Women's Interfaith Initiative (WII)


Women's Interfaith Initiative (WII)

Gathering Women around the world to connect, collaborate, empower, inspire, and activate. SARAH woman's organization is temporarily serving as our connective agent.

Website: http://www.sarah4hope.org
Members: 105
Latest Activity: Feb 12, 2014

Dear Helene,
I am responding to your inquiry about peace activism.
We (SARAH) also believe that we have to be the Peace we wish to see in the community. As women of the community, we accept the responsibility to behave in a manner that promotes generosity, kindness and harmony. When our early vision of creating a lapel pin of our logo was realized and we were holding it in our hand, we realized we had to do more with this little heart shaped token. It was then that our Empowerment Pin was manifested. We created a pledge that accompanies the pin, "When I wear this pin I remember that I am a women of my community dedicated to creating a safe and harmonious environment with my daily actions." You can see the pin on our website www.sarah4hope.org
This is our way of empowering women to be reminded that our actions alone can create a more peaceful society.

Another way we promote peace is through our annual initiative of bringing the community together for a county wide weekend of community service. As an interfaith organization, we have had lots of experience bringing the community together to be spoken to or provided dialogue opportunities. However, what we really learned was that communities thrive and grow, not just when we sit and talk, but when we focus on a unifying goal. Last year we activated 1000 people out to 96 service projects and we know that those who otherwise would not come to the table found themselves working shoulder to shoulder with one another doing something for someone else less fortunate. Walls come down, barriers dissolve and we can develop relationships from a new perspective to create a more peaceful, understanding community. (also on our website).

I cannot wait to read this book!!!

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Started by Sande Hart. Last reply by Jennifer Surdam Jan 15, 2010. 10 Replies

What's the first thing you are going to do when you get home from The Parliament with all that motivation, activation, inspiration and wisdom?

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Comment by Sande Hart on February 12, 2014 at 10:12am

Greetings Women's Interfaith Initiative! 

Will you be at the Commission on the Status of Women, specifically on March 10th?  If so, I am presenting on "The Compassion Games, Effective Community Building for the Spiritual Empowerment of Women and Girls" at The Forum of The Spiritual Empowerment of Women and Girls. I am honored to share the event with Ven. Chung Ohun Lee, Won Buddhism, Her Holiness Sri karunama, Consolee Nishimwe, Author ("Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor's Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope"), Deborah Moldow of The World Peace and Prayer Society. 

I am honored to represent the United Religions Initiative!

Comment by Nugroho Angkasa on May 11, 2013 at 8:59am


Tomorrow it could be you or me if we don’t speak up.

“When Hitler attacked the Jews, I was not a Jew, therefore I was not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the Catholics, I was not a Catholic, and therefore, I was not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the union and the industrialists, I was not a member of the unions and I was not concerned. Then Hitler attacked me and the Protestant church — and there was nobody left to be concerned.”
— Martin Niemoller, 1968, from the US Congressional Record
Comment by Mataji Gauribrata, Rev Eva on January 5, 2012 at 6:37pm
According to the UN, over 50 million girls in India are missing: having been aborted, killed, or neglected to death simply because they are female. In some regions, no baby girl has survived in years. Help us make a difference.
Save and Protect India's Girls
Comment by Sonia Dunbar on May 19, 2011 at 10:39am

Sisters, here are some links relating to Sande's message on 11 Days 11 Ways:


We the World - http://www.wetheworld.org/home.htm

11 Days-11 Ways - http://we.net/11days



Comment by Nugroho Angkasa on April 30, 2011 at 11:31pm

This article was written by Mr. Anand Krishna in Bahasa Indonesia. Then, Mrs. Sylvia from Belgium translated it into English. Source: http://www.kr.co.id/web/detail.php?sid=238248&actmenu=39


Published in Kedaulatan Rakyat Newspaper, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Saturday April 30, 2011

By : Anand Krishna


Gandhi often said that his life was his message. And if we study his life we would find 3 main messages of his core teaching:


Satyagraha, Swadeshi, Ahimsa. Satyagraha consists of two words, ‘Satya means ‘the truth’ and ‘Agraha” means ‘request’. However, Agraha is not an ordinary request. It is 'a request by and for the truth, virtue, and justice’. It is 'a request without compromise’ because the truth does not need to compromise.


In the language of Bung Karno the Architect of the modern Indonesian Republic– it is “strong determination”. Strong determination as well as Satyagraha – emerges from a strong and unshakable conviction in something.

The slogan of Bung Karno ‘Once Independent - Independent Forever” is the manifestation of a Strong Determination – Resoluteness.


Gandhi’s Satyagraha is no other than and no different from the ‘Strong Determination’ of Sukarno. The languages are different, the expressions are different, the idioms are different but the essence is the same. The meaning is the same.

In the language of our forefathers, it is ‘Ichhaa Shakti’ Will Power: a Strong Will. Without ‘willpower’ we cannot do something extraordinary.


Bung Karno said that we can build small meaningless bridges – but we cannot build skyscrapers without determination, without willpower.


Satyagraha and strong determination derived from Swadeshi (Product) from one’s own country. It is the general meaning of swadeshi. More than that, swadeshi also means self-reliance.


In the language of Bung Karno it is self-sufficiency, or to be independent. What does it actually mean? It means to recognize one’s own potential – and to empower yourself (Self-empowerment). In the language of our ancestors it is called ‘Gyana Shakti” The Power of Knowledge, Intelligence, and Wisdom.


To know one’s self means to know one’s potential and also to empower yourself and to add to what one is lacking. So, it is not about knowing yourself passively “Oh, we are only common people anyway”. No.


To know yourself means to realize your own potential fully. Gandhi was an ordinary human being – Sukarno was also an ordinary human being. We can also reach what they have reached. Why not?


For that reason the means that Gandhi suggested and used was Ahimsa, which means Non-violence.


What has become the basis of this principle? Bung Karno explained to his son, Guntur, who was an adolescent, ‘Tat Tvam Asi’. The basis that I am You and You are Me.


Is there something that distinguishes one human being from another? We are all human beings who live on the same planet Earth, under the same sky as well. ‘One Earth, One Sky, One Humankind’

Not only the violence we committed against our fellow human beings, but also the violence we committed against all sentient beings has impacts on ourselves.


We hunt the innocent birds. They are dead – the caterpillars that become their food grow and multiply freely. And later they become a plague which attacks our fields and our bodies.


Ahimsa means Loving, Caring, and Sharing – love each other, care for each other and share with each other.
It is ‘Gotong Royong” (cooperation) in the terms of Bung Karno. Without the cooperation principles – one for all, all for one – we become petty human beings, narrow-minded, and selfish.


In the language of our ancestors, it is Kriya Shakti or The Power of Action. It means, it is not only a concept or philosophy but it is something applicable. It’s something that has to be practiced.


The three mantras, Satyagraha, Swadeshi, and Ahimsa, Strong Determination, Independence, and Cooperation are the amulets which can save our nation.


And not only can it save our nation but also other nations in the world. These three mantras are the World Savior. It is the Messiah; it is the Mahatma that is awaited by the world.


Therefore, we have to apply those mantras in our own life. Yes, to apply! These mantras are not to be uttered, repeated like a parrot. These mantras must be lived, done, practiced.


Be assured that you also can become Gandhi or Bung Karno if you have a strong determination, believe in your ability, and work together to help each other. Not only New Indonesia is in sight but also the New World. Be the connector, contributor to that new world. Be the citizen of that new world. Yes, you can! q - o. (2842-2011).

*) Anand Krishna, observer of social issues, humanist, and author of more than 140 books.


Comment by Nugroho Angkasa on April 22, 2011 at 12:59am




BALI, Indonesia, April 21, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Indonesian Prominent Spiritualist Anand Krishna is lying weak on a hospital bed in East Jakarta. He was treated for his heart condition after having a heart attack before attending the trial (16/3). Last year (5/4/2010) after an exhausting 12 hours of questioning, he collapsed in Jakarta Police Station and had developed a irregular heart beat condition called bigimenie. He was also suffering from acute diabetes, high blood pressure and earlier leukemia history.


He has been on hunger-strike since March 9th 2011 after South Jakarta District Court Judge Hari Sasangka delivered an order for the detention although Anand has been cooperative throughout the hearings since the case went to trial in August 2010, and almost no substantial evidences and witnesses related to the case had been presented. His blood plasma glucose level has dropped to 68 mg/dL (29/3), and is still dropping, but he is planned to be transferred to Cipinang Penitentiary soon by the authority.


Anand is conducting a hunger-strike, as his non-violent resistance and determination to fight against unjust and unfair treatment of the Indonesian law system, rather than against the person who acts against him.


A prominent human rights activist and Indonesia senior law practitioner, Adnan Buyung Nasution, said that the order of judge to detain Anand was considered a reckless decision, and violated Article 158 of Criminal Code and Indonesian Judge's Code of Conduct of not taking side before the official court verdict. "I've been practicing law for 50 years and just only this time, I find that a judge can put a defendant in guilty side before officially court verdict reached," he said when visiting Anand in the hospital last Thursday (24/3).


The Interfaith activist was charged under Article 290 and 294 of Criminal Code, namely committing obscene acts with someone who is unconscious or helpless. But according to Anand's lawyer, Dwi Ria Latifah S.H., the three-member panel of judges is leading the process of trial to dig out facts and witnesses related to Anand's thinkings and writings, rather than to the facts and witnesses to the sexual charges. She alleges that there was a conspiracy to criminalize Anand's thinkings because it appears that almost no fair effort was made by the presiding judges to find out the truth about the sexual harassment's indictment against Anand.


Former Indonesia Ministry of Research and Technology, Muhammad AS Hikam as friend of Gus Dur, in his blog also voiced his support to free Anand Krishna from an unjust, unhuman and unfair trial.


For more about Anand Krishna, please visit :




email: ashram@anandkrishna.org

For further information, please contact: Prasant GangtaniMobile: +628159977979E-mail: gangtani@gmail.com

SOURCE Anand Ashram Foundation

Comment by Nugroho Angkasa on April 16, 2011 at 7:42am

This note was written by Gerard Barrie on the 36th day of Anand Krishna's hunger strike. Today is the 39th day, his life is in danger in every walking hours. SOS Urgently need a quick respond to press Indonesian Goverement.

http://freeanandkrishna.com/en/ Thanks


Sign the petition and also pass it on: Today, Wednesday April 13rd, 2011 is the thirty sixth day of Anand Krishna's hunger strike and he is very close to death in an Indonesian Police Hospital as it seems he is being systematically starved to death rather than being offered the chance of a fair trial.

Sign the petition at www.gopetition.com -Free Anand Krishna - do not silence his voice of nationality, harmony mission, and his principal of unity in diversity


This is a totally bizarre case possibly involving false memory syndrome and what appears to be denying the accused anything remotely resembling a fair trial to such a degree that that he had no choice but to go on hunger strike from March 9th,2011 in a non-violent struggle for a just trial for him and justice for others in his home country of Indonesia.
Today, Wednesday April 13rd, 2011 is the thirty sixth day of Anand Krishna's hunger strike and he is very close to death in an Indonesian Police Hospital as it seems he is being systematically starved to death rather than being offered the chance of a fair trial.

He has lost 25 kg weight can hardly open his eyes or speak some words.


Although it appears quite obvious that there is something more sinister involved in this process other than an accusation of sexual harassment using as evidence what could well be false memory syndrome, I am contacting you in the hope that you can shed some light on the situation in order for Anand Krishna to get the fair trial that every human being deserves.


I must also point out that the Indonesian judicial system has a notorious reputation for corruption, so much so that in 2002 the UN inspector described it as one of the worst cases he had seen.


Anand Krishna has been detained in prison from March 9th 2011 after he had been attending court since August over an accusation of sexual harassment from one of his former students,a nineteen year old woman who had this realization after undergoing hypnotherapy.


Dewi Pratomo  admitted in the media that she had been practicing hypnotherapy for twenty years although the Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI) said that she had just completed her distance learning education in February 2009. (email of the Director of Distance Education HMI, Elaine Perliss C.Ht. at elaine@hypnosis.edu dated Dec 15, 2010).

Another Hypnotherapist Wowiek Prasantyo Mardigu also claimed in the court that he had undertaken a 9 months long training with the Hypnotherapy Training Institute (HTI), but the director of the institution denied his claim (an Email from the director of the HTI -


Randal Churchill at churchill@hypnotheraphy.com dated on Dec 21, 2010 confirmed that this was not true).
In court, Mardigu, also said that he would do anything according to the order of the clients who had paid  him. 
Dewi Pratomo also claimed in the media that after isolating the accuser from the outside world for four  months and conducting forty five sessions of hypnotherapies, she had successfully recovered repressed memories of the accuser and there was sexual abuse.


However, according to many hypnotherapy experts, forty five sessions of hypnotherapy within four months was not only UNETHICAL, but also could lead to implanting false memories. ( no programe in AAF was designed or offered that isolated a person from the outside world)


Therefore on March 9th,2011 on this evidence and the evidence of the accuser, Anand Krishna was ordered to be detained despite his serious health condition and full cooperation in attending court proceedings since August and remains in detention on hunger strike today even though the trial has been going on close to eight months with no evidence and no substantial witness


His lawyer Darwin Aritonang SH has pointed out that this detention clearly violates the law and the human rights figure and lawyer Adnand Buyong Nasution has also expressed his doubts over this procedure saying "I have been practicing my occupation in the field of law for 50 years.This is the first time I saw something like this. There is a judge who already pronounced a defendant guilty before he delivers the official verdict of court."

Dewi Pratomo, Tara’s personal theraphist, was also allowed by court to become expert witness in the trial,thereby denying any chances of objectivety and conflict of interest.

Right now, the case is only relying on the expert witness, the two hypnotheraphists whose educational and proffessional credentials are in serious doubt and the prosecuting lawyer also Criminal Lawyer, Dr Satrio from Indonesian University, who is a known supporter of the Islamic Defender Front FPI.


The Islamic Defender Front (FPI) the notoriously violent and extreme Islamic Group also attended Anand Krishna's trial on Sept 16th, 2011 although they have never been known to attend such a trial before. (for more info on this group see http://en wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic Defenders Front) 


Through his actions, Anand Krishna has been an advocate of peace and understanding among the people's of his country Indonesia and it seems that these unfortunate events have come about at a time when it appears that a small but very powerful section of the religious community is striving for the implementation of religious-based law in Indonesia despite the heterogeneous nature of it's population. .

He has spoken to millions through television shows,radio talks,in-house trainings,books,newspaper interviews and articles,as well as daily meetings and workshops held at Anand Ashram (affiliated with the United Nations),One Earth Retreat Center, Anand Krishna Center and Graha Indonesia which he established.

Therefore only the most callous of people would not agree that Anand Krishna should be released from detention to avoid being systematically starved to death and allowed to face a fair trial.

Comment by Sande Hart on October 3, 2010 at 12:46pm
SARAH created the Vision of Peace Award to acknowledge those people who's shoulders we stand on, respect, honor and love. They not only hold a vision of peace but perpetuated it into the world. Yesterday, we presented our 4th Vision of Peace Award to Riane Eisler at an event that we co-sponsored with 9 other woman's organizations.
In this photo, SARAH Sisters (from left to right) Janet Penn, Joy Adams, Sande Hart, Riane Eisler (honorary) Kathe Schaaf, Charlotte Backman, Kathie Murtey, Mary Hunt, Rev. Dr. Peggy Price).
If this photo is not appearing, please see us at www.sarah4hope.org

Comment by Rev. Doju D. Freire on May 10, 2010 at 2:13am
Dear Sande,
thank you so much for the good new about all.
I'm sorry that lastly I couldn't follow weel PeaceNext net, but I think and pray for the best to you ALL.

Love blessings
Comment by Reverend Cheen on March 28, 2010 at 8:53pm
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