|Interfaith Symposum on Peace, Ft Lauderdale, FL|
Peace Awareness Weekend
On Thursday, November 30, 2006, and Friday December 1, The Kriya Yoga Institute together with community partners presented two free public events focused on consciously creating peace in our lives and in the world.
On Thursday November 30, the Kriya Yoga Institute together with Florida International University’s Center for the Study of Spirituality presented a World Peace Conference in Miami, Florida. The theme of the conference was Peace is our Birthright: Creating a Unified Vision for World Peace. The event, held at the Koven Center at FIU, was free and open to the public.
On Friday December 1, the Kriya Yoga Institute and the Unity Church of Ft. Lauderdale presented an evening focused on Living Together in Community ~ Living Together in The World. The event was free and open to the public and began with a reception at 5:00 pm with food and refreshments followed by speakers at 6:00 p.m.
The purpose of both events was to promote peace and inter-cultural understanding through a non-political forum where recognized leaders in a variety of traditions could expound on their views to the challenge of creating a better world.
To achieve World Peace we must come to the realization that people everywhere long for the same harmony, and that peace first starts within ourselves. Bringing like-minded people together serves to create greater opportunities for dialogue and understanding to fulfill this purpose. The goal of the conferences was to provide awareness to the youth and general public on how to create peace in their lives, and how to extend that peace to their family, community, and the world.
Living Together in Community - Living Together in the World
Friday, December 1
This event was intended to create a dialogue in the community with renowned community leaders who combine practical life with higher aspirations about how can I, as an individual, create an environment of peace and harmony which will spread from my family to the world and furnish a stronger voice for positive change.
The speakers included Arun Gandhi, Rev. Roy Eugene Davis, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, Yogacharya Suresh Kodolikar, and Rev. Tita Calzada.
Behind the panelists, on the flower-decked altar, were pictures of their masters, Jesus, Mahatma Gandhi, Gurudev Hariharanandaji, and Paramahamsa Yoganandaji.
They all spoke on various aspects of harmony from individual to community, to the nation, to the world inspiring the large audience who filled the church to full capacity. The topics included:
Role of a Spiritual Institution in the Community in Creating Peace
Why a Spiritual Guide is Important in Life and in the Community
Be the Change You Want to See in the World
Peace is Your Birthright: Who are We?