1) Pictures found the Net today, Friday, September 17th:
Ashdod, Israel: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish believers perform the Kaparot ceremony before the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, the most important day in the Jewish calendar
Ahmadabad, India: A man immerses an idol of the Hindu god Ganesh in the Sabarmati river.
2) Question - Pick a passage from the Holy Book of your faith that has help you make your life better.
Being an Atheist I am not restricted to any one holy book. One of the tenants of my non-religious faith is that the better I understand the people I share my world with, the better I can learn to live with them. Together we will learn to live in peace.
The doctrine of treating each other with kindness will do more to create a world where we live together in peace, than any other aspect of faith.
“O mankind! We created you from a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes that you may know and honor each other (not that you should despise one another). Indeed the most honorable of you in the sight of God is the most righteous.” Chapter 49, Verse 13
“The beginning and end of Torah is performing acts of loving kindness.”
Confucius 551 BC:
“Five things constitute perfect virtue: gravity, magnanimity, earnestness, sincerity and kindness.”
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
Luther Standing Bear (Native American Oglala Sioux):
“Out of the Indian approach to life there came a great freedom, an intense and absorbing respect for life, enriching in a Supreme Power, and the principles of truth, honesty, generosity, equity, and bortherhood as a guide to mundane relations.”
A video from The Charter of Compassion - http://charterforcompassion.org/