I do not believe we can be right with G_d without being right with all that is part of creation. As we enter this New Year, my hope is that we all begin to honor the spark of divinity in every bit of the universe and stop arguing and killing over semantics and rituals.
If your G_d manifests as a man and mine manifests as a tree, as long as it is a positive, life affirming manifestation, why would we want to take that gift from each other? To destroy hope seems to me the greatest sin of all. In my belief system, we are admonished to seek harmony on earth as it is in heaven.
I wish us all new hope for peace in 2012.