i collect them. now i’ll keep them here.

To trace the history of a river.. is to trace the history of the soul, and the history of the mind descending and arising in the body.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~Lao-tzu

We can talk about ending war and we can march for ending war, we can do everything in our power,
but war is never going to end as long as our hearts are hardened against each other. ~Pema Chodron

Activism is being a voice for the voiceless, standing
up for the weak and the frail, engaging the human
spirit. I am an activist because being an activist
makes me feel alive.
~Anita Roddick, founder The Body Shop

You know what music is? Music is harmonic connection between all people. ~Robin Williams in “August Rush”

And in a world of diversity where all beings flourish, cultural diversity also flourishes. Peace replaces the ‘clash of civilizations,’ love replaces hatred, hope replaces hopelessness. ~Vandana Shiva

The longest journey is the journey inward, for he who has chosen his destiny has started upon his quest for the source of his being. – Dag Hammarsjkold

This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. ~ Rumi

We must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human modesty, and in human responsibility. Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness nothing will change for the better. ~Vaclav Havel

The time has come, the Walrus said. Perhaps things will become worse and then better. Perhaps there’s a small god up in heaven readying herself for us. Another world is not only possible, she’s on her way. Maybe many of us won’t be here to greet her, but on a quiet day, if I listen very carefully, I can hear her breathing. ~ Arundhati Roy

anything you see that’s wrong – say ‘i see you’ – it makes people very scared not because it’s very scary, it’s because they don’t like to be seen, they just like to act upon, and that is really the essence of power, isn’t it? to act upon the world and then be kind of surprised when it acts back. ~alix olson

Genuine compassion is unbiased. ~His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Inner refuge is refuge in ourselves, in our ultimate potential. When we recognize and nourish this potential, we have found the real meaning of refuge. ~Kathleen McDonald, “How to Meditate”

The divine test of a man’s worth is not his theology but his life. ~Morris Joseph, “Judaism as Creed and Life”

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. ~ Anne Frank

..Verily Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in their hearts. ~Quran (13:11)

But it isn’t necessary to be ‘anti-national’ to be deeply suspicious of all nationalism, to be anti-nationalism. Nationalism of one kind or another was the cause of most of the genocide of the twentieth century. ~Arundhati Roy

When independent- thinking people (and here I do not include the corporate media) begin to rally under flags, when writers, painters, musicians, film makers suspend their judgment and blindly yoke their art to the service of the “Nation,” it’s time for all of us to sit up and worry. ~Arundhati Roy

“The American Way of Life” is simply not sustainable. Because it doesn’t acknowledge that there is a world beyond America. ~Arundhati Roy

But fortunately, power has a shelf life. ~Arundhati Roy

The plague for the women couple was clearly ostracism. We all sank deeper and deeper on to our elbows as the evening wore on, listening to the story of their love. In 1976 some of us had not heard this information, and the women’s movement had not taken it in either. Perhaps this passionate discourse with women of the press this night would help change perceptions. ~E.M. Broner describing a first feminist Seder in New York

Mission of God challenges the powers of principalities both in the spiritual realm but also in the physical realm. We who are called to be people of God need to address the powers and principalities in the spiritual realm but also the physical realm of world structures and systems as well. ~Pastor Pieter Niemeyer

We have been called to bear witness to what God is doing within us and through us. it’s not a frightening thing, it’s not an alarming thing, it shouldn’t be something that causes anxiety or anxiousness. It’s just living in life the spirit. It’s just paying attention to what the spirit of God is doing within us. Nothing scary about that. God does not want to give us the spirit of fearfulness, but of confidence and of faith in what he’s doing. ~Pastor Pieter Niemeyer

The measure of any society is how it treats it’s weakest element. ~from a documentary about Skid Row in Los Angeles, CA.

God promises not to remove our darkness in the present, but to walk with us each step we take through it.  ~Rev. Paul Heins

Palestinians have been labeled as terrorists by the State of Israel and its friends so that Israel might seem right and justified in it’s actions against the Palestinians.  ~Niam Ateek

It is a tragic commentary on our broken world that so many people do not listen as carefully to the quiet voice of truth as they do the loud noise of bombs.  Many oppressed people have not been able to communicate grievances effectively except through acts of violence and terror.  ~Niam Ateek

A theology that does not grapple with present realities in their many dimensions and complexities will inevitably be condemned as to simplistic and irresponsible.  ~Niam Ateek

The things that make for peace is practicing a radical form of hospitality.  ~Pastor Pieter Niemeyer

Like Jesus, we should be greatly disturbed in spirit that so many are needlessly dying while war profiteers make millions on the weapons that do the killing.  To believe in Jesus as the resurrection and life means that we do not accept this way of the world.  We do not accept this way of violence, of retaliation, of revenge killings.  We refuse, however, to turn our anger into hatred.  We do not stand at the tomb of Lazarus and ask  “Who is responsible for this death?” that we might seek revenge. No, we stand at the tomb of Lazarus and ask “How do we remove the stone?”.   How do we let loose life and hope into our world, that death will not have the last word.  We believe that there is an alternative to an ‘eye for an eye’ and a ‘tooth for a tooth’ that is found in each of our traditions.  Life, greater than death.  Love, stronger than hate. Compassion, justice, and affirmation for our common humanity is the way of peace, and the will of God for our world. May it be, for the sake of the children, and for us all.   ~Pastor Dan Bryant

When push comes to shove, and the only worldly alternative is to use violence (properly justified by the evidence of course), Jesus does indeed die by the sword, but not because he picks one up. Even when faced with a painful, humiliating death, like a lamb he emphatically  refuses to pick up that sword.  ~Rev. Paul Heins

Scripture encourages us to make room in our lives for God to speak. This one is a toughie. We are programmed to be doers, to take action, to exert control, to be a leader. This can shape our prayer life. Quiet times with God can become really noisy times when we are thinking and talking and telling and teaching God, leaving very little time for God to tell and teach us. Scripture says “Be still, and know that I am God (Ps 46:10).” We need times of quiet, often. If we want to hear the voice of the shepherd, we need to set up habits of quiet listening.  ~Rev. Paul Heins

I am always just a little bit suspicious about those who sound as if they always have a direct line to the divine voice; as if they have a push to talk cell phone and God is always there to speak with them as clear as a bell. Many times, I find that the ones who always seem to know not only what God wants for them, but what God wants for everyone else, the church, this nation, and the local school board, etc, etc, etc. these are ones who can be very dangerous. ~Rev. Paul Heins

Thus, Jesus is angry not just that Lazarus has died, but that death and the ways of death are still so prevalent.  That the way of life found in God is still bound by the stone of the tomb.  And this is the way of Jesus that I believe that we are called to follow, the way to emulate:
•    To be angry that the terrorists target the innocent to die for their cause.
•    To be angry that the collateral damage of retaliatory attacks result in even more innocent deaths.
•    To be angry that Hamas celebrates the killing of innocent Jewish teenagers.
•    To be angry that the conditions in the West Bank and Gaza are intolerable, and in fact are a crime against humanity.
•    We should not just be angry, we should be outraged that our government has not done more to bring and end to this carnage.
•    We should be outraged that we cannot curb the proliferation of arms sales in abroad and at home.
•    We should be outraged of the dubious wars fought overseas while so many needs at home — for the uninsured, for our children, our schools, the homeless and hungry — remain unmet.  We should be outraged.   ~Pastor Dan Bryant

This love of God for the world does not withdraw from a reality into noble souls detached from the world, but experiences and suffers the reality of the world in the harshest possible fashion. The world takes out its rage on the body of Jesus Christ. But he, tormented, forgives the world its sins. Thus does reconciliation come about. ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Meditations on the Cross

“At the height of laughter the world is a kaliedscope of possibilities.” ~ Jane Houston

“Meaning exists neither in us, nor in the world, but in the dynamic relation of living in the world.” ~Etienne Wenger

“It’s about pure creativity, It’s about abandoning our inner critic, leaving our  inner editor at a day care center. It’s about seeing what comes out when we don’t worry our dreams into nothingness.” ~Grá Linnaea

“If we are to create a world without crime and terrorism, we must embrace the anger behind it all, to try to be kind to the marginalized people of the world rather than further marginalizing them with our unfounded fears of them.” ~Jacob Holdt

The pearl of justice is found in the heart of mercy. ~Catherine of Siena

God is all reality, but not all reality is God. ~Rabbi Moshe Cordovero, “Elima Rabbati”

Just remember — life is washable.  ~Dave Barnhart

The only dream worth having … is to dream that you will live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead … To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or to complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget  – Arundhati Roy, From her book, The Algebra of Infinite Justice

Wars arise from a failure to understand one another’s humanness. Instead of summit meetings, why not have families meet for a picnic and get to know each other while the children play together? ~His Holiness the Dalai Lama

I believe holy is what you do when there is nothing between your actions and the truth. ~Staceyann Chin, from “Feminist or a Womanist”

That blonde haired blue eyed Jesus in the Vatican ain’t right, that mother fucker was Jewish not white. Christ was a middle eastern rastaman who ate grapes in the company of prostitutes and drank wine more than he drank water. Born of the spirit the disciples loved him in the flesh. ~Staceyann Chin, from “Feminist or a Womanist”

היום בו נולדת הוא היום שבו החליט הקדוש ברוך הוא שהעולם אינו”
“.יכול להתקיים בלעדיך
ר’ נחמן מברסלוב-

“The day you were born was the day that G-d decided that the world could not exist without you.”
-Rebbe Nachman from Breslov

“I can’t help but wonder though, if maybe God is more present where people are desperate and devastated than He is in some some church services. When all is said and done, He does indeed, draw near to the broken hearted.” ~Becky Smith

“We must experiment with ways of love. We are trying, with Jewish people … by feelings and actions. We need to succeed. We need to live together. We are trying to be in good relations with all the partners, all the views.  The strongest weapon all over the world is love.”  ~Dr. Atallah, a Palestinian physician in Gaza

“My name is Jehovah, and I know the end from the beginning; therefore my hand shall be over thee.” Abraham 2:8 from the Latter Day Saint standard work “the Pearl of Great Price.”

“I have been loved, I have loved and I know that those who de-humanize their enemy are only doing so to themselves. Peace work is justice work is God’s work.” ~Suheir Hammad, from her poem “On the Brink of.. for Rachel Corrie”

“I am rarely influenced by someone yelling at my or acting like a jerk towards me. I don’t think I ever change my mind about something if it comes with an insult or hostility. Why does that seem to be the currency of exchange in so many instances these days? I’m going to work really hard to dial it back in my world and I hope you will, too.” ~vickie buenger, erin’s ma.

“We make the mistake of conflating all justice into retributive justice, where as there is something called restorative justice, and this is the option we have chosen. That there is justice, the perpetrators don’t get off scott free, they have to confess publicly in the full glare of television lights that they did those ghastly things, and that’s pretty tough.” ~Bishop Desmond Tutu, on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Committee.

“All wars are wars among thieves who are too cowardly to fight and who therefore induce the young manhood of the whole world to do the fighting for them.” ~Emma Goldman

“Anyone who thinks ending war is naive hasn’t put enough thought into it. What’s naive is to think that wars can continue and humanity will survive.” ~Paul Chappell