We talk of “inner peace”, “wishing peace of the holidays” and the painful “rest in peace”. But what does “peace” really mean?
Holidays may often serve at doorways to memories of the past and hopes for the future. We draw from rich experiences — both joyful and painful — celebrating those we love and remembering loved ones no longer with us.
Joining us this Saturday will be Donald Whipple Fox, former Executive Director of the Indigenous Theological Training Institute and prior to that the Multicultural Director for the East Metro American Cancer Society. Donald continues to serve as a consultant on multiculturalism and has led many trainings on fighting racism.
Our show will explore the challenges and joys of searching for and finding peace.
In conversation about this show — Donald shared with me, “So this season of thanks . . . is difficult because society wants individuals to smile and often deny our own feelings of sadness at this dark time of year.
Interesting enough, this morning at St. Mark’s, the procession for our first Sunday in Advent is in silence. There is no opening hymn sung because we are to reflect on the darkness and the stillness where potentiality arises, where life begins. So, it’s sad — with the expectation of joy to come.
This is why I think that our society’s rush from Halloween to Christmas with Thanksgiving taking a back seat to Black Friday is so detrimental to our society’s spiritual and mental health: it is like a hyperactive child on prozac who throws down what he has to get to the next thing that he wants.
So, we have a goodly amount of issues to talk about.”
To guide our show’s conversation, we will center much of our program on exploring “The True Peace” shared by Black Elk.
The True Peace
The first peace, which is the most important,
is that which comes within the souls of people
when they realize their relationship,
their oneness, with the universe and all its powers,
and when they realize that at the center
of the universe dwells Wakan-Taka (the Great Spirit),
and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this.
The second peace is that which is made between two individuals,
and the third is that which is made between two nations.
But above all you should understand that there can never
be peace between nations until there is known that true peace,
which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men.
Black Elk, Oglala Sioux & Spiritual Leader (1863 – 1950)
Join us on December 8th as we explore “The True Peace” and our quest for “Peace on Earth”.