Book God Answered “Equality” & Human Rights

The book God Answered “Equality”
I just finished it,  in e-book form at publisher

Photo on 2011-05-29 at 05.55

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Below is the first chapter:

DEDICATED

TO THOSE WHO LOVE GOD AS CREATOR, OR SPIRIT OF HOLY LOVE AND EQUALLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE YET TO KNOW TO “LOVE ONE ANOTHER”

INTRODUCTION

Writing many years after being given the Prophetic Word of “Equality” by God’s Holy Spirit. Have witnessing to, as well as at, the Vatican since 1985, for the ending of inequality. To end discrimination, especially for the female half of God’s Image, that has kept us so unbalanced.

Without ending inequality in the largest of our Christian institutions, for equal rights, respect, how can we set or be a good example of God’s Love?

Till then, half of our world must live on daily incomes of about U.S. $3.00. Up to 25,000 children will continue to starve to death each day, while millions more will go to bed hungry tonight! Then there is the inequality of over half of all children who are unable to go to school, to learn even to read or write because they must go to work, as young as 5-6 years old.

Mostly because of the inequality of 90% of our world’s economy and resources now being in the control of less than 2%.

Can we more profitably use our land, resources and labor, for the benefit of more, rather than just the excessive profits of a few?

Can we come together in smaller golden rule groups to network with larger ones for a better world?

HUMMINGBIRDS AND GODS

This morning sitting behind the screen of my back door, watching a few house sparrows eating bread crumbs, a silver sliver of a tiny Hummingbird noticed, hovering in midair, less than a foot away from my face, as if to say thank you for feeding us, as it click, click, clicked away, then flew to a honeysuckle flower nearby.

Such little ones must see me like a good god, among others who could care less, just as I can only see my God, in such a limited way. We each are uniquely limited in what we see, or can perceive God to be!

For me there have been few doubts partly because of several supernatural experiences, such as seeing literally The Hand of God, on my wall, so obviously beyond our daily reality.

It would be twenty-five years later, in my thirties, before I would be given another such sign. And only when I was freely willing to allow God’s Holy Spirit into my heart, mind, and soul. Only then could I recognize when God’s Holy Spirit wanted to guide me.
Any spiritual guidance, even thoughts from your own mind, as well as given to you from others, should first be confirmed by the Universal Golden Rule, found naturally in loving hearts, and in all major world beliefs!

To treat others equally fair, as you would most want to be treated, even to your enemies, Jesus added, as this is the kind of a Holy Love that “Sums up all the Laws and Prophets”. *1                                                   *1 Matthew 5:44; 7:12; 22:39-40; Luke 6:27

Moses testified he saw God’s Hand, 4000 years ago, who gave him the Ten Commandments.  A couple thousand years later, the prophet Daniel interpreted God’s Finger writing, on the wall of the King’s Banquet Hall, seen by many who were dining with the King.

Over 200 times I searched and found the mention of “God’s Hand” in Biblical Scriptures, usually as a symbolic sign of God acting in our world, but some times, like in my case as a young child literally seen.

Not being seen again in my long life, but once more FELT in my hand, when I tried to walk away from the Church because of what I realized was happening within the Hierarchy.

The unseen “God’s Hand” spun me back around and back towards the Church making me realize that was were I was to give the message I had been given of “Equality”, Equal Rights, Equal Respect, Equal Opportunity.
The essence of Universal Golden Rule of treating others with Equal Fairness, or the way you would most like to be treated, is found not only in our world religions, but also in the created hearts of most developed or loving and undamaged forms of life.

The doing of good, instead of evil, even to our enemies, makes it possible to create friendships, to lesson tensions and other misunderstandings, at least not to increase the enmity, among people or Nations.

Yet some are born genetically deficient, or can later be severely brain damaged, especially in the higher more sensitive areas of the brain, resulting in the lack of their ability to feel for, or care about others, except as it affects their own immediate self or need.              Such limited or damaged brains are similar to other kinds of primitive animals, some even to having just a “Reptilian” kind of thinking.

They would tend to notice this, usually early in life and be aware of their lack of caring or even to have any good or loving feelings for others, and would tend to hide that lack of concern, rather than let it be known and for them to then be considered abnormal, or to lose their advantage and would justify pretending feelings to be able to get what they wanted.

Without the natural ability of most of us to be able to feel for others, somewhat on an equal plane, it would be easy for them to use cunning, sneaky, even cruel or violent ways to gain positions of power over others, in the home, at work, even for best results in political, and even religious positions.

Their pleasure would come by being in control, and the misuse of others for their own, more important to them, selfish needs or for pleasures of greed and control.
Most of us realize we are all limited to some degree, in our feelings for those we don’t see as very much like us, especially those of different races, sex, or not culturally, religiously raised in a similar way, and can be even fearful even selfishly reluctant to treat and hopefully to a higher spiritual perfection.

Yet it is necessary first to have the human ability to feel for others, as well as ourselves, which these only part human, part reptilians brains lack, those parts of the brain that allows us the ability to feel, empathize, care about others, especially the young or weaker, who they would see as just being weak and possible prey!
A dramatic example of this in the news last night, of what I am trying to say, that extends even into the animal kingdom, was were a young 2-3 year old boy was shown by a security camera  riding a tricycle, when a stray pit-bull dog (bred and trained to take advantage of a weaker animal) had gotten away from a neighbors yard evidently, for it did not have a collar, and coming around a car saw the defenseless child alone and ran up to him, biting and pulling him off the bike by his leg. Instantly before the Mother could get there, you see a much smaller but big probably family cat run out and jump on the dog, and both immediately scaring, chasing it away, before the Mother had a chance to get near the child!

I’ve heard of other such stories of dogs saving young children at the risk of their own lives too.  Isn’t that why many soldiers go into the service of their country to do, to protect their fellow citizens?

Were there is a loving, caring heart, you will find evidence of the Universal Golden Rule being our normal natural morality. It is only in the lower forms life or parts of the reasoning brain that do not seem to have this capacity to care for others, but think only of self preservation. Most likely in animals or humans that have not been cared for in a loving way by at least one parent and left on their own to survive from birth. Such as Reptiles, and fish I can think of those two!

Much of our learning is on a cultural subconscious level, and only gradually have humans evolved to increase our conscious awareness of both our right side and left side, or the center, top, and bottom or base of our brains capabilities.

This could help explain part at least of the last 5000 years of our patriarchal oppression, enforced by those at the top of the political, economic, and religious power, who seem to have had few real feelings for the majority of the people. Even to the leading of us into one war after another.
Our history is full of such Cesar’s, Kings, even a few Queens, who have had little conscience in using or misusing people, to increase their own gain or fortune.

Such wars are against the best and highest interest of most. Instead of seeking mutual cooperation or negotiated solution’s, in the Golden Rule way, as they end up causing mental, spiritual as well as much physical destruction.

We can expect this to continue until we are able to insure more legal, as well as other kinds of cultural safeguards, for the majority, and not just for such a small minority who have taken so much advantage of most people.

We must find ways to make it not as easy to misuse positions of power as it is now.

I believe those who want safeguards from misuses of power are in the majority, yet many know reasons to fear some of those even now in control over us, or at least are very hesitant to rock their own or a very shaky economic boat, since most except for the elite, are just one or two paychecks from financial disaster or a life time of savings be wiped out by drastic changes.

Drastic changes that are constantly happening or ever at our door and too often held over our heads like hostage ransoms or threats. Still have seen how it is possible when just a few, who have had enough, can come together and make significant changes.

Once from just the beating of pots and pans with spoons and walking through neighborhood streets, just a few were able to rally hundreds of people for support of a local community need, just in one day that worked!

What is it going to take for so many worldwide needs and already financial controls to become more just?

Easy to feel it is too overwhelming, even to start yet what alternative do we have?

The tightening of the 2% or some say it is much less, control is going to increase. It will not get significantly better till we are willing to recognize it for what it is, and deal with it.

If we choose not to, it will get worse because they have their own population control plan now in the works and this has been going on for years, the process of a slow diets of starvation for at least right now at least a  third to half of the world’s population, by controlling wages, profits of Corporate stocks and our economic resources.

Then we will have to say, as was said by many after the last World War II of those who live in Fascist and dictatorial regimes:

“When they came for the others they were not like me so I didn’t do anything about it, finally when they came for my neighbor or me, I was still afraid and then Could do nothing.
God warned the Israelites long ago, when they first considered having a King, that to have such Rulers, instead of the just Judges they did have then, would cost them much.

History tells us most Dictatorships are not good for most of the people. Their wars kill off the young; do untold damage to the minds left on both sides, as well as destroy needed resources, personal property, pollute the land and seas.

Yet “Reptilian” leaders and others with only pretend feelings or conscience, ignore such warnings, even in leading us to “repeat the past”, with ever more disastrous, now nuclear weapons and threats of wars that can very negatively affect life for hundreds of years.

Prophets have been warning of the dangers of a World War III for a long time, that we have barely managed to avoid several times.

It is going to take many of us, those living now, to be able to prevent the worse from happening, or to at least lesson the dangers and damages.
To warn us of the danger we may be in and able to avoid, is one of the main reasons Prophecy is given to those willing to make the necessary changes.

It is a free will choice each of us will make one way or the other, for we are the only ones left here now, who are responsible for what we do, or fail to do, in our times.

The best possible way, for those who can accept it, is to first start with yourself, asking a Loving God into your heart, so you will know best what to do. Only having a Godly Intelligence within a loving heart, is going to make it possible to more clearly see, know more than our limited physical minds can in this little space and time we do see.

To be able to be guided to the “Fullness of Truth”. *2                                    *2 John 14:26                                                                                                                     The fullness of Truth promised to those who love God and one another. Small groups of like-minded friends working with each other for a better world to live in have made such a difference and hopefully will again.

There is plenty on this earth for all to have enough food, housing, education and training skills, but not if we continue to allow a few Reptilian minds steeped in inequality to control most of our economy. It has been strong-arming, set ups, blackmailing and violence, that has been these kind of leaders way of controlling, to take full advantage of others.

Any chance we have to turn the tide must be done primarily by non-violent efforts, to avoid falling into their mindset of the right of anyone to force others to do their more selfish wills of inequality.

Each of us can join with others to create networks with those you know or believe are interested in a better life, not only for themselves, but equally for all people.

There will be opposition, for the struggle is for our souls, as well as for our life work! Having morals against the hurting of others is to some, considered a weakness, might makes what is right to those who are only self-centered.

The human spirit, or our souls, would be in grave danger of being lost anyway, if we knowingly support inequality that now keeps up to at least a  third of our world’s population on a near starvation diet, as well as so many other injustices.

Many years ago I felt led by God to witness to Pope Benedict XVI, after many earlier attempts with Pope John Paul II. Going to Rome the first time in 1985, with the hope to help end so much discrimination within The Church, as one of the major places where morality should be flowing from.

To end discrimination against race or sex… was first given by God’s Holy Spirit at Vatican II, the World Wide Council of Bishops way back in 1965, yet ten years later before I would specifically hear the word of “Equality”, during my own Spiritual “Rebirth”. *3                            *3 Mark 1:18

Already it had become obvious discrimination’s were going to be continued. At least it would have been obvious to God, for raised a Protestant, I had not even heard, at that time, of such a world wide Catholic council.

Most in the top controls of The Church have tried to ignore or make light of these discrimination’s, since the death of Pope John Paul I, the first Pope elected after the Vatican council.

He had promised just three days before his death, many hundreds of women religious who had come to the Vatican to ask him to end female discrimination, as well as correct the irregularities at the Vatican Bank. Just 3 days before his most sudden and untimely Death!

Now almost 50 years later, do we have another such Holy Pope as John Paul the first was?

Pray that he is, and for his personal protection.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Hummingbirds and Gods                                                                                            Why go to Rome?                                                                                                            God as Mother As Well as Father                                                                     Men’s Traditions vs. God’s Ways                                                                              The Earth In Miniature                                                                                                   Ah, The Romantics Of Rome                                                                                           Economic Inequality                                                                                                          Inequality Breeds War                                                                                                       Forming Evolutionary Relationships

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Betty C. Dudney

The Bible Must Be Wrong?

THE BIBLE MUST BE WRONG

Methuselah lived 969 years. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Or is it?

Copyright 2014
Leslie A Turvey
A servant of the only true and living God

“I can’t believe people lived hundreds of years in bible times. The bible must be wrong.”
Oh? Is the bible wrong, or is something else wrong? Let’s consider then and now.
Since God is perfect (Matthew 5:8), he wouldn’t make anything that is less than perfect. So, when he created Adam and Eve they were perfect in every way. They lived in a garden with perfect air, perfect water, perfect vegetation, and perfect animals. Their food was perfect, and was perfectly digested. Had they not given in to satan’s temptation, they would have lived forever (Genesis 3:22).
But they made the wrong decision, and we suffer the results today. Money and illicit sex have become man’s gods, and some people will do anything to have more of them (1 Timothy 6:8-10).
Adam and Eve’s air was clean and oxygen-rich; ours is so polluted it’s dangerous to breathe. Our farm land has become so depleted that the vegetation is starving for the natural food it needs because we ignore Leviticus 25:3-5. And since our cattle eat the grass, they are unhealthy as well. So what do the farmers do? They “fertilize” the land with chemicals, and feed the animals man-made hormones, and grain “enriched” with synthetic vitamins and minerals.
Adam and Eve lived long before pharmaceutical companies decided their artificial vitamin products were better than the natural ones God created for our goodness.
The Amplified Bible states, “The same essential chemical elements are found in man and animal life that are in the soil. This scientific fact was not known to man until recent times, but God was displaying it here (Genesis 2:7 footnote).”
In the beginning, Adam and Eve were alone, but as time went by they had children, and their family expanded into a multitude. Unbridled sex became rampant, and today’s families are shattered by cheating husbands and wives. Sexually-transmitted diseases are passed from partner to partner.
What is the medical response? Pop a pill! Man-made, of course!
Oh yes, the artificial stuff the doctors prescribe may relieve the symptoms for a while, but they do nothing to make us well. God’s prescription for Adam and Eve, and for us, is to remain faithful to one’s spouse, to eat healthy foods, drink healthy water, and to breathe clean air (Leviticus 11:1-23, 46-47; Deuteronomy 14:3-21). But there’s not much financial benefit in that!
In his book, The Code of Life, Dr Ronald Drucker says what the government calls “health care” is really “disease care.” As he says, “Caring for disease is very profitable, while preventing disease is not.”
Robert E Willner, M.D., notes, “The majority of physicians are honest, dedicated, and sincere scientists.” Yet, when they listen to our symptoms they prescribe a bunch of artificial products that our natural bodies cannot properly assimilate. Adam and Eve had none of that.
God has a plan for us (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV), but it does not include polluted air and water, nutrient-depleted corn flakes, or the ingestion of synthetic – artificial – “remedies” for whatever ails us.
Fortunately God will bring us back to his natural ways, but there is a proviso. He begins with the powerful word, “If.”
“If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves – (to humble means to stop thinking of ourselves as being high and mighty) – and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways – (making themselves rich by keeping people ill) – then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land [from all the pollutions that have destroyed it] (2 Chronicles 7:14).”
What a promise! What a loving Father! And, no, the bible isn’t wrong. Ancient generations lived long, healthy lives, and we can too, if…..

The Earth in Miniature

THE EARTH IN MINIATURE

“The Earth In Miniature” was given to me by an “earth angel” from an anonymous Columbian Professor, where she said she came from, and just happened to be in Rome and across the hall at the “Y”, the most reasonable place to stay this time that I had been able to find in Rome.

He had reduced the population of the earth to the size of a small village of exactly 100 people and said it would look very close to something like this. “In this village there would be 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, and only 14 persons from the Western Hemisphere, and 8 Africans!

52 of these would be female, 48 would be male. 70 would be non-white, while the other 30 would be white or Caucasian.

Only 30 would be Christians, 70 would not be Christians. 89 would be Heterosexuals, 11 would be Homosexuals.
(Note: This is also known among animals, approximately same %, as varying sexual hormones are what most determine sexual preferences. Much Diversity Created.)
Less than 5 persons out of the 100 would own or have control of most of the Villages resources. Most are from or have strong ties to North America.

Of the total 100 people in the Village 80 would live in sub human conditions, that is 80% of all people. 70 would not be able to read.

50 or one half would be suffering from malnutrition with 1 person on the verge of starvation, while one person would actual starve each day out of those 100!

One would be pregnant and another would give birth to a child.

Only one of the hundred would be educated in a University. By understanding and facing this, perhaps we will want to educate others?

For can this be fully comprehended without some measure of moral concern for the well being of the whole, in this village we all must call our world?
“Yes, to reflect more deeply, if you have risen this morning with good health, have enough to eat, and no disease that is in the process of destroying your body, than you are much more fortunate than many who will not be able to survive very much longer.”
“Even more, if you are not one of those who are caught up in an actual war, or in a violent conflict, be in jail or have the agony of being tortured, or the pain of slow starvation. If you have escaped all this, than you are much safer than most of the people in this world”.

“If you have food in a refrigerator, clothes in a closet, a ceiling over your head and a place where you can sleep tonight, you are richer than 75% of the people in your world.”

“Still more, you are one of the most fortunate ones living, if you can even read this.
So work today as if you don’t need the money, Yes, even as if you have been really hurt like most, Dance now as if nobody will be seeing you.

Sing now as if nobody is listening to you!”

My addition If you really want to know what it is to Dance and Sing in the most, best possible way, than you must help to see that all those in world village, have enough to eat and a place to sleep.

This is all of our responsibility, in some way to do what we can, the desire will be found in the expansiveness of your heart.
One of the more compelling reasons may be because you see this inequality as a grave danger and disadvantage to yourself, as well as to others, and the need to make this a number one priority today and every day until equal opportunity exist for all.

Like in a war for Freedom, you must be willing to give, even sacrifice, especially at this point in history for those of us here, the last chance we may have to end this terrible inequality, that threatens even our very lives and ability to love and to know freedom.

It starts in our relationships with each other.

One by one, we must begin to treat each other with the universally known Golden Rule, with equal fairness.

For an inner Peace, more precious and lasting in our souls, or spirit, than all the hard cold physical gold we might think we could otherwise accumulate, only to find we will lose it all, when God calls for our next breath.
That great Light of The “I AM” we must all one day see, is summed up in “LOVE ONE ANOTHER”, to care for one another, not for God’s sake, that source of Creation needs nothing, but for our own sake!

It is the only way out of the Hell most of us are caught up in, or at least must now swim out of, to reach the potential eternal Heaven Here and Now, before we can have any possibility or hope of in a Heavenly life to come.
For the past 5000 years our history has been written, interpreted, and sometimes misinterpreted by the more competitive, and aggressive males were able to gain the reigns of controls, in the home, workplace, in governments.

A surprise to me was to find a lot of Archeological evidence of the many Matriarchal cultures that proceeded this last Patriarchal age, believed also to have lasted for about 5000 years. In our times, after as many as 10,000 years now since known cavemen times of humans trying to live together in different ways and now to come out of our most violent way of male only rule.

We have a real opportunity, as well as a great need, to come into the Equalitarian age, of Equal Rights, Equal Respect, and Equal Concern, not only for those who are like us, but for those who are not, in such a way that our rights are not intruding on others, or visa versa.
Everything begins within, we have to balance first our own excess or lack of, equal concern and respect for others, in our homes, work, community, so we can actually be able to treat others with an equal concern.

Living in such an unequal world as we have had is going to take some conscious efforts at balancing and creating equality in our relationships to heal, and then to share that healing.

It makes sense to do so, because all of us can find ourselves in, if we are not already aware, that we are each uniquely of some kind of a minority and have or will eventually have, a need to rely on other’s equal respect and extending equal rights towards us, to be able to live in the best possible world.

Much of our past inequalities have been allowed to continue because of so many hierarchal power systems, as well as our natural fears of those who are different and how their ways might affect us, in our past quiet primitive societies. Such fears and insecurities, as well as inequalities can be dangers to our safety today.

A safer world will require us to try to be more sensitive, intuitive, and tolerant to where others are, putting into practice the Golden Rule.

On another mental and emotional level the violence and amount of force that has been used in the past to continue the unequal traditions and customs that are in our economic and political systems, that have been going on for so long, many of us are conditioned to, and rationalize or feel we do not have the ability or energy to change it for the better?

Yet a non-violent revolution, to treat others more fairly, has also been going on and growing gradually, especially since the time of Jesus, but even from the East a quest for more peaceful living began to flourish in the times of The Buddha.

One of his first deeds of Jesus after his resurrection, was to send Mary Magdalene, to be the first Apostle to the other Apostles and his followers. To be the first to announce the “Good News, of the resurrection of one’s individual physical-spirit body into Eternal Life, possible after this life!
When we are willing to put a God kind of Holy Love into our heart, Jesus said, even for your enemy’s. Then God’s Spirit will be able to guide such a loving heart to the fullness of Truth. This is where we can also recognize ourselves as equally part of the whole. Putting us in a state of being or feeling, in the New Age spiritual lingo as “In harmonics with the whole”.
To love and do good to an enemy, is the only chance you have to make him a friend instead of an enemy”. This teaching extends our ability to love and care for others beyond just those who love us. It is not just one accepted dogma, sect, or official organization, but for “A Way” of being Spiritually empowered, that can be found in both the Eastern as well as Western faiths, expressed in the universally found Golden Rule, and also even within loving hearts, whether they belong to a specific dogmatic belief or sect.

Allowing others to spiritually be where they are, without having to take on our cultural baggage, will help us to see our common humanity. For we can only have more physical safety and security when everyone has a security net or at least the basics necessities? That is implied in a belief in equality vs. inequality.
Do just a few hundred, almost all males, have the right to take from billions of men, women, children, so much more than their share? Or does such a small minority have the right to prevent the chance for everyone to become the best each has the talent and interest to be? If the answer is No, then what is a higher goal, except maybe stopping wars and nuclear disasters, than to stop this present economic inequality?

The two must surely go hand and hand!
It will take the power of many to insist, in all kinds of ways, to create for our selves a better reality, without hurting others. What are some of the ways that this could be done non-violently?

I believe it will take many worldwide Human Rights Groups! That will have to start with local groups of friends and trusted family members coming together in their priorities.
The first we tried we called the Golden Rule Family, as a non-profit group of no more than 12, with the intentions of when it became larger, one or two volunteers would break off to form another such group, as the best way to grow and still keep small enough to know and trust those in your group to put self interest, as well as others equally to be concerned about. It is also encouraged that each form as many as 12 other small groups, of like minded friends or co-workers.

Groups can network with other groups, or work separate, to keep in touch or coordinate at times towards one decided upon goal a month or per year, for your area, or state, or nation, having at least one connecting with even other International Groups. In this way contact is kept with your own groups, but your primary efforts will be in the region where each one feels they have the most to offer and feel best working in that area, local, to national or world wide.

This is one of the best way for such groups to sustain interest, have the energy to go forward, and when necessary even doing possible fundraising for needed agreed on goals. As there should never be member dues, for these are people’s parties and the poorest of the poor should feel welcome, without taking needed funds for their survival. Donations from those who have extra would of course always be welcomed, but as a free will gift.

Such things as reasonably priced T-Shirts, maybe with a world design or local logo are possible items to be sold for fundraising, with other possible usable items, the majority in a group may have voted on. No longer used donated items or silent auctions of volunteer talents or other such things might be added, as funds might be needed.
To prevent the misuse of any group funds for maybe like eventual paid staff should be a member and first being a known member, for at least a year, even then being voted on at each yearly term, best using yes and no secret ballots.

Could also have yearly held elections for each groups chairman, secretary and treasure. We decided in our first group to have only one meeting a year as a requirement to maintain membership, out of an ideal twelve monthly meetings, which can be done by email, telephone, or by mail, as well as sometimes actually meeting for a potluck meal in person.

A simple monthly newsletter might work best for most? What ever works out best for all concerned Let us start today to build a better life and world by sharing this message with all we know or whom needs to know, each being like a stone in the building of a better world.

Here’s a new domain site for your use, that hopefully will be a networking lighthouse between a roaring sea and safety on your own land. If it gets swept away by a virtual evil, then you must build another source of networking, to stay in the Golden Rule of Spiritual light and Holy Love, that is the only real source of the best of the People’s Power.

May God’s Peace Be With You,
www.worldwidehumanrights.org

 

IDOLATRY

 

SOME ARE TEMPTED DAILY TO MAKE GODS OUT OF THEIR PROFITS, ALLOWING EVIL AND INEQUALITY TO PROSPERWHILE THE YOUNGER, IN AGE, OR KNOWLEDGE SEEM TO SUFFER THE MOST!

IT IS ONLY WHEN WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO DAILY FOLLOW A PERFECT HOLY LOVE WITH ALL OF OUR HEART, MIND, AND SOUL. THEN CAN WE EXPECT TO HAVE THE BEST POSSIBLE GUIDANCE AND NOT BE CONTROLLED

OR NOT BE LED BY  FALSE GODS OF IDOLATRY

THE NEGATIVE NATURE OF EVIL

My God does not have a negative nature, is not the  cause of evil. I once thought that because there seemed so much of negative things attributed to God in Scriptures, before I finally realized people, even the great Prophets all are limited as to their personal perception of God.

We are each limited as to how we see Divine Inspiration, some more attuned to it than others.

Only for special reasons at special times for the good of all, does God seem to miraculously sets aside the laws of nature, whereas normally they do apply to all equally.  “The rain as well as the sun normally shines on the good as well as the bad.”

A perfect God, A perfect Spirit of Holy Love has no evil.

Some causes of evil are people putting themselves above an equal concern for others, such as greed, racism, sexism, all kinds of inequality.

We can even make a god out of selfishness. There is a god of selfishness, that overtakes the will of those who do this, just as there is a god of addiction to negative actions.

There are many numbers of negative things we can have happen to us, as well as at least as much or even more is possible to experience good things, because of living in this natural world, in our own time and space, determined mostly by the chosen natures of those who have lived or are now living in our world around us who have affected us, contributes to how we affect others.

We are advised by Jesus and most of the worlds good prophets, to stay away from negative, harmful, or what we believe are sinful actions when possible.

Especially if there is nothing we are able to do to make them more positive, for they can or will try to diminish us, or take us away from God’s equal love for us, even under the seemingly worse of life’s circumstances. Better to go towards the best possible than the worse!

Unlike a spirit of evil that will try to manipulate and control you, God will never take away your free will.  So be suspicious of the motives of anyone who does try to take it away, for that is what evil is after.

To control your soul or spirit, to make you it’s slave is the work of evil who is in this world and still controls much of it!

Don’t ever think evil does not have intelligence, whether it is in a person or as a pure spiritual form of evil, that will try to even put negative thoughts into your head, can hear what you say, but cannot know what you are thinking. Guess, or deduct maybe, but only God can know for sure or actually hear your thoughts.

We each need our own spiritual guide within us, to help confirm what is best for us, as well as others, to lead us to the fullness of Truth.

And we will be harmfully led by spirits if we do not connect with God’s Spirit.

Some may understand this or see it as their Intuition, a sixthsense, or it is our formed conscience we ourselves or others may have given us.

Certainly true to some extent, others including myself, believe there is a Spirit of Holy Love that created us, who loves us as God’s spiritual children, and who we can depend upon to give us the strength to live the best possible life, if we are willing (and when we are willing, for few are willing all the time) to follow such a Spirit of Holy Love. That we believe is the only thing that can lead us to the fullness of Truth. This is mine and many others experience and faith.

People in our past, or who now influence us, may or may not have known this. That is why we need to confirm this for ourselves or we are likely going to be misled!

We are mostly trained by school and our culture to think and act from the left side of our brain, which is called our logical or reasoning, from the information stored in our brained side.

In our patriarchal culture of the past 5000 years, logic tells us this world is a just a slightly civilized jungle and might makes right, or who owns the gold makes the rules.      And there is of course, some truth to this, but there is the other side of the brain, sometimes called the more God like part, which 99.9% of us have, that also says, Love One Another, even your enemies, for it is the only way to make a friend instead.

The best way not being the most selfish way but what is best for all of us. This kind of “Equality” or Equal Human Rights is the only thing God has given me to share and work towards.

What I have learned about this kind of intuition is that most of us are born with it, and it comes not from just your brain or logic but from the intelligence of what we call the heart, for every cell in your body has a kind of intelligence and can give us spiritual information that is connected with what can be known as The Cosmic Consciousness. Another word some New Agers or believers in the Aquarian Age, or I first heard of it in the Hippy age, prefer to use this term of Cosmc Consciousness in place of the name of God.                                                        I prefer to call it The Holy Spirit, but I like both words and both from what I know are true.

To connect with this intelligent consciousness is like having an inner compass, or a 6th sense that is sensed not just in the logic side of the brain, but can come through any of your regular five senses of seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, or just a feeling in your gut as well as heart, that something is right, or wrong.                                                   Some can “See” with an inner eye, also called the God Eye.  The center between the eyes has been scientifically electrically stimulated allowing people to see into the spiritual world, but for thousands of years that part of the brain has been known as a doorway to the Spirit beyond self. How did they know that? Ask someone Holy from India, it is found in their scriptures!

A sense that is also available but not available to the ordinary logic side of the brain, allows some to sense danger or have an over all feeling something might be right to do for them, as well as having a feeling of danger.

One of the ways to increase or develop this sense of intuition is to listen, instead of just staying in the active thinking part of the brain.

To stay in the present, to observe what is all around you in wonder, as well as to listen to what the present is saying to you. Because when we just stay in the reasoning side or talking to ourselves, part of our brain, we are going over and over past information and thinking we did or didn’t do in the past or should be doing in the future and we are not really living in the present where Reality Is, in the Now.

People who are willing to balance this logic or thinking with their listening to what is happening here and now can live in the present and they are able to see more than those who are living in the past or future and are not connecting with their present.

We have this inner guidance system that is essential to living our lives, as we would most like to do.  It really isn’t possible to do that if you don’t use it. I have tried and know many who have tried to live without this balance of living too much in the past or in the future and life just tends to get the better of us, when you don’t live in the present, or listen to that guidance system, as it connects you with more than you can possible know just with your own logic, about the past, present and future.

So how do you listen to it more? You can get in the habit of doing by starting to practice doing it each day. Just listening to where your mind leads you by wondering about what ever you see around you in the present.

Wondering about what ever comes to your mind that you might wonder about.   Asking questions even up to 100 a day, wonder about this, wonder about that, simple or complex things, it doesn’t matter, what matters is to wonder, and then to listen to what you hear, or see, with your senses or with your heart, you will start to get answers if you will try to do it.

Not try yourself to figure it out but let the answer come to you from the Cosmic Consciousness, from the God of All.

You should at first wonder about seemingly simple things like “wonder who wants to call me?” “Wonder where that Bird is flying too?” “Wonder what I should best do this morning?”                               Ask your inner guidance what you need to do, to number one get where you best could be.  When you get a response trust it and do it, if there is something you can do at that time.                                                  See for yourself but don’t give up trying, till you can connect and get some answers that feel right and true for you.

We never lose this inner guidance, but when we stay too much on the left side of the logical thinking from what we know side of the brain and do not listening to what our Universal Creator, we not only tend to become ridged and selfishly close minded, we shut out what the “Light” is trying to tell us!

Instead of becoming more and more enlightened we fumble around in the dark of our limited knowing in this life mind. But instantly, like turning on a light bulb, it is possible to turn it on again, just by being open to wondering and willing to listen, instead of just assuming we know it all, listening for answers of what you most need to know to get to where you would most like to be.

Then when you feel something to be willing to act on it, just by taking little steps one at a time.  “Ask and you will receive”, Jesus said, “Would a Loving God, give you a stone instead of Spiritual Water.  All this building of the more spiritual side of your nature must also be done with the full consciousness that you want to work only with A God of Holy Love, not any kind of a lesser god.                   For there are lesser spiritual beings that will try to mislead you if you will allow them. Negative spiritual beings can even appear as Angels of Light.   The only way to be sure not to be fooled, as they can outsmart us, is to keep your heart clean and committed to a righteous loving God, for to worship or to seek the spirit world with less, will end up costing you much more.

Part of the problem of discerning is it takes not only God’s choice as to the best time to speak to an individual, as well as to the whole, but also each one’s being willing and free of negative sin to be able to hear God’s Holy Spirit in their heart, which controls much of what the head can hear and comprehend.

Some knowledge of what in scriptures are to be taken literal, some is not, or what is symbolic, such as in a parable story form, that the message will be missed if it is taken literally, or in some scriptures are written in poetical language, such as The Psalms, Song of Solomon, Proverbs.About inspired words but also about being able, especially in our times and culture 2000-5000 years later to be able to distinguish what is specifically from God, and what is from the male only way possible for them to be able to experiencing God during those ancient times.

Today in our still sexist culture, our prejudices are incorporated into our ways of speaking and thinking, such as pronouns we use for God are human male terms.

So from childhood God is pictured in the mind, in our logic and morals as male, leaving females seemingly less than.

We have an inbred cultural sexism, not so easily changed, until one can accept that both male and female were both created in The Image of God.   Verified in Scriptures from the first or Priestly Biblical version of Creation, as well as the third Creation story in Chapter 5.

As both of these stories state “both male and female were created in the Image of God”.
This is quite unlike the more often repeated, second creation story form that is from another Hebrew tribe and known theologically to be a parable, or not meant to be taken literally but a moral tale about the influence of sin told in a patriarchal story form.

Jewish teachers, or Rabbi’s, such as Jesus, taught in parables, for this was their traditional way of teaching moral lessons.

The whole book of Genesis is a collection of creation stories handed down from the tribal campfires of the early Hebrews for thousands of years before finally being written down on parchment scrolls, somewhere beginning in 1000 to 500 B.C. by the then Priestly Scribes and one of the last books written of the 66-73 or so, other male only authored books of the Bible.

At the time of Luther he decided on 66 and soon after, in the Council of Trent around the 1500’s a total of 73 were officially voted on as Church Canon.

Part of the problem is that the language spoken and written in ancient times ancient Hebrew, the Aramaic language Jesus spoke, even the Hebrew of his time, was so much simpler than what we use today, simpler than the Greek the Church in 315AD wrote the N.T. in or English language it was later translated into.

Which means the original words has been elaborated on, interpreted, expanded, into the more complex languages of today, putting the translators translations into what the original meant, such as the word for blood brother, cousin, or step brother, was the same and not usually differentiated as we do today, and is partly why we have so many different versions or interpretations of the original words.

Surely it would be the original word of the author that counts and needs to be considered where it is questionable.

Why we need a clean heart that is able to hear and confirm the fullness of truth within us, from The Holy Spirit.

There is so much about history and cultures we either know so little about, or were written from only the victors viewpoint of those in power at the time, or that we have deliberately been kept in the dark about.

WHAT CAN THE U.N. DO ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS?

THE U.N. REPRESENTS WHAT GOVERNMENTS JOINING TOGETHER CAN AND HAVE DONE, IT WILL STILL BE UP TO THE PEOPLE, THE ONES HUMAN RIGHTS WILL AFFECT TO WORK TOGETHER ON A LOCAL, AS WELL AS WORLD WIDE.
THIS SITE IS DEDICATED TO THOSE WILLING TO WORK TOGETHER FOR EACH ONE’S EQUAL HUMAN RIGHTS.

This is what our U.N.Charter says about Equal Human rights since 1948 signed by 154 nations!

“Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status.
Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination.
International human rights law lays down the obligations of Governments to act in certain ways or to refrain from certain acts, in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups.
Since its establishment in 1945, one of the fundamental goals of the United Nations has been promoting and encouraging respect for human rights for all, as stipulated in the United Nations Charter.
“Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom… Now, therefore the General Assembly proclaims this Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations…”
– Preamble, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

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The Traveling Truck

FROM MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA TO THE LOCARUK VILLAGE

“This project is a testament to what can be done when communities join together with a common goal of helping those who need it most. If we can achieve this now, just think of what more we can do later. This is just the start!”

A Lopit Community Development Project
Hidong na Holong

Locaruk receives container – photos
24 Mar
The road from Torit to Locaruk village was very treachourous.
This road would be impassable in the wet season.
And very hilly as well. The paintings on the outside have survived the journey well.
The truck arriving in the village.
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Starting to unpack – the St. Gerard’s cross was untied and unloaded first.
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The truck was parked close to this building that had been constructed, and everything was unloaded directly into that building. It was used as the sorting and distribution room.
The watertank was first emptied of all the clothing and shoes that were packed inside, and then taken out of the truck.
Once the container was emptied, it could be taken off the truck – this was done by tying the container to a tree, disconnecting it from the truck bed, and then having the truck drive off, leaving the container to fall to the ground. A shady spot under a tree (that was previously used as an open-air ‘classroom’) has been chosen for the container.
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The villagers spent a week sorting all the items by type, and separating the clothing into men’s, women’s and children’s clothes
Distribution was organised and ran smoothly – people came in, small groups at a time, to collect an allocated number of items, beginning with the elderly men and women and working through other age groups of adults and families with children. Everyone got something.
Some celebratory dancing around the container. There was dancing every evening.
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Some youths playing soccer. Behind them, you can see where the houses are being rebuilt. The location of the village before the fire was on the higher slopes of the mountain, but they are rebuilding here in this location, with houses on the low slopes surrounding a flat valley area.
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It has arrived!
31 Jan

The container has arrived in Locaruk! We received word on January 18th that it had safely and successfully reached its final destination.
We will have more news and photos of the event for you once Arkangelo returns to Australia – communications are limited in the Lopit area.

Going to meet the container
15 Dec

At the end of November, Arkangelo from the Lopit community left Melbourne for Mombasa, Kenya, to meet the container on its arrival at port. Here he is saying goodbye to James. Arkangelo is facilitating the safe transport of the container from Mombasa, Kenya, to Locaruk, South Sudan. We are hoping it will arrive at the village in time for Christmas!

Off to sea
9 Dec

On October 30th, the container was loaded onto the ship Safmarine Mulanje to be transported by sea to port in Mombasa, Kenya. From there, it will be trucked overland to reach Locruk in South Sudan.
Photos below are from the MarineTraffic website, and show the ship on its way from Melbourne on Oct 30th, heading past Port Philip Heads. You can’t see our container in these pictures, but it’s there – safely stacked somewhere in the middle!

(copyright Graham Flett)

Onto the truck!
8 Dec

Finally, the time came for the container to depart St. Gerard’s, and begin its journey to Locaruk. On Monday 22nd Oct, the container was loaded onto a truck, farewelled by the school community, and taken to port. After many weeks of hard work and wonderful generosity, it was amazing to be at this stage and see how far we had come together. This project is a testament to what can be done when communities join together with a common goal of helping those who need it most. If we can achieve this now, just think of what more we can do later. This is just the start!

St. Gerard’s Day
7 Dec

On the weekend of Sat 20th and Sun 21st October, the container was a hive of activity. Sat 20th was the St. Gerard’s Day celebrations at the school, and also an opportunity for members of the project team and the school and parish community to gather, reflect, and mark the imminent departure of the container with a blessing and best wishes from all. The Lopit cross was loaded into the container, secured, and protected with a lovely handmade quilt presented by the school, and the doors were closed to the sounds of cheers, prayers, and songs by the children’s choir. Many enthusiastic members of the community also pitched in to add their own touches to the painting of the outside of the container, with rapidly evolving designs and colours. The artistry continued on Sun 21st, getting the container all ready to depart on the Monday.

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“GIVE ME FIVE” (St. Gerard’s motto): Be Respectful, Be Cooperative, Be Your Best, Be Positive, Be Spirit Filled

Some pictures from the final days of packing – as you can see, in front of the water tank we are now packing in bikes, school tables and chairs, more rice, filing cabinets, more clothing and shoes, and a Rota-Pota (this is inside the wheelie bin, which has been modified so it can be used as a mini water tank). The Rota-Pota is a hand-pumped water filtration system, able to output 40+ litres per hour of clean water, removing suspended solids, bacteria and parasites. The Rota-Pota was created by Howard Mendel and we are very grateful to Howard for offering one of these to be included in the shipment. The Rota-Pota is ideal for communities which have difficulties accessing clean and safe water, and particularly those where electric pumps are not an option. We look forward to seeing how this goes in Locaruk.

The container is currently travelling by sea to Africa, but your support is still needed in order to see it safely arrive.
There are many expenses still to meet, and many things still to be done. Please consider making a donation towards the project. Please consider purchasing some delicious Christmas goods. Please share this information with your friends and family.
Your support is much appreciated!
If you live in the Melbourne area, the ‘Ngeita’ women’s group would love to take your order for beautifully packaged Christmas cakes, puddings, shortbreads, melting moments, fruit mince pies, conserves and mixed Christmas slices and biscuits. We also cater for that special Christmas function – let us know what you need, and we can prepare it for you. We will make goods to order and to size to suit your needs.

Contact Jane and Victor on 0421 965 792

We value your support and also any helping hands that would like to join us.
Every Thursday, we gather to cook, sew, and garden at St. Gerard’s school and parish, and we welcome you to join us.

How can you help?
Join us to share your skills in cooking, gardening sewing and craft, as we set up the cottage industry to support the ongoing commitment we have all made to rebuild this village, its school, its church and its means to sustain itself. This will take time, but together with God’s grace we can do it.

The Golden Rule It’s Appeal and Power in Nigeria, & Holy Land

THE APPEAL

The Golden Rule directs all people to treat others as one wishes to be treated.
Surrounding Earth, it is the human ethic prescribed most universally in diverse traditions of religions, cultures, and philosophies.

The Golden Rule reveals a profound unity underlying the diversity of human experience.
It recommends personal decision-making based on humankind’s inextricable mutuality, interdependence, and reciprocity — one-ness..

THE POWER

==1== April 5th, 2014 — International Golden Rule Day — in northern Nigeria 33 Muslim and Christian religious, tribal, civil, and government administration leaders were invited to engage face-to-face.
To further elevate and embody Golden Rule Day 2014, the preferred Saturday venue was Bauchi State’s Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area (LGA) with its history of conflicted relationships — slaughter, dehumanization, massive property destruction.
This powerful Muslim-initiated Dialogue gathered together leading and outspoken Christian reverend fathers and Pastors, Islamic chief Imams and their deputies, traditional chiefs, leaders of youth and of women of the seven area tribes, and the Executive Chairman of Tafawa Balewa LGA.
The facilitator, Usman Mohammed Inuwa, represented Forward in Action for Conservation of Indigenous Species & Leadership (FACIS) and United Religions Initiative (URI).
Usman receives e-mail at Usman.Inuwa@gmail.com
Golden Rule posters and teaching curricula are available from Scarboro Missions, Toronto, Canada — https://www.scarboromissions.ca/Golden_rule/poster_order.php
Contact Paul McKenna at interfaith@scarboromissions.ca
SEE PHOTOS at:
Northern Nigeria Muslim-Christian
Golden Rule Day Reconciliation
Bauchi State — 05 April 2014
http://traubman.igc.org/nigeriadialoguegoldenrule.pdf

= = 2 = = Historic African Reconciliation is Golden for Ivory Coast Albinos

The same Saturday, April 5th, 2014, The Golden Rule ruled in Ivory Coast, another West African nation where adults and children with albinism have perpetually suffered exclusion and humiliation, and sometimes kidnapping and ritual sacrifice due to perpetuated religious and cultural practices.
But that Saturday in Bouake, northern Cote d’Ivoire, brought together in trust-building and face-to-face Dialogue the traditional heads and the albino community.
Listening to personal life stories and clarifying the medical condition and biological causes of albinism, traditional leaders and the general community establish personal, relationships with albino youth and adults while creating heart connections that helped humanize and dignify everyone.
This is among the brave, ongoing, citizen-driven tribal and cultural reconciliations being initiated and facilitated by Offuh James Offuh and a volunteer core team of the UFPACI — http://ufpacidialogue.net — an NGO based in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
Offuh gets e-mail at ufpaci@gmail.com
The larger Cote d’Ivoire peacebuilding story is at http://traubman.igc.org/vidnigeriaivorycoast.htm
SEE PHOTOS and NEWS VIDEO at:
Albino ~ Non-Albino Reconciliation Workshop
Bouake, northern Cote d’Ivoire — 05 April 2014
http://traubman.igc.org/vidnigeriaivorycoastalbino03.pdf

= = 3 = = Golden Middle East Moments:Close Encounters of the Unusual Kind

NEIGHBORS ENCOUNTER is a new, small experiment pairing Israeli Palestinian communities with Reform Jewish congregations to get to know and humanize one another.
Six Arab families and six Jewish families meet alternately in Jaljulya village and Jaffa.
These face-to-face meetings are simple yet unusual, flying in the face of of growing alienation and animosity between Jews and Arabs in Israel..
This is no small thing in an increasingly polarized country where at best, Israeli Palestinians and Jews — except for a tiny portion — never meet in any depth.
At worst, they fear and dread one another.
Leora Frucht, participant-journalist, described “an odd couple, these two middle-aged women—one in a black hijab and ankle-length dress, the other in tight-fitting jeans and colorful T-shirt—standing there in the middle of the room, locked in a tight embrace.”
“Later on, several people would point to that moment as the most jolting and unforgettable scene of the afternoon in Jaffa.
None of them could have been more astonished than I—the woman in the jeans and colorful T-shirt,” wrote Frucht.”
We soon found ourselves sitting in two rows in a large room, them on that side of the room, us on this side, staring at each other like teenagers at a school dance.
What, many of us wondered, could progressive Jews have in common with these dark-bearded men and these women in hijabs and drab ankle-length dresses?
My husband confessed that the sight of one woman, clad all in black, conjured up images of al-Qaeda.”
It was now clear to me why the organizers had hired mediators.
Left to our own devices, we might have taken one peek in the room and, like someone stepping into a bar for a blind date, just snuck right out.”
“I faced Futna, the one my husband had dubbed the al-Qaeda look-alike.
She began to tell me about Islam, while I explained to her what Reform Judaism was all about. ‘It sounds much like Islam,” she said to my surprise.'”
The women went on, surprisingly quickly growing familiar together like neighbors.
They spoke of fertility, childbirth, adoption, their shared humanity and bravery.
“I no longer noticed what she wore because I was too focused on what she was saying.
I was stunned by her openness and courage.
It turned out that I could understand this English teacher from Jaljulya—and she could understand me, a journalist from Modi’in—better than many friends and relatives who had known us for years.”
READ the powerful, instructive story of how walls fall, creating intimacy and community more easily than some people imagine.

MOTHERS
by Leora Eren Frucht
Hadassah Magazine — May 2014
http://www.hadassahmagazine.org/site/apps/nlnet/content.aspx?c=twI6LmN7IzF&b=6727195&ct=13857527

– – – – – “I believe that we can co-exist. Let’s go further now Than we’ve ever gone before.”
from Ring The Bells
by Melissa Etheridge and Salman Ahmad
3-1/2 min music video

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These and hundreds of other success stories are preserved at http://traubman.igc.org/messages.htm

We tend to be sexist so what to do about it?

Found this from Crosstalk:

Introduce policies that would bring about gender equality

People tend to internalize the things they learn from older generation, books, social norms and expectations that are seen to correspond with their sexes, which I believe, in turn lead to a vicious cycle of gender inequality in the society.

With the evolution of time, the way men and women today are perceived is certainly changing, especially amongst the younger generation. However, there still exists a socially created division that categorizes men and women as having distinct identities and social roles. Men and women are not only perceived to be different, but also unequal in terms of power, prestige, and social stature.

This disparity that has been ingrained in people’s mindset, I understand, is not going to be eradicated overnight. Nevertheless, we can start by not only educating people and introducing gender related topics in schools, but also enforcing policies in recruitment, and having equitable participation in every arena.

by [name withheld during decision period] 2014-06-06 06:25 # Discussion: UNA Gender Crosstalk Decision Period: Send a Message to Exec Dir UN Women Group: Crosstalk Group Subgroup: