GOVV | CALLING | Applicants for Multicultural Festivals and Events Grants 2019-20 | open now, until 6 September 2019

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Is your community celebrating a significant cultural or religious festival, event or national day between 1 January and 30 June 2020?

If yes, your organisation can now apply to receive a Victorian Government Multicultural Festivals and Events Grant.
Apply now for a Multicultural Festivals and Events Grant

What are Multicultural Festivals and Events Grants?
Grants supporting Victoria’s diverse multicultural and multifaith communities to celebrate, preserve and share customs and traditions in meaningful ways and build cross-cultural awareness and understanding.

What can the grants fund?
All festivals and events need to be open to all Victorians to attend and showcase Victoria’s diverse multicultural communities.
Events that can be funded include:
  • Celebrations of significant cultural or religious days or festivals
  • Multicultural performances or exhibitions
  • Conferences that foster community unity and intercultural relationships.
  • Festivals and events can include one or more cultural or religious group.

What are the grant amounts?
Grants available include:
  • Small grants up to $2,000
  • Medium grants up to $25,000
  • Large grants up to $75,000
Organisations supported by an auspice organisation can apply for a small grant only.
There has been a number of key changes to the program. Please read the program guidelines carefully.

Who can apply?
To be eligible to apply, your organisation must:

  • Be a not-for-profit organisation
  • Be an incorporated legal entity, registered under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic)
  • Have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)

If you don’t have an ABN your organisation may still be able to apply if you are supported by an eligible auspice organisation that has agreed to manage the grant for you.

Applications close
11.59pm, 6 September 2019.

Apply now

Want more information about the application process? 
Attend a grant information session near you. 
Shepparton 15 August 2019
Wynham 20 August 2019
Geelong 20 August 2019
Ballarat 21 August 2019
Bendigo 27 August 2019

Translating and interpreting service
If you need an interpreter to assist you over the phone or to attend an information session call 131 450 or visit the Translating and interpreting service website.

State Government of Victoria
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division
Level 16, 35 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

UNHCR | REPORT | Global Displacement Figures at a Glance | 2019

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An unprecedented 70.8 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 25.9 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.

We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record.

There are also millions of stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.

In a world where nearly 1 person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees work is more important than ever before.

The workforce is the backbone of UNHCR. As of 31 May 2019, employing 16,803 people, of whom around nearly 90 per cent are based in the field.

UNHCR is based in Geneva, Switzerland although work is conducted in 134 countries, with personnel based in a mixture of regional and branch offices and sub and field offices. Our teams work hard to help the displaced, specializing in a wide range of disciplines, including legal protection, administration, community services, public affairs and health.

UNHCR are funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions, with 86% from governments and the European Union. 3% comes from other inter-governmental organizations and pooled funding mechanisms, while a further 10% is from the private sector, including foundations, corporations and the public. Additionally, we receive a limited subsidy (1%) from the UN budget for administrative costs, and accept in-kind contributions, including items such as tents, medicines and trucks.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Case Postale 2500, CH-1211 Genève 2 Dépôt, Suisse.
Tel: +41 22 739 8111 (automatic switchboard)

SICV | FORUM | Freedom of Religion: Responsibility, Respect and Dignity in a Pluralist Society | Saturday 31 August 2019

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Join this inaugural Interfaith Forum including Keynote Speakers from Singapore & Australian Human rights Commission and panel discussion by Prominent Religious and spiritual Leaders of Buddhist, Baha'i, Christian, Hindu, Indigenous, Muslim and Sikh traditions.

Event includes Sikh Faith Exhibition; Delicious Punjabi Lunch and Masal Chai/Tea provided; Musical performance by Dya Singh and Try on a Sikh Turban

Keynote speakers:

  • Mr Chin Tan, Race Discrimination Commissioner Australia
  • Mr Bhajan Singh (Singapore), Former Member, Singapore Presidential Council for Religious Harmony (PCRH), National Steering Committee for Racial and Religious Harmony, Chairman, Sikh Advisory Board Singapore.

Moderator, Professor Joseph Camilleri, OAM (La Trobe University)

Forum panelists:

  • Dr Jackie Huggins, AM, FAHA, Former Co-Chair, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
  • Sheikh Alaa El Zokm, Member, Board of Imams Victoria & Australian National Imams Council
  • Bishop Phillip Huggins, President, National Council of Churches in Australia
  • Mr Jasbir Singh Suropada, Chairperson, Sikh Interfaith Council of Victoria
  • Swami Sunishthananda, Vice President, Vedanta Centre of Melbourne
  • Venerable Thich Phuoc Tan, OAM, Abbot of Quang Minh Temple &   President, Buddhist Council of Victoria.
  • Ms Ida Walker, Director of Discourse, Australian Baha’i Community


  • 10.45am: Registration, coffee & tea, Exhibition on Sikh Faith 
  • 11.30am-12.15pm: Vegetarian Lunch provided
  • 12.15pm: Formal Program commences, followed by Q and A.
  • 2.30pm: Musical and Cultural performances
  • 3.30pm: Program concludes.

Where: Swinburne University of Technology, Advanced Technologies Centre (ATC), 427-451 Burwood Road, Hawthorn.

Cost: Free

Bookings: For registration and catering purposes, book online through Eventbrite

Sikh Interfaith Council of Victoria
Jasbir Singh Suropada, Chairperson
Mob: 0431203177

VWT | TALKING | Economic Justice | Strengthening our Economy | Thursday 15 August 2019 | Arrive 5.30pm for 6-7.30pm

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Doing Better by Australian Women. The future is gender equality.

Everyone in our society should have a fair go, but that’s not what our economy delivers. The reality in modern Australia is that women are being short changed at every turn.

This is the reality in modern Australia is that women are being short changed at every turn. Refuges for women and children fleeing men’s violence are chronically underfunded (and have been for decades); the gender pay gap is still hovering at 14.1%; and after a lifetime of unpaid work, Australian women are retiring with roughly 40% less super than men.
“Men won't easily give up a system in which half the world's population works for next to nothing [...] precisely because that half works for so little, it may have no energy left to fight for anything else.” Marilyn Waring
Hear feminist economist Dr Marilyn Waring and investigative journalist Michael West talk economic justice and bold solutions. The event will be moderated by author & journalist Kerry-Anne Walsh with an introduction from VWT Executive Director Mary Crooks AO.

Where: Northcote Town Hall, 189 High St, Northcote

Cost: Full/Concession $25/$15. (Transaction Fees apply - $3.9 when booking online, $5 when booking over the phone or free of charge when purchasing in person at the venue)

Bookings: online through Northcote Town Hall

Victorian Women's Trust

JCCV | DEBATING | Is Laughter the best medicine? | Monday 19 August 2019 | arrive 6.45pm for 7pm start

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The Not-So Holy Fourth Comedy Debate 2019 in just around the corner!

With the witty and very cheeky Father Bob acting as Moderator, and including the very clever and hilarious panellists and a wonderful pre debate entertainment:
  • Ms Justine Sless
  • Mr Michael Shafar
  • Mr Jacob Sacher
  • Mr Cemil Yildiz
  • Ms Annie Louey
Where: Melbourne Town Hall, Corner Swanston and Collins Streets, Melbourne

Bookings: Limited Seats! Book your tickets online through EventBrite

Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV)
Beth Weizmann Community Centre, 306 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield South, VIC 3162, Australia

The event is hosted by the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) and the Australian Intercultural Society (AIS) generously supported by the State Government and the City of Melbourne.

SDSJH | TRAINING | Basics of Community Organising, Lobbying & Campaign Strategy | Saturday 24 August 2019 | 9.30am-1pm

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Join Denisse Sandoval in this hands-on workshop focusing on community organising, lobbying and developing campaign strategies to address issues of concern to the community. 

Denisse Sandoval is an experienced practitioner who is employed in Uniting Church's Justice and International Mission area.

Where: St John's Uniting Church, 567 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick

Cost: Free

Bookings: Places are limited. RVSP COB Monday 19 August 2019 by going online through Facebook

Side Door Social Justice Hub
St John's Uniting Church
Address: 567 Glen Huntly Road Elsternwick
Contact: Michael Forbes, Co-Chair
Tel: 0400 631 264

ARKC | HONOURING | Our Differences - Telling Our Stories | Sunday 25 August 2019 | Arrive 2.30pm for 3-5pm

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Our personal stories give meaning and depth to our lives. 

Come along and hear from Zalman Kastel, National Director of Together for Humanity, Rufiath Yousuff, a lawyer and active advocate for Muslim women and Rev Ian Smith, Vice President of the Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia and Executive Officer of the VCC tell their stories.

After a welcome from Rabbi Gabi Kaltmann from the Ark Centre and stories from the panel with Q&A there will be an opportunity for people of the Abrahamic faiths to connect, engage and share your own personal experiences and stories with each other in interactive discussion.

Where: Ark Centre, 7 Cato St. East Hawthorn VIC 3123

Cost: This is a free event.

Bookings: Numbers are limited so book early. Register online through Eventbrite.

The Ark Centre (ARKC)
Address: 7 Cato St. East Hawthorn VIC 3123

A collaboration between The Ark Centre and The Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia

AAD | ACKNOWLEDGING | Climate & Biodiversity Emergency

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The twin crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are the most serious issue of our time. 

Globally, buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats.

For everyone working in the construction industry, meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in our behaviour. Together with our clients, we will need to commission and design buildings, cities and infrastructures as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system.

The research and technology exist for us to begin that transformation now, but what has been lacking is collective will.

Recognising this, we are committing to strengthen our working practices to create architecture and urbanism that has a more positive impact on the world around us.

Australian Architects Declare
Spokesperson: Caroline Pidcock

BMIN | TOUR | Places of Worship by Bus | Wed 4 September 2019 | 8.50am-2.45pm

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All aboard the friendship bus to the Islamic Museum of Australia in Thornbury and Gurudwara Sahib in Cragieburn.

Islamic Museum of Australia in Thornbury. The Islamic Museum of Australia (IMA) provides educational and cross-cultural experiences and showcases the artistic and cultural heritage of Muslims in Australia and abroad. Through the five permanent galleries — Islamic Faith, Islamic Contributions to Civilisation, Art, Architecture and Australian Muslim History — the museum fosters a more nuanced and realistic understanding of what it means to be an Australian Muslim.

Gurudwara Sahib in Cragieburn. This is the centre of the local Sikh community, spreading the values of sikhism and fulfilling the religious needs of the community. People from a radius of around 35Kms come here every Sunday and Wednesday, for the Diwans (Prayers). This Gurudwara Sahib offers some free facilities to the public, such as the Use of kitchen, Van for Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, and Rooms for stay. This Gurudawara was designed keeping in mind the Traditional design and structure of the Indian Historical Gurudawaras which will be prominent in the special design of the Gurudawara Building.

  • 8.50am: Visy Cares Hub - 80B Harvester Rd, Sunshine
  • 9.10am: Footscray Town Hall - 61 Napier St, Footscray
Drop off
  • 2.30pm: Footscray Town Hall - 61 Napier St, Footscray
  • 2.45pm: Visy Cares Hub - 80B Harvester Rd, Sunshine

Cost: Please note that there is $5 fee per person to be collected on the day to cover 50% of the Islamic Museum entry fee. 

Considerations: Free lunch and refreshments will provided.

Brimbank and Maribyrnong Interfaith Network (BMIN)
Maribyrnong City Council
Contact: Petr Svoboda
Tel: 9688 0452

Organised in partnership with Melton Interfaith Network with generous support from Victorian Multicultural Commission. 

SS4C | CALLING | For Global #ClimateStrike | 20 September 2019

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Take the day off to demand climate justice for everyone.  

Adults around the nation are called upon by school students from cities and towns across Australia to support their united call to:
  1. Stop the Adani coal mine
  2. No new coal, oil and gas projects
  3. 100% renewable energy by 2030

UN | ASPIRING | International Day of Peace | 21 September 2019

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Climate Action for Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The theme draws attention to the importance of combatting climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world.

Climate change causes clear threats to international peace and security. Natural disasters displace three times as many people as conflicts, forcing millions to leave their homes and seek safety elsewhere. The salinization of water and crops is endangering food security, and the impact on public health is escalating. The growing tensions over resources and mass movements of people are affecting every country on every continent.

The United Nations Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere, and ensure that their rights were protected.  The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG16) “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone. Peace will enable a sustainable environment to take shape and a sustainable environment will help promote peace.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.
The Universal Declaration – the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages - is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was adopted.
“It is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that landmark document.” Secretary-General António Guterres
The Universal Declaration states in Article 3. “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” These elements build the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

Yet, the Universal Declaration does not include a separate article on “Right to Peace”. This is why we ask you this year:

What does “The Right to Peace” mean to you? Share your ideas with us through #peaceday and #standup4humanright.

In the lead up to the International Day of Peace on 21 September, we call upon all to take action. There are many ways, here are some suggestions:
  • You can support SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions by seeking  peaceful resolution of conflict when disagreements arise around you.  You can be part of the solution by taking small steps. You can prevent an injustice at school or in your community by adopting a non-violent approach to problem solving and reporting potential crimes, including online bullying.  
  • You can promote human rights by collecting and promoting videos of as many articles as possible in as many languages as possible. Record yourself reading one of the 30 articles of the Declaration in any of the 135 languages currently available and share your video with your friends.
  • You can engage by speaking up when others are at risk and stand with others’ human rights at work, in school and around the dinner table.
  • You can reflect how each of us can stand up for rights, every day.
Human rights are everyone's rights.

United Nations
International Day of Peace | 21 September

GEIFN | MEDIA | Mix | August 2019


Best wishes for less Suffering, more Happiness with Good Health and Time to Enjoy it. Welcome to Armenian calendar 1468.

Forgive the intrusion, this month's Grabs for personal consideration.

Let’s begin by sharing an insight:
“Be loyal to those who are not present, in doing so you build the trust of those who are present” Stephen Covey
Discuss with sincerity. Deny untruth. Dismiss unuseful. Accept useful. Adapt to change. Adopt least effort most benefit. Adept with sharing. Enjoy throughout. As each case may be. Round. And again. Or not.

-- Media Words
-- TED Talks
-- Guest Sings
-- Street Jives
-- Wisdom Reconciles
-- Challenge Reflects

Approx 5 min reads

Karl Quinn explores the virtues of aging and remaining alive to/in/with the world, revealing behind the scenes reasons for “Palm Beach stars Bryan Brown and Sam Neill reflect on 40 years of friendship” via WA Today

Ben Groundwater explores virtues of train travel, moving hearts, minds and prospects without costing the earth, arguing reasons to “Forget planes: Why travelling by train is the best method of transport” via

James Massola explores a building whose walls talk of remarkable change, from colonialisation to occupation to independence, dispatching from “Majapahit Hotel, a history buff's delight” via The Brisbane Times

Samantha Selinger-Morris reviews a program exploring self-ownership of personal story, inclusive of darkness and light, the new ending rights itself “Lambs of God: 'Twisted fairytale' explores the abuse of women by powerful men” via The Brisbane Times

Peter Wells explores valuing the spoken word, transmission of learning and awaking sleeping “Indigenous languages: A podcast preserves languages that aren't written” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Henrietta Cook explores citizenry, civics and sharing responsibility when “'I don't know who to vote for': students trigger civics revamp” via The Age

Brian Johnston explores different responses to technological progress, public expression and collective benefit, shining a light “Inside the world's top temples of transport” via

Pallavi Singhal and Yan Zhuang explores the valuing of a safe, supportive environment in improving learning outcomes, citing  “Discipline, data and determination: how some schools overcome disadvantage” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Joanne Orlando explores efforts and role of self-actuality in improving online safety, reasoning that “Instagram offers 'rethink' option, but we all have a rethink function and should use it” via  The Brisbane Times

Stephen Russell explores fairytales, identity and character formation, reviewing reasons why “Candy Bowers' One the Bear is a hip-hop fairytale worth seeing” via The Age

Debbie Enker explores origins, destination and passages, reviewing and revealing why “Benjamin Law examines his, and Australia's, Chinese ancestry” via WA Today

Jason Steger explores origin stories, whitewashed history and reclaiming truth, a story for our times as “Melissa Lucashenko wins Miles Franklin award for Too Much Lip” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Deborah Snow explores efforts to address inequity, right injustice and be part of national integrity, as “Indigenous leaders find their voice 'we're in this for the long game'” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Maureen Matthews explores Ancient Greek 8 shades of Love, relevance for modern times, declaring “What the world needs now is a lot more agape” via WA Today

Nick O’Malley explores an example of accepting a global reality, valuing country and industry consensus and creation of cleaner futures, reporting “How Germany closed its coal industry without sacking a single miner” via The Age

Ray Edgar explores a war-torn migration story contributing to a shared, composed and diversely brighter future, revealing lessons why “Bauhaus Now celebrates the messy side of design's 100-year-old upstart” via The Brisbane Times

Henrietta Cook explores a collaborative approach to nurturing life skills, positive role modeling and supportive environments providing “A deal Hayden couldn't refuse: cheap housing in exchange for study” via The Sydney Morning Herald

John Collett explores superannuation approach expected to deliver real value to responsive caring society as “Hesta invests in affordable housing for ambos, nurses, police” via The Age

Kylie Northover explores examples of creative collaborations between Mother Nature, Skilful Scientists and Waste Watching, for a brighter future, be awesomely inspired by “The art of clean living” via WA Today

Madeleine Heffernan explores an example of engaging community, interactive learning spaces and growing beneficiaries in “The little school that could” via The Age

Henrietta Cook explores growing evidence and benefits of valuing and learning the local language as “Record number of students flock to Aboriginal languages” via The Sydney Morning Herald

10-20min presentations

Khadija Gbla: Born a girl in the wrong place (19 mins)

Brad Dirks: My Journey as a Proud Father of a Transgender Son (16 mins)

Wade Davis: The Mask of Masculinity (14 mins)

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness (19 mins)

David Katz: The surprising solution to ocean plastic (12 mins)

Approx 5 min presentation

Ed Sheeran with Andrea Bocelli - Perfect Symphony

Approx 2 min presentation

Sesame Street with John Legend: Come Together

Approx 20 min presentation

Satyamev Jayate Season 3 | Episode 3 | Accepting Alternative Sexualities (70 mins)
Satyamev Jayate looks respectfully and inclusively at perceptions, misunderstanding and biases facing the LGBT – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender – community in India.

Approx 30 min presentation + reflection times

If desired, a short selection of publicly available material on a chosen theme for personal reflection.

For best results, sit comfortably with a straight back, have headphones in a shared space, after each clicked link, allow a little reflection with your personally-held view before clicking on the next link.

Get ready to Reflect!
Choose your playing level:
Be introduced at 1.
Be soothed at 2-4.
Be shocked at 5.
Be inspired at 6.
Fuller illumination 1-6.
And yes, its a repeat of an oldie and a goodie. Or not. You be the judge.

Cryptic Clue:
What to do when dealing with failure, disappointment or lasting sorrow?

1. Inspire
2. Perspire
3. Collaborate
4. Engage: Test for personal circumstances, if useful keep, if unuseful discard, if exceeds needs, share mindfully
5. Endure: Adapt for present times without sacrificing intent
6. Endear: (Inspiring Others To Tend the Flame) live/ demonstrate/ inspire/ teach experience with others

From mid 17th century, from Latin iners, inert- = unskilled, inactive, from in- = expressing negation + ars, art- = skill, art.

1. lacking the ability or strength to move independently. Ie, the patient lay inert in their bed.
2. lacking vigour. Ie, an inert political system.
3. chemically inactive.

From mid 17th century (in the sense ‘perform, practise’), from Latin exserere = put forth, from ex- out + serere = to join, bind.

1. [with object] apply or bring to bear (a force, influence, or quality). Ie, the moon exerts a force on the Earth. Ie, how much control can an individual exert over their own life?
2. (exert oneself) make a physical or mental effort. Ie, a researcher needs to exert oneself to try to find an answer.

From late 15th century (in the sense ‘include (text) in a piece of writing’), from Latin insert- put in, from the verb inserere, from in- into + serere = to join, bind.

1. place, fit, or push (something) into something else. Ie, the tenant inserted the key in the lock.
• include (text) in a piece of writing. Ie, the lawyer immediately inserted a clause into later contracts.
• place (a spacecraft or satellite) into an orbit or trajectory. Ie, the astronaut inserted the ship into equatorial orbit.
• Biology incorporate (a piece of genetic material) into a chromosome. Ie, the viral DNA is inserted into the host genome.
2. Anatomy & Zoology, (of a muscle or other organ) a connected object attached to a part, especially that which is moved. Ie, the muscle that raises the wing is inserted on the dorsal surface of the humerus.
3. A disconnected object that has been inserted into another.
Ie, a loose page or section in a magazine or other publication, typically one carrying an advertisement. Ie, a printed card supplied with a CD or DVD and giving information about it.
4. A disparate object connected to an object. Ie, an ornamental section of cloth or needlework inserted into a garment.
5. An additional or supplementary object connected to a greater whole. Ie, a shot inserted in a film or video.


-- Chant Mantrastyle

One strategy to go from a period of being inert is to know what/how/why to exert while understanding where/when to insert with all, some or sum of the above meanings. Or not. As the case may be.

This is universal basis of re:lig:ion (again:uniting:energy). Here in this email, we'll hear it as countless sounds: of thoughts, words and actions wishing, causing and receiving less Suffering and more Happiness. For benefit initially of the individual increasing in beneficiaries until it includes all across all times and directions.

It is not personal, it just the way things are.