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The Interfaith Alternative

Author: Steven Greenebaum
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1550925024
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THERE IS NO "THEM." THERE IS ONLY "US," CELEBRATING OUR COMMON HUMANITY ."..embracing the vision of" The Interfaith Alternative" could bring about a startling new paradigm which might at last nudge us towards our mutual goal of world harmony, beginning one community at a time...right here, right now." --- Dilara Hafiz, co-author of" The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook," Whatever your spiritual path, chances are that the primary tenets of your faith include universal love, acceptance and compassion. Yet three thousand years after Moses, twenty-five hundred years after Buddha, two thousand years after Jesus and fifteen hundred after Muhammad, we are still divided by our differences. "The Interfaith Alternative" shows us how we can celebrate each other without fear of losing our own identity. In doing so, it demonstrates that if we come together in a mutually supportive environment, we can share, learn from and celebrate our diverse spiritual paths and concentrate on our shared desire to remake the world into a compassionate, loving place. At its core, Interfaith is about community and justice. Once we truly embrace diversity, we embrace our common humanity. A powerful antidote to the current climate of fear and mistrust, "The Interfaith Alternative" argues that it is not "how" we encounter the sacred, but what we DO about it that counts - Muslim, Jew, Christian, Humanist, Buddhist or Baha'i; we are "all" called to change the world. "Our way or no way" is no longer an inviting principle. Steven Greenebaum offers an enlightening alternative which is about "inclusion" and not "exclusion."---Wesley Yamaka, retired United Methodist clergy "This book ... invites our spiritual traditions to reclaim the centrality of "orthopraxy" -- acting with compassion to build a world of justice and peace. Steven Greenebaum is Karen Armstrong with a pastor's heart."---John Heagle, Catholic priest, counselor, author of "Justice Rising: The Emerging Biblical Vision " Reverend Steven Greenebaum is an Interfaith Minister with Masters Degrees in Mythology, Music and Pastoral Studies. His experiences directing Jewish, Methodist, Presbyterian and Interfaith choirs have helped him to understand the profound wisdom of many spiritual traditions. Steven has dedicated his life to working for social and environmental justice through a multitude of forums. He is the founder of the Living Interfaith Church in Lynnwood, Washington.

A Heart For The World

Author: Marcus Braybrooke
ISBN: 9781905047437
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A Heart for the World claims that there is an alternative, based on the moral and spiritual values shared by all the world religions. The mystic tradition, in every faith, affirms that all life is sacred. It follows that all people of faith should help to create a culture of non-violence and peace. They should plead for compassionate economic policies which ensure life and dignity for all people. They should also cultivate a reverence for the Earth. Examples are given from many parts of the world of people who are living and working to give a heart to our global society. They show that interfaith partnership and a new spiritual awareness has the potential to transform the world. The book examines the teaching of the religions on war and peace, on the production and use of wealth, and their attitude to the natural world.

Practical Interfaith

Author: Rev. Steven Greenebaum
Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
ISBN: 1594735697
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Interfaith as a Faith—A Way to Move Past Preaching about Love and Compassion to Actually Practicing Them “A commitment to Interfaith is no small commitment. Nor is it an easy commitment. But I do believe it can be a rewarding and healing one. Interfaith widens our world. And, if we let it, Interfaith frees us from the imprisoning shackles of one of the most debilitating of all human emotions—fear of the ‘other.’” —from Chapter 6 The interfaith movement is taking root. More and more of us are exploring it. At the same time interfaith finds itself at a crossroads. Where do we go now? Rev. Steven Greenebaum not only suggests the faith of Interfaith as a positive way forward but also offers a practical, down-to-earth approach to a more spiritually fulfilling life. In this accessible how-to guide, Greenebaum addresses: What it means to practice Interfaith as a faith and why you might want to embrace it.Why you can choose Interfaith as a faith and still keep your own spiritual tradition.How to establish the necessary foundations to start an Interfaith spiritual community.How to choose the right minister for your Interfaith community.What you can expect as your community forms and grows.And much, much more. Along with offering resources such as Interfaith liturgy and guides to Interfaith church governance, he includes the voices of members of the Living Interfaith Church, the community he founded, to share their whys and hows of participating in an Interfaith church.

The Interfaith Imperative

Author: Ross Thompson
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1498241913
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Globally we seem torn between local, exclusive forms of religion, which can cause immense spiritual and physical damage to people, and a bland secularism that confines the religions to safe havens, each offering its own private options for "spirituality" within a secularized global politic. In this context the religions tolerate one another but cannot engage in mutually challenging and transforming dialogue. Thompson argues that it is only through dialogue that the distinctive truths of the faiths emerge. Moving beyond the threefold paradigm that has limited dialogue, and challenging modern secularism and postmodern relativism alike, he argues for a dialogue-based realism that is rooted in the Christian doctrines of creation and Trinity. Turning to recent theological approaches, Thompson both affirms and criticizes narrative and postliberal theologies, liberation theology, and the revival of negative theology. The transfiguration of Jesus provides a model for the way theology proceeds in dialogue, from an initial naivety, through metaphysical construction and deconstruction, to a new metaphorical "interillumination." Thompson sets forth a utopian hope for "the interreligious city of God, shining with the divine, interilluminative rainbow light reflected from the many faiths, including the secular faith."

The Poverty Of Radical Orthodoxy

Author: Lisa Isherwood
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630875805
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Radical Orthodoxy, whose founding father is John Milbank, claims that God has been pushed to the margins in modernity and that a false and misleading neo-theology has taken hold that needs to be revisited and contested. It is this return to the premodern that often leads theologians to have reservations about Radical Orthodoxy when they might otherwise have some sympathy for many of its positions. Radical Orthodoxy, like most traditional theology, claims that the power of God is in all creation and that God sits everywhere for all to partake of. But there appears to be a failure to see that the church and theology do not set in place systems that live out this basic assumption. Liberation theology, while sharing much of the same assumption that God is everywhere and to be shared, at the same time engages in a critique of the structures that claim to facilitate this vision, and finds them wanting. From here, then, liberation theologians attempt to refigure our understanding of shared power in order to broaden the vision, while it may be argued that Radical Orthodoxy simply restates the assumption with little political critique of the issues. Perhaps this point explains why this book is titled The Poverty of Radical Orthodoxy rather than Radical Error!

Foucault Christianity And Interfaith Dialogue

Author: Henrique Pinto
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415305686
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Foucault, Christianity and Interfaith Dialogue develops a new model for interfaith dialogue using the work of the French historian of ideas, Michel Foucault. The author argues that it is the injustice done to the 'Other' by Roman Catholic, Protestant and other centred and unitary models of religious pluralism that allows the introduction of Foucault's de-centring of transcendence and human reason as an alternative model for understanding religious diversity and the role it ought to play, in the constitution of the self and the making of society. This Foucaultian approach provides a new direction for interfaith dialogue in the modern world and leads to an ethical rather than a nihilistic position while fostering a non-unitary theology of religious pluralism and an open-textured process of self-transformation. The author's original and imaginative application and expansion of Foucault's concept of the 'More' from The Archaeology of Knowledge (1969) makes important and original contributions to academic work on Foucault and contemporary theology.

Protest And Organization In The Alternative Globalization Era

Author: Heather Gautney
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 1137294655
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Neoliberal Globalization: Origins and Effects -- The Alternative Globalization Movement and World Social Forum -- Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) -- Anti-Authoritarian Social Movements -- Political Parties and the State -- States and Movements.

Interfaith Families

Author: Jane Kaplan
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781596270114
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As the number of Jewish-Christian marriages in America continue to rise, couples find themselves searching for ways to reconcile love and religion. Even when each partner has no particular religious life, they are confronted with related conflicts. Should children be raised in one faith and not the other? Who decides which holidays to celebrate and how? How can couples deal with extended family members who may not understand or accept their interfaith marriage? Readers will find and array of reactions and approaches as the couples profiled in this book describe how they tacked these topics. Each personal narrative offers fresh insight into interfaith families by giving examples of the successes and failures, struggles and triumphs of everyday situations and major life decisions.

Faith Hope And Love

Author: Ray Gaston
Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 0334054591
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Often Christian interfaith engagement has been viewed through the lens of theology of religions where the primary questions are often about the salvific destiny of people of other faiths. 'Faith, Hope and Love' offers an alternative approach asking how do Christian interfaith practitioners live out their discipleship in a multi-faith world? And what, theologically, is being expressed in their activity? Demonstrating a new and innovative approach to interfaith engagement, this book argues for theological reflection on the multi faith reality of our society to focus on the practice of Christian interfaith engagement, drawing on the methodology of practical theology to explore the impact of encounter on Christian self-understanding. It suggests that other faith traditions are no longer a theological problem to be solved or people to be ‘saved’ but a potential ‘means of grace’ in which the Christian disciple learns more about God and grows in their relationship with Christ. Part 1 Towards a Practical Theology of Interfaith Engagement 1. Faith, Hope and Love – Pedagogy for Interfaith Engagement 2. Beyond New Contestations – A Practical Theological Challenge to Particularists and Pluralists 3. Interfaith Engagement, Non-Violence and the Way of Salvation Part 2 Challenging Islamophobia, Affirming Multiculturalism 4. Challenging Islamophobia – A Practical Theological Reflection 5. Rejoicing in the Truth – A Practical Theological Affirmation of Multiculturalism

Controversies In Interreligious Dialogue And The Theology Of Religions

Author: Paul Hedges
Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd
ISBN: 0334042119
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This latest volume in the Controversies in Contextual Theology series provides an introduction to the current state of the field for those new to interreligious dialogue and the theology of religions, as well as providing insights and new concepts that will be of interest to specialists. In particular, the current deadlock between pluralist and particularist approaches is re-imagined, and a strong argument for radical openness to the religious Other is advanced, based upon the resources of the Christian heritage. The book draws inspiration from many sources including intercultural theology, feminist theologies of religions, comparative theology, postcolonial identity theory, scholarly debates on the nature of religion, and biblical concepts of hospitality to outline its new approach. It concludes that we must seek mutual fulfillment with religious Others while maintaining Christian integrity. It also addresses the problems this involves when seeking ethical partnership across religious boundaries. No easy answers are given, however, a vision for radical openness based on Jesus' example, the Christian heritage, and contemporary scholarship is endorsed.