Renewed Civic Engagement Is the New Normal
All of us at the Temple of Understanding are heartened by the amazingly well-attended Women's March in DC and the hundreds of Sister Marches that occurred in cities in the US and internationally on January 21. 

TOU's Grove Harris attended the DC march. Click to see more photos:

After the March, What's Next?

We at the Temple see prayer, meditation, self-care, and change of consciousness as the foundations of just, sustainable action. If your faith calls you to an activist path, we recommend this excellent guide to effective organizing:

Activities at the United Nations
61st UN Commission on the Status of Women - March 13-24

Please join us in NYC for the upcoming Commission on the Status of Women! The Temple of  Understanding is offering sessions featuring our film Roots of Change: Food Sovereignty, Women and Eco-Justice

The first will share and gather input on reclaiming economics:

The second will explore trade issues:

Combating Anti-Muslim Hatred and Discrimination

Grove Harris represented the Temple of Understanding at this  High Level Forum  at the United Nations on January 17. One of the presenters was Eric W. Treene, Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. 

Grove took the opportunity to share Chicago Police Diversity Training Videos with Mr. Treene.  These online videos include an overarching one on Security, Diversity, Respect as well as brief videos on the following traditions:

UN Secretary General on Welcoming the Stranger

New UN Secretary General António Guterres has decades of experience in migration and refugee work. His resource " Welcoming the Stranger: Affirmations for Faith Leadersdraws upon principles and values of welcome that are deeply rooted in major religions including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. It is expected to be used worldwide to foster support for refugees and other people displaced in their communities.

Visionary Leadership
Not Right vs. Left -- Right vs. Wrong

Rev. William Barber's recent speech entitled "These times require a new language and a new fusion coalition" is a call for moral clarity. 

" Some things just aren't right versus left. They're right versus wrong.   If we're going to have a political Pentecost in America, we've got to reclaim moral and Constitutional language that helps people see what's really going on."    

Standing Together on Islamophobia, Climate, and Water

We stand with the Interfaith Center of New York, who offer ways to get involved in ending the restrictions on Muslims entering the US

We stand with the Parliament of the World's Religions in their call for Universal Rejection of Trump Censorship of climate science.

We stand with the water protectors at Standing Rock. Though the easement has been granted for the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, it's crucial to stay involved and aware of continuing opportunities to unite.

2017 TOU UN Summer Internship: Acceptances Pending

We are in awe of the candidates for our next UN Summer Internship program Supporting youth development and leadership is a source of pride and hope. Applicants for the 2017 program will receive their decision letters by February 20.


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