Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Tip: Listen to "How the Beatles Shook Up the BBC"

From Fresh Air: Listen to "How the Beatles Shook Up the BBC"

(The Thanksgiving Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

Honestly, listening to this just made me smile...

England got a lot more of The Beatles than Americans did during the group's formative years. Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs, including their own series, Pop Go the Beatles. They performed originals and covers and chatted with BBC hosts.
The Beatles: On Air-Live at the BBC Volume 2 has just been released. Kevin Howlett produced both that and the newly remastered reissue of the first volume, which was originally released in 1994. For reasons he explains to Fresh Air host Terry Gross, Howlett had to search for many of these recordings, and they weren't easy to find.
Howlett has written a new companion book called The Beatles: The BBC Archives, which includes transcriptions of the band's BBC radio and TV interviews as well as fascinating internal memos about the Beatles and their music.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Nov 27 Tip: TONIGHT: Join us for the Bobby Ellis Memorial Walk to End Hunger

TONIGHT: Join us for the Bobby Ellis Memorial Walk to End Hunger

(The November 27 Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

Thanksgiving eve, 7-8 pm
Plymouth Community Renewal Center
1626 West Chestnut in Louisville

Join us on the eve of Thanksgiving to show your support for the efforts of Dare to Care Food Bank to address hunger in our community.  Bring your whole family and take part in this 1/2 mile candlelight walk from the Plymouth Community Renewal Center to the spot near the corner of 21st & Muhammad Ali where 9-year old Bobby Ellis died from hunger on Thanksgiving eve in 1969.  Bobby's death brought the interfaith community together to fight hunger and led to the creation of Dare to Care Food Bank and the annual Louisville Hunger Walk.  
 This event is co-sponsored byInterfaith Paths to Peace
Dare to Care Food Bank,
The Plymouth Community Renewal Center.

Feel free to bring a donation (canned goods, cash or check) to help fight hunger! 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Nov 26 Tip: Listen to the Fresh Air Interview: FDR's Polio Wasn't a Secret: He Used It To His 'Advantage'

Listen to the Fresh Air Interview: FDR's  Polio Wasn't a Secret: He Used It To His 'Advantage''

(The November 26 Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

Americans remember Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the president who led the country through the Great Depression and World War II. He bolstered the nation's spirits with his confidence, strength and optimism, despite being crippled by polio, a disability that's largely invisible in photographs and newsreels of his presidency.
But historian James Tobin says, despite misimpressions to the contrary, Americans of Roosevelt's day were well-aware of his disability. In fact, Tobin says, Roosevelt's struggle to overcome his affliction was an important part of the personal narrative that fueled his political career.
Tobin tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies, "[Roosevelt] only discovered who he really was through the ordeal of polio. ... It gave him a kind of confidence in his own strength that perhaps no one can have until you're tested."
Roosevelt contracted polio at the age of 39, and Tobin's new book explores his battle with the illness and the ways it molded his character and influenced his rise in the Democratic Party. Tobin has written previous books about the Wright brothers and war correspondent Ernie Pyle. His new book is The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency.

Nov 25 Tip: Read JFK's Pulitzer Prize winning book "Profiles in Courage"

Read JFK's Pulitzer Prize winning book "Profiles in Courage"

(The November 25 Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

On this, the 50th anniversary of JFK's funeral and interment, honor his memory by reading his book,"Profiles in Courage."

John F. Kennedy had long been interested in the topic of political courage, beginning with his senior thesis at Harvard. The thesis, later published as Why England Slept, was a study of the failure of British political leaders in the 1930s to oppose popular resistance to rearming, leaving the country ill-prepared for World War II.
Kennedy’s election to the House in 1946 and the Senate in 1952 gave him personal experience in dealing with the conflicting pressures that legislators face. When Kennedy took a leave of absence from the Senate in 1954 to recover from back surgery, it gave him the opportunity to study the topic of political courage. The project resulted in the publication of Profiles in Courage, which focuses on the careers of eight Senators whom Kennedy felt had shown great courage under enormous pressure from their parties and their constituents. His own battles with physical pain and his experiences in World War II as a PT boat commander also gave him inspiration. Profiles in Courage, which Kennedy dedicated to his wife Jacqueline Kennedy, received the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1957. 
In the preface to Profiles in Courage, Senator Kennedy discusses the “problems of political courage in the face of constituent pressures, and the light shed on those problems by the lives of past statesmen.’’

He describes the three types of pressure faced by senators as pressure to be liked, pressure to be re-elected, and pressure of the constituency and interest groups.
John F. Kennedy explains that the book is about his admiration of the courage shown by elected leaders in the face of adverse factions like their electorates, popular opinion and political action committees that pull these elected men in different directions. He writes:

“This is a book about that most admirable of human virtues – courage. ‘Grace under pressure,’ Ernest Hemingway defined it.”

Other often quoted excerpts from President Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book include:

“The true democracy, living and growing and inspiring, puts its faith in the people – faith that the people will not simply elect men who will represent their views ably and faithfully, but also elect men who will exercise their conscientious judgment – faith that the people will not condemn those whose devotion to principle leads them to unpopular courses, but will reward courage, respect honor and ultimately recognize right.”

“In a democracy, every citizen, regardless of his interest in politics, “holds office”; every one of us is in a position of responsibility; and, in the final analysis, the kind of government we get depends upon how we fulfill those responsibilities. We, the people, are the boss, and we will get the kind of political leadership, be it good or bad, that we demand and deserve.”

“Without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men have lived.”

“A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.”

“In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience – the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men – each man must decide for himself the course he will follow. The stories of past courage can define that ingredient – they can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul.” 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Nov 24 Tip: Cosmic Origami and What we Don't Know

From "On Being": Cosmic Origami and What We Don't Know

(The November 24 Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

Parallel realities and the deep structure of space-time sound like science fiction. These are matters of real scientific inquiry. Lord Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and self-professed atheist who paints a fascinating picture of how we might be changed by what we do not yet know.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Nov 23 Tip: Listen to Jack Kornfield: "Becoming a Child of Spirit"

Via Sounds True, Listen to Jack Kornfield: "Becoming a Child of Spirit"

(The Nov 23 Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

The play of sunlight through leaves . . . the songs of the wind . . . the arc of a brush stroke on paper. To be awake, reflects Jack Kornfield, is to discover the beauty hidden in all things—and to express that beauty ourselves. “The thing that resonated with me most in Jack’s new program, Turn Toward the Beautiful: Creativity as a Path of Liberation,” says Sounds True producer Randy Roark, “is the realization that the greatest impediment to our creativity is the false sense of certainty we so often seek, our desire to ‘solve’ life like it’s a problem.” In this excerpt, Jack explores how we can reclaim our childlike attitude of wonder, attuning ourselves to the beauty that often passes us by unnoticed.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Nov 22 Tip: Attend Sunday's Concert of Voces Novae featuring original music by Harry Pickens

Attend Sunday's Concert of Voces Novae featuring original music by Harry Pickens

(The November 22 Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

I Go Among Trees
New music by Harry Pickens with lyrics based on Wendell Berry poetry
November 24, 2013, 3:00 PM
Church of the Ascension
4600 Lynnbrook Drive

Frank A. Heller, III - Executive and Artistic Director
William McConnell - Accompanist

Attention: Online ticket sales for our November 24th concert will close at 8:00 PM Eastern time on Saturday, November 23rd.  Tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of the concert after that time.  Thank you!
21st Season Concerts

Nov 21 Tip: Attend tonoght's exhibit opening for "Shining a Light" Working Together to End Violence Against Women

Attend tonoght's exhibit opening for "Shining a Light" Working Together to End Violence Against Women

(The November 21 Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

Please attend the opening reception for "Shining a Light" tonight, Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 6 pm at the Muhammad Ali Center. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Center, Menswork, and the Fund for the Arts.

To RSVP call Erin Herbert at 992-5341 or email her at 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Nov 20 Tip: Apply to be Part of Louisville's Healing Possible Quorum 100

Apply to be Part of Louisville's Healing Possible Quorum 100

(The November 20 Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

Application deadline for the Healing Possible Quorum: 100 Louisvillians for Change  
has been extended until December 1st. 

Does everybody in Louisville have an equal chance to enjoy good quality of life and health?
Regardless of your answer or perspective, we need diverse voices to be a part of the conversation!
We are looking for individuals who are committed to change, are problem solvers and critical thinkers, and who can provide an insight or unique perspective on the issue of institutional and structural racism. 

 For more information, to download an application, or to nominate someone, please visit our website at:

ABOUT THE PROJECT: This program will bring together 100 adults from across Louisville to look at how historical and present day institutional racism impacts individuals, communities and institutions in Metro Louisville. Once a month, we will gather in a curriculum-guided study circle format to explore critical issues around structural and institutional racism. Our goal is to develop sustainable actionable policies for change and healing and to help create a city where all of us have the chance to live a long, healthy life regardless of income, education, or ethnic background. Monthly gatherings start in January 2014 and continue through July 2014.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Nov 19 Tip: Today is the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address: Watch Ken Burns' video about the speech

Today is the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address: Watch Ken Burns' video about the speech

(The November 19 Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Nov 18 Tip: Find Freedom from Your Inner Critic

Jay Earley & Bonnie Weiss: Freedom from Your Inner Critic

(The November 18 Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

One of the most startling discoveries about our Inner Critics is that they are actually trying to help us. This is an amazing, powerful secret. In its own distorted, confused way, your Inner Critic is actually trying to help you. At first this may seem surprising, but once you get to know your Critic in a deeper way, you’ll come to understand why it is attacking you. It may be negative and harsh, but it is doing so in a distorted attempt to protect you from pain. As strange as it may seem, we have found this to be true over and over with hundreds of clients, and so have other Internal Family Systems Therapy therapists.
Your Inner Critic thinks that pushing and judging you will protect you from hurt and pain. It thinks that if it can get you to be a certain way—perfect, successful, cautious, nice, slim, outgoing, intellectual, macho, and so on—then you won’t be shamed or rejected, and you might even get approval from people who are important to you. It tries to get you to fit in by prescribing rules and then attacking you if you violate them. Even though attacking you actually backfires and causes you more suffering, your Inner Critic is doing what it thinks is best for you.
The good news is that because the Inner Critic actually has positive intentions, you don’t have to fight with it or overcome it. You don’t have to win a battle; you don’t have to get rid of it. Instead, you can discover what it thinks it’s doing for you and make a positive connection with it. You can offer it appreciation for its efforts, and it can begin to trust you. Knowing that your Critic’s heart is in the right place makes it possible to create a cooperative relationship with it and transform it into a valuable resource. This relationship makes an enormous difference in your internal landscape and sets the stage for deeper healing.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Nov 17 Tip: Celebrate with Peace Education this afternoon

Celebrate with Peace Education this afternoon

(The November 20 Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

Join Peace Education Today

Peace Education is celebrating not just 30 years of
giving youth more than a fighting a chance but 10 years with
Eileen Blanton as our Executive Director!

1:00 pm Presentation
2:00 pm Cooperative Games
3:00 pm Presentation Repeats

The Metro Louisville community is invited to join us for a celebration of not just Eileen's leadership but all the great folks who have helped her along the way.
"It's been 10 years since I became Director of Peace Ed and I want to say Thank You for supporting my growth as a leader as we strengthened Peace Ed's role in our community" said Eileen.
"I hope you'll come celebrate with me on Sunday, November 17th from
12:30 pm - 3:30 at Central Presbyterian Church 318 West Kentucky Street.  We'll have refreshments, games and recognitions

Friday, November 15, 2013

Nov 16 Tip: Help the Earth and Spirit Center Find an Executive Director

Help the Earth and Spirit Center Find an Executive Director

(The Nov. 16 Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

Job Announcement

Executive Director

The Passionist Earth & Spirit Center is accepting applications for a new position of Executive Director. The primary responsibility of this job is management of a vibrant and growing non-profit organization committed to cultivating connections to Earth and Spirit. Principal duties are organizational development, program marketing, fundraising, revenue and financial oversight, andstaff supervision. It is a full-time position with benefits. The complete job description and more information are available online at

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Nov 15 Tip: Register now for 3rd Thursday lunch program: Lessons from Mali and Beyond

Register now for 3rd Thursday lunch program: Lessons from Mali and Beyond

(The November 15 Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

Please join us at 11:30 am on Nov. 19 for this month's Third Thursday Luncheon Program co-sponsored by Interfaith Paths to Peace and the Louisville Chapter of Interfaith Paths to Peace.

Lessons from Mali and Beyond 
Good and Bad Development


Chris Harmer, Recent Peace Corps Volunteer
Chris Harmer is a retired engineer, a Quaker, an FOR Steering Committee member and a "twice returned" Peace Corps volunteer.  He will talk about his recent experiences in Mali and will share current research and his personal assessment of different aid/ development approaches.  Some change lives for the better, while others can entrench poverty, injustice and violence.  Focusing on our roles as planners, do-ers and donors, how can we improve the outcomes of projects we choose to support - at home and abroad?

Please email back now 
(Or call Cathy Ford at 458-1223

and reserve your spot for this month's Third Thursday Lunch.

Please try to make your reservation 
by 5 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Nov 13 Tip: Watch CBS video about Malala and her campaign for global education

Watch CBS video about Malala and her campaign for global education

(The November 13 Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

(CBS News) A year ago, Malala Yousafzai was recovering in a hospital bed after Pakistan's Taliban tried to kill her. Now, she is among the most famous girls in the world: a 16-year-old activist who still receives death threats from the Islamic extremist group.
On Monday, "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell spoke with Malala at Barnard College in New York.
A year ago, Yousafzai was shot on a school bus. The attack was ordered by Mullah Fazlullah -- who was just elected as the new leader of the Taliban in Pakistan.
Asked if the fact the man who targeted her is now head of the Taliban scares her, Yousafzai said: "I'm not scared of the Taliban at all. I might be afraid of ghosts and like dragons and those things, but I'm not afraid of the Taliban. ... If you kill someone, it shows that you are afraid of that person. So, why shall I be afraid of someone who is afraid of me already?"
It's that kind of determination that has won Yousafzai international praise and made her an unstoppable force in the fight for girls' education. Celebrities, politicians, and royals clamor for her company.
She says she even got an unheard of half-hour meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. It was there the 16-year-old girl raised one of the most sensitive issues in U.S.-Pakistani relations.
O'Donnell asked, "Is it true that when you spoke with President Obama, that you talked about your concern that drone attacks are fueling terrorism?"
Yousafzai said, "The first thing is that, it is true that when there's a drone attack those -- that the -- the terrorists are killed, it's true. But 500 and 5,000 more people rises against it and more terrorism occurs, and more -- more bomb blasts occurs. ... I think the best way to fight against terrorism is to do it through (a) peaceful way, not through war. Because I believe that a war can never be ended by a war."
O'Donnell said, "And you said that to President Obama?"
She replied, "Yes, of course."
Empowered by her experience, Yousafzai has decided to continue the fight for education from England, where her family moved after the attack. She started the Malala Fund (also @MalalaFund on Twitter), and hopes eventually to help the 60 million girls in the developing world with little access to education. The first project is underway: Sending 40 girls to school in the Swat Valley, where Yousafzai grew up.
Yousafzai said she wants to help millions of girls, adding, "but the thing is that, let's start from one and two and then go on."
O'Donnell said, "But because you were targeted, aren't there also now many girls who are scared to go to school that they will also be targeted?"
Yousafzai replied, "To be very honest, there might be few girls who would be scared, but the thing is that -- in the school bus, when I was shot, I fell down in the lap of my best friend, Moniba...and all the blood was just on her school clothes. And she could see me bleeding, and my other two friends as well, but Moniba, and all of the girls in the school bus, they are still going to school, they're not afraid."
Asked about the ban on her book in private schools in Pakistan, Yousafzai said, "I think that's a very small number of schools that has banned the book and there are millions who are buying it."
She said she doesn't think about the ban a lot.
"The first thing is that my message is education, and I hope that if I struggle for it, people would listen to it," she said.
Yousafzai certainly believes she can. The girl who once wanted to be a doctor now wants to be a world leader. When addressing the United Nations on her birthday in July, she wore the scarf of Pakistan's first, and so far, only female prime minister, Benazir Bhutto.
"When the children of Benazir Bhutto, they sent me her scarf, and when I saw it, I just -- I just tried to smell it and I tried to feel Benazir Bhutto, she -- because she was a great leader, and a woman leader," Yousafzai said. "And it shows us that a woman can be a prime minister."
Yousafzai said she wants to follow in the footsteps of Bhutto.
O'Donnell pointed out, "But Malala, you know Benazir Bhutto, she was assassinated. It's so dangerous."
Yousafzai replied, "The thing is that the Taliban had already targeted me, and I have seen that, and now it's like one of my experiences to see that. And I think that (if) one has to die, at the end, one dies. There's no one who has been living for centuries. So, the thing is that, our body is going to die, but the mission, and the campaign that we have, I want that to survive, and I want that to live forever. And for that reason, I will continue my work. And I'm not afraid of death."
O'Donnell added on "CTM" that Yousafzai will join forces with Queen Rania of Jordan for her next Malala Fund project. It's designed to help the more than one million Syrian refugee children.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Nov 14 Tip: Attend the Festival of Faiths on Thursday and Friday

Attend the Festival of Faiths on Thursday and Friday
(The November 14 Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

The Center for Interfaith Relations, in partnership with the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Bellarmine University, presents the

In keeping with the theme of the May 2013 Festival of Faiths, Sacred Silence: Pathway to Compassion, Fall Forum presentations will focus on compassion and common action that our community of many faiths can embrace. Specific issues will touch on urban ministries, wealth disparity and environmental sustainability.
Walk with us on the Pathway to Compassion!

Click here for more information 
and to register for events:


Thursday, November 14
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Greed as Violence: The Role of the Global Church in Addressing the Enduring Spiritual Crisis of Our Time
Caldwell Chapel
Louisville Presbyterian Theological SeminaryDr. Shanta Premawardhana
President of Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE)

Presented as part of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary's Edwards-Presler Lectures on Peace, Justice and Mission.

COST: FREE (Registration is recommended)

Thursday, November 14TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Cathedral of the Assumption

COST: FREE and open to all who wish to attend.

Thursday, November 14
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Problem of Wealth
Caldwell Chapel
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty
Associate Professor of Theology and Chair of the Department of Theology, Bellarmine University

Presented as part of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary's Edwards-Presler Lectures on Peace, Justice and Mission.

COST: FREE (Registration is recommended)

Friday, November 15
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Energy Independence Boom: A Call for Religious Leadership
Frazier Hall
Bellarmine University

What is Going on with the Energy Independence Boom?
Samuel Avery
Author, longtime social activist and owner of Avery and Sun Solar Energy Solutions

What does the Energy Independence Boom have to do with Faith?
Paul D. Simmons, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor of Medical Ethics, University of Louisville School of Medicine 

What Can We as Religious Leaders Do?
Sarah Lynn Cunningham
Licensed Environmental Engineer and Certified Environmental Educator

Presented in partnership with Sustainable Religious Lands Committee and Bellarmine University Campus Ministry.

COST: $25

Nov. 11 Tip: Tuesday evening attend "Nuclear Nightmares: Real Threats, Real Solutions"

Tuesday evening attend "Nuclear Nightmares: Real Threats, Real Solutions"

(The November 11 Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

"Nuclear Nightmares: Real Threats, Real Solutions"

presented by the World Affairs Council of  of Kentucky/Southern Indiana (WAC) 

       The World Affairs Council of Kentucky/Southern Indiana (WAC) will host the last presentation in their Fall Speaker Series on National Security  
Tuesday, Nov. 12th at 5:30 PM at the Downtown Louisville Marriott.

      The presentation is titled, "Nuclear Nightmares: Real Threats, Real Solutions," and will shed light on the opportunities and challenges that the United States currently faces, regarding global nuclear weapon threats. It will be presented by Joe Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund. The Ploughshares Fund  is a publicly supported global security foundation that funds, organizes and innovates projects that focus on the elimination of the threat of nuclear weapon use.

      Cirincione is the author of the book entitled "Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late," the producer of two DVDs, and a frequent commentator in the media. He has appeared in the films, "Countdown to Zero," and "Why We Fight." Cirincione serves on the Secretary of State's International Security Advisory Board and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

      Cirincione worked nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives on the professional staff of the Committee on Armed Service and the Committee on Government Operations. He formerly served as vice president for national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress.

      Cirincione will be selling his book, "Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late," at the event, or you can purchase the book directly on Amazon. A book signing will be held after the presentation.

      Tickets for the speaking event, at the Downtown Louisville Marriott on Nov. 12th, are $15 for WAC members and $25 for non-members. For college students, entry is free for this speaking event. Dinner with Cirincione will follow the speaking event at Vincenzo's restaurant, 150 S. 5th St in Louisville. Tickets for the dinner event, which includes the speaking event, are $60 for members and $70 for non-members. Tickets are available for purchase online at:

About The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana
      The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana (WAC) is the premier regional organization that enhances global economic and political awareness. Whether hosting visitors from abroad or organizing speaking events on current international topics, WAC provides opportunities to increase the global awareness of residents in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. For more information visit: , and follow us on Twitter @WorldAffairsKY.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Nov 10 Tip Listen to Karla McLaren on"The Art of Empathy"

Listen to Karla McLaren on "The Art of Empathy"

(The November 10 Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

What does it truly mean to have empathy? Can some of us be “hyper-empathic”? If empathy is something we feel we’re lacking, then how do we cultivate it? In this week’s episode of Insights at the Edge, Tami speaks with author and social science researcher Karla McLaren about the subject of her new book and audio learning program The Art of Empathy, including the six aspects of empathy that we can all learn to develop within ourselves in order to transform our relationships.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Nov 9 Tip: Read the poem "Primary Wonder" by Denise Levertov

Read the poem "Primary Wonder" by Denise Levertov
(The November 9 Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

Primary Wonder

by Denise Levertov
Days pass when I forget the mystery.
Problems insoluble and problems offering
their own ignored solutions
jostle for my attention, they crowd its antechamber
along with a host of diversions, my courtiers, wearing
their colored clothes; cap and bells.
And then
once more the quiet mystery
is present to me, the throng's clamor
recedes: the mystery
that there is anything, anything at all,
let alone cosmos, joy, memory, everything,
rather than void: and that, O Lord,
Creator, Hallowed One, You still,
hour by hour sustain it.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Nov 8 Tip: Attend next Thursday's first annual "Global Exchange Network & International Ball

Attend next Thursday's first annual "Global Exchange Network & International Ball"

(The November 8 Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

Join the first annual
United Louisville
Humanity Passport Project’s
“Global Exchange Network
& International Ball"

Thursday, November 14, 2013
6 pm at the Muhammad Ali Center
144 N. 6th-Louisdville, KY

For information or to register email

Inspired by the United Nations 65th Anniversary of UN DAY, we have embarked upon a yearlong engagement to match the United Nation's 193 member countries to Louisville's 125,000 international residents. In tribute to our diversity and status as global citizens, we are establishing seminars, fellowships, global mentor alliances, opportunities and exposure within the greater community, across the United States and abroad.   

Come and join The Humanity Passport Project family and the Global Exchange Network for dinner, stimulating dialogues and words of wisdom from our fellow neighbors throughout Kentuckiana and our special guest speaker:  the UN Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, the United Nations Development Program, and the Amnesty International USA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, the Honorable Danny Glover.

For general information contact:

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Nov 7 Tip: TONIGHT Attend "Seeds of Peace" Perspectives from Women of Faith

TONIGHT Attend "Seeds of Peace" Perspectives from Women of Faith

(The November 7 Compassionate Living Tip from Interfaith Paths to Peace)

Seeds ofPeace
In the Abrahamic Religions

"Perspectives from Women of Faith"

A Dinner & Discussion

6 pm Thursday, Nov. 7
Highland Baptist Church
(Corner of Grinstead Dr. and Cherokee Rd.) 


Rev. Nina Maples, Highland Baptist Church
Rabbi Gaylia R Rooks, The Temple
Heba Adwallah, Independent Muslims of Louisville

(Please note that Heba is filling in forHaleh Karimi who has had an unavoidable scheduling conflict)

Moderated by Anne Walter, The Earth and Spirit Center

Highland Baptist Church
(Corner of Grinstead & Cherokee Rd.)

Thursday, November 7
6 pm Chili Supper* (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options)
7 pm Panel Discussion

*$10 suggested donation with proceeds benefiting
Dare to Care Food Bank

Co-sponsored by:
Interfaith Paths to Peace
Highland Baptist Church
River Road Mosque & Islamic Cultural Center
The Temple (Congregation Adath Israel Brith Sholom)
Highlands Community Ministries

 For details call 214-7322