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Determined to Care

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Day 13 #bahaiblogging

Following on my thoughts about patience, I thought I would share once more a video blog I made in December 2014 on the virtues of determination and caring/compassion.

This piece contains the true story of Lua Getsinger, one of the pioneers of the Baha'i Faith in the USA. You can find out more about Lua Getsinger on She was ill for much of her life, but didn't let that stop her from being caring to others (though it was hard to be as caring as 'Abdu'l-Baha, as we see in this video!)

Peace, Niki

PS Just in case the video embed doesn't work, here is the URL to the video on YouTube. You will need to copy and paste - this text editor doesn't like the punctuation marks in the URL:

Virtues, Virtues, Virtues

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

We've covered 18 virtues so far in our weekly Video Blog The Friday Fix (link on our Home Page). For 2015, we are testing an expanded game board with room for 65 virtues. We have increased from 56 virtues to 68! Who knew there were so many? Most of them are described very well at The Virtues Project website (

We invite your feedback on which of the 12 new virtues you would most like to see included. Here they are in alphabetical order. (For a list of the original 56, see the new Virtues page, under the About the Game tab.)













Book Study Groups on Compassion

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Out of the Dinner Dialogue at Spartanburg Prebyterian, 3 Interfaith study groups will be convening soon to study and consult using the book "Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life" by Karen Armstrong. See for more on the book and the intentionality behind this effort. 

I am posting below more details for the Greenville group, which starts on December 9. (Niki Daniels will joining this group).  Please note all are invited to attend, whether you were at the Dinner Dialogue or not. The sessions will be held once every two months, for one calendar year, and participants will share a light meal at each session. Just email the contact person listed if you want to join.

The two other groups will be in Spartanburg. Contact: Didi Terry at

One group will meet at First Presbyterian Church's Arthur Center.

This group will convene at noon (12pm) on the second Thursday of every other month, starting November 13th.

The other will convene at Temple B'nai Israel at 146 Heywood Rd. in Spartanburg, also on the second Thursday of every other month, starting November 13th, but at 6pm.

Greenville Compassion Study Group Details

Location: The Atlantic Institute [12 Davis Keats Dr. in Greenville].

Dates: Every other month, on the second Tuesday of the month [Dec. 9, Feb. 10, Apr. 14, June 9, Aug. 11, Oct. 13]

Time: 6:30pm

Readings: 2 Chapters/session, completing the book on the final session after the interfaith community gathering on Sept. 10, 2015 [For Dec. 9, read the Preface, First Step, and Second Step]

Facilitators: Team of M.B. Ulmer, Akif Aydin, and the Atlantic Institute

Meal: We will share a light meal at each session; the first will be provided by the Atlantic Institute.

Please RSVP to Christina Bell

Compassion: An Interfaith Conversation

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Join a special Interfaith discussion about compassion with a complimentary meal.

Keynote Speaker: Rabbi Yossi Liebowitz (who will be joined by other members by the religious community)

Date: Thursday, September 11, 6-8pm

Location: First Presbyterian Church, Fogartie Hall, 393 E Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29302 (RSVP at 583.4531 by Monday, Sept 8 )

There is no cost to participate; a free meal will be provided.

To receive updates directly, you could join the Interfaith Forum of Upstate South Carolina's Facebook page:

Reliability (Friday Fix Episode 1)

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I launched a Video Blog  or 'Vlog' last Friday. If you missed it you can watch on our Videos page (under 'Gallery') or on our YouTube channel.  Many thanks to the friends who have encouraged us with this project and given valuable feedback. 

Here's a summary and some more thoughts on the topic of reliability.

Definition (from Virtues Project): "Reliability means that others can depend on you. You keep your commitments and give your best to every job. You are responsible. You don't forget, and you don't need to be reminded. Other people can relax knowing things are in your reliable hands."

That sentence in bold made me laugh out loud. No offense to the Virtues Project at all. Reliability is something we should aim for, but to find someone who forgets nothing at all, without being reminded, seems an impossible challenge. 

Famous quote: "Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."  —Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 1789

So what is really reliable in this world today? I say human nature. Human nature is so reliable that people and individuals who realise this fact often earn a living (and more) from it...


How? Well, as Human Beings we have feelings. We are creatures of emotion. We learn and develop habits – ways of acting and reacting that allow us to thrive in our relationships and that keep us happy.


And big businesses rely on our human nature to make them happy. Commercials and advertisements are designed to play on our emotions. So, instead of "Other people can relax knowing things are in your reliable hands," we get "Businesses can relax knowing things are in your emotional hands."

I forget things all the time, so I keep a calendar, and I set the alarm on my phone to remind me when it is time to work, to get ready to go to a meeting or event. To-Do Lists (courtesy my friend DH) are another great way of remembering things you have responsibility or liability for. Of course if you bite off more than you can chew, you will end up with undigested liabilities (yuck!)

Thought for the week: Prioritising is a big part of being reliable. A reliable person is someone who doesn't always say yes when they are asked to help out with something, because they want to be sure they can keep their word.