The Community of Reflection and Ecological Spirituality (CREE), is a response to the need to meet, know, reflect, share and grow together in a holistic spirituality. The CREE is a group of people from different countries of Latin America that we have convened through a chat by whatsapp for that purpose. It is made up of 50 people of different beliefs, different professions, and different nationalities. We can say that it is an intercultural, interreligious, interdisciplinary and international group. Through this space members can share reflections, photos, videos and links, which help in the formation and knowledge of different knowledge and spiritualities. Through this means we encourage respect and tolerances to other ways of believing and thinking. It is a space that promotes inclusion and diversity. We feel part of URI and we thank for the welcome that the Regional Coordinator Enoe Texier has given us and we believe that it is a new way of forming cooperation circles. In this group we participate people, catholic, evangelical, of the Bahai Faith, agnostics, atheists, and gnostics. One of the purposes we have is to hold a meeting in Quito, Ecuador, at the end of the year, to get to know each other and share the different experiences. We have chosen this city because of the centrality and the facilities it provides to the diverse people that would come from all Latin America. Our motto is: BELIEVE; CREATE AND GROW. Everyone is welcome. If you want to be part of this group you can contact me on the mobile: + 593-983363394 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Coordination of URI Latin America & the Caribbean, the members of the
Cooperation Circles of the region, the Luis Dolan Chair of Interreligious and
Intercultural Studies for Peace of the FACES, Central University of Venezuela,
we will reach our beloved Juan Pedro Pereira, Rector-Founder of Yacambú
University a warm and loving hug to accompany him in the recent loss of his
Ruth Medina de Pereira
May she rest in the Glory of God.
The Coordination of URI Latin America & the Caribbean, the members of the
Cooperation Circles of the region send our words of condolence to all the members of
the Inter-American Council on Indigenous Spirituality (CISEI) for the sensitive death of
Carlos Martinez Sarasola
Who left to the stars last night because of a heart attack.
May 31, 2018
50 th Anniversary of Denuclearization
April 27, 2018
Having been shaken into resolve because of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, most nations of the world signed an agreement at the United Nations on June 12, 1968, declaring “…the further goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament.” This is as close as the world gets to creating Holy Writ about banning a final apocalypse. The document is called “The Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).” Clearly, the leading nations of the world committed to denuclearization. 50 years ago!
So, downstream by half a century, how are we doing in living into the intent of the Non-Proliferation Treaty? Answer: We haven’t destroyed the planet, and the two big nuclear powers have seriously reduced the number of their warheads. At the same time, nuclear bluster and ever more powerful weapons have the world in high anxiety. Ultimately, we might consider the NPT to be a game of “bait and switch.”
For instance, last October, Vladimir Putin asked, “Does Russia want universal nuclear disarmament?” And he said that the “answer is yes.” A few months later, he announced that Russia now has a new generation of invincible new intercontinental ballistic missiles. In the United States, which espouses reduction and elimination of the weapons, President Trump vows to modernize America’s nuclear weapons to lead the pace of worldwide escalation. The NPT is the lofty “bait,” while real nuclear proliferation is the “switch.”
Whatever happened to the intent of denuclearization? To conforming to the commitment of the Non- Proliferation Treaty? Today, much of the world is breathless in its cry for a nuclear free Korean Peninsula and for dissuading Iran from possessing nuclear weapons. The word “denuclearization” has great meaning when applied to tiny threats but when applied to the existential threat of total annihilation of this world, denuclearization is a buried topic.
Will the Non-Proliferation Treaty hit the century mark in the year 2068 and achieve its goals or will the lust for nuclear supremacy thrust all living beings into oblivion? Here are four survival, NPT-type ways of thinking that will be necessary for our future.
First, we must develop a way of allowing global security to be prized above national security. Thermonuclear damage does not respect national borders. The only hope for the world is that the nuclear nations discover a genuine global vocation of nuclear restraint and cooperation. Denuclearization is security.
Second, we must learn to see the picture of our nuclear consequences. If we can’t picture the damage that we are threatening to unleash, then there is no hope of stopping it. Seeing the consequences on all humans, all animals, all the environment, all the beauty! Seeing is believing in denuclearization.
Third, we must take this personally, as citizens of a nuclear nation. “He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.” We, with nuclear buttons at our finger tips, are most likely to die of “friendly fire” from radiation that we produce, store, bury and transport around our country. Protecting our home requires denuclearization.
Fourth, we must learn to tell time. The earth has been free of nuclear weapons for 4.5 million years. At present, nuclear nations have not blown up the world in the past 73 years although we could have. We can either gamble on the track record of a nuclear free world or our track record of 73 years, and counting, of constant nuclear modernization. Denuclearization is about time.
June 12, 2018, is the 50th Anniversary of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. It is the hope of the world.
Motivational workshop on strategies and actions to implement and multiply a new culture of Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Venezuela
Caracas-Venezuela, April 5, 2018. Paz Activa, is a non-profit, non-profit civil association with no Venezuelan political and non-governmental affiliation, which since 1999 has been dedicated to the promotion of the human development of the population in the scope of social coexistence, as well as the creation of mechanisms and instances of participation for the peaceful resolution of conflicts. It is constituted by a multidisciplinary group of young professionals, who belong to for the Dialogue CC and the Luis Dolan Chair of FACES- UCV, who are dedicated to the study and analysis of citizen security.
This initiative has been carried out through different Training Workshops on Situational Crime Prevention, Technical Tables to strengthen capacities, Governance Projects, among others. This important Association is made up of three programs: the Organized Crime Observatory, the Road Safety Observatory and finally the Transitional Justice Initiative; the latter, since last February formed a group of sixty (60) people from different organizations of Venezuelan civil society -with professional experience in the area and multiplier effect- to carry out together with the Schools of Reconciliation and Forgiveness (ESPERE), an interesting and profitable motivational workshop on strategies and actions to implement and multiply a new culture of Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Venezuela, one of the most important assets in the constitution of social capital, necessary for the progress of the peoples in the globalized world.
Because Forgiveness and Reconciliation prevent and avoid retaliation or adjustment of accounts - the main factor in escalation of both interpersonal and collective violence - the ESPERE have built a whole methodological and pedagogical process, which has spread in 13 countries in Latin America and Africa, where participants reinterpret a painful event from their past, immediate or remote, to overcome the pain and feelings of resentment and revenge that limit the enjoyment of life. The objective of the training is to promote a political culture of Forgiveness and Reconciliation.
The first module of this wonderful Workshop "El Perdón", was held on February 23, 24 and 25, in a hotel located in Colonia Tovar (Aragua-Venezuela), headed by Dr. Luis Cedeño, Director of Paz Activa, Father Leonel Narváez, Director of the Foundation for Reconciliation, two (2) Colombian facilitators belonging to the Foundation for Reconciliation Lic. Luisa Galindo and Freddy Velandia, together with five (5) Consolata Missionaries of Venezuela.
The activity took place in days of 8 and 10 hours distributed in morning, afternoon and evening, where participants experienced different exercises related to making the decision to forgive and open up to reconciliation. The ESPERE program addresses situations of violence, its methodological strategy seeks that each participant takes an active role and passes from being the victim of an offense to being co-creator of his victory. The aim is to open dialogue spaces for the recovery of security in oneself and social security, of knowing oneself as a member of a network of relationships that have been fragmented by the aggressions of life.
This interactive and ludic course is made up of 12 work modules: 6 for forgiveness and 6 for reconciliation. Each module lasts approximately 4 hours. It is currently being developed in 19 countries and has worked with more than 2,200,000 people around the world. The participants are people who decide to live a strong experience of healing wounds-anger, resentment, pain, revenge, sadness-caused by the violence and conflicts of daily life. Undoubtedly, venturing into the "Forgiveness and Reconciliation", is an arduous task, that despite being studied scientifically, the training of ESPERE, has the particularity of approaching ourselves, listening to us and healing those wounds inside that we were not able to recognize; basically in this first part the participants learn to elaborate their rages, to transform the hatreds and resentments, to promote concrete actions that take it to acquire certain class of behaviors. It traps us in a magical way that encourages us to begin a phase of important changes in our own lives, in our environment, in our country: recover the meaning of life, the sense of security and belonging to the community, through the conceptual and methodological tools (increasingly improved), to work for Peace. For more information, access Paz Activa's website, through the following link: http://pazactiva.org.ve