I frequently tell anyone who will listen, that this is the day of opportunity for those working for peace and unity in our fragmented and increasingly polarized society. Against the usual backdrop of ugliness, almost any demonstration of togetherness across the barriers that divide and separate us from oneanother is bound to shine forth as a candle in the darkness. Here is an example that is just full of implications-

Only about a dozen Jewish residents remain in Natchez, a city of about 16,400 best known for its elaborate plantation homes. As younger generations moved away, the congregation hasn’t had its own full-time rabbi since 1976.

With a circuit-riding rabbi visiting on this Friday night, about 80 Catholics, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Baptists and Methodists joined their Jewish neighbors and helped fill the wooden pews of the 105-year-old temple. Read more. . .

Rabbi Marshal Klaven reads Torah

Tony Blair Speaking at Westminster Cathedral -2008

Excellent Statement about people of Faith

Here is one of the best statements I have encountered speaking into the present public square from an unashamed perspective of faith. Though Mr.Blair is obviously speaking from his own faith tradition in one of its hallowed temples, I believe what he says is applicable to allĀ  faith traditions and is why he can promote a solidarity among such traditions as we face the challenges of our world. I posted this so it would be here at E4Unity to refer to in future blogs. Be sure to let me know what you thought as you listened to it.

I’ve already heard some comments reminding me that Tony is campaigning for the Presidency in the European Common Market.

A Related Post on E4Unity: “Why Does Faith Matter?”

Once again we are seeing that MUSIC has a universal language that can be a great unifying message across cultures, races, economic classes, and nationalities. On NPR this morning I heard about a project that I knew I had to google as soon as I could find time today. The amazing tool of the internet and YouTube to put together the talent that’s already out there is just amazing. See what you think about the project just getting started known as , “Playing for Change“”. A global movementĀ of peace through music.

Playing for CHANGE website