Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Racial Discrimination, Equal Rights and Gay Marriage: Dr. Laurie Pappas Offers Practical Advice In 'The Loving Heart'

We live in a world defined by differences - black and white, male and female, young, old, rich, poor - the divisions are endless. Dr. Laurie Pappas hopes to help create a world in which all are embraced as equal members of a common family - spirit. She offers a practical approach in her book 'The Loving Heart'

All human beings, be they black or white, male or female, Muslim, Hindu or Christian seek the state of peace. Yet there can be no peace where inequality - perceived or otherwise - is present. To achieve a state of personal peace, we must first accept that all beings share a common source - spirit. Only then can the issues that divide human beings be overcome once and for all. This begins with the individual and ripples outward to the masses. Dr. Laurie Pappas offers a practical approach to personal peace in her book, 'The Loving Heart'.

"First African Americans and women," stated Dr. Pappas, "now gays. New York State is setting a great standard for equal rights with their momentous decision to allow legal gay marriage. As human beings, we have been given freedom of choice, including sexual orientation. As spirit, we are naturally equal, all imbued with a loving nature that strives to express itself. God doesn't judge and, as part of the Divine God-force, it is not in our nature to judge either. If one of our brothers or sisters chooses a homosexual partnership, just as some of us might choose a heterosexual partnership, why should they be denied the same basic rights as other family partners? The commitment is there, the wish to contribute to society is there, the desire to raise well-grounded, happy kids is there. Gays do not differ in their essential qualities from any other human being, as we similarly discovered when when we abolished slavery and gave women and African Americans the vote. From a spiritual perspective, the most loving and compassionate response to the question of gay marriage has been answered by a New York legislature refusing anymore to deny rights to any state citizen."

Dr. Pappas presents her approach in 'The Loving Heart: Navigating the Journey from Conflict to Peace'. The book is supplemented by a workbook entitled 'The Loving Heart Companion'. Dr. Pappas has included over 30 years of observation and wisdom gained from personal experiences, as well as working with students, clients, family members and colleagues. She now offers a series of teleclasses dealing with the subjects contained within her written works.

Dr. Pappas offers phone and in-person spiritual and metaphysical counseling, in addition to life coaching, classes, workshops, speaking engagements and teleclasses. More information on all the resources she offers is available at her website. Specific information on teleclasses is available by email. Dr. Pappas is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below, or by email at 'The Loving Heart: Navigating the Journey from Conflict to Peace' and the accompanying workbook, 'The Loving Heart Companion', are available at her website,, Rittenhouse, Nacscorp and Expresso Book Machines.


Dr. Laurie Pappas is an educator, spiritual counselor, speaker, writer and life coach. Dr. Pappas is a recipient of the 2005 International Peace Prize, Key of Success Award, and Woman of the Year Award, bestowed by the United Cultural Convention of the United States of America for outstanding personal achievements to the good of society as a whole. She lives and teaches using ancient psycho-spiritual principles. She is the co-founder of the Metro Detroit Center for Attitudinal Healing, a non-profit center, whose activities she directed for 16 years. She has been counseling for 22 years. She has taught classes and workshops and trained support group leaders, in addition to writing articles for a large metaphysical newspaper.


Laurie Pappas PhD
P.O. Box 250206
Franklin, MI 48025