 years of armed conflict. Many thanks to Peter Cousins, member of Rodeemos el Dialogo Bogota for his update direct from Colombia.
Cesó la horrible noche.