Friday, September 30, 2016

The Man Who Transformed a Wasteland

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The Man Who Transformed a Wasteland

A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.

- Chinese Proverb -

The Man Who Transformed a Wasteland

For years, Jonathan Bergman was bothered by the sight of a neglected piece of property across the street from his office. It was a wasteland -- overgrown, ugly, trash-strewn, unloved. In the middle of it was a huge slab of cement covered in graffiti. He wondered to himself why no one had done anything about it. One day, he approached a man he saw looking at the land; they were both bothered by the sight. Then the man said, "How about getting it for the community?" And so the acquisition and transformation efforts began. But the path to what ended up as the "World Peace Garden" was far from straight. This is the story of Jonathan Bergman, who found for every setback an unexpected solution, who discovered peace while gardening, who created a space for his community with his neighbors, who became the change he wished to see, who brought to light that we all have wastelands we can transform. { read more }

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Consider nurturing something that you or society has neglected, whether it be a piece of land, a cause, or a relationship. Share your thoughts in the comments section.


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Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Mosque Across the Street

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Leaders of a growing Muslim community in Memphis, Tennessee, wanted to build an Islamic center where they could gather not just to worship, but to host weddings and other parties; gather on weekends and holidays; house a day care for children; and have activities for the elderly. When they finally succeeded in purchasing a plot of land opposite a church, Dr. Bashir Shala, head of the board of trustees for the Memphis Islamic Center, expected hostility. "Memphis is the buckle of the Bible Belt," Shala says. Pastor Steve Stone of Heartsong Church, had something else in mind.

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A Bible Belt Church's Response to a Mosque

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A Bible Belt Church's Response to a Mosque

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A Bible Belt Church's Response to a Mosque

Leaders of a growing Muslim community in Memphis, Tennessee, wanted to build an Islamic center where they could gather not just to worship, but to host weddings and other parties; gather on weekends and holidays; house a day care for children; and have activities for the elderly. When they finally succeeded in purchasing a plot of land opposite a church, Dr. Bashir Shala, head of the board of trustees for the Memphis Islamic Center, expected hostility. "Memphis is the buckle of the Bible Belt," Shala says. Pastor Steve Stone of Heartsong Church, had something else in mind. { read more }

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The next time you see an incident of discrimination or bullying, be an ally. Read more about The Mosque Across the Street here. { more }


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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Gifts for Gifted Children

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Gifts for Gifted Children

Children are not things to be molded, but people to be unfolded.

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Gifts for Gifted Children

"What gifts can we offer gifted children? How can we who are their guardians do justice by them? The first gift is not to praise them for their talents alone. Just as a beautiful child is often praised only for their beauty, and grows simultaneously vain and insecure, an intelligent child can easily learn that their mind is what makes them lovable...Instead, give these children the gift of praise for attributes that have nothing to do with intelligence. Praise their kindness, their empathy, their bravery and strength. Praise their hearts and souls... This is the balm for a lonely child's heart." Here Betsy Cornwell outlines other gifts we can offer gifted children: ordinariness, time, courage to leap, and community. { read more }

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Give children "time to breathe, time without the burden of expectation; and then, perhaps, give yourself that gift, too."


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