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Never Give Up Hope
Elliot Gershenson, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

February, 2011

The Strength of Shared Beliefs

Tuesday Memo

February 8, 2011

Greetings!

I admit that I am not a big sports fan, but like most Americans I watched this past Sunday's Super Bowl.  It started with an amazing video featuring cancer-survivor Michael Douglas called "The Journey" which showcased the Super Bowl as a metaphor for what makes America great: Grit, ingenuity, determination and sacrifice.

 

That's about it.  Two teams representing old American towns that are struggling to make it back.  The message is sublime; never give up hope, keep fighting and work as a team.  Every team member in every sport knows that there will be highs and lows - and through shared effort and sacrifice anything is possible.

 

I am convinced that this is true.  With a little more self-sacrifice, beyond those made by our troops in harm's way, anything is possible here in America when we are called into action and come together.  I have faith in our collective spirit and I hope that our leaders have the courage to ask us to prove it.

 

  The Journey

  

Watch the video.  It inspired me; I hope it touches you too. 

 

 

 

Here are a few upcoming IM events I'd like to share with you:

 

  • The next Women's Spiritual Gathering is coming up on February 24th at the Jade Buddha Center.  Join other women for an educational presentation about Buddhist beliefs followed by a vegetarian meal and group discussion. Click here for more information and to register. 

 

  • Sacred Songs, Sacred Sites "OnSite/InSight" sponsored by IM and the Houston Arts Alliance is February 26th-27th. Explore the artistic and cultural traditions that make each worship experience unique through a series of visits to Houston area faith communities. Click here for more information and to register. 

 

  • The annual iFaith Youth Dinner Dialogues is March 3rd.  Teens ages 13-18 will come together for conversation, dinner and fun!  Click here for more information and to register. 

Talk to you in two weeks.

 

Elliot Gershenson

President and CEO

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston 

 

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