(Canadian) DO-IT-YOURSELF WORKSHOP OUTLINE FOR
CARE-GIVERS IN A MULTIFAITH SOCIETY "Scarboro Missions organizes training sessions
enabling people to grow in sensitivity to the multi-faith reality.
Chaplains in care institutions are a key audience for this training.
We have developed an outline of this workshop in order to enable people
to conduct these sessions themselves."< Here
(Canadian) LITANY OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE RELIGIONS
OF THE WORLD This litany gives grateful recognition to
the unique and diverse gifts of many of the world's spiritual traditions,
including Humanist, Taoist and Wiccan. It opens with the leader giving
overall thanks: “We give thanks for the world’s religions
and the richness they bring to our lives.” The closing piece
is equally expressive: “May we be united as one community of
joy, hope love and peace …” < Here
> for the complete litany.
(Canadian) ONTARIO MULTIFAITH COUNCIL'S MULTIFAITH
. "New material arrives regularly, and we
are always very interested in your feedback. We would like to know
what you are reading (or watching, or listening to), how you liked
it (brief personal reviews are very welcome and will be included
in our on-line catalogue if you give us permission to do so.), what
you would like us to consider for purchase, and what subjects you
are having trouble finding material for. Please feel free to write
to us at:
(Canadian) OMNI: JOURNAL OF SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS
CARE. Visit OMNI Online - http://www.omni.omc.on.caSponsored by the Ontario Multifaith Council (OMC).
(Canadian) DISCUSSION GROUPS ARE BACK ON THE
ONTARIO MULTIFAITH COUNCIL’S WEBSITE.Talk
with peers, professionals and community members about chaplaincy
and multifaith issues. Visit: < Here>
(U.S.) INTERFAITH NEWS.www.InterfaithNews.netis a site dedicated to providing positive news
and views on spiritual, religious, and interfaith issues. The site
is published by Daystar Productions. Content is provided in collaboration
and support with the United Religions Initiative and the North American
(North American) NORTH AMERICAN INTERFAITH
NETWORK (NAIN):www.nain.org The North American Interfaith Network (NAIN)
is a non-profit association with a membership of more than 60 interfaith
agencies and organizations throughout Canada, Mexico, and the United
States. It provides communication, understanding, and mutual strength
among interfaith organizations, agencies, and offices of denominational,
religious and educational institutions.
* "Where is NAIN Going?" A survey conducted by Elizabeth
Espersen, "Meetings in Faith" consultant and former Chair.
"Today's interfaith organizations have achieved a first level
of success by creating structures where diverse religious groups
can overcome ignorance and fear of one another. This achievement
has created excitement, awe, and gratitude among the participants.
Most seem ready for a next level, though they may not know what
. To receive their daily e-mail newsletter with
news, inspirational quotes, prayers and many resources see:<Here
>[This is an advertiser supported website.]
"We are a multifaith e-community designed to help you meet your
own religious and spiritual needs -- in an interesting, captivating
and engaging way. We are independent. We are not affiliated with a
particular religion or spiritual movement. We are not out to convert
you to a particular approach, but rather to help you find your own.
Fundamental to our mission is a deep respect for a wide variety of
faiths and traditions."
(U.S.) "WORLD PRAYERS"
Internet archive: www.worldprayers.org
"We are attempting to gather the great historic
and contemporary prayers from all spiritual traditions around the
world, into a unified Internet archive called WORLD PRAYERS, for
the purpose of inspiration, study and cross cultural appreciation.
This project is a non-profit educational public service."
(U.K.) INTERNATIONAL INTERFAITH CENTRE, OXFORD,
U.K. - " 'Building interfaith co-operation
in the world.'"The ultimate office
disaster has occurred and we have lost our database. If you wish to
be on it and receive our newsletter, please e-mail us all contact
details to help us build a new database (name, organization, address,
telephone, fax, e-mail, web)"firstname.lastname@example.org www.interfaith-center.org
(U.S.) WORLD RELIGIONS VIDEOS now available
on-line. From Hartley Film Foundation, at , 1-800-937~1819http://www.hartleyfoundation.org/ "Over 90 videos on; World Religions, Spirituality,
Science and Spirit, Philosophy, Holistic and Alternative Health,
Aging, Reincarnation, Death and Dying, etc., by world-renowned authorities,
such as: Huston Smith, Alan Watts, Edgar Mitchell, Ram Dass, Deepak
Chopra and many others."
(Canadian) "RENEWING THE BALANCE"
FAITH AND THE COMMON GOOD ELECTRONIC-NEWSLETTER. <
Here > To get it by e-mail go <Here
> Tel: 416-978-3814; Fax: 416.978.7821 E-mail:email@example.com
"Renewing the Sacred Balance is about rekindling
our relationship with habitat Earth and with one another. It's about
living with sacred awareness and an ethic of eco-sustainability...
Faith & the Common Good has launched an interfaith/intercultural
initiative towards Renewing the Sacred Balance. This initiative calls
us to examine the core spiritual and ethical beliefs that underlie
our socio-economic, political, and ecological behaviours. By working
to Renew the Sacred Balance in our day-to-day lives, we can find more
sustainable ways of life and enjoy the simple abundance of living
more harmoniously with nature.
As people of faith, we must look at how are own beliefs and perceptions
may have, in some measure, contributed to the crisis of our planet.
At the same time, we must look to the immense resources in our diverse
spiritual traditions which can lead to a new way of envisioning our
relationship with other creatures, and with the Earth itself. These
same spiritual riches are also an important source of sustenance and
wisdom for the long struggle needed to Renew the Sacred Balance."
(Canadian) CENTRE FOR FAITH AND THE MEDIA.www.faithandmedia.org, 1-877-210-0077 , firstname.lastname@example.org
, Calgary, Alberta "The Centre for Faith and the Media is an
independent, non-profit organization committed to the education and
resourcing of members of the media to report on faith, religion and
spirituality. We provide online resources, publications, and workshops
to assist journalists in covering faith stories. We also provide workshops
to journalism students, and to members of faith communities who want
to learn how to access the media more effectively." Listing of
some 100 organizations.
(Canadian) ANNUAL FAITH AND SPIRITUALITY SURVEY
8-page report with colour charts now available on the web. "Canada
Ten Years Later: Still a Nation of Spiritual Seekers." < Here
(U.S. plus others) DEFINITIONS OF DIALOGUE,
DISCUSSION AND DEBATE
By Madeleine Trichel, Director of the Interfaith Center for Peace,
Columbus, Ohio http://www.peace-center.org/ email@example.com
people communicate for understanding. This means they listen without
interrupting, they ask questions to clarify, they assume that speakers
are all doing their best to explain a difficult concept from their
own points of view.
people communicate in order to make a group decision. They listen
in order to assemble facts, to sort out opinions, and to decide on
a course of action for the group. This is a usual kind of communication
in congregational governing bodies in matters such as property maintenance,
budget allocations, and hiring.
In DEBATE, people
argue for a position in order to prove their position right and others
wrong. They listen for weaknesses in others' arguments and attack
their opponents' positions. In a formal debate, speakers conduct themselves
according to classical rules of debating and focus on the argument.
Sometimes an unstructured, informal, and emotional debate occurs when
people attempt to talk about controversial issues. If this unstructured
and informal debate escalates into a DISPUTE, people may ask questions
to confuse or embarrass other speakers. In addition to attacking another
speaker's positions, people may even attack the other speakers, themselves. CONVERSATION,
in which people communicate in an unstructured, informal manner. Topics
shift without a plan.
The above was designed to distinguish among different group communications.
A lot more can be said about Dialogue. For examples see: < Here
>Eight sources, including: "Dialogue
Decalogue" http://global-dialogue.com/"Principles of Starting an Interfaith Dialogue"
by Richard Landau, from his excellent e-book: "What the World
Needs to Know About Interfaith Dialogue" http://global-dialogue.com/"Global Dialogue Institute"
http://astro.temple.edu/~dialogue/case.htm "Seven Stages of
>"Table manners for interfaith dialogue"]
(U. S.) ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL CHAPLAINS'
WEBSITE. www.professionalchaplains.org A comprehensive and helpful U.S.-based website
and organization, which offers materials and information for professional
chaplains. All material, is copyrighted. Contact: (847) 240-1014,
for further information and consent to use any material.
(U.S.) WORLD SCRIPTURE: A COMPARATIVE ANTHOLOGY
OF SACRED TEXTS.
www.euro-tongil.org/ws/index.html "This collection contains over 4000 scriptural
passages from 268 sacred texts and 55 oral traditions, and is organized
in terms of 164 different themes. This text is the result of a five-year
project involving the collaboration of an international team of
40 recognized scholars representing all the major religious traditions
of the world. This archive contains the complete text of the original
hardbound version." All of the themes are listed in the Table
of Contents in the form of links, so that the readings on each theme
can be reached with one click. [EDITOR’S NOTE:
I have been using this collection for years when looking for multi-faith
readings on a particular subject, and recommend it highly.]
(U.S.) LINKS TO MULTIFAITH AND RELIGION SITESwww.conjure.com/religion.html
A comprehensive online resource featuring annotated
links to "religions working for a better world"; networks
of interfaith organizations and groups; communities of prayer; faith
communities of peace; information on global ethics, sexual inclusivity,
etc.; Religions of the Book, Nature religions, Druids, Celtic, Egyptian,
tribal, eastern, multifaith, and general spirituality. Also links
to many other related sites.
(U.S.) "THE RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS PAGE.
ALPHABETIC LISTING OF GROUP PROFILES." <Here>"This
page provides a gateway to profiles of more than two hundred Religious
Movements, most of which were created by students of Sociology at
the University of Virginia. Each Profile offers basic demographic
and background information, a summary of beliefs, discussion of controversial
issues (when appropriate), links to important web sites about each
group, and select print bibliographies. In addition, we provide an
index with links to hundreds of religious groups that are not profiled
on this site."
(Canadian) LITANY OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE RELIGIONS
OF THE WORLD This litany gives grateful recognition to the unique
and diverse gifts of many of the world's spiritual traditions. It
opens with the leader giving overall thanks: We give thanks for the
world's religions and the richness they bring to our lives. The closing
piece is equally expressive: May we be united as one community of
joy, hope love and peace.
Visit: < Here
> for the complete litany.
(Canadian) SPIRITUALITY AT WORK OFFERINGS. The Centre for Spirituality at Work has announced
19 programs for the 2004/2005 season. We list in detail a few that
are closest to interfaith interests. However, they are all worth considering
by our readers. Please see the PROGRAMS page at www.SpiritualityAtWork.org
“Are you curious about the people, places, practices
and philosophies that comprise the world religions? We offer educational,
spiritual and cultural encounters with the world religions in an
open environment! Our dynamic programs have been seen by over 60,000
people throughout North America! We offer world religions programs
for universities, faith groups, hospitals, schools, businesses,
service organizations and the individual seeker.”
Programs Offered: Sacred Symbols
To See, To Be, To Do
Houses of Worship Tours
Exploring World Religions
Other Classes and Keynotes
Wisdom Rituals (Some available on audio CDs)
To receive their fascinating, information packed e-mail
newsletter, including religious symbol of the month, book of the
month, quotation of the month, and holidays of the month, send a
message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Inter faith marriages of all kinds are
happening more and more frequently in es and by our desire to explore,
value, celebrate and share this experience.”Britain, but it
can be difficult to obtain information, resources and helpful advice,
for couples themselves and their families and those concerned with
their pastoral care.
This website is for you if you are in an inter faith
marriage, considering one, or if you care for people involved. It
brings together in a single site the latest information, resources
and a wide range of insight and opinion from people with personal
experience of inter faith marriage in Britain.
* Marriage and faith after the wedding day: the journey through
* Religious and cultural identities explored.
* Seek advice on the message board or in confidence.
* Debate on the crucial issues.
* What the different faith communities say.”
To request a copy of their newsletter, contact: email@example.com
“We are a network of people involved
in or closely affected by Muslim/Christian marriage. We have a variety
of backgrounds and affiliations across both faith traditions. We
are united by our experience of living with both faiths at the heart
of our love and our living."
(Canadian and U.S.) MULTIFAITH CALENDAR ONLINE This beautiful and essential calendar, produced
by the Multifaith Action Society of British Columbia, is available
on the internet at the Religion and Ethics Newsweekly (U.S.) site,
which also has links to other calendars: www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/calendar/month_may.html
ONTARIO RELIGION AND INTERFAITH LINKS At www.omc.ca/census2001.html
The Ontario Multifaith Council provides the following links and resources
to promote understanding about the role of religion in Canadian society.
Ontario Multifaith Council Census Press Release
2001 Census: Analysis Series Religions in Canada
Census 2001 Religious Data in the media:
Changing face of religion
Canadians losing their religion
Growing number of Canadians losing their religion
The Force apparently with many Canadians
In Canada several laws and principles provide individuals with the
right to freely practice their religion:
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Ontario Human Rights Code
United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Ontario Human Rights Commission - Religion and Human Rights
Canadian Human Rights Commission
Population by religion, 1981 and 1991 Censuses, Canada
Census and Polling Information about Religion in Canada
How Americans and Canadians Differ Religiously
Population by religion, 1981 and 1991 Censuses, Canada
Religion by Location - Adherents.com
Muslim Population Statistics
American Religion Data Archive
The Multifaith Information Manual
Toronto District School Board - Religious Accommodations Guide
A Place for All: A Guide to Creating an Inclusive Workplace
GOLDEN RULE WORKSHOPS Roslyn Rus, 416-763-8528, firstname.lastname@example.org
“An engaging experience of self-discovery and transformation,
this workshop uses Scarboro Missions' visually-striking multifaith
Golden Rule poster, featuring the golden rule in 13 religions. Suited
for spiritual and religious organizations, congregations, community
groups, youth groups, rehabilitation programs, special needs or other
specialized groups. Themes include: Gandhi and Nonviolence, Becoming
a Global Citizen, Artistic and Written Activities, Exploring the Circle,
Music, Video, and the Poster reassembly. Typically a 2-hour workshop,
but can be customized, e.g. for lunchtime sessions, in-class presentations,
or full-day retreats.”
Also Joie de Vivre! workshops.
(Canadian) PRIVACY AND SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS
CARE IN ONTARIO HOSPITALS
With the implementation of the Personal Health Information Protection
Act (PHIPA) on November 1, 2005, it is more important than ever
to have a clear understanding of how the privacy rules impact the
provision of spiritual and religious care in a hospital setting.
The Legislative Update was the result of consultation earlier this
year with the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care, the Ontario
Hospital Association, faith group representatives and the Ontario
Multifaith Council. It answers many questions and opens the doors
to provide more adequate and appropriate spiritual and religious
care in hospitals. For further details: www.omc.ca/pdf/legislativeupdate.pdf
A MINISTER OF PEACE FOR CANADA TO IMPLEMENT
A CULTURE OF PEACE - Website
“Weary of waging war, people everywhere are seeking ways of
waging peace. We, the Working Group, are committed to the establishment
of a Minister of Peace in the Government of Canada. We are convinced
that this is an idea whose time has come and that there exists widespread,
untapped public support for such an idea. Given the escalation of
violent conflict and insecurity across our world today, there has
never been greater urgency nor a better window of opportunity to
seed this intent in Canada. The proposed minister would hold peace
as an organizing principle in our society. She or he would advance
an agenda of individual and collective security based on the principle
of the responsibility to protect life through activities promoting
a culture of peace and assertive non-violence. Drawing inspiration
from similar initiatives in US, UK and other countries, we anticipate
that the Minister’s mandate would include specific objectives…”
[outlined on their website:] www.departmentofpeacecanada.com/home.html
“We are dedicated to generating the political will for this
initiative by reaching out to a broad spectrum of our citizens including,
for example, peace and social justice groups, choirs, artists, healthcare
professionals, teachers, service clubs, the business community and
the diversity of citizens across our country. Two major meetings
have already been held in Vancouver and Victoria. Other presentations
were made at events in Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria. Our proposal
was adopted by the Canadian Culture of Peace Program (CCOPP) at
its inaugural meeting in November, 2004. In pursuing this initiative
we recognize that the crisis facing humanity is not only social,
political, economic and environmental, but also spiritual in nature.
We believe that creating peace is an ongoing and long term process,
but our intention is to turn the tide within our lifetime.”
Contact: Dr. Saul Arbess at email@example.com 250-383-5878
For Americans for a Department of Peace, see www.afdop.org
See also www.ThePeaceAlliance.org
WOMEN TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES
“Was founded by a Christian and a Muslim woman right after
September 11th, 2001, this group is an example of innovative, local
interfaith dialogue. The group's vision is to be "an egalitarian
community of women coming together to respect and learn more about
each others' various spiritual beliefs and common concerns. It is
our intent to share our experiences with the wider community, to
educate and to serve." Beyond the monthly meetings, members
participate in service activities, cooking classes and a book club.”
helpful tips on starting an interfaith group.
From: Pluralism Project Newsletter, December 22, 2005
THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON UNITY AND DIVERSITY
IN RELIGION AND CULTURE -- ABSTRACT PAPERS AVAILABLE All submitted abstract papers from this 2005
conference are available to download in PDF format.
(Note: not all presenters on this page submitted papers but their
biographies are useful to search their web contributions.)
To view the listings of Presenters and their abstract papers go
To view the whole conference website go to: www.networkforpeace.org/
This conference was the eighth in a series organized by the UNESCO
Chair on Comparative Studies of Spiritual Traditions, Their Specific
Cultures and Interreligious Dialogue.
The conference took place in Seattle, Washington, USA January 27-30,
The aim of this series of conferences is to develop a “new
paradigm of communication,” a new way of understanding the
problems facing humanity. Each conference in this series has focused
on different aspects of the problems. The Conference on Unity and
Diversity in Religion and Culture focused on the psychological and
philosophical issues underlying global conflict.
GOLDEN RULE RADICAL WEBSITE
Religion and geography no barrier to interfaith discussion
David Keating, 613-849-5084,
Just one week after "going live" as an Internet-based
forum, the Golden Rule Discussion has members from a variety of
religious traditions and from far flung corners of the globe.
The numbers are small yet, about a dozen, but David
Keating, founder of the Golden Rule Radical website that set up
the discussion is pleased. "I'm very happy to see the diversity
of membership. We have members from Palestine and Ethiopia as well
as Canada and the United States. Their backgrounds are just as varied,
with Sikh, Buddhist, and Christian representation so far. I am quite
confident that it will grow quickly."
The goal of the Golden Rule Radical website and the
new Golden Rule Discussion initiative is to give Internet users
a place to come together to discuss this single statement that underlies
so many faiths.
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto
you" is being heard with increasing frequency as people try
to understand a pluralistic world. Critical to that understanding,
according to Keating, is the acknowledgement of the fact that these
faiths have a core belief in common.
"The Golden Rule Discussion is an opportunity
for anyone interested in discussing and exploring what they have
in common from a faith perspective. More than that, it¡Çs
a place where people can support each other in fostering the principle
of the Golden Rule as guide for everyday living."
(Canadian) SCARBORO MISSION’S
INTERFAITH DESK http://www.scarboromissions.ca/Interfaith_dialogue/index.php
Paul McKenna firstname.lastname@example.org
For a number of years, this group has been the leader in organizing
interfaith events in the Greater Toronto, such as interfaith panels
-- many at various places of worship; interfaith retreat days for
World Religion high school classes; country retreats; and the Golden
Rule Poster in use around the world, and on display at the United
Nations. A workshop based on it, and more detailed expressions of
it in the various faiths can be found at: <Here>
Scarboro Missions e-mail newsletter
If you would like to subscribe to the Scarboro Missions monthly
newsletter, which includes a section from their Interfaith Desk,
visit their Web site and add your name and e-mail address to the
Scarboro Missions announces the publication
of the Golden Rule Meditation Exercises. This project was three
years in the making and involved 25 people, led by Paul McKenna.
“These 21 meditation exercises on 40
pages on the website foster reflection on the Golden Rule in 13
religions. Themes include compassion, healing, art, global citizenship,
social justice, journaling, the circle and unity amidst diversity.
The do-it-yourself meditations are designed for both individual
and group reflection; some of the meditations focus on the visual
qualities of the Scarboro Missions' Golden Rule Poster.
What is unique about this document? In the interfaith
movement, we are exposed to a growing volume of information, even
information-overload. But one of the deficits of the current interfaith
movement is hands-on, interactive, do-it-yourself, educational materials.
In other words, we have lots of info but not many methodological
This document fills the vacuum! This document is not
more info but actually gives people tools to do interfaith.”
THE FORGIVENESS PROJECT
The Forgiveness Project is a young charitable organization –
with no political or religious affiliations – working at a
local, national and international level to promote conflict resolution
and restorative practices as alternatives to the endless cycles
of conflict, violence and crime that are the hallmarks of our time.
Through collecting and sharing personal stories, and delivering
educational and self-help programmes, The Forgiveness Project aims
to reframe the debate about how individuals and communities can
learn to celebrate difference and overcome division, thereby fostering
positive social change. www.theforgivenessproject.com/
JAINISM RELIGION & ETHICS - A PAGE ON BBC
SITE Read about Jainism on BBC. Copy and paste OR Click
the following link www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/jainism/
This is an elaborate and wonderful informative presentation on Jainism.
This is an audio, video, pictorial and narrative presentation on Jainism
and an enjoyable one.
Submitted to Jain News and Views by Dinesh Vora
CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL PEACE PROJECT WEBSITE www.canadianipp.org “The Canadian International Peace Project
is an independent, non-partisan organization made up of groups and
individuals of diverse backgrounds dedicated to promoting peace, development
and security locally, nationally and internationally. This Project
has created an unprecedented opportunity for Canadians and others
around the world to contribute to peace and development locally, nationally
and internationally. To date, this initiative appears to be the most
novel, innovative and holistic approach. Domestically, it appears
to be the most innovative and effective vehicle currently in Canada
that is directed not only to promoting greater education, understanding
and harmony among a wide range of racial, ethnic, religious, linguistic
and cultural communities but also effective and meaningful partnerships
among a wide range of individuals, groups and organizations.”
INTERFAITH CENTRE ON CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY www.iccr.org
“Research Associate Emily Ronald has completed a report on the
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. This thirty-year-old
international coalition focuses not only on investing in socially
responsible corporations, but also on using these investments "to
change unjust or harmful corporate policies, working for peace, economic
justice and stewardship of the Earth."
http://tinyurl.com/zqsny From: Pluralism Project Newsletter, December
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FAITH AND
Report on Proceedings from 22nd March 2006
Thanks to The Case Foundation, the International Conference
on Faith and Service held on 22nd March 2006 at the Omni Shoreham
Hotel in Washington DC was webcast live, and you can view the entire
conference at www.interfaithwebcast.org.
Just click "launch presentation" and then select a session;
you can view the entire session or click a dropdown list at the
left to choose a particular speaker. You can digest this information
at your own leisure and at the time that best suits your needs.
Tell your friends and colleagues about the site.
Interfaith Today - Podcasting
Rowan Fairgrove has begun a podcast (an internet radio show) called
"Interfaith Today" to showcase the stories of the Interfaith
Movement. Rowan is trying to give attention to wonderful, life-affirming
work being done in the interfaith context which is under-reported
by the mainstream media. Available since January, the monthly podcast
offers stories of hope and cooperation.
Show notes with links and information on what is contained
in a particular episode can be found at interfaithtoday.org. The
podcast itself is available by direct download at interfaithtoday.libsyn.com
or via iTunes. From: Religions for Peace - USA
April 2006 E-Newsletter, www.rfpusa.org
The NSP is a network of people and institutions that:
1) “Advocates a New Bottom Line in America. This bottom takes
into consideration not only how well institutions and the economy
maximize money and power, but how well they maximizes love and caring,
ethical and ecological sensitivity and behavior, kindness and generosity,
non-violence and peace, and the extent to which they enhance our
capacities to respond to other human beings in a way that honors
them as embodiments of the sacred, and enhance our capacities to
respond to the earth and the universe with awe, wonder and radical
2) Challenges the misuse of religion, God and spirit by the Religious
3) Challenging the anti-religious and anti-spiritual assumptions
and behaviors that have increasingly become part of the liberal
4) Challenges the extreme individualism and "me-firstism"
that permeate all parts of the global market culture.
NSP is a project of the Tikkun Community.”
A Spiritual Covenant with America www.tikkun.org/rabbi_lerner/news_item.2006-05-15.7487741783
“Rabbi Michael Lerner, founder of the Tikkun movement, is
calling us all to make a “spiritual covenant” on the
political scene, to revitalize us from a tired, ineffective liberalism
and an increasingly cynical and reactionary conservatism. Although
he is talking specifically about the United States, a new vision
is needed everywhere. He says: “We will create a society that
promotes, rather than undermines, loving and caring relationships
and families. We will challenge the materialism and selfishness
(often rooted in the dynamics of a competitive marketplace) that
undermine loving relationships and family life.” 1. Support Families
2. Personal Responsibility
3. Social Responsibility
4. Educate for Values
5. Single Payer National Health Care plus transformation of how
we understand health
6. We will be stewards of the environment
7. Foreign policy and homeland security
8. We will seek separation of Church, State and Science
Washington D.C. Spiritual Activism Conference,
May, 2006 Rabbi Michael Lerner’s Report: www.tikkun.org/rabbi_lerner/news_item.2006-05-29.7560355830
In a front page story in the Washington Post,
a major story reporting the conference attended by over 1,200 people,
proclaimed in its first line: "The religious left is back."
"Long overshadowed by the Christian right, religious liberals
across a wide swath of denominations are engaged today in their
most intensive bout of political organizing and alliance-building
since the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements of the 1960s,
according to scholars, politicians and clergy members."
(Canadian) CENTRE FOR DIVERSITY EDUCATION AND
TRAINING Interfaith and Diversity Educational Opportunities
for Tens of Thousands of Students Across Canada www.cccj.ca/programs.html
Csillag, 416-597-9693 E24 email@example.com
Discovering Diversity Schools Program “The Discovering Diversity Schools Program,
formerly known as the Schools Interfaith Program, has become the
cornerstone for the CCCJ's programming agenda. The program is designed
to build bridges of friendship and understanding between individuals
of different race, religious and ethno-cultural backgrounds.
In the current school year, CCCJ will take more than 15,000 Canadian
students and youth groups to various places of worship. Students
come from Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim schools as well as Scouting,
and other youth groups. School boards have devoted Professional
Development Days to encourage their teachers to participate in World
Religions in-service training with CCCJ.”
Young Leaders Forum – A World Without
Stigma "The Young Leaders Forum is a unique, interactive
program that explores the theme “A World without Stigma ”.
Senior high school students are engaged in a discussion of the complex
social issues that face us as citizens in the most multicultural
society in the world."
Quest – Question • Understand •
Explore • Support • Trust "Quest is an initiative aimed at building
bridges between senior high school students of various religious
and ethnic backgrounds."
Ontario Middle School Debate Tournament "In January 2005, CCCJ launched a new initiative:
a city-wide debate tournament for middle school grades in public,
Catholic and private schools. The tournament offers a meaningful
opportunity for junior debaters to hone their skills and tackle
ideas important to all Canadians."
Respecting Diversity On Campus Program "Through education, public information and
advocacy, CCCJ continues to be a driving force in the ongoing effort
to encourage unity and goodwill throughout the fabric of Canadian
Diversity Is Good Business "Learning with CCCJ doesn't end when a student
graduates. Diversity Is Good Business will provide an opportunity
for young professionals in a variety of sectors to develop a deeper
appreciation of the value of diversity as a desirable, ethical and,
indeed, profitable goal for the workplace."
Sponsored by CCCJ (Canadian Council of
Christians and Jews,) “a leading Canadian provider of programs
and strategies that educate against discrimination, prejudice and
THE MULTIFAITH HALL OF FAME OF THE 21ST CENTURY (a
blog) is now open.
“This virtual facility is now a reality.
And, this has been possible just due to your cooperation, permission
and understanding of this unique project. For suggestions, comments,
etc. see the comments section in this blog.”
ONLINE INTERFAITH RESOURCE GUIDES (2006)
“The work that interfaith organizations
do is vital to promoting understanding, dialogue, and cooperation
among religious traditions. Numerous interfaith groups have produced
training manuals, ‘how-to’ documents, and useful guidelines.
We have begun compiling links to online versions of these guides
on a range of subjects such as creating a local interfaith dialogue
group, increasing cooperation between local governments and religious
organizations, and educating students about religious diversity.
We will continue to add to this list as we become aware of additional
CHANGING PARADIGMS IN INTERRELIGIOUS UNDERSTANDING “Shanta Premawardhana, Associate General
Secretary for Interfaith Relations, National Council of Churches
USA, has graciously allowed Interfaith News to republish a presentation
he recently made at the Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding.
He begins with a beautiful vision of children from all over the
world playing together. With that peaceful meditation in mind, he
addresses the nature of interfaith dialogue, delving into and explicating
four different types of dialogue that he identifies as Dialogue
of Life, Dialogue of Action, Dialogue of Contemplation, Dialogue
of Theological Reflection.” < Here
FOSTERING DIALOGUE ACROSS DIVIDES Fostering Dialogue Across Divides: A Nuts and
Bolts Guide from the Public Conversations Project offers the fruit
of 17 years of work towards effective dialogue design and facilitation.
It is intended to be of use to both seasoned facilitators and beginners
and offers core principles and practices as well as advice on each
phase in the dialogue process. Appendices offer sample formats and
handouts. It is available as a free download or for purchase online.
"Dialogue has a vital, if quieter, role to play in a resilient
and civil democratic society. It can build bridges across divides
in the body politic. It can promote healing in small communities
that are struggling with a controversy. It can also reduce the likelihood
of gridlock in the halls of Congress, hatred in the arena of public
opinion, and potentially dangerous misrepresentations in our sound-bite
saturated media." www.publicconversations.org/pcp/index.asp?page_id=270&ca
WORLD SPIRIT FORUM E-MAIL NEWSLETTER For free subscription:
“As an annual world conference the WSF World Spirit Forum
offers the unique opportunity to build bridges and to open up for
broad and boundless insights beyond conventional restrictions/constraints.
The time has come for a new, united, holistic, sustainable and humane
future. The WSF World Spirit Forum is a unique platform to develop
solutions, visions and projects in accordance with the vision of
a sustainable earth universe.
Our society, the economy, the scientific community and politics
still operate on separate levels. Intersections are partly acknowledged
but interactive thinking and action is needed in order to create
“The participants of the international convention WSF World
Spirit Forum 2006 declared the WSF as home of the worldwide spiritual
movement…. In its global scope it is a parallel event to the
WEF World Economic Forum that is held at nearby Davos at about the
same time.” http://www.worldspiritforum.org/en/index.php
[WSF is one of the many supporting organizations of the World Wisdom
Alliance, being founded in Toronto.]
HOW AND WHY TO JOIN THE UNITED RELIGIONS INITIATIVE Stephen A. Fuqua, URI North American Regional
This PowerPoint presentation outlines the history of URI and its
membership structure. The main units are the local Cooperative Circles.
There is also room for “Affiliates are individuals, associations
and organizations who pledge their support of the URI Charter but
who do not choose to form a Circle.”
“The purpose of the United Religions Initiative is to promote
enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated
violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for
the Earth and all living beings.” Click for:< How
to join URI >
(Canadian) SACRED JOURNEYS INTO SILENCE A Gathering of Interfaith Elders
Sharing a Certain Essence in the Contemplative Path Leading to Inner
Peace and Silence
“A truly unique moment occurred in interfaith
dialogue movement on Saturday, July 1st, 2006: "Dialogue"
was dispensed with altogether for the more sublime purpose of coming
together to explore the inner spiritual dimensions of silence and
The Gathering of Interfaith Elders Sharing a Certain
Essence in the Contemplative Path Leading to Inner Peace and Silence"
was graciously hosted the by the Chinmaya Mission Toronto under
the auspices of Swamini Shivpriyananda. The purpose of the program
was to explore pathways into silence through prayers and services
across a number of spiritual traditions.
The program opened with a consecration ceremony performed
by the Elders of the Mohawk Nations to bless the gathering. This
was followed by an offering of gifts of gratitude to the Mohawk
Elders, by Swami Veda Bharati, who guided the silence from his meditation
seat for the duration of the program.
Elders from eight different traditions represented
their respective pathways into silence - Catholicism, Judaism, the
Quaker tradition, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Sufism and
the Universal Worship. Presentations were interspersed by contemplative
walks, and the second-to-last presentation of Universal Worship
was conceived by Hazrat Inayat Khan, the Sufi master of the early
20th century whose teaching placed great emphasis on recognizing
the wisdom of all spiritual traditions of the world.
The closing was a guided meditation given by Swami
Veda Bharati, who emphasized that when the mind and breath flow
together in a smooth, steady, unbroken stream - that stream flows
into silence. He also expressed his hope that the program attendants
would join him and thousands of others across the world for his
Full Moon Global Group Meditation. Each full moon day, thousands
across the world sit together at appointed times to surrender themselves
to the serenity of word-less-ness. The appointed time for North
America is 10:00 p.m. EST.”
WORLD COMMISSION ON GLOBAL CONSCIOUSNESS &
SPIRITUALITY THE GLOBAL DIALOGUE INSTITUTEhttp://globalspirit.org
Vision: “The Commission seeks to inspire consciousness
of the wholeness of the human family and the sacred tapestry of
all life. This spirituality is the foundation of a global consciousness
that honours the wisdom found in the world's traditions, cultures
and disciplines.” Mission: “The World Commission on Global Consciousness
and Spirituality cultivates a growing community of people from diverse
cultural, religious, disciplinary and spiritual orientations to
promote global wisdom, vision and values. The Commission is action
oriented and acknowledges awakening consciousness and spirituality
as transformative powers for the common good.”to Documents: - Universal Declaration of Global Consciousness
and Spirituality (Barcelona 2004)
- A Global Blueprint for the World Commission Members: Organized by systems scientist Ervin Laszlo and
other leaders who attended the founding meeting in Toronto of the
all-inclusive World Wisdom Alliance (website to be announced shortly,)
council members include many world-level spiritual and organizational
- Religions in Renewal: Dialogue, Reform, Re-vision: www.usao.edu/~facshaferi/relren/relren4.htm
- World Network of Religious Futurists: www.wnrf.org
GREENING SACRED PLACES
Faith and the Common Good
A Workshop in Six Session for Canadian Religious Communities.
“If you and your faith group would like to become involved
in projects designed to protect the earth that sustains us then
this new Canadian Government course will be of interest to you.
Simply go to the site and download the PDF file. You may then print
the copies you need.”
Click here: www.faith-commongood.net/docs/gssworkshopguide(web).pdf
(Canadian) UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
BY THE WORLD’S RELIGIONS
Arvind Sharma, a professor of comparative religion at McGill University,
was attending a 50th anniversary celebration of the 1948 signing
of the United Nation's Declaration of Human Rights when he and a
group of colleagues offered to draft a similar document for world
religions. This is an effort to update and replace the UN Universal
declaration of Human Rights, which many consider to be too “Western”
oriented. At the end of the current draft, made up of 30 Articles,
there is an account of the history of this document, which it is
hoped will be presented at the 2009 World Parliament of Religions
for signatures of all faith groups.
“Previous parliaments have focused on finding ethical common
ground among religions. The declaration would be the next logical
step,” Sharma said.
The effort has been endorsed by Nobel Peace Prize winners the Dalai
Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and Bishop Carlos
Belo of East Timor. www.worldsreligionsafter911.com/pdf/UDHRWR.pdf
Forward your comments and suggestions regarding the declaration