Posted by: smstrouse | October 16, 2015

Parliament of the World’s Religions: Day 2

A full day!  First: got my free birthday latte from the Starbucks near the hotel. Then on to the Salt Palace. I decided to walk the labyrinth and focus on what I needed to be open to receiving or learning today. Felt a huge rush of gratitude for being here.

IMG_0542Then – checked in with the Buddhists to see their progress on the sand mandala.
Next, off to a panel discussion on sacred text interpretation from women’s perspectives. The four panelists were from Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions. The presentations were fascinating but the allotted time was way too short. No time for Q&A and I had lots of Qs.
Lunch was at the Langar, which is the daily, free meal IMG_0539prepared and
served by the Sikh community. After removing our shoes and having our heads covered, Linda Crawford and I sat on the floor with hundreds of others and were served a delicious vegetarian meal.
I had planned to go next to Matthew Fox’s Cosmic Mass. But when I got there, I found that it was full up. I couldn’t get in.  But no matter. I discovered a Hare Krishna group in the exhibition hall and had a great time singing and dancing with them.
And check out these adorable young dervishes who performed later in the afternoon.IMG_0559
Lots and lots of meet-ups with old friends and new in the hallways and the exhibition centers. In some ways, that’s the best part. What a privilege it is to be part of this extraordinary gathering!

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