Artist Prepares a 'Rethinking Christianity' Display
Jan 26, 2006
Jim Foreman, a 62 year old artist, is mounting a freestanding art display, entitled, 'Rethinking Christianity, Leadership, and the World in the New Millennium.' Accompanying the artwork is a discussion program for progressive spiritual groups.
Mainstreaming Islamic Education
Jan 16, 2006
Dr. Azyumardi Azra, Rector of the National Islamic University, in Jakarta Indonesia has written numerous books on reforming Islam in the Southeast Asian context. He is a leading advocate of mainstreaming Islamic education by helping madrasahs, or private religious Islamic schools both deepen and broaden their training of youth at the elementary, junior and senior high school levels. This approach contrasts with those working to secularize Islamic education, and could raise up leaders to counter jihad, intolerance and religious theocracy. [ Visit Website ]
Emergent Jewish & Christian Leaders to Meet
Jan 3, 2006
Synagogue 3000 (S3K) and Emergent will host a ground breaking meeting to connect pioneering Jewish and Christian leaders from dynamic and innovative congregations on January 16-17, 2006, at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley, CA.
Court Strikes Down Intelligent Design
Dec 20, 2005
A federal district court judge ruled that a Pennsylvania school board’s decision to include intelligent design in the high school science curriculum was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. This was the first court test of intelligent design, which posits that life is too complex to have developed solely through random, evolutionary means.
Critical Spirituality for a Critical Time
Dec 18, 2005
Australian futures educator Milojevic calls for a shift to a critical spirituality that might push toward Eupsychia perfection and the liberation of self thorugh concious human evolution to transcend two prevailing spiritualities of today, 1) bringing back the old religious fundamentalism, or 2) Continuing Enlightenment paradigm/Secular progressivism (whether modern or postmodern). Article is in .pdf format, 159k. [ Visit Website ]
Islam and the West: Toward Common Ground
Oct 15, 2001
Mohammed Said Farsi claims Islam and the West can only find wisdom by becoming students. The fate of this threatened world depends on our ability to listen and to learn.
Evangelicals Change Views on Islam Since 9/11
Dec 14, 2005
Religion writer Richard Cimino surveys evangelical literature on Islam after 9/11 and finds their argument against Islam as "essentially violent" as much a challenge to pluralism in American culture, as it was a volley in the war on terrorism.
Why I supported the Disengagement
Dec. 13, 2005
Israeli Futurist Tsvi Bisk shares why he feels Israel's disengagement decision, with respect to Gaza, was in Israel's best interest, in improving its standing in the world and pursuing its grand strategy of a Jewish homeland.
Multi-Dimensional Science: a new paradigm
Nov 15, 2005
Writing from the esoteric tradition, Robert Searle draws upon parapsychology or psychical research in an attempt to integrate science with mysticism. Central to mysticism is the concept of an unseen non-physical psychic, or spiritual universe. It is undetectable by our by five limited senses. In western philosophy it can only be accepted on grounds of faith. Searle offers his proposal for investigating altered states of conciousness. [ Visit Website ]
In Service of the Future
Jun 30, 2006
Jay Gary, evangelical author and leadership scholar reflects on his experience as a religious futurist, and challenges religious activists to study the future of faith and society, in the context of their own traditions.
The case for Islamo-Christian civilization
Oct 19, 2005
A blogger at the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii at Manoa reviews Richard Bulliet 2004 book, The case for Islamo-Christian civilization. Challenging Huntington's Clash of Civilizations, Bulliet envisions the possibilities that Islamic and Christian civilizations can grow together, not apart. [ Visit Website ]
Open Source Spirituality Web Launches
Sep 15, 2005
IntegrativeSpirituality.org officially launched its new 40,000 page spirituality and religion website around 1) tools, spiritual wisdom and community support for expanding their personal spirituality in relationship to God or Buddha, 2) spiritual wisdom to expand the global spiritual commons, 3) community with others through spiritualized social activism , and, 4) connect with other cultural creatives involved in the surging personal spirituality movement using more than two dozen web tools such as Spirit Mates. [ Visit Website ]
God's October Surprise
Oct 4, 2005
Rabbi Arthur Waskow, of The Shalom Center in Philadelphia, has called on the Abrahamic faiths this October to share
their sacred seasons with one another. This confluence of sacred calendars
coincides in a way not seen for three decades: the Muslim Ramadan, the Jewish
High Holy Days and Sukkot, and the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. Waskow
claims the three faiths can use "God's October surprise" to work out ways to
transcend them through action as well as learning. [ Visit Website ]