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can never get a re-creation of community and
heal our society without giving our citizens
a sense of belonging."
want to take people's success stories and re-write
the ''story'' of hunger. There are things that
have been working, and things we know can work.
It may once have seemed like a hopeless story,
but we're changing it to a hopeful one. This is
healing on a social level.
-- Bill Ayres
family. We were a strange little band of characters
trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste,
coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo,
borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms,
inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same
instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying
to figure out the common thread that bound us all
you do a good job for others, you heal yourself
at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual
pacifist's task today is to find a method of helping
which provides a revolutionary constructive substitute
-- Vera Brittain
power of love to change bodies is legendary, built
into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience.
Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around....
Throughout history, "tender loving care" has uniformly
been recognized as a valuable element in healing.
~ Larry Dossey
see religion as a powerful positive healing force
for this nation and the world. But that force is
blunted, weakened, compromised inestimably, if we
turn religion into a tool for advancing political
strategy; if we make it a matter of how to win political
office; if we treat it as anything other than a
sacred part of life from which we ought to draw
sustenance and values and strength for living courageously
as good citizens.
-- C. Welton Gaddy
looking at the singular condition of poverty.
All the other individual problems spring from
that condition... doesn’t matter if it’s death,
aid, trade, AIDS, famine, instability, governance,
corruption or war. All of that is poverty. Our
problem is that everybody tries to heal each of
the individual aspects of poverty, not poverty
-- Bob Geldof
does not equal forgetting. It is about healing the memory
of the harm, not erasing it."
-- Ken Hart
have to heal our wounded world.
The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see
are a result of the alienation that people feel from
each other and their environment.”
-- Michael Jackson
have an historic opportunity for a great global
healing and renewal. If we will accept the challenge
of nonviolent activism with faith, courage, and
determination, we can bring this great vision
of a world united in peace and harmony from a
distant ideal into glowing reality."
The Interfaith Alliance has to become an ongoing
sustaining and powerful movement whose interest
is to prove that religion has a healing side as
well as a killing side, and that democracy is the
consequence of conscience
-- Bill Moyers
friend who can be silent with us in a moment of
despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an
hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate
not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with
us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend
-- Henri Nouwen
poverty is a disease that infects the entire community
in the form of unemployment and violence, failing
schools and broken homes, then we can't just treat
those symptoms in isolation . We have to heal
that entire community."
-- Barack Obama
we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.
~ David Orr
offers the possibility of two types of peace: peace
of mind --
the potential healing of old emotional wounds, and peace
with others --
the possibility of new, more gratifying relationships
in the future."
-- Kenneth I. Pargament & Mark S. Rye
most basic and powerful way to connect to another
person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most
important thing we ever give each other is our attention….
A loving silence often has far more power to heal
and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.
-- Rachel Naomi Remen
our hectic, fast-paced, consumer-driven society,
it's not uncommon for people to feel overwhelmed,
isolated, alone, and even alienated. Many are
re-discovering the healing and empowering role
that community can bring to our lives. The sense
of belonging we feel when we make the time to
take an active role in our communities can give
us a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
means strength that joins our strength to do the
work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when
we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends.
Someplace where we can be free.
only when we imagine for ourselves what it would
be like to run from state terror, torture, rape,
the destruction of our homes and families that we
can understand how vital it would be to find a place
that welcomed us and tried to heal our wounds.
-- Emma Thompson
Department of Peace would take a more human approach
to healing our society, looking not merely for
ways we can destroy an enemy, but for more powerful
ways to create new friends. While the State Department
engages in international diplomacy, there is no
domestic parallel. There is no department seeking
to harness the power of a nonviolent heart. --
practice of forgiveness is our most important
contribution to the healing of the world. -- Marianne
power of nonviolence is not circumstance-specific.
It is as applicable to the problems that confront
us now, as to problems that confronted generations
in the past. It is not a medicine or a solution
so much as a healing process. It is the active
spiritual immune system of humanity." -- Marianne