Turkey: Hagia Sophia should not be converted to a Mosque

Hagia Sophia Museum not Mosque

A pluralistic- Islamic solution to the controversy over the Hagia Sophia in Turkey

"The destruction of the Babri Mosque in India is a historical example of religious bigotry. We cannot do the same thing to Hagia Sophia." ”

— Dr. Sayyid M. Saeed, President of ISNA

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, July 7, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Appeal to Turkey's President Erdogan about Hagia Sophia

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is considering converting the Hagia Sophia to a Mosque, which has been a museum since its conquest. As Muslims, we appeal to President Erdogan to keep it as a Museum, and not convert it to a Mosque.

"Hagia Sophia was one of the largest Christian Cathedrals in the Eastern Roman Empire for 1000 years, and it is one of the most contested buildings and is creating controversy again- Aljazeera.”

The idea of converting Hagia Sofia to a mosque offers a short-term political gain, but at the cost of long-term harmony between Muslims and Christians.

The role of Muslims is to mitigate conflicts and nurture goodwill – a formula embedded in the Prophet's actions; he was a blessed peacemaker. Islam means peace, and it behooves us to achieve peace and harmony through our actions and words.

The Greek Orthodox Church mourns the loss of their Church to Muslim conquest; however, they have accepted it. If this is converted to a mosque, it amounts to rubbing salt on the wounds. It will rekindle hostilities that none of us want. Today, the societies are moving towards respecting the otherness of the others.

Hazrat Umar set a great example – after conquering Jerusalem, he was offered to pray in the Holy Sepulcher. He chose not to pray inside the church for the concern that the future generation of Muslims will convert it into a Mosque.

Quran 22:40 essentially says God's name is extolled abundantly in Churches, Synagogues, and Mosques. We have to protect such places of worship. God will most certainly assist him who succors His cause: verily, God is all-knowing and almighty.

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) has paved the way for building bridges among different communities in the United States. It is the largest Muslim civic body in America. It maintains good relationships with all populations, including the Greek Orthodox hierarchy. ISNA has played Amin's role in building a cohesive America and has earned the goodwill of Jews, Christians, Hindus, and others. Out of a sense of righteousness, they have stood up for Muslims against Islamophobic rhetoric during 9/11, and it continues today. We, the Muslims, appreciate them.

Dr. Sayyid M. Saeed, President of ISNA, said, "The conversion of the Hagia Sophia was against the historical examples set by the righteous Caliphs, beginning with Abu Bakr when he advised his general heading to conquer foreign lands. The Umayyad Caliphs apologized and paid for the church land used to build the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus.

As American Muslims, we celebrate this Islamic provision in US law that enabled us to build 3 thousand mosques in the last half a century. Hagia Sophia is not just a Church; it is the main symbol of the Greek Orthodox Church. It is a slap on the entire system of the Greek Orthodox Church and Greece. It fostered permanent hate against Muslims and Islam in those quarters."

Dr. Saeed further adds, "The destruction of the Babri Mosque in India is a historical example of religious bigotry. We cannot do the same thing to Hagia Sophia."

Indeed, we have to be consistent in our policies – if we apply it in one place, we must be able to use it in every situation. As an Indian American Muslim, it hurts me to see the destruction of the Babri Mosque, and it equally hurts me to see the Hagia Sophia converted to a Mosque. We have to set an excellent example for the world. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, let Hagia Sophia be one as well.

We urge President Erdogan to consider the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, who was and is a mercy to mankind. He granted permanent protection to places of Worship in the covenant he issued in 628 AD. A majority of Muslims believe in the sanctity of the location of Worship. We hope President Erdogan can be a catalyst in correcting false perceptions about Muslims and not convert Hagia Sophia into a Mosque. The majority of Muslims will applaud him for walking on the right path. May God bless him.

Thank you.

Mike Ghouse
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Uproar regarding Shincheonji, Unfairly Blamed for COVID-19

Religious Leaders in North and South America Mobilize, Call for an End in the Mistreatment of Shincheonji Church in South Korea

DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA, July 7, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Faith leaders from North and South America advocate for Shincheonji and its Chairman Man Hee Lee against false media portrayals and excessive government measures during the Coronavirus outbreak in South Korea in February.

In April, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) issued a statement “condemning” the stigmatization of Shincheonji during the pandemic.

The USCIRF cited the government’s excessive measures to exaggerate Shincheonji’s role in the outbreak, ranging from criminal charges, to a lockdown of the church and its activities.

“Governments around the world are undoubtedly busy responding to the public health crisis, but they still have an obligation to respect and protect religious freedom, especially for minority communities during and following this crisis,” USCIRF Vice Chair Gayle Manchin added.

To understand why Shincheonji was heavily stigmatized and targeted during South Korea’s outbreak, one must understand the country’s religio-political dynamic. Christian Protestantism is “predominant and mainstream, marginalizing moderate and liberal churches.” Their majority influence allows them to target groups such as Shincheonji church through politics and media.

“It is clear that religious and political leaders alike who are known opponents of Shincheonji are using their influence to blame an entire country’s pandemic on one organization” said Pastor Jerimiah Martin of The Well Church in United States.

He joins other international Christian leaders who are advocating for Shincheonji.

“People who have worked with Shincheonji and personally come to know Chairman Lee will see beyond the rhetoric being used” said Martin.

One of these individuals is Juan Carlos Urquhart de Barros, Bishop of the Anglican Church of Uruguay. Urquhart de Barros is among many faith leaders working with Chairman Lee to bridge peace between religions. Through countless hours of talking and working together, he has seen Chairman Lee’s dedication to his faith.

“I am personally amazed by his ability to testify according to the Bible, on the standard of prophecy and fulfillment from beginning to end, without adding or subtracting. It is the best truth” said Urquhart de Barros. “Not only this, [Chairman Lee] lives every second according to it. Does a man in his late 80’s, who skips sleep and meals on world-travels in order to make time to discuss peace, really have much to gain personally? Does he not live in a sacrificial way to benefit others?”

In the United States, Ambassador of Sikh Dharma Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa shared a similar perspective of Chairman Lee as he witnessed “the dedication and sacrifice he and his organizations commit themselves to for a better humanity.”

In fact, those who have worked alongside Chairman Lee have not only seen his sacrifice to make the world a better place but also the fruition of their peace efforts. Reverend Tuy Nguyen, the Vice President of Public Relations of the Cao Dai Temple in Texas attended peace summits in South Korea in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019. Through the span of five years, she saw a change in herself and her community.

“Since that day [in 2014], I started to believe in the possibility of peace and dedicated myself to become a Peace Messenger in every angle of my life. I started to create peace dialogues within my inner self, create a peace culture in my family, my community, my workplace and wherever I went whoever I spent time with.. [The volunteers] truly created a Peace Culture, and it points back to the work of one true Ambassador of Peace – Chairman Man Hee Lee.”

Recently, Chairman Lee encouraged the members of Shincheonji who recovered from COVID-19 to donate their plasma toward a vaccine, restating their commitment to protect the health and safety of their fellow citizens.

“I promised to cooperate for the benefit of humanity and the government’s policy and conferred with our church members so that the estimated 4,000 congregants who recovered from COVID-19 can provide their plasma to develop a good medicine to solve this infectious disease,” said Lee.”

As members volunteered to donate, Chairman Lee, who knew well their difficulties in recovery, thanked them for their effort.

“Our congregation members have received the blood of life of Jesus, the Son of God, and have been freed from sin. Like Jesus, through our blood (plasma) donation, I know that you have gathered your hearts in our collective wish to free all the people of the world from the pains of this disease,” Lee said.

“This is the work that needs to be done as citizens of this country and as true believers. It is keeping the command of Jesus of loving your neighbor as yourself, and I am thankful that you have gathered your hearts for this good work and in making this decision that is like the light. Let us all pray in the name of Jesus to exterminate COVID-19.”

Despite the donation, the city of Daegu is seeking 100 billion won ($82.3 million) for losses it claims is a consequence of the virus spreading through Shincheonji church. But international faith leaders say city officials are holding the church to an unfair standard and must immediately withdraw the lawsuit.

“The international community is watching. If the city files a lawsuit against Shincheonji, this means all over the world, every business or church or temple should have to pay fines for their members or workers getting sick. However, other countries are not doing that. Why is Korea prosecuting a religious organization for their members getting sick?” said Pastor Pedro Lopez of New Generation Church in United States.

“For those who have personally worked with Shincheonji and Chairman Lee as we have, Shincheonji is a bright light in South Korea that is shining and making a positive impact around the world. Leaders and citizens of South Korea, we ask of you to stand on the side of justice” said Martin.

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Over 3,000 people in 73 countries have watched "The Dalai Lama — Scientist" for free

The Dalai Lama works with Steven Chu, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics.

Only six days left to view the film for free, until July 14th.

The Dalai Lama – Scientist offers viewers a chance to see the scientific side of the Dalai Lama, and conversations with great minds throughout the years.”

— Dr. Elizabeth Fernandez, Forbes Magazine

BARCELONA, SPAIN, July 7, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The producers of "The Dalai Lama — Scientist" announced today that more than 3,000 people from 73 different countries around the world have joined the 85th birthday celebration of The Dalai Lama by viewing this award-winning film for free.

Here are the simple directions for watching the film:

1. Go to vimeo.com/ondemand/thedalailamascientist

2. Click on "rent" (do not click on buy) and DO NOT enter your credit card details

3. Once you click on rent, click on "Apply promo code" and enter FREE85TH or FREE85THBIRTHDAY then click "Apply"

4. Click on "Continue" and the film will be available for you to watch for 72 hours, for free.

The Director of this award-winning film, Dawn Gifford Engle, said, "We want to thank everyone who watched the film on the first day of this week-long celebration of The Dalai Lama and his immense contributions to the field of science." The Executive Producer of the film, Ivan Suvanjieff, added, "We are blown away at the response to the film so far and we encourage everyone to join the celebration."

The film is available to view for free for only six days more. The view for free offer ends on July 14th.

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Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky Featured in Exclusive Interview

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Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky Featured in Exclusive Online Interview

Benny Rogosnitzky spoke out about having good life habits and positively impacting others

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, July 7, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — In a recent interview with Thrive Global, Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky spoke about the importance of having good lifestyle habits and positively impacting others.

With over 25 years of experience as a cantor, Benny Rogosnitzky currently serves as cantor of the Park East Synagogue in Manhattan. He has also acted as a guide and mentor for many other new cantors and is regularly involved in his local community and will several charitable organizations.

In his interview, Benny Rogosnitzky shared how keeping a routine has positively impacted both his professional and personal life. He explained how his routine benefits his work in services and teaching music as a cantor and how he makes time in his routine to connect with others and build connections.

Mr. Rogosnitzky further explained how wearable technology is a fascinating concept by saying it can give us further awareness of ourselves, whether it is our daily schedule, steps taken, or heart rate.

Cantor Benny also shared the biggest life lesson he has learned.

“What I’ve learned is that the moments of greatest tribulation and the moments of greatest hardship are very often the moments of greatest growth. Nothing in life comes simply,” said Benny Rogosnitzky.

“When I look back at my life and I look at challenges that I’ve experienced, I can now in hindsight say, wow, those were the moments that changed me for the better and that taught me the value of whatever it was, whether it was money or a relationship or work.”

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Benny Rogosnitzky has over 25 years of experience as a Cantor, currently serving as Cantor of the prestigious Park East Synagogue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Prior to this appointment, he served for 13 years as Cantor of the Jewish Center on the Upper West Side. Cantor Benny is known for lecturing widely on Cantorial music and its application to prayer. He has served as a guide and mentor for many other Cantors and is involved with several charitable organizations. Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky is heavily involved in his local community as well as the wider Jewish community.

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iWave received the highest award as a “Leader” and rated #1 in G2’s Summer 2020 Grid Report for Donor Prospect Research

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iWave G2 Leader and #1 in the Summer 2020 Grid® Report for Donor Prospect Research

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Peer-to-peer review website, G2, confirmed for the third time in 2020 that iWave is the top-rated provider of fundraising intelligence solutions.

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, CANADA, July 7, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — iWave, the industry’s leading fundraising intelligence platform, today announced it’s position as the #1 highest rated solution in the Leader quadrant in G2’s Summer 2020 Grid® Report for Donor Prospect Research. Leaders are determined by their high levels of customer satisfaction and likeliness to recommend ratings from real users on G2, the world’s leading business solutions review website.

iWave’s commitment to customer satisfaction and success is reflected by the nonprofit industry and its members. Based on real-time user reviews by nonprofit professionals who work in fundraising and prospect development, iWave received the highest Satisfaction Score among solutions in Donor Prospect Research. This is the 37th award that iWave has received from G2.

With over 190 reviews, users scored iWave a 4.6 out of 5 — out-performing all other fundraising intelligence and prospect research solutions in overall satisfaction by a wide margin. 98% of users rated it 4 or 5 stars, 95% of users believe it is headed in the right direction, and users said they would be likely to recommend iWave at a rate of 92%. In addition, iWave scored 92% on ease of use, 93% on quality of support, and 96% on ease of set up, making it the best and easiest to use fundraising solution available to nonprofit organizations.

“We are honored to have received this positive feedback and recognition again from the nonprofit community,” said iWave President and CEO Ross Beattie. “This is the fourth award we have received in 2020 for customer satisfaction including the prestigious International Stevie Award earlier this year. We are clearly passionate about nonprofits and committed to our clients and their success by delivering solutions that exceed their needs and expectations. Client experience is more than just words at iWave, it is embedded in the very fabric of our culture and we consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to support our clients and partners.”

“Nonprofit organizations today realize the importance of making relevant donor prospect information easily discoverable and accessible so fundraising professionals can determine who to ask, how much to ask for, and when to ask,” Beattie said. “They also understand the value of leveraging this information throughout their entire organization to improve their effectiveness across fundraising, capital campaigns, marketing, board members and improving their engagement with all prospective donors. In addition, we continue to invest in the latest innovative technologies – like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cloud-native architecture – as demonstrated by our new platform that was launched in March.”

What Real Users Say About iWave

“The most helpful feature to iWave is the consolidation of multiple sources under one location. Getting a capacity (wealth) rating from the information you find is incredibly valuable. With 360search, I can take a first name and address and in most cases find career, home value, and philanthropic inclinations all at once. When I am searching out new territories for gift officers, I want to know that the prospects I submit have the capacity we need to make them viable. I get that confidence when I search in iWave” –Prospect Development Analyst

“I am not a professional researcher, but do a majority of the prospect research for my organization. iWave is easy to use and by far the most efficient product available to those of us who wear multiple hats but need to provide accurate and thorough information to our colleagues.”- Director of Advancement Services

“iWave's platform is very user-friendly and intuitive. I appreciate the fact that I can type in the name and find resources from ZoomInfo, Property Records, SEC Filings, Foundation Relationships, Charitable Giving all in one spot. I also like that I can drill into these areas and find more information as well as the source documents for the information iWave presents” – Assistant Vice President Development and Alumni Relations

“iWave's 360search uncovers the information on prospects I need. It is much more thorough than other services I've used in the past. Our organization has been able to cancel other subscriptions because iWave handles them better.” – Prospect Research Analyst

“I love how iWave compiles the information, it's easy to read and full of value. I love the Get Score feature as well. That is so helpful when you're in a rush! I also love how you can see the history of property transactions. That is extremely helpful to see when you're trying to understand if someone has gotten a divorce, has passed away, etc.” – Community Affairs Coordinator

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Celebrate the Dalai Lama's 85th Birthday this week — "The Dalai Lama — Scientist" is now free to view, worldwide

"The Dalai Lama — Scientist" is free to view July 6th to July 14th

The Dalai Lama – Scientist is a revelation, both immersive and transcendent, a documentary that brings to the forefront a presence of The Dalai Lama seldom, if ever, captured on the big screen before.”

— Richard Propes, The Independent Critic

BARCELONA, CO, SPAIN, July 4, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — In honor of the 85th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of science, the documentary film, “The Dalai Lama — Scientist”, will be offered free for the world to view from today until July 14th, 2020.

The film, which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival Production Bridge and which has been released to great acclaim, has now won more than fifty awards from film festivals located around the world. This link will go live today, July 6th, making it possible for people around the world to watch the film for free in honor of the Dalai Lama’s 85th birthday.

Subtitles to the film are available in nine languages: French, Spanish, Italian, Tibetan, Hindi, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and English.

Containing extensive, rare and never-before-seen footage, "The Dalai Lama – Scientist" tells the incredible story of the Dalai Lama that no one knows, and of the Dalai Lama's lifelong journey from the world of Buddhism into the world of modern science. "For more than 30 years, I have spent much time with these Western Scientists," the Dalai Lama says. "When I think about myself now, sometimes I think I am only one-half Buddhist monk — the other-half Scientist."

Unlike many religious leaders, The Dalai Lama has always had a fascination with the nonsecular, experimental, and empirical pursuit of knowledge known as science. When he was young he enjoyed taking apart mechanical toys and putting them back together. Had he not been chosen at a young age to be the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, he says he would probably have become an engineer or electrician. His passion for science never abated. Starting in 1987, he began conferring regularly with the world’s greatest scientists, including psychologist Paul Ekman, mathematician and geneticist Eric Lander, neuroscientist Christof Koch, astrophysicist George Greenstein, professor of psychology and psychiatry Richard J. Davidson, and the neuroscientist Francisco Varela. They questioned the origins of our universe, whether or not multiple universes exist, the complexities of our consciousness, and the nature of humanity.

The film breaks these scientific dialogues into five major areas of inquiry: cosmology; quantum physics; cognitive science; neuroscience; molecular biology and genetics. It provides a lucid summary of the more challenging philosophical tenets of Tibetan Buddhism and the knottier concepts of modern science. A recurrent theme is the need to be openminded; repeatedly the Dalai Lama rejects dogmatism and insists that all ideas and beliefs must be challenged in the search for truth.

View the film here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thedalailamascientist

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July 4th Message – Muslims have a special bond with America

On America’s independence, the first two nations to recognize American Sovereignty were Muslims

American Muslims consider July 4 as one of our cherished holidays. We uphold, protect, defend, and celebrate the values enshrined in the U.S. constitution.

American Muslims consider July 4th as one of our cherished holidays. We uphold, protect, defend, and celebrate the values enshrined in the U.S. constitution.”

— Dr. Mike Ghouse

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, July 4, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — America is the greatest nation on earth. Indeed, Muslims are a part of the American Heritage from the very beginning with African Muslims, among others, help build the nation. Upon declaration of our independence on July 4, 1776, two of the first three heads of states who recognized the sovereignty of the United States were Muslims, and one of them was a Muslim from India."

Morocco was the first country to recognize the independence of the United States of America and signed the Moroccan-American Treaty of Friendship, the first of its kind. Friesland, one of the seven United Provinces of the Dutch Republic was the next to recognize, and Tipu Sultan, the King of Mysore State (India), was the third.

"America means everything to Muslims; indeed, America is a natural home for Muslims. Let me share a few of the many values that resonate with them: Equality, Merit, Innocence, Free will, and Justice.

Equality — Thomas Jefferson wrote the immortal declaration of our independence on July 4, 1776. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

This declaration resonates with Muslims as Prophet Muhamad made a similar announcement on March 6, 632 AD, Eleven hundred forty-four (1144) years before Jefferson's declaration. "All mankind is from Adam and Eve; an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also, a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action."

The concept of equality is etched and nurtured in the Muslim psyche in every ritual and spiritual practice of Islam. There is no other country in the world that offers genuine freedom, freedom of speech, and conscience."

Yes, American Values are Muslims Values!

Merit — Honoring merit is a Muslim thing as well. The Prophet tells his daughter that she will not get a free pass to paradise because she is his daughter; she has to earn it on her own through good deeds to fellow beings, such is the emphasis placed on merit and individual responsibility.

Free will — It is one of the most cherished values of Islam. First, God gave a choice to Adam about eating or not eating the fruit. But when Adam Chose to eat, and God did not stop him; God honored his own words – he gave Adam a free choice, and Adam exercised it. God uploaded the inalienable free will in all of his progeny.

Second, God wanted to make sure free will is the most critical value for humanity, and he delivered that in Chapter 2, verse 256 of the Quran. – There is no compulsion in matters of faith – no one has a right to force anyone to believe otherwise.

Third, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) reinforced the ideal by not compelling his uncle to believe in the message of accountability to one creator. He could have, but it was meant to emphasize free will.

Yes, American Values are Muslims Values!

Innocence — Every immigrant in general and a Muslim, in particular, loves the idea that you are innocent until proven guilty. They see the wholesomeness of Justice in America, and they love America for it. An observant Muslim recites at least 17 times a day that God alone is the judge, and we must refrain from judging others.

Justice — Prophet Muhammad said if you cannot stop the oppressors and unjust rulers and injustice, the least you can do is to speak up. Justice is a critical factor for peaceful and secure societies. If there is no justice, there is chaos.

That is what is happening in America today – Black Lives Matter. The injustice meted out to the Black people has to stop, and thank God almost every American is speaking out against racism. And I am glad to see Muslims are speaking and participating in the protests.

Yes, American Values are Islamic Values!

Now back to the shared heritage – Both George Washington and Tipu Sultan fought our common enemy Lord Cornwallis – Washington chased him out of America, and Tipu Sultan defeated him in three wars but lost to him the fourth time. Cornwallis bribed Tipu's confidant Mir Sadiq to get information about Tipu's whereabouts and hit him from the back. Had Mir Sadiq not betrayed Tipu, India would have achieved her freedom in 1799 right behind America in 1776.

Both George Washington and Tipu Sultan died in the same year1799.

Google Search for Mysorean Rockets – It was the Tipu Sultan invention and he also invented the Torpedo, known as Bangalore Torpedo.

As American Muslims, we uphold, protect, defend, and celebrate the values enshrined in the U.S. constitution. Our faith reinforces the creed of "One Nation under God, with liberty and justice for all."

Dr. Mike Ghouse is the founder and president of the Center for Pluralism. He is a speaker, thinker, author, peacemaker, community consultant, pluralist, activist, newsmaker, and an interfaith wedding officiant. Mike is deeply committed to Free speech, Human Rights, and Pluralism in Religion, Politics, Societies, and the workplace. He has dedicated his life to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions to the media and the policymakers. More about him at www.TheGhousediary.com.

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Christian Songstress Gretchen Keskeys Strikes a Chord with Patriotic Video for 'God Will See Us Through’

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In the midst of a global pandemic and civil unrest, a patriotic music video from Christian singer-songwriter Gretchen Keskeys is inspiring thousands online.

I believe that there is a national grieving taking place.”

— Gretchen Keskeys

NASHVILLE, TN, USA, July 2, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — In the midst of a global pandemic and civil unrest, a patriotic music video for the song "God Will See Us Through” from Contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter Gretchen Keskeys, is inspiring thousands online. Keskeys quietly dropped the video in late 2019, as a promotional tool for the song from her latest album, “Words of Truth” (Creative Soul Records). Six months later, the video is finding an audience and providing comfort for thousands in what many would consider God's perfect timing.

Watch the video for "God Will See Us Through” here: https://youtu.be/NWpm8vDOQ7I

Like many Americans, Keskeys, who has a journalism background and had been a talk radio producer early in her career, keeps a watchful eye on current events. "I saw a near Civil War bitterness occurring and it got me thinking back to the real Civil War and other trying times in our country,” says Keskeys. "In those dark times, there was a thread that kept us going, and that was our reliance on God. I remembered Congress singing 'God Bless America' on the Capitol Steps in the days after 9/11. And I remembered what a beautiful sight that was. It brought such comfort. I thought, if only we could all do that now. And that really is how this song was born.”

As we face some of our most difficult days, Keskeys is thankful that the song's message of hope is touching hearts. Keskeys edited the video herself, carefully choosing clips that represented the message that she wanted to get across. The video was completed prior to the current controversy surrounding American statues and monuments, but as it happens, the video features many of those iconic American symbols. Says Keskeys, "I am thankful for that because I think it reminds us how important they are to America and how much they mean to Americans. That has been emphasized repeatedly from the numerous comments I’ve received.”

Those comments have flooded in as the video continues to be shared via social media, with viewers noting the relevance of the video’s lyrics and imaging during these troubled times and many stating that the video "needs to be heard by every American.”

“I believe that there is a national grieving taking place,” says Keskeys. "We’ve lost loved ones to Covid-19, and we’ve lost precious life events and milestones such as graduations, weddings, funerals, and birthdays. Businesses have been lost and destroyed. Monuments have been threatened and ripped down. For good or bad, it is loss. And loss is one of the most difficult things we deal with. But, we have a God who brings hope because He restores what has been lost."

Adds Keskeys, "My only hope for this video is that it will continue to be seen, and that we will continue to pray and look to Him knowing that He will see us through."

About Gretchen Keskeys: Gretchen Keskeys’ latest album, "Words of Truth," may very well be considered her most inspirational to date. Released in November 2019 by Creative Soul Records, Keskeys' third studio album features eleven songs inspired by the healing truth of Jesus Christ and His Word. Over the last 5 years, Christian music fans have quickly embraced Keskeys as one of the most powerful female voices in the genre. She stormed onto the scene in 2016 with her debut album, "Walking in the Spirit,” and 2017’s follow up, “Pure Hope.” She's made frequent appearances on Christian television programs nationwide, including stops at Cornerstone TV’s “Real Life,” Christian Television Network, “Atlanta Live,” “Babbie’s House,” and even Fox News Channel. Keskeys regularly performs at churches, events and women’s conferences nationwide, where she openly shares her songs alongside an inspirational testimony detailing her complete deliverance from anxiety and depression. And she is also a regular worship leader at the Folsom Women’s Facility at Folsom Prison.

For more information, visit the official website at www.gretchenkeskeys.com.

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"The Dalai Lama — Scientist" to be offered free to view in honor of The Dalai Lama's 85th birthday

The Dalai Lama and Richard Davidson working together in a neuroscience laboratory.

The five disciplines covered in “The Dalai Lama — Scientist”.

For seven days only, July 6th to July 14th, 2020

The Dalai Lama – Scientist is a revelation, both immersive and transcendent, a documentary that brings to the forefront a presence of The Dalai Lama seldom, if ever, captured on the big screen before.”

— Richard Propes, The Independent Critic

BARCELONA, SPAIN, July 1, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Containing extensive, rare and never-before-seen footage, "The Dalai Lama – Scientist" tells the incredible story of the Dalai Lama that no one knows, and of the Dalai Lama's lifelong journey from the world of Buddhism into the world of modern science. "For more than 30 years, I have spent much time with these Western Scientists," the Dalai Lama says. "When I think about myself now, sometimes I think I am only one-half Buddhist monk — the other-half Scientist."

Unlike many religious leaders, The Dalai Lama has always had a fascination with the nonsecular, experimental, and empirical pursuit of knowledge known as science. When he was young he enjoyed taking apart mechanical toys and putting them back together. Had he not been chosen at a young age to be the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, he says he would probably have become an engineer or electrician. His passion for science never abated. Starting in 1987, he began conferring regularly with the world’s greatest scientists, including psychologist Paul Ekman, mathematician and geneticist Eric Lander, neuroscientist Christof Koch, astrophysicist George Greenstein, professor of psychology and psychiatry Richard J. Davidson, and the neuroscientist Francisco Varela. They questioned the origins of our universe, whether or not multiple universes exist, the complexities of our consciousness, and the nature of humanity.

The film breaks these scientific dialogues into five major areas of inquiry: cosmology; quantum physics; cognitive science; neuroscience; molecular biology and genetics. It provides a lucid summary of the more challenging philosophical tenets of Tibetan Buddhism and the knottier concepts of modern science. A recurrent theme is the need to be openminded; repeatedly the Dalai Lama rejects dogmatism and insists that all ideas and beliefs must be challenged in the search for truth.

In honor of the 85th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and in recognition of his outstanding contributions to fostering dialogue and collaboration between western science and Buddhist science for the benefit of humanity, the award-winning film, “The Dalai Lama — Scientist” will be offered free for the world to view from July 6th to July 14th, 2020.

The film has been released to great acclaim, winning more than fifty awards from film festivals located around the world. This link will go live on July 6th, making it possible for all of humanity to watch the film for free in honor of the Dalai Lama’s 85th birthday.

Subtitles to the film are available in nine languages: French, Spanish, Italian, Tibetan, Hindi, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and English.

View the film here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thedalailamascientist

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Men's Health Month Gains Virtual Success

Men’s Health Week Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, July 1, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Anne Di Gregory

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Men’s Health Month Gains Virtual Success

Awareness Period Celebrated 26th Anniversary of Men’s Health Week, and
was key to helping fight the spread of COVID-19

Men’s Health Month, the annual awareness period dedicated to the health and wellness of men and boys, came to a close this week after a successful 30 days that reached millions of people around the globe through education activities, health screenings, social media, and other events. But the push for men’s health awareness won’t end in June! Men’s Health Network (MHN) continues to advocate for better health outcomes for men, boys, and their families throughout the year.

This June celebrated the 26th anniversary of National Men’s Health Week (NMHW), passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994. There are over 400 proclamations from governors, municipal leaders, and Native American communities posted on the Men’s Health Month website.

President Donald Trump issued a statement recognizing Men's Health Week from the White House, and Congress, led by Congressional Men’s Health Caucus co-chairs Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ) and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) passed a Resolution doing the same.

Participation from individuals and organizations on social media and virtual networks, in addition to distribution of educational materials by faith-based and community organizations, reached millions of people nationally and globally.

“With the start of a new decade being an opportunity for a fresh start, we encouraged communities to reevaluate their personal health and men’s health,” said Ana Fadich Tomsic, VP of MHN.“With the onset of COVID-19, the country was forced to take a different approach to Men’s Health Month. We are very encouraged by the amount of participation via social media and online awareness during this month. Although we could not hold in-person events, we were able to create a new normal and encourage men to take that step, whether it is via a telehealth appointment or talking more to family and friends.”

• Wear BLUE Day (the Friday before Father’s Day, June 19th this year) – Individuals from around the globe posted photos of themselves in blue to show solidarity for men’s health issues using the hashtags #ShowUsYourBlue, #MensHealthMonth, and #MensHealthWeek. Participants included the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Office of Minority Health, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and various arms of the military, among many others.

• Congressional Men’s Health Caucus co-chairs Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-R) and Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-D) encouraged other Members of Congress and their social media followers to participate throughout the month by highlighting the importance of regular check-ups and prioritizing men’s/boys’ health in order to extend male life expectancy.

• Online Twitter chats included – Men’s Health Network partnered with Young Invincibles for #TodaysVoicesTues to focus on key issues in men’s health in 2020. MHN also partnered with the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) to promote the importance of fathers’ involvement in maternal and child health.

• Webinars –Men’s Health Network partnered with the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and other federal agency and national community based organizations on webinars focusing on the physical and mental health of men, boys, and their families.

• Vice President Ana Fadich Tomsic spoke with iHeartMedia’s Neil Scott and Dr. Tom Walsh about the importance of regular health check-ups in their Men’s Health Monthly segment. Listen on Soundcloud.

“We are gratified by the growth in Men’s Health Month not only in the U.S., but also across the globe,” said MHN Senior Science Advisor Dr. Salvatore Giorgianni, Jr. “Paying attention to the physical and mental health of boys and men has never been more important, particularly with the challenges faced from COVID-19 directly and as it impacts their ability to get care from chronic diseases. “

Other highlights included:

• Key thought leaders in public health such as Dr. Paul Turek (a leader in men’s reproductive and sexual health care and research), Jed Diamond (menalive.com), and nationally syndicated columnist and radio host Armin Brott (MrDad.com) contributed articles to the award winning Talking About Men’s Health blog, including insights into COVID-19 and the importance of continuing to raise awareness to improve men’s health.

Men’s Health Month is built around four pillars: Awareness, Prevention, Education, Family, and has encouraged the development of thousands of health awareness activities during the month of June and throughout the year, both in the USA and around the globe. Private companies, hospital systems, clinics, the faith-based community, fraternal organizations, the public sector, and others use the month of June to highlight their services and reach out to men and their families.

Men’s Health Month and Men’s Health Week are sponsored by Men’s Health Network (MHN), which maintains a list of experts and spokespersons on all areas of male health and wellness, including fatherhood issues. MHN also maintains the www.TesticularCancerAwarenessMonth.com (April) and the www.ProstateCancerAwarenessMonth.com (September) websites.

Men's Health Network (MHN) is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health awareness messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. Learn more about MHN at www.MensHealthNetwork.org and follow them on Twitter @MensHlthNetwork and Facebook atwww.facebook.com/menshealthnetwork For more information on MHN's ongoing Dialogue on Men's Health series, visit www.DialogueOnMensHealth.com

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