in its third edition, this is the one of the most comprehensive
works available on the variety of paths available to today's spiritual
seekers. More than a reference work, it explores how religions can
collaborate to help the world. Essays explore interfaith community
and spiritual practices such as theosophy, wicca, and indigenous
religions. Portraits of all the major religious traditions are also
included. This revised text offers an unparalleled look at where
spirituality is headed in the coming millennium.
up-to-date edition of the Sourcebook includes:
of more than twenty religious traditions and spiritual paths
and how to build community among religions
prayers, sacred texts, and quotes by hundreds of inspiring contributors
material on the 1999 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Cape
such as the Global Ethic, the Earth Charter, Code of Ethics Among
Religions, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
on numerous established and new interfaith organizations
of spirituality and mysticism, sacred cosmology, and seeking peace.
inspiring Directory of nearly 700 faith-based and interfaith organizations,
most of which offer needed services or advocacy.
to and descriptions for more than one hundred religious and interfaith
anthology of interfaith articles, essays, and resources has a multifold
mission: First off, it is a well-presented primer, introducing readers
to 20 of the world's religions and spiritual beliefs —
Christianity, African Traditional Religion, Taoism, Wicca, and Nature
Spirituality among them. Second, this carefully edited collection
offers suggestions for becoming a more unified community, one that
tolerates and respects the diversity of spiritual beliefs on the
planet. Finally, it addresses the common ground amid all this diversity,
such as respect for human rights, environmental responsibility,
and creating a culture of peace. Although the material is heady
(e.g., discussions on "Scared Community at the Dawn of the Second
Axial Age" and "Objectives of the 1893 World Parliament of Religions"),
the essays are mostly written by accessible writers, such as Wayne
Teasdale and Thomas Keating. Also, the editor, Joel Beversluis,
offers excellent introductions to each submission, grounding readers
in plenty of background, context, and insider's information.
. . a valuable collection of writings across the spectrum of religious
traditions. . .
Diana Eck, Harvard University
. . a working tool for religious practitioners, scientists, poets,
activists, philosophers, educators, and political leaders.
all those who want our planet held together by a Global Ethic, this
Sourcebook is of extreme importance and a sign of hope.
Dr. Hans Kung, Tubingen Ecumenical Institute
Sourcebook is a major resource for continuing what happened so fruitfully
at the Parliament of the World’s Religions — to deepen our understanding
of each other and to encourage dialogue and cooperation.
Dr. David Ramage, Jr.
1993 Chair of the Council for a Parliament
of the World’s Religions
effective working tool is highly recommended for both reference
and circulating collections in any library.
. . essays, documents, quotations, and prayers from a variety of
traditions, with an emphasis on interfaith cooperation.
. . for those who share its outlook, a sign of hope.
. . a myriad of sources, expressing . . . diverse opinion and viewpoint.
. . a grand example of interreligious cooperation and understanding.
. . the first edition offered a substantial building block for the
spiritual awakening we so desperately need. . . This expanded and
updated work is an even stronger contribution.
Dr. Robert Muller, former Assistant Secretary-General of the
Beversluis is proprietor of CoNexus Multifaith
Media in Ada, Michigan, where he distributes books and other media
on the interfaith movements, inter-religious understanding, and
spiritually-informed responses to global issues. He has worked in
various aspects of book publishing for over thirty years, as well
as with peace, environmental, and interfaith organizations. CoNexus
resources have been published in conjunction with organizations
such as the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the United Religions
Initiative, the Millennium Institute, Global Education Associates,
and the International Interfaith Centre. Beversluis is also editor
of the newsletter and web site of the North
American Interfaith Network.
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