In November 2009, I had a moment of inspiration while attending the annual School of the Americas vigil led by Fr. Roy Bourgeois at Fort Benning Georgia. In my mind’s eye I saw a ministry where people of all racial identities/ethnic backgrounds, orientations, faith traditions (or no faith tradition), class, age, gender, ability, could come together. It would be a safe, affirming place welcoming everyone.
THE FOUNDATION: In Latin the word religion (religare) means “to bind together.” What would bind this new ministry together would be the powerful teachings of nonviolent philosophy. One of my teachers years ago said, I will not be fully nonviolent till 10 minutes after I am dead!” In other words, the learning of nonviolence can be risky and challenging. However, in the end we recognize that nonviolence is actually the path of love, courage, freedom.
THE PRACTICE: THE REVOLUTION OF LOVE (ROL) is much like a tree made of several branches. Now, due to the pandemic, we have weekly Sunday Night Zoom Services (see schedule and contact to receive link). Speak Boldly are bimonthly services providing a church for the unchurched. The Prayer Rope ministry is a virtual prayer cordon sent around the world every day. The Love Challenge is a 30 day experiment in one pointed concentration loving acts. There are also nonviolent trainings and workshops, spiritual retreats, as well as working privately with me for spiritual direction. Last, I am available for speaking engagements on a variety of topics. Each of these elements offer you spiritual support, education, and enlightenment. At the ROL ministry & movement we recognize that you must do the inner work on the self in order to do your prophetic work in the world.
WHY IT MATTERS RIGHT NOW: Because you matter. Your life is a singular expression of God. Therefore, there is something you are destined to do that no one else can do like you, and it is imperative that you do it. Second, we are living through historic times. We are being called to radically heal the violent cycles passed down from the generations. We are being called upon to be emissaries of peace and justice. It is through nonviolence, the path of love, that we will be free. Not only will we be free but we will be freedom.
The call is yours, the choice up to you. What will you say when you hear the voice within? What will you do when you hear the knock at your door? What will you think upon reading these words? My prayer is that you will respond to this holy charge.
This is our moment to rise in Love. Let’s do it!
Rev. Felicia Parazaider
Vision Statement of THE REVOLUTION OF LOVE:
The Revolution of Love is a global ministry and movement of spiritual renewal and outreach dedicated to peace, transformation, and Love.
We embrace people where they are at religiously, spiritually, and welcome those who may be agnostic or atheist.
It is a brave space: A place of inclusivity and diversity. A place where we celebrate our similarities and our differences. It also acts as a springboard to inspire and motivate us to change ourselves and the world we live in.
At The Revolution of Love we seek to embody our Highest Good.
We seek transformation through a heart opening experience; and We claim Our Divine Responsibility and Honor to be change agents of love and peace.
We do not enable, cosign, or align, with any form of hatred or violence.
We do stand for positive peace,
We remember absolute compassion,
We bring radical love,
and We believe in God with all Its names.
No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, who you love, we welcome you, we love you.
The Time is Now. This is the Revolution!
The Revolution of Love written © 2018 Vision Statement written by Rev. Felicia Parazaider 1st Edition October 2013, 2nd Edition November 2016, 3rd Edition August 2018, 4th Edition July 2020.