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Wednesday, May 10, 2000
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- Food For Thought: "Shall We Hire Him?"
By David Sunfellow
Well, it's about time I let all of you know what has been happening
behind the scenes in recent months.
SEDONA GOES TO WASHINGTON
In January, I told all of you about a trip I was planning to make to
Washington, D.C. with my youngest daughter's sixth grade class. I asked
those of you who were familiar with D.C. to send me any helpful tips
you might have for visiting the big city. Many of you wrote back with
great recommendations which, in turn, helped make the five-day trip
a big success.
I tagged along with the sixth grade class to chronicle their adventure
and produce a video to be shown at Sedona's IMAX Theater and broadcast
on a local cable station. The video, which was originally conceived
of as a fund raiser, didn't raise much money, but it did give eight
sixth graders (and two teachers) a chance to be home town movie stars.
They saw themselves on the big screen the morning of the Oscars and
the local cable station (Channel 17) is currently playing the 52-minute
adventure several times a day. Those of you who have your browsers configured
to use QuickTime 4 can download a couple clips from the movie at:
The 6th Grader's Visit the National Cathedral in D.C.:
End Theme of the 6th Grader's D.C. Video:
What does all of this have to do with NHNE?
THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION
In the old days (you know, a couple years ago), it used to cost hundreds
of thousands of dollars to create broadcast-quality videos. But now
days, with the advent of digital video, the average guy and gal on the
street can produce knock-your-socks-off movies and other multi-media
presentations with a few thousand bucks. Some people, me included, believe
giving the little people of the planet the ability to make movies will
usher in the same kind of revolution that personal computers did. Indeed,
it already is, even though the general public doesn't realize it yet.
Will we be able to use this new technology to promote positive change
in the world? I'm betting on it. The video I produced of the D.C. trip
was one small step in learning how this new technology works. I have
also started a small production company which has been helping me pay
the bills, purchase equipment, and learn the ropes:
Has the digital bug bitten any of you? If so, I invite you to join
a new NHNE discussion list that has been created to support those of
us who want to use this new media to produce alternative, people and
Earth-friendly, forms of news and entertainment. The list will deal
with all aspects of digital production (the best systems to use -- cameras,
computers, software, accessories -- as well as the nuts and bolts of
filming, editing, production). I'm hoping those of us who share an interest
in the digital world can accelerate our learning curve by sharing tips,
tricks, and discoveries. You can subscribe by sending an email message
NHNE NEWS LIST
Because of my preoccupation with all things digital, there haven't
been many posts to NHNE's main mailing list. I have, however, been continuing
to send out daily posts to our news list. Here's a quick sampling of
- Brace Yourself For The Supervirus
- Toxic Drugs In Global Water System
- CrimeNet: Database Of Convicted Criminals
- US East Coast At Risk For Tidal Wave
- Pagans On The Web
- Scientology's "Battlefield Earth"
- Former IRS Agent Challenges IRS
- New Cloning Technique May Reverse Aging Process
- Breakthrough Find Of Hominid Skulls
- Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa
- Dinosaur Heart Found
- 11 Nailed To Crosses In Philippine Ritual
- Photos Of Area 51 Now Online
- The Greatest Revolution In The History Of Astronomy
On average, I send out three or four messages a day to this list. Subscribers
can choose to receive these messages individually, in digest form (all
of the day's posts in one message), or simply check them on the Web.
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NHNE'S FORUM FOR A COMMON UNDERSTANDING
Finally, NHNE's Forum for a Common Understanding is still alive and
kicking. Facilitated by Sherry Stultz, the Forum continues to be a great
place to talk about everything under the sun with others of like mind
from around the world. You can find out more about the Forum, including
how to subscribe, by visiting the Forum's Web page:
And that's it for my update. The rest of this report contains a variety
of important news concerning everything from dream software programs,
to new websites, to the latest controveries (and lawsuits) in the Course
In Miralces world...
With Love & Best Wishes,
DREAM TEMPLE 2.0
By Susan Amon
Back in January of 2000, NHNE announced that an email list would be
organizing for the purpose of reviewing version 1.0 of the Dream Temple
dream journal software. Over the past four months, with the help of
over 100 list members, we not only refined the interface but added many
more features to assist dreamers documenting their dreams!
The way we ran the list was by sending out a series of "Focus
Questions" asking members what they thought of certain features,
how they worked, and how they would improve it. This led to some interesting
discussion dreams and journaling. I can't even begin to express my deep
gratitude to the list members for all their contributions. They can,
however, see their influence in the final version and know that they've
helped many Dream Temple users.
One of the most interesting synchronistic events involved getting a
lot of feedback for people that I should have a "real" dream
symbols library within the Temple. I lost a lot of sleep over this as
I struggled with the fact that all the quality dream symbols sources
were copyright protected. How the heck was I going to provided real
dream symbols to my customers?
Out of the blue I received an email from Wilda B. Tanner, author of
one of my favorite dream books, giving me permission to not only use
her symbols but to create an Introduction to dreaming using selected
chapters from her popular book! I was stunned by my good fortune and
soon got to work scanning her book into an editable text format.
I want to thank David for his help and who he is, and all the list
members that gave me feedback. This has been a wonderful experience
of co-creation that will always remain a special memory for me and which
many people will benefit from now and in the future.
The Dream Temple and the scaled down version Dreamlette are now available
for you to download for FREE. Both applications are Shareware or better
put, "Try-ware", in other words, "try it, and if you
like it, buy it."
To learn more about the Dream Temple software AND community, visit
our new website at:
List of some of the new features to version 2.0:
- Import up to four graphic images per dream
- Dream Symbols by Wilda B. Tanner
- Introduction to dreams and dreaming by Wilda B. Tanner
- Create an instant web page of selected dreams
- Improved graphic interface
- Expandable fields for easier text entry
- Contextual help
- Back Up and Restore options
- Many refinements to existing features
Akasha Software, LLC
CHOOSE AGAIN WEBSITE:
While I am not a Course In Miracles student myself, I continue to end
up in relationship with folks who are. Over the last couple of months,
a new friend of mine, Andre' Gendron, felt guided to create one of the
best, most user-friendly and informative Course-oriented websites I
have seen -- and through some strange twist of fate, I ended up helping
him do it. What follows is a brief advertisement for Andre's new website
that I hope you'll take a peak at.
--- David Sunfellow
DO YOU WANT LOVING AND MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS EVERYDAY OF YOUR LIVES?
Happy and healthy relationships... who hasn't searched for the key
to making them work? Who can deny the importance of relationships in
their life? Who couldn't use a daily miracle regarding relationships?
A new, exciting website is in the works, dedicated to sharing and supporting
you in finding a new perspective and another way "that works"
to achieve happiness. Check out the "choose again" website
for articles, resources, and a free newsletter today!
Fax: (425) 944-4989
Phones: (520) 204-0010, (877) 944-0010
ONGOING COURSE CONTROVERSIES
Speaking of A Course In Miracles, I recently received a copy of a letter
that was sent to the Internet Service Provider that hosts the NHNE Website
from an agency working on behalf of Dr. Kenneth Wapnick, president of
the Foundation for "A Course in Miracles" (FACIM). The letter
insisted that we remove an advertisement we ran for the Course in Miracles
Society (CIMS) concerning the infamous Hugh Lynn Cayce (HLC) version
of the Course. You may remember that CIMS was making the HLC version
of the Course available to anyone who was interested. They did this
believing that Course students had a right to see this earlier version
of the Course -- and that the HLC version of the Course was in the public
domain and, because of this, could not be legally suppressed.
Dr. Wapnick, on the other hand, claimed that the HLC version of the
Course was protected by copyright laws and that it was the wish of Helen
Schucman, the author/scribe of the Course, that the HLC version of the
Course (and other unpublished writings) never see the light of day.
If you managed to miss all the reports I sent concerning the colossal
mess the Course world is currently embroiled in, you can catch up by
visiting the following links:
A Course in Controversy (1/15/2000):
Wapnick on the Hugh Lynn Version of "The Course" (1/28/2000):
D. Patrick Miller's Course Controversy Overview (2/22/2000):
After we received a copy of the letter mentioned above, the offending
ad was pulled. I then contacted Tom Whitmore of CIMS to let him know
what had happened and asked him how things were going. What follows
is Tom's response to me.
--- David Sunfellow
FROM TOM WHITMORE'S LETTER:
Monday, May 1, 2000
CIMS' goal is to end once and for all any secular claims to ownership
and control of the Course, so that students, teachers, scholars, poets,
kings and paupers alike can have full and unfettered access to this
20th century scripture, for whatever uses they are led to make of it.
As volunteers who have committed their time, talent and treasure to
this effort, we have no other agenda and none of us has any personal
stake in the outcome. This posture puts us directly at odds with FACIM
and its allies who claim exclusive proprietary ownership and control
of the Course.
The current status of the situation is that we filed a declaratory
judgment suit in federal court in Nebraska (where all of our activities
are based) on April 3, after lawyer Hodes threatened us with suit because
of the content of our website. These threats, usually followed by capitulation
of the target, have been a hallmark of FACIM's strategy to monopolize
the Course on the Internet. The result is that many of the sites that
had once been maintained by Course students and teachers have disappeared,
and a search of "course miracles" now turns up mostly sites
that are affiliated with FACIM's official site and linked to it through
a web ring.
In any case, four days after we filed our suit, FACIM filed suit against
us in Kentucky where our only connection is a borrowed mail drop. The
judge that was assigned the case by the filing officer was not available
on a Friday afternoon, but nevertheless the local lawyer managed to
find the duty judge and get him to sign a very broad temporary restraining
order that had been drafted by Hodes. He prohibited us from any kind
of infringement of any of the copyrights on ACIM, ostensibly including
even the right to quote small fragments of it in private correspondence.
Hodes' order initially required us to recall all of the hundreds of
copies of the JCIM that we had distributed but, a few days later, the
court deleted that part of the TRO.
We filed responses in both the Nebraska and Louisville courts seeking
to terminate the later filed suit in KY in favor of the case in Nebraska.
In the meantime we agreed to a voluntary extension of the TRO beyond
its original ten day limit. So we are temporarily out of business and
have lost many sales as a result. We have, however, experienced a tremendous
outpouring of sympathy and moral and financial support from all levels
of the Course community, including some of its most influential and
beloved teachers, partly as a result of the abuse that has been heaped
upon us and others by FACIM's unlovely (some would say "brutal")
tactics and partly because of response to the Hugh Lynn Cayce manuscript
of those who have had an opportunity read it, having obtained either
the digital version that is still freely available on the internet or
having seen our printed version.
Although we are presently prevented from advertising or accepting orders
for Jesus' Course in Miracles, we are free to carry on our other activities
and to solicit membership in our Society. Membership is available without
cost to anyone who chooses to align themselves with us in consciousness.
Of course we are also able to accept contributions of financial support.
We are also in the process of developing a newsletter for distribution
to members and others who wish to receive it.
Hearings have been scheduled in both the Nebraska and Kentucky lawsuits,
so there may be further developments to report soon.
We at CIMS very much appreciate your encouragement and support, David.
Please accept our wishes for blessings of love, peace, joy and harmony.
Angels of Love (CIMS)
8111-C Lagrange Road
Louisville, KY 40222
Fax: (402) 391-0343
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CHERNOBYL CHARITY ONLINE
A unique website, Chernobyl Charity Online was launched in Kiev, Ukraine
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Sixteen of America's largest environmental advocacy organizations representing
more than four million members have floated a unique Internet collaboration.
Timed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Earth Day, SaveOurEnvironment.org
showcases an easy way for visitors to contact legislators with a click
of the mouse. Reinforcing the Earth Day 2000 theme of clean energy and
global warming, the major environmental campaign highlighted on the
website is stopping global warming. "What we want for Earth Day's
30th birthday is for all Americans to commit to supporting a clean energy
agenda," said Bud Ris, executive director of the Union of Concerned
Scientists. Visitors can send their Congressional representatives e-postcards
urging support for a rapid transition to cleaner, more efficient cars
and trucks, renewable energy sources and energy efficiency.
Other collaborative campaigns work towards: restoration of ecological
health of the Everglades, coordinated by Mark Van Putten, president
of the National Wildlife Federation; protection of up to 60 million
acres of wild forests, coordinated by Bill Meadows, executive director
of the Wilderness Society; and securing new permanent multi-billion
dollar funding for federal, state, and local government efforts to preserve
land. Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife, coordinates
this joint campaign. The project is funded by a grant from the Turner
Restitution Incorporated is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization dedicated
to promoting healing between offenders and victims. They believe that
every offender has a gift that can be used to give back to the surviving
victims of their crimes or to the community that has been harmed.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
SHALL WE HIRE HIM?
One of the toughest tasks a church faces is choosing a good minister.
A member of an official board undergoing this painful process finally
lost patience. He'd watch the Pastoral Relations Committee reject applicant
after applicant for some fault, alleged or otherwise. It was time for
a bit of soul-searching on the part of the committee, so he stood up
and read a letter purporting to be from another applicant.
"Gentleman: Understanding your pulpit is vacant, I should like
to apply for the position. I have many qualifications: I have been a
preacher with much success and also had some success as a writer. Some
say I'm a good organizer. I've been a leader most places I've been.
"I'm over 50 years of age. I have never preached in one place for
more than three years. In some places I have left town after my work
has caused riots and disturbances. I must admit I have been in jail
three or four times, but not because of any real wrongdoing. My health
is not good, though I still get a great deal done. The churches I have
preached in have been small, though located in several large cities.
I've not got along well with religious leaders in towns where I have
preached. In fact, some have threatened me and even attacked me physically.
I am not too good at keeping records. I have been known to forget whom
I have baptized.
"However, if you can use me, I shall do my best for you."
The board member looked over the committee. "Well, what do you
think? Shall we call him?"
The good church folks were aghast. Call an unhealthy, trouble-making,
absent-minded ex-jailbird? Was the board member crazy? Who signed the
application? Who had such colossal nerve?
The board member eyed them all keenly before he answered. "It's
signed, 'The Apostle Paul.'"
--- Author Unknown
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