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Florence, Italy - Awakened World 2012
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 - 9/18/13
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.
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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:
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...
Rev. Patrick McCollum traveled to Thailand this February where he has been honored by Buddhists with the title: World Inner Peace Ambassador. Patrick was an honored guest at a gathering of over 150,000 Buddhist monks from around the world at the Dhammakaya temple in the Pathumtani Province. His trip will included spiritual meditation, sharing of Pagan ritual and practices, and meetings with Buddhist Lamas to work together on world peace. Read More
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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Patrick wrote an article that was a cover feature for the "Keeping the Faith" issue of American Jails Magazine. The article, titled Religious Issues in Jails.
Here is the article:
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!
Patrick receiving The Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Pluralism awarded at the capitol in Washington, DC by the Hindu American Foundation.
Official Statement from Patrick on Ninth Circuit Ruling
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