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

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Betty C.

About the Author Five years of training to become a Licensed Medical Technologist following a years of Nurse’s training at St. Francis Hospital in San Francisco. A failed nine-year marriage with two small daughters, she sought a Spiritual “Rebirth” and God answered “Equality”. After Seventeen years working in Medical Clinics and Hospitals, a Laboratory accident caused a near death experience and a weakened immune system. Unable to work in Hospitals left her free to work as a volunteer in Peace Vigils, that still go on today, Civil Rights, Farm Workers Unions, witnessing at the Vatican for an end to discrimination for the female half of God’s Image. websites :www.equality4peace.org; www.goldenrulefamily.org She is a Co-founding member of a non-profit Golden Rule Family and www.worldwidehumanrights.org