Highlights from the 2018 Parliament
of the World's Religions
From left: TOU Executive Director Alison Van Dyk, Dr. Vandana Shiva,
TOU Board member Laxmi Shah, and TOU UN Representative  Grove Harris

The Temple of Understanding greatly enjoyed connecting with colleagues and friends at this year's  Parliament of the World's Religions . Some highlights:

Our colleague Joyce Dubensky of Tanenbaum has provided reflections on the Parliament of World Religions that include the full text of the plenary speech of Dr. P.L. DeSilva, Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies and Democracy (ISSD). His talk, entitled " Cultivation of Hatred" was offered as part of the Countering War, Hate, Violence Assembly. Dr. DeSilva   writes of "Pope Francis' condemnation of the sowing of hatred", and asks ,  "Aren't those who cultivate hate culpable?" and suggests "the leading armaments countries... be condemned as war profiteers." He concludes that "reconciliation, faith and ethical leadership is what is most URGENTLY needed." Read more >>

The Parliament of the World's Religions has posted short highlights of the Parliament, as well as 13 full live streamed videos of major plenaries on their Facebook page. Watch now >>

Watch for our December e-blast for a full report on TOU's presentations and activities at the Parliament.
TOU's Summer Student Internship:
June 27-July 26, 2019
2016 UN Internship: Student-Made Video
2016 UN Internship: Student-Made Video

A 4 1/2-week Intensive Internship for Students Ages 18+

Since 2005, the Temple of Understanding has implemented its commitment to education of youth by hosting a Summer Student Internship Program

The student interns are given passes to enable them to attend open meetings of the United Nations Security Council, the UN General Assembly, and various committees. This program launches their careers as global citizens who care about the humanitarian goals embraced by the UN. Students accepted into this program have the opportunity to meet with different missions and NGOs, pursue independent research, learn about different religions through visiting their houses of worship, and participate in community volunteer work.

The minimum age is 18. Applicants must be 18 years old by June 15, 2019 to participate in the program.

Please forward this notice to interested young people!
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Inspiration: A Brave and Startling Truth
Astrophysicist Janna Levin Reads Maya Angelou's Stunning Humanist Poem

For a final inspiration, we offer the written and spoken versions of the  poem on peacemaking,  "A Brave and Startling Truth ," which Maya Angelou composed for the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in 1995.

We, this people, on a small and lonely planet
Traveling through casual space
Past aloof stars, across the way of indifferent suns
To a destination where all signs tell us
It is possible and imperative that we learn
A brave and startling truth...


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