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Organization: A Course in Miracles International
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

A Course In Miracles - A Blueprint for real change. True peace is not an objective condition but an individual state of mind. The goal of A Course In Miracles is peace. It is a revolutionary curriculum designed to catalyze a paradigm shift in human consciousness through the individual discovery of the Peace of God and extends far beyond any and all religious or political boundaries. The healing of body, mind, and spirit through the training of A Course In Miracles enables the individual to overlook impulses of revenge and respond with non-judgment and forgiveness to all apparent external and internal circumstances. This Self-Realization catalyzes a miraculous falling away of behaviors such as substance abuse, self abuse, abuse of others, revenge, and criminal behavior restoring the mind to a thought system based on love instead of fear in the re-establishment of communication with the Will of God, our One True Universal Relationship.

A Course In Miracles International represents many thousands of teachers and students of the Course in virtually every country in the world who individually, or through healing centers or transformational study groups are discovering the peace of enlightened mind for which all humanity yearns. Personal transformation affects our involvement in the community and empowers our extension of ourselves in our commitment to a better world. Since we attended the Millennium Peace Summit at the United Nations in 2000, our organization has catapulted into a broad range of activities promoting a culture of love and forgiveness both nationally and internationally. More and more individuals, inspired and motivated by their own personal experiences gained through the application of our program are showing an increasing dedication and commitment to peace. Teachers of A Course In Miracles are traveling to all corners of the world invited by those seeking bright innovative solutions to the often devastating problems of aggregate human existence that have beset mankind since the beginning of time. As a result, during the first half of the decade many new transformational education centers around the world have opened and are actively involved in our program including Medellin, Cali and Bogotá (Colombia), Maraca Ibo (Venezuela), Wroclaw  (Poland), Cuernavaca (Mexico) and Vienna (Austria). Through our participation in the United Nations International Day of Peace both in the United States as well as Colombia we continue to share with our community the miracle of the infinite possibility that occurs as we unite in a single goal of peace.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

We cannot underestimate the dilemma that the belief in objective reality generates in the human mind. Objective Reality is the nature of the collective consciousness of the world. Until now, we have been content with band-aid solutions (the proverbial rearranging of the deck chairs on the Titanic). We have sought for worldly ‘solutions’, both political and personal that have led to either more problems or merely a change in the form of the problem.  Neither of which answered the underlying cause of the conflict that characterizes the human condition.
The only obstacle is the individual’s lack of awareness and/or unwillingness to accept responsibility as the source of the conflict.
"As a man thinketh, so does he perceive. Therefore, seek not to change the world, but will to change your mind ABOUT the world." - A Course In Miracles is a curriculum of self-realization based on the psychology of self-responsibility and the art of forgiveness.
Suggested Reading: Obstacles to Peace from A Course In Miracles ~ Chapter 19

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

Global Service:

Miracle teachers are in the active service of peace throughout the world.
September 11th - More than 30 of our teachers volunteered in those first few weeks with the Red Coross and the Salvation Army & also offered Healing and Prayer Services through our New York Center.
Volunteered for events at the United Nations and supporting NGO’s in peace activities including:
UNICEF Children’s’ Forum 2002 - (Volunteer Team of 12)

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A Course In Miracles has been active in the United Nations International Day of Peace for the last three years. Activities include:
1. Hosting an event with 25 representatives from different countries at our Miracles Healing Center in Wisconsin in 2003. A Video was created and used for promotion of IDP.
2. Hosting a large event in Bogotá, Colombia which involved the Minister of Defense, Martha Lucía Ramírez and many other officials and religious leaders. 2003/4
3. Participating in the World Peace Festival, New York - 2002 (Exhibitor)
4. Participating in the UN Peace Day in Central Park 2004/5 (Speaker/performer)
5. Attending a peace walk at Ground Zero with Jane Goodall. 2004
6. Our Voices, Our World -the final event of 11 Days to Global Peace 2004 (Exhibitor)
Networking and sharing the message through our website:
International Day of Peace: http://www.themiracletimes.com/IDP/International_Day_of_Peace.htm
Advents of Awakening:
Hundreds of worldwide gatherings are taking place all around the world every year. These re-Unions lead to a very real physical, mental and emotional experience of the transformation of ourselves through the recognition that each of us is a whole part of the eternally creating source of all reality.
USA: Wisconsin Dells, New York, New Jersey, Florida, California, Vermont, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee, Utah, Michigan, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Virginia, Wyoming , Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana.
International:  Spain, Poland, Germany, Austria, Holland, Italy, England, Russia, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Mexico, Thailand.

Miracles Communication Center:
Our Communication Center offers a wealth of media on or about the Course In Miracles Mind Training program. Available are 100s of titles of Video, Audio, Booklets, DVD, CD-Rom, Transcripts, and Music, with many materials translated into 15 languages including: Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, and Swedish. The Communication Center is operated on a donation basis, funded by the Miracles Endowment Fund for A Course In Miracles with the proceeds going toward the dissemination of the message of A Course In Miracles to the world.

Our materials are mailed to over 100 countries including: Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina,  Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Dr Congo, Dutch Caribbean, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, England, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, N Ireland, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Georgia, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Samoa, Scotland, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad West Indies, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, USA, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wales, Yugoslavia, Zimbabwe.

International Conferences & Events:
Millennium Peace Summit for Religious and Spiritual Leaders, United Nations - August 2000 (Delegates)
State of The World Forum, New York - September 2000 (Exhibitor)
International Forum for Science and Religion, Brazil - November 2000 (Speaker & Exhibitor)
Convocation of World Leaders, New York - January 2001(Exhibitor)
International Forgiveness Week, Wisconsin Dells, USA - June 2001 (Host/Speaker)
Advent of A Great Awakening, The UN Church Center - June 2002(Host/Speaker)
Fiesta De Milagros, Wisconsin Dells, USA - July 2002 (Host/Speaker)
The Advent of A Great Awakening, The Maastricht Exhibition Center, Holland - September 2002 (Host)
We the People Summit for Peace, Vermont - September 2002 (Co-sponsor, Exhibitor and volunteer staff)
International Prayer Week, Wisconsin Dells - 2003 (Host/Speakers)
"Living in the Vibration of Love" Chalanda Sai Ma Lakshmi Devi with Master Teacher, Ram Dass,
Sat Santokh & Snatam Kaur, San Francisco Bay Area - August 2003 (Speaker)
Parliament of the World’s Religions, Barcelona - July 2004 (Speaker, Performer & Exhibitor)
Unlearning Intolerance Seminar On Confronting Islamophobia at the United Nations - December 2004

A Course In Miracles Online:
The latest in global communication technology extends the message of A Course In Miracles worldwide using satellite transmission, online media, online classes and meditations. Our message is available in 7 languages and reaches out to more than 60 countries worldwide.
Websites: A Course In Miracles International www.acimi.com
Miracles Prisoner Ministry:
Since the inception of the Miracles Prisoner Ministry in 1999, the goals of nonviolence and peace have shaped the design and activities of this Ministry.  As a faith based organization, the focus of MPM is to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence within our society through the reintroduction of Spirituality to those incarcerated.  MPM works to bridge the gap between the individual and their Creator, which is the source of a lack of Peace.
Without a strong spiritual foundation, there can be no Peace of Mind for any human being.  This lack of Peace of Mind and the resultant acts of violence upon society contributes to the atmosphere of rage and fear throughout today’s world.  Society is made up of individuals.  It is each individual’s spirituality which needs to be addressed.  This is humankind’s universal problem. This problem surpasses all language barriers, religions, cultures and territorial boundaries. To aggravate an already enervating situation, most seek relief through the abusive and addictive use of both legal and illegal drugs.  The results are nightmarishly devastating.
In an attempt to address this worldwide dilemma, MPM has adopted the following Mission Statement:
Miracles Prisoner Ministry
Mission Statement
As a worldwide Ministry, it is our purpose to serve all those asking for help, who are incarcerated in any way.
As a Faith based organization, our Ministry is founded on the teachings of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, a 12-Step Program based on Alcoholics Anonymous and A Course in Miracles. The Miracles Prisoner Ministry provides inmates, families, communities, institutions & their staff with written literature, audio/visual tapes and CD's, as well as, on-site individualized self-help training programs.
All services and materials presented by the Miracles Prisoner Ministry seek to aid in the change of an inmate's mind from one of fostering hate and fear to one fostering forgiveness, peace, self-determination and cooperation; a process that will show every inmate that any term of incarceration can be changed from one of futility, despair, hatred and anger to an opportunity for positive, miraculous, inner self-change.
The 12-Step Community, in its entirety, is an integral part of the Miracles Prisoner Ministry Program and the reintegration of former inmates into mainstream society. Here is a real opportunity for you to personally practice your own 12th Step.
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Our attendance at the Millennium World Peace Summit at the United Nations catapulted the MPM onto the international scene. We presented delegates and guests with our Mission Statement as a declaration of our commitment of service to humanity.  Our gift to the summit, a small booklet of prayers entitled "Peace, the Healing Power of Love and Forgiveness" was very well received.
The Miracles Prisoner Ministry’s course of action has been direct.  We have developed and implemented a system of communication (bilingual; English and Spanish) with individual inmates throughout the United States and around the world, that offers these men, women and, in some cases, children a genuine alternative. Here is how it works.
1. Personal Correspondence:  MPM corresponds, by mail, with hundreds of inmates at any given time.  Though desperate and unhappy, and perhaps unwilling to receive help in the beginning, many have accepted the Love and Forgiveness being offered them through our letters.  Each inmate who writes MPM receives a hand-written letter from a minister/staff person and spiritual materials for them to read.  CD’s, videos, audio tapes etc. are also available for those who have permission to receive them.  No one is ever turned away.  Just a short note of Love and Forgiveness can touch even the hardest of souls.
2. Pastoral Visits:  When possible, ministers from MPM visit inmates personally, offering them guidance and prayer readings from the Bible, A Course In Miracles and other spiritual materials to comfort and support them.  Depending on the individual’s true desire for help and their openness, great strides are made in inmates finding Peace of Mind.  Often for the first time.
3. On-site training:  Due to insufficient resources, consecutive classes are limited to correctional institutions and facilities in the Central Region of the United States.  Ministry teaching staff conducts our Spiritual Recovery Program called "A Way Out" at these locations for all who are interested.  These weekly classes promote individual growth and healing through self awareness.  This direct personal approach has amazing results.  When inmates encounter someone from the "outside" with similar addictions or experiences, standing before them in the demonstration of wholeness and having been healed of the same hatred and pain, the alterative no longer seems so impossible.  
4. "A Way Out" Spiritual Recovery Correspondence Course provides direct personal assistance to those inmates MPM is unable to offer classes to.  This 12-Section program based upon A Course In Miracles, the 12-Step program and the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament, generally takes about 18 months to complete. These concentrated studies address the specific issues of each individual participant, delving into the psychology of their addictive mind and the steps necessary for their complete healing.

These studies seek to break down the barriers prohibiting the individual’s spiritual growth and subsequent peace of mind. Each inmate is assigned a personal sponsor/guide from the MPM staff, who develops and nurtures a rapport with each inmate ultimately leading to a level of openness, honesty and trust. This is accomplished by maintaining written communication throughout the duration of the Course. Upon successful completion, each participant received a certificate of completion for their files. MPM encourages family members and friends to participate in the program along with the inmate, thereby facilitating the development of a support group within the individual inmate’s personal environment.  This is a genuine introduction of spiritual recovery into the community prior to the inmate’s release. As a faith-based volunteer organization, all materials and staff-time must be provided to inmates free of charge.
5. A Worldwide Website, both in English and Spanish, provides information and a communication with the world.  It allows MPM to connect with other ministries, corrections institutions and facilities and family and friends of inmates who are looking for help….and anyone else who may be interested! This valuable communication tool has allowed MPM to address the needs of individuals throughout the world, that otherwise would have been impossible.  The website allows MPM to be multi-national.
6. Seminars/Workshops and Conferences hosted by MPM, provide those interested with a better understanding of the corrections system and what MPM actually does within that system.  In addition, we provide training, materials and personal guidance to those experiencing the same lack of peace of mind and not yet incarcerated.  
7. Guest Speaker Engagements are routinely requested of MPM ministers.  Local schools and civic organizations such as the American Legion, the Rotary Club and others, regularly request presentations from MPM. In addition, MPM travels throughout the nation and world as ambassadors of Peace and Forgiveness. Closer to home, local radio stations provide time for MPM to offer ongoing monthly broadcasts. This public exposure gives MPM the opportunity to bring the seriousness of this situation to the attention and awareness of the general public.
8. Networking with other ministries around the world, represents a vital way to interact with our colleagues, share materials, pool information, remain current within the corrections field, as well as, join with those who are also serving humanity by bringing about Peace in the world. MPM communicates with ministries in Africa, Russia, Europe, Australia and others. MPM is a member of International Network of Prison Ministries and other relevant on-line networks for those in the prison(er) ministry field.
9. Attending National and World Conferences keeps the Miracles Prisoner Ministry in the corrections field on a global scale.  MPM attended as delegates, the Millennium World Peace Summit, NY and the Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona, Spain, and others.  MPM continues to send representatives to a wide variety of related national conferences.  All of these conferences and summits provide MPM needed information and new insights to remain current in today’s ever-changing global environment.  MPM specifically singles out those conferences that relate to World Peace, Spirituality and the freedom of mind.  
10. Participating in national corrections organizations is an integral part of MPM’s comprehensive professional enhancement program.  MPM belongs to a wide range of professional organizations in the corrections and spiritual/religious fields. MPM is a member of the American Correctional Association and the American Chaplains Correctional Association and the Wisconsin Correctional Association. MPM is a member of International Network of Prison Ministries.  

In its dedication to bring joy, peace and freedom of mind to all humanity, the Miracles Prisoner Ministry, joined with other ministries in a singleness of purpose, will continue to foster spiritual awareness in all those seeking help.  In conclusion, the Miracles Prisoner Ministry offers to the United Nations - to all men - Peace on Earth.  
Miracles Prisoner Ministry
www.miraclesprisonerministry.org

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?


PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

UN Spiritual Caucus, UN Values Caucus, Working with NGO’s on Peace events: Airline Ambassadors, World Peace Prayer Society, We the World, IDP Vigil, Pathways to Peace, Children of the Earth.
Humanity in Unity, CRS - Center for Remembering and Sharing, NYC.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace in the second half of the Decade (2006-2010)?
International Day of Peace - continued support in all our centers.
Application for NGO Status with ECOSOC.
Host sponsor of the Seeds of Transformation Conference at Bard College. June 3-5
Plans for a movie production: The Story of A Course In Miracles  - The Search For Jesus of Nazareth http://www.acimi.com/the_story_of_a_course_in_miracles
Satellite broadcast of the message of A Course In Miracles.
New Centers in Ecuador & Austria.

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E-mail address of organization

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Website address of organization

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Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a culture of peace

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a culture of peace

Highest priority country of action (or international)

International

Second priority country of action (or international)

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