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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.

She Who Prays

Author: Jane Richardson Jensen
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 0819225959
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She Who Prays: A Woman’s Interfaith Prayer Book offers women a new way to pray. Drawing on feminine images of God – and on the language and experience of women – it helps women tap into their own rich and unique spirituality. Readers will find a wealth of prayers from a variety of traditions –early Christian, Native American, and others. With a liturgical calendar honoring the lives of women of all faiths, along with rituals for group celebrations such as weddings and the welcoming of a child, She Who Prays will help women speak to God in their own voices. Jane Richardson Jensen, an author, translator, and scholar specializing in early Christian literature, is co-chaplain of Clare’s Place, a women’s spirituality center in College Station, Texas. Patricia Harris-Watkins, chaplain of Clare’s Place, is a scholar specializing in English as a second language. She has taught workshops in dream interpretation and vision quests, and integrates her Native American spirituality with her Christian faith.

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."

Religion Gone Astray

Author: Don Mackenzie
Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
ISBN: 1594733171
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Expanding on the conversation started with their first book, the Interfaith Amigos - a pastor, a rabbi and an imam - probe more deeply into the problem aspects of our religious institutions to provide a profound understanding of the nature of what divides us.

Cosmopolitan Lives On The Cusp Of Empire

Author: Jane Haggis
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319527487
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This book looks back to the period 1860 to 1950 in order to grasp how alternative visions of amity and co-existence were forged between people of faith, both within and resistant to imperial contact zones. It argues that networks of faith and friendship played a vital role in forging new vocabularies of cosmopolitanism that presaged the post-imperial world of the 1950s. In focussing on the diverse cosmopolitanisms articulated within liberal transnational networks of faith it is not intended to reduce or ignore the centrality of racisms, and especially hegemonic whiteness, in underpinning the spaces and subjectivities that these networks formed within and through. Rather, the book explores how new forms of cosmopolitanism could be articulated despite the awkward complicities and liminalities inhabited by individuals and characteristic of cosmopolitan thought zones.

Hizmet Means Service

Author: Martin E. Marty
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520285174
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"Hizmet Means Service is an examination of the Hizmet movement. Hizmet is named for its focus on service, but it is also often called the Gulen movement, after the Turkish intellectual and inspiration for the movement, Fethullah Gulen, who is known for his contribution to improved interfaith relations. This book studies Hizmet in twelve chapters written by contributors from around the world. This book does not presume that all readers are familiar with Hizmet, but we move beyond mere introductions into scholarly analysis of Fethullah Gulen and the manifestations of this movement"--Provided by publisher.

Beyond Prisons

Author: Laura Magnani
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 9781451412833
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The Society of Friends (Quakers) founded America's first "penitentiary" in the 1790s. For more than forty years, the American Friends Service Committee has worked with prisoners, parolees, and victims of crime, seeking just alternatives to incarceration. In Beyond Prisons, the AFSC offers a powerful moral critique of the American criminal justice system and describes a new paradigm for dealing with criminals based on restorative justice and reconciliation. The authors include a specific twelve-point plan for immediate changes. Book jacket.

We Gather Together

Author: Neil J. Young
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019973898X
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The story of the birth of the Religious Right is a familiar one. In the 1970s, mainly in response to Roe v. Wade, evangelicals and conservative Catholics put aside their longstanding historical prejudices and theological differences and joined forces to form a potent political movement that swept across the country. In this provocative book, Neil J. Young argues that almost none of this is true. Young offers an alternative history of the Religious Right that upends these widely-believed myths. Theology, not politics, defined the Religious Right. The rise of secularism, pluralism, and cultural relativism, Young argues, transformed the relations of America's religious denominations. The interfaith collaborations among liberal Protestants, Catholics, and Jews were met by a conservative Christian counter-force, which came together in a loosely bound, politically-minded coalition known as the Religious Right. This right-wing religious movement was made up of Mormons, conservative Catholics, and evangelicals, all of whom were united--paradoxically--by their contempt for the ecumenical approach they saw the liberal denominations taking. Led by the likes of Jerry Falwell, they deemed themselves the "pro-family" movement, and entered full-throated into political debates about abortion, school prayer, the Equal Rights Amendment, gay rights, and tax exemptions for religious schools. They would go on to form a critical new base for the Republican Party. Examining the religious history of interfaith dialogue among conservative evangelicals, Catholics, and Mormons, Young argues that the formation of the Religious Right was not some brilliant political strategy hatched on the eve of a history-altering election but rather the latest iteration of a religious debate that had gone on for decades. This path breaking book will reshape our understanding of the most important religious and political movement of the last 30 years.