Interfaith Atlanta

If you live in or near Metro Atlanta, and are interested in joining the great conversation between persons of different religions, faiths, and/or wisdom traditions, here are a few online resources to get you started:ATLANTA INTERFAITH LEADERS FELLOWSHIP — An informal organization for bringing together persons of all faiths who share an interest in interfaith world. The fellowship's mission is "to provide a gathering place where persons engaged in interfaith work can share ideas and e … [Read more...]

A Perspective on the Peacemaking Retreat

I know a lot of folks have asked me to post on the Celtic Spirituality, Contemplation and Peacemaking retreat that took place in Northern Ireland last month. And I'm sorry that I've done nothing more than upload a few photographs. To be honest, I've been engaged in an exciting project that I'm not quite at liberty to mention on my blog just yet. Let's just say it involves my next book, and if all goes as hoped, it will be published in the very near future. More details to come as soon as I am … [Read more...]

It Happened to Us All…

As we approach the ninth anniversary of 9/11, the following videos make an important statement. Since first publishing this post, I have been informed by one of my loyal readers that the organization that produced these videos, CAIR, is quite controversial, having been accused of having ties with Hamas and of its leaders making supremacist statements about Islam. I'm not familiar enough with CAIR or its activities to comment beyond that. I do think the videos themselves have a message that is … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hanh on Christian/Buddhist relations

My friend Martha just alerted me to this wonderful article by Thich Nhat Hanh. It looks like it's quite a few years old, since in it he talks about wanting to write Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers, which was published in 2000. But its message remains important for us today: Going Back to Our Religious Roots In this article, the good Vietnamese monk tells the story of counseling a young Buddhist woman who had fallen in love with a Catholic man, and was distraught because his family was … [Read more...]

Christianity, Islam & Buddhism (or, Two Conversations)

I had two conversations yesterday with two different people. While on the surface they seem to be entirely different conversations concerning different matters, on reflection I see that they are two aspects of the same discourse. They both involved the question of how Christianity (and individual Christians) ought to be relating to other religious traditions (and the practitioners of those traditions). Here's what happened:First, someone forwarded to my wife an alarmist video about projected … [Read more...]

Patheos

Once upon a time, I thought Beliefnet would be a revolutionary presence on the web: a forum where real and meaningful interfaith dialogue would occur. Alas, it's more or less turned into a spiritual lifestyle website, which I'm sure has its uses but to my mind represents a certain measure of unfulfilled potential. But the dream of a truly substantive interreligious forum on the Internet is not dead.Later this year the Patheos website will be launched. Based on their introductory video, it … [Read more...]

The Charter for Compassion

This looks pretty cool: a group of religious leaders, including folks like Desmond Tutu and Joan Chittister, are spearheading a campaign to draft a universal "Charter for Compassion." Perhaps this could be the Magna Carta of the 3rd millennium? Part of what's neat about it is that anyone can contribute ideas or language for the charter via this website:Charter for CompassionHere's what the website says about this: By recognizing that the Golden Rule is fundamental to all world religions, the … [Read more...]


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