Dances of Universal Peace International
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The new site is looking beautiful and peaceful! Bravo! Very nice, indeed. The Write-ups section looks great. I really like that you have included search by first line! That is very helpful...something I had been thinking about within the last week, myself. - Shivadam, USA
The new website is wonderful! Very beautiful and so many resources! - Rahmana Elizabeth, USA
Alhummdulillah!! WOW!! I don't know when I will be able to take advantage of this wonderful resource- but I look forward to it. Shakur! Judith USA
Fantastic! Thank you for this wonderful work!!!!! Helga, Canada
Thanks for the newsletter,thanks for all the work that was done to have such a wonderful work. I appreciate all who worked hard and in LOVE for this project. Toward the One, LOVE, Ya Shakur! Ingrid Anahita mit freundlichen Grüßen Germany
Thank you ! Towards the One! Tilly Kuiper The Netherlands
AWEsome new website ! Hamid USA
All looking good - well done the team who've put it together. Trevor, United Kingdom
Freaking cool :-) Samira, USA
Thanks the new web site its amazing, thanks to all that work, just yesterday we was celebrating murshid SAM birthday, sure he would love it, wounderful¡¡¡¡¡¡ Juan Marcos, CHILE
The site is wonderful, having just updated our www.taradhatu.org I am
certainly aware of the immense amount of time and careful thinking this has
taken you all. I am so grateful. May we all continue to Dance Towards The
with love, Prema USA
Super website & resource, thank you glen, Germany
I am left speechless! What a magnificent, dinamic new website....... I could
go in, change my password and change my info very easily.... Much love and
gratitude to the whole team, Sophia Sylvia, COLOMBIA
AWEsome new website! Smiling your direction, Hamid Francis, USA
Hi Munir and WOW what a great site! Ya fattah for this site! Abdul Shaffee, USA
This is really a magnifique site !!!thank you so much ! Josine, FRANCE
Peace and love..........looks like a great website! Grace Marie, USA
I'm excited about the new site for dance leaders. Thank you. Sabura, USA
WOW...what a lovely, lovely web site you all have created.... My deep
appreciation goes to all the beings who helped bring this revision of the Dance
web site into manifestation. I feel that the simplicity of the artwork and the
colors ...chosen have rendered an elegant and welcoming site....
.Alhamdulillah! Malika, USA
This website is beautiful and clearly provides a great advance in the global
service to the Dances! Phil Murad, USA
This is truly awesome! Thank you so much for all the hard work that made it happen. It will be a treasured resource for many people for many years to come! Ya Fattah, Devi Sara, USA
Useful, inspiring, uniting, informative, colorful, purposeful, thoughtful work. Thank you all. Love, Jane, USA
...This is a ... wonderful resource!!!!, I have been looking at the write ups and mp3 s ......a real help for our leaders and trainees here in New Zealand. Love, Great gratitude Roy, NEW ZEALAND
Thanks for your hard work, it is much appreciated by our world wide family as well as me. love and blessings Sandra, WALES
Thank you for this wonderful web site. with love, Jilani, UNITED KINGDOM
We (the German network leaders) all are very thankful for that wonderful
presentation of the Dances! It is so well done and especially so well thought
through. Things become much clearer – it is like a manifestation of a very clear
and focused energy concerning the dances... I want to emphasize again the
feeling of clarity and lightness and easiness and coming to the essential, that
all of us could feel with the new ways that were chosen and brought into
manifestation. - Alima, GERMANY
Thank you for the wonderful dynamic website - very easy to navigate and full of exciting resources. In New Zealand we often forget to look wider than our own pool. The website reminds me how rich our culture is. Thank you! Hadia NEW ZEALAND
This site looks great! - Maris, SCOTLAND
THANK you SO much; the site is awsome !!! btw; the recordings are a great addition !!! Wahhab, USA
What a priceless gift you and the many others involved in this project have presented to us, the new website is nothing short of magnificent, a wonderful resource for both leaders and the curious alike. Heartfelt thanks to you all for bringing this into manifestation. Catherine and Nasir, NEW ZEALAND
Infinite gratitude to all those involved in the ongoing re-creation of our website which certainly displays love, harmony and beauty as well as being a fantastic easy-to-use resource for us all. I can't help imagining SAM smiling down on you all with both thumbs up in approval! Glenda Kafia (UNITED KINGDOM)
Greetings and blessings! After working for some hours in/on the IN DUP website, with many of the tools there I would just like to thank you all again for all the work and effort put into manifesting it all. Please pass my thanks on to all those who helped and supported this wonderful resource. I tend to refer to people in person rather than 'look things up on the web' and so my visiting has not been so frequent. I have now downloaded a heap of documents. THANK YOU. with Love Light Joy, Peace and Gratitude, ZubinNur (THE NETHERLANDS)
Dances of Universal Peace International
Extends Sincere Appreciation to the following
for their work on website redesign:
Fatima Lassar - Art Design, Petaluma, CA USA
Bruce Heeter - Technical Design, DKH, Chicago, Illinois USA
Munir Peter Reynolds - Content Manager/Webmaster
Halima Sussman, DUP International Board of Directors
Darvesha MacDonald, Johara Judith Reynolds, Saphira Patsy Boyer,
Shahar Solander, and Steve Gray - Artistic and functionality concepts
Anahata Iradah - Video segments
Maitreya Jon Stevens - Resource library scanning and .mp3 preparation
Malika Merrill Endres and Azimat Lane Schulz - Copy editing
Sky Majida Roshay, Warren Lynn, Laerte Willmann - Photographs
Johara Judith Reynolds - Photo editing
Sophia Sylvia Murillo - Spanish translations
Shakura Cathryn Tezha Swann - Photo Montage
Leaders Guild Guidance Council - Malika Merrill Endres,
Philip Tansen O'Donohoe, Halima Sussman and Darvesha Victoria MacDonald (Chair)
for revisioning of the MTG Certfication Guidelines
Oneness Project for their generous financial support
Additional Discussions Posted on this website:
Name Change to Dances of Universal Peace International
Recorded Telecon Discussions:
Young Adult Forum - Transcript of a discussion on encouraging young adult participation in the Dances of Universal Peace on September 27, 2010 with Maitreya Jon Stevens, Katie Hamida Wiese (MA), Heidi Stinson (PA), and Alliann Rutherford (NY), and Jen Friedman (CO). Moderator: Jen Friedman.
Click here to listen to this streaming audio of the telecon on the DUP North America website.
Mentor Telecon - Darvesha MacDonald and Munir Peter Reynolds of the Guidance Council make a presentation to mentors, answer questions about the new MTG Guidelines and Dances of Universal Peace International (June 6, 2010).
Click here to listen to this 1-1/4 hour streaming audio of the telecon.
is changing its name to
Dances of Universal
Thanks to everyone who commented on the name change proposals. (Those comments are still posted below.)
At their June 8, 2010 meeting the Board of Directors affirmed unanimously the name Dances of Universal Peace International as the logical and most useful name for the nonprofit corporation that supports the Leaders Guild and the international Dance network.
that we are not changing the name of the
practice ("Dances of Universal Peace") nor the name of our
web site (www.DancesofUniversalPeace.org).
| From Shafia Stevens (New Zealand) on 5/4/2010:
"Aroha and greetings from the Land of the Long White Cloud.
"My preference would be Dancing Peace International as you said it sounds lively and verbs convey the image of action. Peace Dance sounds more like a label but would be the next choice (for me)
"Just One thought though if it is
going to be translated into different languages anyway would
each one be registered separately in each country and would
it matter if it was slightly different. it would take on
its own entity but be linked into whatever we end up
calling ourselves as the central organization. I am not
sure you can ever really translate something literally.
When I sought advice on how to translate DUP into Maori it
was suggested Te whanu o te waewae pure o te Rangimarie
which means (not literally) The Family
walking/moving/dancing Sacred steps of Peace. There is no
generic term for dance, each form is specific. ( Well There
is kani kani but that is a modern addition and doesn't
convey what we do)."
From Trevor (United Kingdom) on 5/7/2010:
"Thank you for the update and e-newsletter. I haven't
responded directly before to the changes, guidlines, etc.
and the huge amount of hard work put in by you all over this
past time but would like now to add my thanks for all that's
been done. I also take this opportunity to wish Martha well
in her new role.
From Barakat Carolynn Bryan, Prescott, AZ USA 5/10/2010
Like the two
commentaries listed on the website, I too prefer Dancing
Peace to the other options. Our particular Board here has
Peace Dances in its title and I've never cared for it (nor
do the current Board members). Dancing Peace seems to
describe what we're about; it's active, has movement to it
(hmmm, imagine that!) and suits my personal preferences
quite well. If the "International" could be left off, at
least like so many corporations do in omitting the Inc. part
of their organizational title except when listed in legal
documents, I think it would be quite lovely. So my vote goes
for Dancing Peace!
Thanks to all for the work you are doing to keep us vital.
I am inclined to stay with PeaceWorks name; it is familiar and accurate. We all know it is about the dances.I see the term Peace Dances as a generic or catch-all phrase people use for various types of dances.
Thank you for being open to feedback.
From Catherine and Nasir, New Zealand, 5/10/2010:
Thank you for all the good work you are doing on our behalf in helping to re-organise our international dance network, so as to make it more responsive and effective.
Re. the proposed name change: Peace Dance International has the virtue of being simple and clear. We still like the old "International Network for the Dances of Universal Peace" or INDUP . However, we don't feel strongly enough to want to block introduction of a new name, so long as it gives us clear definition and is not close to any other name that might be confused with that of our network.
Notes from Munir: The current legal name of the international Dance organization is "PeaceWorks International Center for the Dances of Universal Peace." The name "INDUP" was part of a reorganization begun in the early part of this decade but was never made the legal name. INDUP has been used by some folks and not others.
INDUP is an acronym that means nothing to people not directly involved in the Dances. The Unity Council pointed out that the name of the organization serving the network (PeaceWorks International) is not the same as the network itself. The network is the living, breathing body of Dance leaders doing this work, which exists whether or not there is an organization. This confusion between the network and the organization serving it has caused some difficulty in the past in defining PeaceWorks mission and goals.
Thanks for your comments and suggestions!
From Shakura Cathryn, Prescott, AZ 5/10/2010:
PEACE DANCE INTERNATIONAL -YES!
I like it. It is simple and direct, as few syllables as possible, and expresses what we do quite admirably!
(Peaceworks, a lovely word, could involve many different types of activities of peaceful intention.)
From Cheryl Lee Gama, Hawaii, USA 5/10/2010:
Aloha Munir Peter,
From Zubin Nur, The Netherlands, 5/10/2010:
Ya Hayyoo and Ya Shakur Beloveds,
Greetings and blessings from NL. Thank you for all your work and for the sharing of the newest initiatives. I can understand the need to change from the really long name. Peace Dance International is good. I do like PeaceWorks because it does. So my only suggestion would be PeaceDanceWorks ... because it too does ; )
with no attachment and much much gratitude for all your work
From Yasmin Haut, Pennsylvania, USA, 5/11/2010
I love the words PeaceWorks. For me it is an invitation to more than is apparent. Yes, it does not name the outer form of what we do, but certainly has the feel of what we do. As I understand your description of its function - it names the legal entity, and the way we link to each other.
I completely agree with disposing of the acronym.
From Ellen Kaf-i-Mariam Fietz-Hall, Nevada City, CA USA 5/12/2010:
I'm going to lobby again for Dances of Universal Peace International
No other group is ever going to use the name "Dances of Universal Peace International." There are 100's of references to "peace dance" -- kind of like saying "food". It doesn't tell you much and doesn't distinguish us from much. At least "Dances of Universal Peace" is odd enough to be worth a moment's pause and maybe a web click.
Our practice is not dance as most people understand the word dance, so we might as well have the organization name clue people right from the start. We aren’t "Give Peace a Dance" or ecstatic dance for peace.
Dances of Universal Peace International is simple and clear (even if what it is is not known). Better to add more syllables rather than be simple and vague (and be certain that what it is is not known).
If the organization name is Peace Dance International, then that appears on the letterhead with the logo which has the words Dances of Universal Peace nearby. One could ask, "So what shall I call this: Peace Dances or Dances of Universal Peace? If there is value in keeping the name "Dances of Universal Peace," then the organization should model that value, n'est-ce pas? Two different terms adds complexity.
The website address is Dances of Universal Peace, the logo says Dances of Universal Peace, what we do is Dances of Universal Peace. Wouldn't advertising experts say that is strong "branding," and for most effect, should be the organizational name?
The name Dances of Universal Peace International is a reminder that we are the organizational form for the international interconnection of/for the Dances of Universal Peace -- a precious transmission inviting us to awaken to Universal Peace-- something more than inner peace, inter-personal peace, international peace--which I imagine are the domains of most Peace Dances.
PDI or PWI or DUPI of DPI have an equal probably of being written-- and even being spoken.
We already say "Dances" when we mean 'Dances of Universal Peace." We could say "International" to refer to "Dances of Universal Peace International" to distinguish from UK, NA, NdL ---initials that we do speak as well as write. Or "Dances International." Or "DanceIn." We could establish the abbreviation from the start.
Ahh, names. Nevada City Cohousing has twice discussed giving ourselves a new legal name, and but abandoned the efforts both times. So we officially remain our meaningless default development name of Broad Street Commons. (We don't change to the obvious "Nevada City Cohousing" because lenders think cohousing means commune so they don't want to sell mortgages-- names do have practical and impractical ramifications ;-)
Love, Ellen Kaf-i-Mariam
From Hayat Terry Morrison, 5/22/2010:
My first thought was PeaceWorks International as it would be the less work( not having to do legal papers)and simpler.If we could drop the International that would feel less formal and shorter,but is this name for our organization or the teacher's guild?
I really like Dancing Peace.It has a very good and strong vision of what we do but I too have used Dances of Universal Peace for 20 years and know exactly what that is and what it means so could we not stay with that?Shakur to All who work Towards the One!!!!!Love Hayat
Constance Heidenreich, Billings, MT USA 5/26/2010:
Dances of Universal Peace, International says it all. It is shorter than the current name; it includes the word “dance”; it is not confusing in that it is immediately recognizable as being directly linked to Dances of Universal Peace, rather than, well who knows. Peace Dance could be anything, Dancing Peace could be anything, even PeaceWorks is confusing (unless a person already knows of the connection) but we know what Dances of Universal Peace are. Since a new entity is not being created, but rather evolving, let us keep the direct link to Sam!
PS You can’t avoid an acronym – especially in these current times of communication!
Hi Munir and Board:
Peace Dances International "sounds nice", but it makes it appear that it might be a different organization from Dances of Universal Peace. Why not use Dances of Universal Peace International - yes it might be a little longer, but there is no confusion of it being another organization. Keep it simple with one name.
Peace and blessings!
From Mary Martha Metzler, Goshen, Indiana, USA 5/29/2010:
Yes ! I agree completely - Dances of Universal Peace, Int. - says it all. Thank you Constance and Ellen for articulating perfectly the points I was making in my head to write in re the name change.
Deepest gratitude to all the dedicated souls working to unfold our legacy so beautifully and graciously and coherently.
The Regions Policy as adopted is posted here.
Following are comments submitted as the draft policy was being reviewed:
From Anahata Iradah, Brazil
Munir - Thanks so much Anahata! The Regions task force will definitely take your thoughts into consideration!
From Catherine and Nasir, Tauopo, New Zealand, 5/10/2010:
We like the idea of creating regions in a way that builds on natural relationships and shared resources. New Zealand and Australia work so well together that they are in effect creating their own region simply by dancing together, and consulting regularly. This is much better than having a regional arrangement imposed from elsewhere.
Unlike Anahata, we have never perceived a region to be formed around a particular leader and mentees, but between groups of mentors/leaders/dancers who are geographically linked.
From Munir: Thanks for your comments! True that that is how it has been in the past. Geographic regions today are still strong and serve a major service and function. But, the idea here is to loosen the geographic requirement imposed in the past. The internet gives rise to all sorts of associations among people that may serve to strengthen the Dance network if allowed to go forward. We want to use technology to the fullest. Also, there have been some parts of the world where people do not want to organize around geographic areas, but are drawn to organize in other ways. This is the idea we are playing with…. Thanks again!
Response From Anahata Iradah, Brazil 5/17/2010
Catherine said "Unlike Anahata
we never perceived a region to be formed around a particular
leader and mentees, but between groups of
mentors/leaders/dancers who are geographically linked".
From Munir -
Yes, the idea we're playing with is to continue to work with
geographic regions, as we have in the past, but also allow
the creation of other "networks" within our worldwide
From Nasir, Tauopo, New Zealand, 5/22/2010:Thanks for enlarging on these points, Munir, I can see what you are getting at, e.g. leaders interested in dances for children could coalesce in this way and, indeed, as Anahata pointed out, mentees associated with a particular mentor. As to the name, so long as it is easy to remember, that's the main point.
Blessings from the South Pacific, Nasir