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World Peace Concert at Lake Tahoe - September 7th
International Day of Peace - United Nations NY, NY September - Sept. 21st
International Vigil for Peace - Central Park, NY Sept 21st
Nobel Peace Laureates Kick Off Gala, Atlanta, GA September 27th - Featuring The World Peace Violin
Keynote speaker at the International Festival on Yoga and Spirituality -India
School of Management Sciences in Veranasi India
Updates - United Nations
Amman, Jordan- Transforming Conflict
Nepal Trip- Humanitarian Mission
Speech from The World Forum of Spiritual Culture, Kazakhstan
Promoting diversity through the sacred
Patrick was inspired by the Great Mother to promote a sacred planetary vision that respects religious diversity and advances pluralism.
Patrick is dedicated to being a warrior for human rights, social justice, pluralism and world peace. Through religion and spirituality he is bringing a new message of planetary consciousness on a global level that will alert the world to the sacredness of our connection with Divinity and with each other.
As humans we all share the same needs. We ask that you look past your cultural upbringing and have an acceptance and a willingness to understand other cultural beliefs. We often see only differences between people, even when they are from the same communities. Our human brains seek to segregate and classify everything to make sense of our world. But when we can focus on what we have in common and look to the underlying similarities in cultural practices, we can connect on the level as members of a large global family. Tolerance and compassion for differences between people may lead us to understanding one another, a new way of looking at life, and a vision that brings us closer to world peace. Join us on our quest for the tolerance and compassion of these differences and holding the planet and everyone sacred.
Changing the Narrative:
How changing the story we all tell ourselves can contribute to Human Rights, Social Justice, Pluralism, and ultimately...World Peace.
We live in both precarious and magical times. While on one hand the Earth and all her inhabitants are in crisis, on the other, our level of comfort, availability to combat disease, and our understanding of the world we live in has risen exponentially. Read more...
The passing of Shri Mohanlal Jain
On the 24th of the last month, Shri Mohanlal Jain, Founder of ANUVIBHA and many other institutions passed. The revered 95 year old Jain Saint served over seven decades in the service of humanity.
Shri Mohanlal Jain was a peace visionary and played a part in the independence of India. He will be greatly missed.
International Peace Day -
Patrick arrived at the United Nations to kick off the International Day of Peace. He will be escorting a group of refugee youth to participate in a peace ceremony and holding meetings with several prominent persons and UN officials.
Rev. Patrick McCollum meets with prominent Middle Eastern leaders and participates in Arab – Israeli dialogues toward peace in Palestine and the Middle East.
Rev. McCollum & His Excellency, Taher Al Masri
July 27, 2011 Amman, Jordan:
Rev. Patrick McCollum had the rare opportunity to meet with His Excellency, Taher Al Masri, President of the Jordanian Senate and former Jordanian Prime Minister at his home in Amman, Jordan. The meeting took place at the end of week long dialogues with youth and adults from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and other countries, for which Patrick served as one of the speakers and dialogue facilitators. Read more...
Scarlet Rivera Playing The World Peace Violin
Patrick & Ram Dass Present At A Conference
In March Patrick presented at The Life, Death, Near Death and Beyond conference in Maui.
Kumbh Mela - 2013
Photo taken from the press boat on the Ganges as we began the Aarti with the Saints.
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When Chaplain Evelyn Vigil entered the Santa Clara County Jail in San Jose, California, on Thursday, she escorted a Vietnamese Buddhist nun to see a woman who spoke very little English and who had asked to see someone of her faith. Following that, Chaplain Vigil also met and prayed with several men of various Christian denominations. When prayers were finished, she then escorted an Asatru Priestess to see
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Update: This issue just received the Apex Award for Journalism, the top award for a print magazine in 2013!
Official Statement from Patrick on Ninth Circuit Ruling
“The employment discrimination ruling is especially disturbing and is one that all religious people should be worried about, not only Pagans. It creates precedent that gives the state the power to discriminate on the basis of religion for chaplain jobs, for example chaplains in prisons, hospitals, the veterans’ administration, and the military. The court ruled that the state could choose to prefer some religions over others, even when (as the defendants in my case admitted and the court noted) those religions are chosen for no reason at all – are not based on any criteria. Read more here...
Five State Sanctioned Faiths Policy
In 2009, Reverend McCollum made history, by receiving support from a vast interfaith contingency who signed on to an Amicus Brief for the United States Court of Appeals, supporting his challenge to the state of California'a infamous Five State Sanctioned Faiths Policy. Read more