For all of us at GOLDENROOM this is an incredibly exciting time of year. With so many celebrations and ways to celebrate, it’s like cross cultural relations is really coming home for the obvious like Christmas to the niche like Chinese new year. We are coming home in another way too. This issue also marks the two year anniversary of GOLDENROOM Online Journal for Cross Cultural Relations. We can certainly believe it because of the hard work we put in to bring our readers the best of life stories, pioneering research, topical analysis and the delightful content that spans film reviews to recipes and more. Each issue brings us more inspiration and a greater awareness of our ethos and mission; to recognise, represent and provide resources for people of dual or multi heritage, and people in cross cultural relationships. Thank you for subscribing, for reading, and sharing this worthy publication and for being part of this incredible journey. It truly is something to celebrate.
And as we celebrate our biannual anniversary and a few exciting festive holidays too, we are joined by celebrity chefs, Rachel Khoo, Lorraine Pascale and Gok Won who have all the tips for creating the best cross cultural celebrations. Or enjoy the insights on multicultural entertaining from Yvonne Maffei, author of the blog, My Halal Kitchen who shares her thoughts on Food, Faith and Family.
To complement that, we have three stunning articles in our Inter Faith Relations section. In a timely step, we explore ‘Jesus. For Christians and Muslims’, which reveals a surprising tradition of sending Christmas cards in Iran. Oliver Wheatley shakes up his agnostic beliefs with a visit to York Minster while our Inter Faith expert Marjorie Crombie, takes us to celebrate Winter Solstice in ‘Interview With a Pagan’.
We know we make a big difference in people’s lives at GOLDENROOM, and this month you can join us by Escaping Consumerism with Gifts That Give Back, featuring our star product, GIFT Wellness. For a gift that truly celebrates all that is GOLDENROOM, have a look at our fashion feature on HalfBreed Clothing, the brand you can trust to represent yourself. We also had a chat with founder of HalfBreed Clothing Co. Rudy T. about being Mixed ‘race’ and raising Multi Ethnic children.
If you need to make an impression this season, there is still time to purchase one of our Golden Moments Experience Gift Vouchers, if your celebration has to be memorable. Or for another great representation of cross cultural harmony, pick up a box of our GOLDENROOM Signature Truffle Swirls for just £5.00.
Don’t sit home alone this winter, make a cross cultural connection today, for friendship, dating and marriage. A three month membership with GOLDENROOM Dating is now heavily discounted to just £59.70 and if you do we will publish your story in GOLDENROOM when we return in February 2014 with our Love and Romance issue.
Enjoy all the GOLDENROOM resources in this packed issue to help you celebrate all your important celebrations this season.
In 2012 there were roughly 14 million Jews in the world, nearly half of which reside in Israel. Strictly speaking Jews are an ethno religious group, meaning that their bonds and identity are based in part on their historical ethnic origins as well as their religious faith. Judaism includes a wide body of texts, practices, theological positions, movements and organisations. Add to this composite, Jewish culture and converts and Judaism does not easily fit into a singular category or explanation. Judaism today is a dynamic identity capable of expressing many different facets; it is a faith that continues to grow, change and develop. This is most reflected in the lesser known and more fluid origins of Judaism which are intriguingly polytheistic.
Start your week with GOLDENROOM’s recommended read , ‘I Shall Not Hate’, is an insightful and inspirational book by Gaza doctor, Izzeldin Abuelaish whose trascendant faith kept his devastating loss from turning to hatred.
Offering a rare glimpse into life in Gaza, and the tensions with Israel and within Palestine itself, ‘I Shall Not Hate’ is a bold declaration of peace and unity.
A moving story of one man’s struggles and challenges, which are simultaneously the struggles of all of humanity.
Often counsellors and psychotherapists view religion as a problem, if not the problem. In this Health article from GOLDENROOM we uncover why faith is not only reconcilable with psychotherapy but why it is at its essence. And why the exploration of self may be the essence of religion
This weekend is a special celebration for our friends in America and for American expats. Thanksgiving celebrates both a successful harvest and the settlement of pilgrims in America, and is celebrated by other countries around the world too. However this year is a particularly special Thanksgiving, or Thanksgivukkah as it is now being coined because it coincides with the first day of the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah. This is because of the rare coincidence between the Hebrew calendar and the Gregorian calendar, creating in essence a double holida
While foodies on www.buzzfeed.com have delighted in celebrating Thanksgivukkah with “How to Celebrate Thanksgivukkah, the Best Holiday of All Time,” by offering combinations of traditional recipes like Manischewitz-brined turkey with challah apple stuffing and latkes with cranberry applesauce, others have reflected more deeply on the significance of both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.
Thanksgiving itself is similar to the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot, but there is also a congruence with the importance of religious freedom in both Thanksgiving and Hanukka. In the Hanukkah story, Judah Maccabee leads the Hebrews to freedom from Greek oppression in the 2nd century. Thanksgiving in America celebrates the first harvest of Puritan pilgrims, who arrived in America fleeing religious persecution. In European countries with histories of the Protestant Reformation, Thanksgiving commemorates the harvest as well as religious freedom. This year, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, are ideally merged in both time and significance.
Not all Americans however regard Thanksgiving joyously. For many Native Americans (or First Nations or Indigenous People) Thanksgiving Day is considered a day of mourning which marks the beginning of genocide. The Pilgrim’s first harvest, celebrated in America frequently plays little of no regard to the role of Native Americans at that first harvest, or the subsequent decline in their wellbeing with the increase in settlers.
Paula Bidwell, a Native American observed poignantly that the Thanksgiving marketing strategy completely ignored any element of Native culture or history. For Bidwell and many Native Americans Thanksgiving meant pain and grief and anger; a collective memory of their loss, degradation and marginalisation in their own land.Not a day of giving thanks, but a day of regret.
Lea Gerlach, a descendent of the pilgrim colonists who settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620 took Bidwell’s point to heart. On Thanksgiving Day, instead of the usual prayer that her family sang around the table, Lea, also a Bahai, read a Native American prayer.
Even more remarkably, Bidwell and Gerlach inspired by their faith and the words of Black Elk, focused the anger, grief and historical trauma associated with Thanksgiving towards something proactive
Bidwell and Gerlach worked together to create a website, Many Hoops ,(www.manyhoops.com), to debunk the myths and stereotypes of Thanksgiving festivities and focus instead on the humanity of the original participants, both Native American and pilgrim. The website presents stories, activities and recipes for a richer and more inclusive Thanksgiving celebration. The descendant of Native Americans and a descendant of Pilgrims found friendship and unity in reconceptualising Thanksgiving. Their vision in Many Hoops, is a heart to heart between Bidwell and Gerlach but also an invitation for healing divisions and the guilt of the past in order to see a better, combined future.
Or put more eloquently yet, from Black Elk
‘Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about me was the whole hoop of the world…And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops, that made one circle, wide as daylight and starlight, and in the centre, grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father, and I saw that it was holy.’
Whether you read The Alchemist and were fascinated by the intricate life truths told in such a simple story, or whether the author’s cultural background of Brazilian syncretism resonate within you, we are sure you will agree that author Paul Coelho is an icon of cross cultural relations
From his writing, to his own personal journey, to the work he now does for his own foundation and UNESCO, be inspired this weekend by a life of reconciling extremes, of uniting the spiritual with the material, by reading about and learning from this month’s GOLDENROOM ICON Paul Coelho
When doctors told her there was no cure for her sons’ illness and to brace herself that they would be unlikely to live past three years of age, something inside Joe Mawdsley instinctively rejected the prognosis.
Instead, she sought out alternatives and stumbled upon Conductive Therapy- a philosophy developed over fifty years earlier in Hungary- and which, Mawdsley claims save her sons lives.
Now teenagers, Joe’s sons, William and Thomas help out at The Legacy Rainbow House, that their mother founded and are shining examples of how Conductive Education inspires dreams.
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