ReVisioning Religion

The future of faith is a growing topic in Western Culture today. The diversity of world and the global economy means that we must learn how to live, play, work and pray together. It also means that we re-vision how we see our own religious traditions. Many people and organizations are engaged in exploring the related vast questions that arise. Below is a non-exhaustive list of experts working to help us grow in our own understanding. Please send us your inputs. Please learn more about Contemplative Interbeing’s Re-vision services by clicking HERE. Marcus Borg Marcus Borg Foundation (organization) Cynthia Bourgealt Read More …

Interfaith Experts

This is a work in progress and not a comprehensive list. Contemplative Interbeing hopes that this will serve as a resource to identify many of the leading experts and lead to wider connections. Karen Armstrong Charter for Compassion (organization) (book) Ed Bastian (Buddhist) Interspiritual Meditation (book) Adam Bucko The New Monasticism (book) Diane Berke (ACIM) One Spirit Learning Alliance (organization) A Gentle Smile (book) (book) Marcus Borg (Christian) Jesus and Buddha (book) Diana Eck The Pluralism Project at Harvard University (organization) A New Religious America: How a “Christian Country” Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation (book) Ted Falcon Read More …

What is Interfaith Ministry

Recent studies have estimated that nearly 40 million Americans are religiously unaffiliated and seeking alternative modes of spiritual experience and expression. Interfaith ministers are uniquely prepared to minister to the spiritual needs of this growing population, as well as to those with a strong religious affiliation who want to learn about, and come to appreciate, the wisdom of other traditions. Whatever their own religious tradition or spiritual path, Interfaith ministers are trained professionals who: Are dedicated to serving the spiritual needs of all those who seek their guidance, counsel, and assistance, without regard to race, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, Read More …

Introduction to Interfaith Leadership

The world today requires interfaith leaders, and this course offers a comprehensive and academically rigorous examination of this concept. This eight-lesson course covers an array of topics, beginning with fundamental questions around religious identity and moving on to building blocks of social theory, pluralism, and religious literacy. Students will explore some of the history of interfaith cooperation in the United States, learn skills such as dialogue facilitation, and be able to better recognize and address issues of religious difference and its impact on everyday life, including in several professional sectors such as business, medicine, and education. Learning Modules with Videos Read More …

World Prayers of Peace & Healing

For Peace & Healing.   We are deeply aware of the tragic cycle of continuing violence around the world. As we each find our own way through the complex maze of inner feelings, it is useful to know that we are not alone in our struggles or in our hopes. Even as tragedy and suffering have occurred to so many people now and throughout history, there have also been passionate insightful voices calling for peace and healing. Below are a few special prayers which many have found inspiring. Prayers Selected by WorldPrayers.org Beannacht – John O’Donohue At Prayer With Mary – Sister Mary Lou Read More …

Christian Interfaith Relationships

Flowing out of the Second Vatican Council (1965)  and the Perennial Tradition/Philosophy is an ever evolving ecumenical and interfaith relations within the Christian tradition. Below is a brief explanation of the Second Vatican Council and the Perennial Philosophy. As a result of the growing relationships many of the Christian Denominations developed Interfaith Ministries. Links to those ministries are provided below. The Second Vatican Council, Nastra Actate (1965) reads, “All peoples comprise a single community and have a single origin [created by one and the same Creator God]…. And one also is their final goal: God…. The Catholic Church rejects nothing Read More …

Shared Values – Shared Vision

Shared Vision Shared Values is an ongoing project that reminds us how the world’s religions share many core values. At Contemplative Interbeing, we work to put interreligious understanding into practice. And we have found that an important part of understanding is to learn – not only how and why we differ – but also, how we are similar. We can’t control belief, but we can control our behavior. This project highlights excerpts from different faith communities’ holy texts showing the common threads weaving between different faith communities. Click a HEADING below to expand and read.