Shayk Mustafa Umar, of the Islamic Institute of Orange County, weaves historic and legendary details into his Islamic interpretation of Jesus and the attendant prophecies. Shayk Umar’s resonating themes take up application in our everyday, contemporary lives. iioc.com is a source for services, lectures, and cultural activities at the Institute located at 1220 N. State College Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92608. 714-533-6271 is open for calls between 10 am -5:30 pm. Briefly, Scotty Bruer, founder of PeaceNow.com brings on his own initiative, signing up “peace ambassadors” around the world.
Redeeming grief magnificently, Charles and Mary Leigh Blek continue to take up the prevention of gun violence, as we acknowledge the one year anniversary of the Newtown, CT shootings. They present a report card of state and federal legislation passed and pending. Legislative updates are available at www.smartgunlaws.org. On Sat. December 14th, around California and the country, bells will toll for the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre. Information for the Orange County gathering is available at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 714-200-9676; for other venues around the country: www.bradycampaign.org or 650-863-3360.
Moreover, we commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela as well the work of Linda and Peter Biehl whose daughter Amy was killed 20 years ago in South Africa. Linda Biehl, who survives her husband, continues her work as co-founder and director of the Amy Biehl Foundation, an internationally supported organization, transitioning toward local management. Information about Amy and the Foundation’s charter and the outcomes is available at www.amybiehl.co.za or www.amybiehl.org
Rest in peace, Madiba.
Just in time for the holidays, Gayle Jabour and Daniel Tigner have recently launched their publication, “The Time of Your Life: Everyone Has a Story.” This book compiles reflections of some 40 retirees spanning a breadth of careers with a depth of experience. Insights this privileged are rare – the dividends of listening to this extent take us, in everyday life, to some very special zones. Books can be ordered at the usual outlets orwww.revealinglightproductions.com, www.gsph.com or calling (819)682-0205. Robin Leffler, President of Costa Mesans for Responsible Government, takes up the latest developments in her city council’s efforts to trim public comment. New policies of consequence are expected to be considered as well as enacted tonight, starting at 6 pm at the Council Chambers at 77 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. More information is available atwww.cm4rg.org as well as www.costamesaca.gov.