What hope do we have for peace in a world of increasing chaos?
Just as we can see God’s hand in the little things, we can make a big difference in our world with very simple actions, and we have all the more impact if this is in the context of strong relationships. Here are some ways to make your community a more peaceful place through meeting new people or reconnecting with your loved ones:
Yesterday’s midterm elections saw women winning more seats than ever before in the U.S. House after a record number of female candidates were on ballots across the country. As women are moving to the forefront of creating peace in American society, let us reflect on how much women have achieved and how they seek to push society toward peace.
As of early Wednesday morning, 96 women had been elected to the House, surpassing the the current Congress, which held the record for 84 women. In the senate, women could gain one more seat in the Senate, potentially surpassing its current record of 23 women.
The 2018 midterm elections saw women making history in the White House in a multitude of ways: the first Native American women (Democrats Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland) were elected to Congress; the first Muslim women (Democrats Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar) were elected to Congress; Tennessee and Arizona elected their first female senators; South Dakota elected its first woman governor (Republican Kristi Noem); and Texas elected its first Hispanic women to Congress.
Looking to the Future
These are indeed historic achievements that bring hope to the future of American politics.With women gaining more leadership positions, we must have confidence in their abilities to be just as competent as, if not more than, male leaders. Having something new to bring to the table is never a bad thing.
With more and more female voices being heard throughout our nation, we are reminded that as Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon has noted, this is an era in which women must take chances and move toward peace by leading. Again, she emphasizes that peace starts with us.
The Peace Starts With Me rally has a star-studded cast, ready to sing their hearts out for God on November 12! Get to know more about the performers before you see them in person.
Five-time Grammy Award winner Yolanda Adams is ready to shake New York once again! Ever since her 1988 debut album, “Just As I Am,” Adams has been renowned for pioneering the blend of modern gospel music infused with soul and jazz. For decades, she has empowered fans through her inspirational and contemporary music. A former teacher and now a gospel legend, she continues to influence the world and change lives through her music and humanitarian efforts.
Born and raised in a public housing project in Brooklyn, New York, Hezekiah Walker escaped onto a path that would lead him to places he could scarcely have dreamed of as a boy. A winner of two Grammy Awards, Walker continues to be active as the pastor of the thriving Love Fellowship Tabernacle in his native Brooklyn. Over the years, many songs by Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Tabernacle Choir (LFTC) have become nothing short of anthems for the young gospel church.
Israel Houghton is a prolific worship leader, musician, songwriter, producer and recording artist. His music ministry has spanned 25 years, during which he’s contributed to 50 albums as an artist or producer, won 20 music awards, and earned countless accolades to his name. Since then, Houghton has released 11 solo and group albums, consistently topping the Billboard chart. His albums “Alive in South Africa,” and “Live From Another Level” have been certified gold, selling over half a million copies.
Citizen way is a contemporary Christian music and Christian rock trio from Elgin, Illinois. The band is composed of David Blascoe, Ben Calhoun and Daniel Olsson, and they play to share the good news of Jesus. The members of Citizen Way consider themselves “musicianaries,” or musicians with a missionary-like calling. “It’s not just music for music’s sake; it’s music with a message,” David says. “We write and sing about the things that we do because of the impact they’ve had on our lives, and we want to share that.
“We are citizens in the Kingdom of God following in the way of Jesus. Join us!"
A choir director since the age of nine, A. Curtis Farrow has served as Minister of Music for numerous churches. Mr. Farrow was also named one of the most influential men in Gospel music. He has received 14 Emmy nominations, winning two for producing the McDonald’s Gospelfest television specials.
Mr. Farrow was responsible for the organization, planning, and execution of the home going services for the late Whitney Houston. He just recently produced and managed the homegoing services for Aretha Franklin in Detroit, watched by millions around the world. Mr. Farrow credits everything in his life to his strong belief in God. “God, as the great Creator, has made each of us in his own image,” serves as Mr. Farrow’s life motto. “Therefore, we are little Creators. We shall spend all of our days creating!"
Apple Heaven USA is a rock and roll fusion band that celebrates music from all over world, incorporating eastern and western music stylings. They have performed internationally, including in Korea, America, and Japan, and have a lot of heart and a lot of soul!
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