Welcome To our Global Peace Family!
Rev. Dr. Dee A. and Susan A. Hahn
Church Office: 157 W. Elkhorn Ave.
Estes Park, Colorado
Mailing Address: 606 County Rd. 84, W.
Allenspark, CO 80510
“Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.”
Today’s New International Version Matt. 5:9
“Peace and love and joy are tied to each other. If you are longing for peace in your life, you probably will realize that you are not expressing joy or love at high levels either. If you can feel and understand the sensation of expressing all three qualities at a high level, you are in tune, or in the flow, or experiencing your unity with me. You are God in expression. God is good. God is joy and peace and love. You are good in expression. You are joy and peace and love in expression. Accept this reality. Live it and enjoy it.” Lessons From The Source, Jack Armstrong
At Hidden Valley Peace Church, we teach practical applications of universal principles toward a life of joy, prosperity, and fulfillment. And we believe in our ability to express the divine potential within each of us through compassion, patience, forgiveness, acceptance, and love.
We celebrate our oneness with God, our connection with the wisdom of many spiritual cultures and beliefs, and our presence in one of Earth’s most beautiful and spiritual places. Please join us in our celebration, as we experience the blessings of life together as a grand and wonderful spiritual adventure.
It is not the objective proof of God’s existence that we want but the experience of God’s presence. That is the miracle we are really after, and that is also, I think, the miracle that we really get.
– Frederick Buechner
– Frederick Buechner
Individuals, small groups,and congregations are invited to join the National Registry of Peace Churches. http://www.ecapc.org/
|NCC welcomes Obama Cairo speech,
calls for continued dialogue with Muslims
New York, June 4, 2009 – Senior staff of the National Council of Churches praised President Obama’s address to the Muslim world today, and renewed the Council’s commitment to friendship and dialogue with Muslim people of faith.
The Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, NCC General Secretary, and Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, Senior Program Director for Interfaith Relations, said they were gratified by the President’s declaration in Cairo that Muslims share with all Americans common principles of “justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”
In a letter to Dr. Ingrid Mattson, President of the Islamic Society of North America, and Dr. Sayyid Syeed, ISNA’s national director of interfaith and community alliances, the NCC leaders said they were “moved to contact you old friends to express a similar recommitment to friendship and dialogue.”
“The 35 member communions of the National Council of Churches, representing millions whose devotion to God is expressed through their faith in Jesus Christ, have long recognized the commonalities we share as children of Abraham with Muslims and Jews,” the NCC letter said. “As President Obama said today, God’s vision is that the people of the world can live together in peace. Allow us to respond by declaring that we share his view, and we echo his sense of calling: ‘Now, that must be our work here on earth.’
The text of the letter:
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Once Again, Fear Not
On December 23 I wrote a meditation here titled “Fear Not.” The recent political and media frenzy over the attempt to sabotage a plane reminds us why Jesus repeatedly warned us not to be driven by fear.
Jesus knew that people driven by fear do not make good decisions, and it goes without saying, are not happy. The angels who announced the birth of Jesus with the words “Do not be afraid!” went on to give reason for not being afraid. It is well for us, having just come through another Advent and Christmas season, to reflect on this counsel to live above fear.
People driven by fear are easy targets for political and military demagogues. Leaders who obtain power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace know how to use current events to further their agenda. We live in a nation which has accepted irrational militarism, nuclear terrorism, permanent war, and arbitrary arrest, imprisonment and torture as the “price of freedom” or “the American way of life,” (a slippery thing mainly defined by greed and unwarranted claims on the resources of the earth). “Incidents” of “threat” are needed, and skillfully exploited, to sustain public support for irrational militarism, nuclear terrorism, permanent war and arbitrary arrest.
One commentator gave us some useful reflections on fears of terrorism (oh, not ours, but theirs) this week, and I commend the article to you. Read “The Degrading Effects of Terrorism Fears” by Glenn Greenwald at