5th Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City


From October 15-19, 2015 some 10,000 devotees of 50 faith traditions from 80 countries are expected to fill the halls of the convention facility for the largest interfaith event in the world in Salt Lake City, Utah. Previous host cities for the event have included Chicago; Cape Town, South Africa; Barcelona; and Melbourne, Australia. This year, the fifth parliament since its first appearance more than 120 years ago in 1893 will be held in the city that is headquarters to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Parliament is coming here because we’re open to all people, to all religions, all faiths,” said Imam Mujahid, chairman of the parliament’s board of trustees and the first Muslim to be elected to the position. Some 7,500 people have already registered for the event. Among the featured speakers are two Nobel Peace Prize winners, former Costa Rican president Oscar Arias Sanchez and peace activist and native of Northern Ireland Mairead Maguire, co-founder of Peace People. Other planned speakers include world-renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall; Chief Arvol Lookinghorse, spiritual leader of all three branches of the Sioux tribe; Utah native Terry Tempest Williams, author, conservationist and activist; and the Rev. Jim Wallis, founder and editor of Sojourners magazine. While some people attend the parliament to hear from global leaders and participate in dialogue with people of other faith traditions, the agenda also includes training sessions for people who lead interfaith groups or coalitions in their own communities or countries, Imam Mujahid said.

Water on Mars?


Dark, narrow streaks on Martian slopes such as these at Hale Crater are inferred to be formed by seasonal flow of water on contemporary Mars. The streaks are roughly the length of a football field. The imaging and topographical information in this processed, false-color view come from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. These dark features on the slopes are called “recurring slope lineae” or RSL. Planetary scientists using observations with the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer on the same orbiter detected hydrated salts on these slopes at Hale Crater, corroborating the hypothesis that the streaks are formed by briny liquid water. The image was produced by first creating a 3-D computer model (a digital terrain map) of the area based on stereo information from two HiRISE observations, and then draping a false-color image over the land-shape model. The vertical dimension is exaggerated by a factor of 1.5 compared to horizontal dimensions. The camera records brightness in three wavelength bands: infrared, red and blue-green. The draped image is one product from HiRISE observation ESP_03070_1440.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Today is “International Day For Gratitude”

World Gratitude1993-01-xxPhilippinesCebu_sri-chinmoy-medi Day is celebrated annually on the 21st of September, encouraging individuals and organizations to celebrate the broad meaning of gratitude. From the perspective of Humanism, gratitude is a ubiquitous human emotion or state of awareness shared by those of all faith and non-faith perspectives; the habit of routine thoughtfulness and mindful living includes creating meaningful, personal traditions to honor others and ourselves.

The celebration began in 1965 in Hawaii at a Thanksgiving dinner for the United Nations Meditation Group hosted by its director, Sri Chinmoy. He proposed a globally unifying holiday to formally express gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things to be found around the world. Each attendee pledged to hold a gratitude gathering each September 21 in their own country. The United Nations Meditation Group formally celebrated World Gratitude Day on September 21, 1977 at the New York Headquarters where Sri Chinmoy was honored for his work. Since its beginnings World Gratitude Day has been observed in many countries around the world.

The awareness of the benefits of having time in one’s life for gratitude, appreciation, and positive reflection have become increasingly apparent. The hope of the founders of Gratitude Day is that by taking time, one day a year, to reflect on the many amazing things we have in our lives, it would positively impact our well-being and make us happier, more contended people.

Source: beorlando.wordpress.com/tag/world-gratitude-day/


Artwork entitled “Gratitude” by janosh.com

Russia and Hungary don’t want GMO-Food

At the same time that Monsanto’s corruption is infiltrating every corner of U.S. academia, government regulators and corporate-controlled media, Russia has just announced a total ban on the cultivation of GMO crops. “A senior Russian government member told reporters the cabinet decided that any food production in the country will completely exclude any genetically-modified organisms or parts thereof,” reports RT.com: According to official statistics the share of GMO in the Russian food industry has declined from 12 percent to just 0.01 percent over the past 10 years, and currently there are just 57 registered food products containing GMO in the country. The law ordering obligatory state registration of GMO products that might contact with the environment will come into force in mid-2017.” This puts Russia in a powerful position of producing nearly 100% non-GMO foods for both domestic consumption and export. By the way, most consumers around the world, when given a choice, prefer to eat non-GMO foods.

Hungary is also working hard to produce GMO-free food products for its own people. As reported on GMO.news: Hungary’s Ministry of Agriculture believes that keeping Hungarian agriculture GMO-free is a matter of “extremely high strategic importance.” In fact, Hungary’s Constitution states that: Hungary shall promote the effective application of the right referred to in Paragraph (1) by an agriculture free of genetically modified organisms, by ensuring access to healthy food and drinking water, by organising safety at work and healthcare provision, by supporting sports and regular physical exercise, as well as by ensuring the protection of the environment.

19 – 21 September: World Peace Weekend


Please join September 19th-21st for the World Peace Weekend.   Hundreds of organizations are hosting marches, musical celebrations, & meditations around the world. There will be a Global Synchronized Inner-Peace Broadcast at 5:00 pm PST / 12:00 Midnight GMT on September 19th hosted by BeThePeace.   Then, on Sunday September 20th, there will be a wave of live events at 12:00 Noon in your time zone.  We invite you to organize a meditation, prayer, or ceremony in your native tradition.  Millions of us around the world will focus on creating a foundation of inner peace as the first step towards World Peace. On Monday, September 21st, we invite you to take peace into the world.  Forgive someone in your life, bring peace into your workplace, or organize a peace project.  You choose how you want to create peace into the world. We’re here to support you.  Sign up to our mailing list and you will receive guidance and resources for organizing an event in your city or individual action steps you can take to create more peace in your life and on our planet. Together, as one human family, we will accomplish peace on earth.   It may take a generation but we now have the tools, the knowledge, and the will to make it happen.  One step at a time.  We will accomplish our goal. We appreciate you joining us on this mission.   Please let us know how we can support you.


Violin Concerto in G by Alma Deutscher

Violin Concerto in G by Alma Deutscher (born 2005 !) – III Allegreo vivace e scherzando. She also plays the first violin. And this is her channel on YouTube.

Vegan ultrarunner Scott Jurek: Appalachian Trial in 46 days!


Nearly every sport has a professional athlete who consumes the vegan diet in order to fuel their body.  Female, UFC and Olympic Judo medalist, Rhonda Rousey, has found benefits from the vegan diet.  In wrestling, Chris Campbell; football, Adrian Foster; in tennis, Venus Williams; and in Soccer, Kara Lang.  The plant-based diet is beginning to find fans in athletes across the sports world.

Vegan protein shakes and plant-based proteins make it easier for vegan athletes to get adequate protein

Most people concern themselves with protein and wonder how a vegan athlete is able to get the protein that they need.  Protein helps build lean muscle, supports the immune system, and maintains nitrogen balance.  The protein needs in athletes are higher than the rest of society.  The good news is that there are lots of plant based and vegetable based proteins.  Numerous shake companies are also creating vegan protein shakes that can be of help to vegan athletes. Ultrarunner, Scott Jurek, is not only vegan, but runs incredibly long races.  Most recently, he ran the entire Appalachian Trial in 46 days, eight hours and seven minutes – breaking the speed record by over three hours!  On top of his incredible athletic ability, he is an accomplished cook and has shared his story and favorite recipes in his book, Eat and Run.

Vegan ultrarunner, Scott Jurek, ran Appalachian Trail in 46 days!

Jurek reports that he exercises in the morning before breakfast, unless he is doing a six to eight hour run that day.  He does not start his day out with a cup of coffee, but instead opts for tea or yerba mate.  For breakfast, he has a green drink or smoothie, using: barley grass, kale, arugula, spinach, spirulina or chlorella.  If he is preparing a smoothie, Jurek ads fruit in order to replenish his body with healthy carbohydrates. He finishes his blended drink with rice or pea protein powder, plus coconut oil or avocado. In training, Jurek claims that he needs to eat 5,000-6,000 calories a day.  He explains that as an ultrarunner, he cannot get by with using the gels, and has to eat while running.  On his long races, he gets to see the shocked faces of people seeing him eat a burrito, while keeping up a brisk seven or eight minute mile pace. When running the Appalachian Trail, Jurek was on the trail for 13 to 14 hours a day, and then towards the end of the race, he increased his running to 16 to 18 hours a day, sometimes even 20.  During this time, he was in-taking 7,000 calories per day.  Foods that he consumed on the trial were Clif products, sandwiches, toast with olive oil, hash browns or home fries from a local diner, pasta with olive oil, and vegan sausage and coconut milk ice cream.

Jurek was on the trail 13 to 20 hours a day per day and consumed 7,000 calories of vegan food in order to fuel his journey!

Jurek reported that he lost 20 lbs during his time on the trail.  Even though he consumed a lot of calories, his body was sleep deprived and his metabolism was racing.  He reported that one family brought him fresh fruit and meat substitutes while on the trail.  Another person met him on the trail with cinnamon rolls and caramel rolls from Vegan Treats.  Another individual hiked three miles up the trail to bring Jurek avocado maki and vegan pizza.

Jurek reported that he lost 20 lbs during his time on the trail.  Even though he consumed a lot of calories, his body was sleep deprived and his metabolism was racing.  He reported that one family brought him fresh fruit and meat substitutes while on the trail.  Another person met him on the trail with cinnamon rolls and caramel rolls from Vegan Treats.  Another individual hiked three miles up the trail to bring Jurek avocado maki and vegan pizza.

SOURCE: http://news.therawfoodworld.com


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