Tonight, as people around the world gather to light a candle on the first night of Hanukkah, we are touched to receive this note from one of our supporters. He says “Hanukkah is all about light and illumination. Ironic how often we find ourselves seeking the light of life to guide us and your prosperity candle is just that… it is a light of hope and dreams and inspiration.”
Often it is the simple act of gathering together and lighting a candle that invokes our deepest yearnings for peace and wellbeing. When we light a Prosperity Candle we are choosing to remember that even in the darkest places in our world, there is always the possibility for light. We become aware that our Prosperity Candle is a special illumination, one created by an Iraqi woman who lives in the shadows of war in Baghdad or a woman refugee who has fled her village in Burma or Bhutan to find safety on distant shores.
The gentle flame of a candle reminds us of our shared humanity and offers us a vision of what is possible when we imagine a world lit up with a billion points of light!
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In the spirit of Women’s History Month, our thoughts are drawn to the many women who contribute to society in a myriad of ways while expecting nothing in return. They are hidden from view. Yet these women are transforming communities and making a positive difference in the world. They are unsung heroines.
March is about celebrating women… something we’re pretty excited about. There is so much to appreciate, so many barriers yet to topple, and so many amazing women to recognize for their accomplishments.
Ah, Valentine’s Day. Every year we look forward to it, but here’s the thing. Ever since Eve Ensler started One Billion Rising as part of her V-Day movement to end violence against women and girls, we’ve felt conflicted about this holiday.