Joy to the World: Chair of URI North America Shares Holiday Greetings

Joy to the World! Joy to you and your families and friends!

As I sit with these words, I reflect on how much joy it gives me as a person and as the Chair of the North America Region to say these words to you! You are making the difference in our world in this time of great change. So, I say thank you for your caring and thoughtfulness!

In a compilation of Interfaith Dialogue Quotations sent to me by Paul McKenna, one of the quotes was by Cuban-American author, Anais Nin (1903-1971):

“Each friend represents a world to us, a world possibly not born until he or she arrives, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.’

It seems that what Nin is saying here is that friendship serves to awaken the many potentialities within us as human beings. One thing that is common and vital to both friendship and interfaith dialogue is relationships. Accordingly, can we not say – inspired by Anais Nin – that ‘each religion represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until we encounter that religion, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.’ Each religion we encounter has the capacity to awaken us to new potentialities within us, both as religious individuals and as religious traditions.

Another quote shared by McKenna is a Native American Proverb:

“Listen, or your tongues will keep you deaf.”

Douglas Steere said:

“To ‘listen’, another’s soul into a condition of disclosure and discovery may be almost the greatest service that any human being performs for another.”

As we go into this time of celebration and of family, I wish that each of you would have the opportunity to apply these words and to take care of yourself!

Loving you out loud and on purpose,

Ardey Turner
Chair, Leadership Council of the United Religions Initiative North America
Circle of Healers, URI Multiregion Cooperation Circle
Reiki Master, Healer, Teacher
559-277-0730, cell 510-932-2724
Fresno, CA, USA

P.s. In our most recent newsletter, we shared resources for entering into difficult conversations at the holidays. I encourage you to check them out at this link.