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Peace Together walks together for interfaith harmony

downloadPeace Together, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, held their second annual Walk on November 2, starting at The Colleyville Masjid and ending at Congregation Beth Israel, also in Colleyville.

Peace Together is an inclusive interfaith organization based in Tarrant Country, whose mission is to build relationships among people of all beliefs, cultures, and backgrounds. The Peace Together Walk is a public activity and event that encourages people to put this into action by linking individuals from diverse communities with a public walk designed to build and strengthen relationships between member organizations and the general public.

Attendees from all faiths, religions and even those absent of religion, gathered together to fellowship with each other and to promote the idea that people from all (or no) religions CAN come together for the bigger picture and benefit the community with interfaith peace.

Folks wearing hijabs ate with folks wearing yarmulkes, as well as others who had no outside indication of their faith. There were also several atheists present, as Peace Together has no restrictions about who may attend the Walk. Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker gave a tour of the Beth Israel synagogue and explained the items on the altar to the people in attendance.

Peace Together was founded in 2017 by Howard Rosenthal, a resident of Southlake.

“In August of 2017, there were some horrible things that happened in Charlottesville, VA. I became very disturbed by what I saw there. I saw people marching and carrying torches, wearing Swastikas, yelling out anti – Semitic and anti-Muslim lines,” Rosenthal said. “I just felt like maybe, in society, there was some kind of turning point. I had no idea what to do, but I just felt horrible. I started thinking that there must be something that folks, such as the people you see out here today, could do,” he said.

“And so I started talking to people and meeting with people from different institutions, some religious, from the Grapevine, Southlake and Colleyville areas, but I also met with some with no religious ties whatsoever, including Humanists, Free-Thinkers and Atheists. We started gathering, and we all felt as if we had a very important, but rather simple, singular mission of building relationships with our neighbors,” Rosenthal explained.

“We just started from there. We held what we call, ‘The Big Event’ down the street at United Methodist Church here in Colleyville in February of 2018. I thought, ‘Maybe we’ll get 30 or 40 people,’ but we got 300 – 400 people that came that February day. We had speakers from all different belief systems, and then we decided to put on a Walk. We did that in November of last year and found that it was successful. People did want to come together and have an opportunity to meet new people and to share their peaceful thoughts about the state of the world,” said Rosenthal.

“We don’t encourage or allow people to ‘witness’ to people of other faiths. That’s not who we are at all. As an example, a year ago, after the terrible killings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, we held a vigil here at this synagogue and the Peace Together community was here in large numbers. It was standing room only,” Rosenthal added.

“After the things that went on in Christchurch in New Zealand, we held a vigil at Town Center in Southlake and people knew that we would be there to support each other, and because we have built these relationships, that we could count on each other. Those kinds of times are so meaningful, along with the peaceful activities like the one we are able to do today, define what we are about,” Rosenthal explained.

“There’s a lack of tolerance and understanding in today’s society, and we want to try to keep with this mission. Throughout the year, we will have some smaller events, like we had at First Presbyterian with Pastor Ashley. We are open to other things that will bring people together for this common mission.

“We have received some information about something coming up at White’s Chapel. I think there’s some information being handed out about an event in February. We just want to continue this message. We may not look alike or think alike, but as long as we are peaceful, then why should I impose my history or background on somebody else?” Rosenthal said before he was called away to make a presentation.

Peace Together is currently made up of the following organizations/faith communities:

  • Baha’is of Northeast Tarrant County
  • Bear Valley Community Church
  • Brite Divinity School
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  • Congregation Beth Israel
  • Daughters of Abraham
  • Euless First United Methodist Church
  • Fellowship of Freethought – Dallas
  • First Presbyterian Church of Grapevine
  • First United Methodist Church of Colleyville
  • Good Shepherd Catholic Community
  • Islamic Association of Mid-Cities
  • Islamic Center of MOMIN
  • Islamic Center of Southlake
  • The Jewish Federation of Fort Worth & Tarrant County
  • Missional Wisdom Foundation
  • Multicultural Alliance
  • Professional Good Doers
  • Roots
  • St. John Church
  • White’s Chapel United Methodist Church

For more information about Peace Together and to find out what events are being scheduled, visit PeaceTogetherEvents.com, call 817-281-5254 or email info@peacetogetherevents.com.

A special THANK YOU goes out to Deb Hinton for inviting us out! 

Enjoy these photos from the Peace Together Walk held on November 2, 2019:

 

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Christians, Muslims, Jews Walk Together for Peace in Colleyville

PRESS RELEASE

downloadPeace Together, a Tarrant County interfaith organization, will be holding their second annual Peace Walk on Saturday November 2, 2019, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm.

“I can think of no more important work than building bridges of understanding between my neighbors,” said Pastor Mike Dawson of First United Methodist Church Colleyville.

The Peace Walk will include participation from local Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and other communities who focus on and promote love and caring for their neighbors to the exclusion of hatred, bigotry, discrimination and intolerance.

Brother Sajid Shaikh from the Colleyville Masjid said, “The Peace Walk is a great opportunity to come together to share our thoughts and common bond, celebrate our diversity and honor our commitment to make a better society.”

Free parking will be provided by Good Shepherd Catholic Community, 1000 Tinker Road, Colleyville, TX. Opening ceremonies will be held at the Colleyville Masjid at 2:00 PM. The Peace Walk will follow an approximately 2.5 mile route to Congregation Beth Israel, also in Colleyville. Food vendors and music will be available at the end of the Walk, with closing ceremonies taking place at 4:30 PM.

“Our Peace Walk is about people connecting with people. We come from different backgrounds, different experiences, different perspectives, and when we meet each other and get to know one another we truly feel that connection,” said Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, of Congregation Beth Israel.

Over 400 people participated in 2018 and this year with the help of many participating organizations and the City of Colleyville, twice that number are anticipated.

All are welcome, and registration is free at peacetogetherwalk.eventbrite.com.

Peace Together is a nonprofit organization founded in 2017 whose mission is to show that hatred, bigotry, discrimination and intolerance can and should be replaced by the development of strong relationships among individuals, despite their different backgrounds, appearances and beliefs.

Texas cheerleader, 17, jumps off her homecoming parade float to save a choking toddler in the crowd

By JAMES GORDON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

A high school cheerleader from Texas ended up springing into action at her homecoming parade in Rockwall after she spotted a toddler choking to death. 

Tyra Winters, a 17-year-old student from Rockwall High School, near Dallas, explained how she was on the school’s float with her cheerleading squad and the football team when she heard murmurs that a child was choking in the crowd.

She scanned the spectators and manage to pick out a little boy whose face was turning ‘super, super red’, she told ABC News.

Within an instant, Tyra jumped off the float and ran towards the boy, who was with his mother, and performed the Heimlich maneuver. 

Read more from the Daily Mail…

Police pack Texas football stands for fallen officer’s son at his first game

By Allison Klein 

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Dozens of police officers showed up to support Joaquin Espericueta at his middle-school football game Saturday. (City of Mission)

It was Joaquin Espericueta’s first middle-school football game and his first game since his father was killed.His father, Jose “Speedy” Espericueta, a corporal with the Mission, Tex., police department, was fatally shot responding to a call in June — the department’s first officer killed in the line of duty in 40 years.

Everyone who knew Espericueta knew how much he bonded with his son over football and how excited he was for his son’s football debut on the Cathey Middle School team in McAllen, Tex.

Read more from the Washington Post…

Texas Baptist Men prepare to help hurricane victims

By: FOX4News.com Staff

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DALLAS – The Texas Baptist Men will deploy Tuesday morning to help with Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts.

The North Texas group will stop in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and wait until the bulk of the storm passes before driving to Florida.

The crew will then make their way up to North Carolina with their kitchen and water trailers. Their kitchen trailers can prepare thousands of meals each day and their water trailers offer showers and laundry services to those who need them.

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TEXAS TEEN EARNED 6.9 GPA, BECOMES FIRST BLACK VALEDICTORIAN IN SCHOOL’S 125 YEAR HISTORY

Screen_Shot_2019-05-06_at_7.38.15_PM_1024x1024Tobechukwu “Tobi” Phillips just broke a barrier as the first Black valedictorian in Alvin High School’s 125 year history. The Texas high school was first established in 1894 and integrated with African-American students in 1965. 

Phillips earned a 6.9 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, placing her at the top of her class. She only took AP courses aside from her electives and earned all A’s all four years in the courses. Out of a school with approximately 2,800 students only 86 are Black students.

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3 young men invite elderly widow to sit with them after seeing her dining alone

BY CAITLIN O’KANE

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Three young men from Alabama learned a valuable lesson when they sat down for dinner with an elderly stranger: “Go see your grandparents. They miss you.” The enlightening encounter happened when the group of friends spotted an elderly woman eating alone at a local restaurant and decided to join her.

Jamario Howard says he and his friends, JaMychol Baker and Tae Knight, were waiting for their food at Brad’s in Oxford, Alabama when the spotted the woman dining solo. “My exact thought was, ‘Dang I’d hate to have to eat alone,'” Howard wrote on Facebook. “So after thinking about it a minute I walked over to her and asked if I could sit with her.”

Read more from CBS News…

Autistic Teenager With Higher IQ Than Einstein On Path To Nobel Prize

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When Jacob Barnett was two years old, doctors told his mother, Kristine, that her son had autism and he would probably never be able to talk, read, or even tie his shoes.

Upon recommendations from Doctors and other experts, Kristine put him in a special preschool designed for kids with these kinds of challenges and special needs. Soon after, his Mom realized that the intensive program was not helping and against the advice of many, she decided to teach him herself and focus on the subjects that he seemed drawn to, like science, physics, and math.

Read more from Expand Your Consciousness…

Girl with terminal cancer made honorary Texas Ranger

By KXAN Staff

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Rangers have a new recruit in six-year-old, Abigail Arias. On Monday, she became an honorary Texas Ranger and took a tour around the Texas State Capitol. Arias has a rare childhood kidney cancer that is terminal.

Several weeks ago, she became an honorary Freeport police officer which is the area Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen represents.

When Bonnen learned about her dream of being in law enforcement, he decided he wanted to do something extra special for the little girl. 

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Never in my 20+ years as a Rep have I experienced a day as rewarding as today. Cancer is no match for 6 year-old Abigail Arias. She was doing such an outstanding job fighting bad guys as a @FreeportPD officer that today she got a new title. Say hello to our newest Texas Ranger. – D. Bonnen on Twitter [@RepDennisBonnen]

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Weatherford police make ailing but courageous youngster ‘one of their family’

BY RICK MAUCH

Wilson Adams isn’t old enough to drive a car. He certainly can’t use a handgun.

But Weatherford Police Chief Lance Arnold said the 11-year-old, who is battling back after having a brain tumor removed, displays the sort of courage and determination every police officer should possess.

So he made Wilson an honorary reserve officer in the Weatherford Police Department (WPD) at the recent meeting of the city council on Oct. 9. He was sworn in by Municipal Court Judge Tim Galbreaith.

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Weatherford Police Chief Lance Arnold makes Wilson Adams, 11, an honorary police officer. Wilson is recovering after having a brain tumor removed. (Rick Mauch Special to the Star-Telegram)

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