Thursday, October 24, 2013
Global Oneness Day
With thanks to Humanitysteam
Today is Global Oneness Day. Let us see How it began.
The creation of Global Oneness day began as a simple petition drive by Humanity’s Team in 2008. Members of Humanity’s Team created a Oneness petition with the goal of obtaining 50,000 signatures that could be delivered to the United Nations (U.N.) with a request that the U.N. support the focus on awakening Oneness. By the time Humanity’s Team approached the U.N. in May, 2010, over 52,000 signatures had been obtained from more than 150 countries.
When members of the Global Council for Humanity’s Team met with the U.N., the signatures, the Oneness petition and supporting material were presented. The U.N. was invited to take the Oneness petition up as a discussion. In addition, Humanity’s Team requested that the U.N. create a Global Oneness Day that could be celebrated around the world.
Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury, who hosted the Humanity’s Team Global Council on behalf of the United Nations, graciously thanked the group for coming, and spoke about the mission, vision and purpose of the United Nations including its focus on and solidarity.
He said, “until there is a sense of solidarity among the peoples of the world all of our efforts for peace and security will go nowhere."
Ambassador Chowdhury invited Humanity’s Team to create a Global Oneness Day. He agreed that it was a very important day, and that Humanity’s Team should create that day because it would take too long for the United Nations to take up discussion and come to consensus. Chowdhury also encouraged Humanity’s Team to return to the U.N. when there were more signatures.
In July of 2010, the Humanity’s Team Global Council discussed the earlier U.N. meeting and decided to create Global Oneness Day on United Nations Day, Oct. 24. United Nations Day and Global Oneness Day share common visions for a compassionate and sustainable world and this would be acknowledged in celebrating the two days together.
The first Global Oneness Day was celebrated in 2010. A thousand people from around the world celebrated on Oct. 24 with an inspiring global phone call. Others throughout the world celebrated with community events, drum circles, service events and performances.
In the ensuing years Global Oneness Day grew in its scope and activities. In 2011, in Fort Collins, Colo, USA, there were speakers, musicians and entertainers, all centered on Oneness. There were classroom activities, outreach with the homeless, youth programs, and above all, signings of the Oneness Declaration. Global Oneness Day events also took place Canada, England, France, Portugal, Argentina, Columbia, South Africa, and many other countries.
In the year 2013, Global Oneness Day will dawn in Australia, with potentially live-streaming footage of the first country to celebrate our Oneness that day. Momentum will spread all over the world as the sun rises.
The impact of Global Oneness Day is immeasurable. Every movement begins by taking private conversations and making them public. Our Oneness is a timeless, ancient truth that has been marginalized over the millennia. On Global Oneness Day, Humanity’s Team invites people to take this awareness of our Oneness public for one day, to remind others of our interconnectivity and interrelatedness.
Whether it’s going into a homeless shelter or an orphanage, or whatever we’re doing in honor of this day, we encourage everyone to speak this universal truth, to share this awareness of Oneness with others. Celebrations of our Oneness are limited only by our own imagination and creativity.
This movement is far from just beginning. People around the globe are awakening to Oneness every day. Recently, during a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Pope Francis stated:
“And the Brazilian people, particularly the humblest among you, can offer the world a valuable lesson in solidarity, a word that is too often forgotten or silenced, because it is uncomfortable. I would like to make an appeal to those in possession of greater resources, to public authorities and to all people of good will who are working for social justice: never tire of working for a more just world, marked by greater solidarity! No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that persist in the world!
“Everybody, according to his or her particular opportunities and responsibilities, should be able to make a personal contribution to putting an end to so many social injustices. The culture of selfishness and individualism that often prevails in our society is not what builds up and leads to a more habitable world: it is the culture of solidarity that does so, seeing others not as rivals or statistics, but brothers and sisters.”
The words of Pope Francis punctuate our interrelatedness, our Oneness. They illustrate that when we awaken to Oneness and begin to see the sacredness in all of life, it is impossible to judge or marginalize people. When life is sacred, no one can be taken for granted or left behind.
Now in 2013, more than 86,000 signatures have been collected for the Oneness Declaration. Once the 100,000 signatures benchmark is achieved, Humanity’s Team will once again approach the U.N. and seek its endorsement.
You can help to achieve this goal by celebrating Global Oneness Day in ways that feel authentic for you. Encourage others to sign the Oneness Declaration, discuss our Oneness with people in your community, at the grocery checkout, at home, in church, at school and work. Our Oneness is reality, and it’s necessary that we take this timeless truth to the light of day.