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A SourceBook for Earth's Community of Religions

Endorsements and Ordering
Foreword
Introduction to the Revised Edition

PART ONE
Who Are We?

CHAPTER 1
Making the Connections
The Global CoNexus
Foreword: Preparing for the Next Millennium
by Dr. Robert Muller
The Age of Interspiritual Community
by Brother Wayne Teasdale

CHAPTER 2
African Traditional Religions
Prayers and Religious Expressions
Zulu Traditional Religion
An Introduction to African Traditional Religions

CHAPTER 3
Baha'i
The Baha'i Faith - A Portrait

CHAPTER 4
Buddhism
Resources on Buddhism
A Statement by the Dalai Lama
Zen
Texts and Reflections
Buddhist Experience in North America
Buddhism: A Portrait

CHAPTER 5
Christianity
The Unitarian Universalist Church
A Call for Evangelical Renewal
Native American / Christian Worship
African American Christianity
Scriptures
Knowing God Through Creation
Christianity in the World Today
The Christian Family Tree
Christianity: Origins and Beliefs

CHAPTER 6
Confucianism
Confucianism: A Portrait

CHAPTER 7
First Peoples and Native Traditions
A Teaching from Tecumseh
Plastic Medicine Men
Native American Spirituality
First Peoples and Native Traditions

CHAPTER 8
Hinduism
Vedana, Ramakrishna and Vivekananda
Wisdom from the Hindu Tradition
Hinduism: A Portrait

CHAPTER 9
Humanism

CHAPTER 10
Islam
Resources
Golden Words of a Sufi Sheik
Islam in North America
Islam in the World Today
Islam: A Portrait

CHAPTER 11
Jainism
Gandhi
Ahimsa
Jain Prayers and Songs
Jainism: A Portrait

CHAPTER 12
Judaism
A Jewish Response to the Environmental Crisis
Judaism: A Portrait
The Worth of Wisdom

CHAPTER 13
Shinto
Shinto Texts with Commentary
Shinto

CHAPTER 15
Spiritual, Esoteric, and Evolutionary Philosophies
A Portrait of Theosophy
The Evolutionary Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother
Anthroposophy
Toward a More Human Future
The Arcane School
Conscious Evolution - A Meta-Religion for the 21st Century
The Emergence of Maitreya

CHAPTER 16
Taoism
Taoism - A Portrait

CHAPTER 17
The Unification Church

CHAPTER 18
Wicca and Nature Spirituality
A Guide to Nature Spirituality Terms
A Portrait of Wicca

CHAPTER 19
Zoroastrianism
Zoroastrianism

PART TWO
Becoming a Community of Religions

CHAPTER 20
Joining the Sacred Community
Poems by Children
Reflections on Community
The Cosmology of Religions
Sacred Community at the Dawn of the Second Axial Age

CHAPTER 21
Legacies of the Parliaments - 1893 and 1993
The Vision Beckons
Responses to the 1893 World's Parliament of Religions

CHAPTER 22
The 1993 Parliament of the World's Religions
Critical Issues
Statements from Co-Sponsors
Key Staff and Executive Summary

CHAPTER 25
Towards Spiritual Concord
Elements of a Universal Spirituality
Guidelines for Interreligious Understanding

CHAPTER 26
Interfaith Dialogue
The Rio de Janeiro Interfaith Network
The Dialogue Decalogue
A Grassroots Model
A Study Guide for Interreligious Understanding and Cooperation

CHAPTER 27
Facing Intolerance, Violence, and other Evils
Lutherans and Judaism - A New Possibility
Peace Teams - Their Time has Come
Nonviolent Response to Violence

PART THREE
Beyond Borders

PART FOUR
Choosing Our Future

PART FIVE
Resource Guides

CHAPTER 44
A Global Brain
A Guide to Selected Electronic and Internet Resources
Interfaith Networking on the Information Superhighway

EPILOGUE
Prayers, Scriptures and Reflections - From many Traditions
Toward a Global Spirituality
Moving Through the CoNexus
Concerning Acts of Creation

Concerning Acts of Creation


Foreword

A SourceBook for Earth's Community of Religions

by

Joel Beversluis

CONTEXT FOR THIS GROUNDBREAKING BOOK:

"In this new ecological age of developing global community and interfaith dialogue, the world religions face what is perhaps the greatest challenge that they have ever encountered.

Each is inspired by a unique vision of the divine and has a distinct cultural identity. At the same time, each perceives the divine as the source of unity and peace. The challenge is to preserve their religious and cultural uniqueness without letting it operate as a cause of narrow and divisive sectarianism that contradicts the vision of divine unity and peace. It is a question whether the healing light of religious vision will overcome the social and ideological issues that underlie much of the conflict between religions."

-- by Dr. Steven C. Rockefeller, Religion Dept., Middlebury College, from Spirit and Nature, p.169

"True spirituality -- the authentic religious journey -- can never be an escape from life's problems.... Our spiritual journey...must be worked out now in a global context in the midst of global crises and global community."

-- by Dr. Patricia Mische, Co-founder of Global Education Associates, in Towards a Global Spirituality

"All the religions and all the people of the world are undergoing the most challenging transformation in history, leading to the birth of a new consciousness. Forces which have been at work for centuries are drawing the human race into a global network, and the religions of the world into a global spiritual community."

-- by Dr. Ewert Cousins, from an article in "Journal of Ecumenical Studies"

Revised Edition, co-published April 1995 by CoNexus Press, Grand Rapids, and Global Education Associates, New York

For Acknowledgements and Copyright information, see file: "Copyright and Acknowledgements."

Revised Edition 1995 Revisions copyright 1995 Joel Beversluis (ISBN 0-9637897-1-6) CoNexus Press P.O. Box 6902 Grand Rapids, MI 49516

First Edition 1993 Copyright 1993 Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions

All Rights Reserved. New articles and all previously copyrighted materials reproduced herein may not be reproduced without permission of those who hold copyrights. Please refer to the list of Acknowledgements below, which identifies those holding copyrights to both new and previously published materials. Some notices are listed in the text.

Second printing, February 1966

PUBLISHER'S CATALOGING IN PUBLICATION A Sourcebook for Earth's community of religions / Joel Beversluis, project editor. -- Rev. ed. p. cm. Rev. ed. of: A sourcebook for the community of religions, 1993. Includes bibliographical references and indexes. Preassigned LCCN: 94-074622 ISBN 0-9637897-1-6 1. Religions. 2. Religions -- Relations. I. Beversluis, Joel D. (Joel Diederik) II. Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions. III. Title: Source book for Earth's community of Religions. IV. Title: Sourcebook for the community of religions. V. Title: Source book for the community of religions. BL80.2.S58 1995 291 QBI94-21310

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Grateful appreciation is due the following for use of their copyrighted and previously printed materials in the SourceBook. (Some copyright notices, as well as sources for materials used, are also printed with the articles.)

Albert Schweitzer Institute for the Humanities. Excerpts from "Framework for Preparation for the Year 2000," by Robert Muller, copyright 1994, used with permission.

American Humanist Association. Humanist Manifesto II. First printed in Volume 33, Number 5, September/October 1973, The Humanist. Reprinted with permission.

Beacon Press. Excerpts from Spirit and Nature by John C. Elder and Steven C. Rockefeller. Copyright 1992 by John C. Elder and Steven C. Rockefeller. Reprinted by permission of Beacon Press.

Campaign 1995 Committee, "New Beginnings" newsletter. Used with permission. Excerpts from "A Call to Remembrance and Renewal." "Steps to Abolish Nuclear Weapons."

Church World Service. "Myths and Realities," compiled by the Office on Global Education. Used with permission.

College Theology Society. "The Cosmology of Religions," by Thomas Berry, in *College Theology Annual Volume, #34,* edited by Dr. Paul Knitter. Used with permission.

Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions. "Towards a Global Ethic (An Initial Declaration)." Copyright 1993. Used with Permission. P.O. Box 1630, Chicago, IL 60690-1630 Excerpts from the "Executive Summary." Copyright 1993 Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions.

Fox, Selena. "A Guide to Nature Spirituality Terms." Copyright 1994 Selena Fox. Used with permission.

GAIA Books Ltd. *The Gaia Atlas of First Peoples* by Julian Burger; A Gaia Original, copyright 1990 Gaia Books Ltd., 66 Charlotte Street, London W1P 1LR UK. Published in the US by Doubleday/Anchor. Used with permission.

Global Education Associates. Reprinted with permission. "Religion and World Order," by Patricia Mische; "Project Global 2000," and "Guideline Questions" were printed in *Proceedings of the Symposium on Religion and Global Governance.* Copyright 1994. "The Earth Covenant and an Earth Charter." Printed in *Breakthrough News,* Fall 1994. "Toward a Global Spirituality," (excerpt) copyright 1982. "To Set Our Leaders Free" (revised). First printed in *Breakthrough,* Fall '87, Spring '88.

International Committee for a Peace Council. Excerpts from "Peace Council," by Daniel Gomez-Ibanez. Copyright 1994. Reprinted with permission.

International Religious Foundation, Inc. "The One, the Other, the Divine, the Many in Zulu Traditional Religion of Southern Africa," by Lizo Doda Jafta, in *Dialogue and Alliance,* Summer 1992. Used with permission.

Inter Religious Federation for World Peace. Used with permission of IRFWP Newsletter editor, 4 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10036. "African Traditional Religion," by Darrol Bryant. The General Programme, IRFWP New Delhi Congress, 1993. Used with permission. "The Human Problem and Evil," by Thomas G. Walsh. Printed in *IRFWP Newsletter, * Vol. II, Number 1, Spring 1994. "Practical Responses to Evil," by Carl Becker. Printed in *IRFWP Newsletter, * Vol. II, Number 1, Spring 1994. "What Was Accomplished," by Thomas G. Walsh. Printed in *IRFWP Newsletter, * Vol. II, Number 1, Spring 1994. "May the Light Dawn," by Paulos Mar Gregorios. Printed in *IRFWP Newsletter,* Vol. II, Number 1, Spring 1994.

IUCN/UNEP/WWF. Excerpts from *Caring for the Earth. A Strategy for Sustainable Living.* Copyright 1991, Gland, Switzerland. Used with permission.

*Journal of Ecumenical Studies* "The Dialogue Decalogue," by Leonard Swidler. Reprinted with permission.

Kosei Publishing Company. "A Dual Awakening Process," by Dr. Ariyaratne, printed in *Dharma World*, July/August 1992; and the editorial by Kazumasa Osaka and other quotations from *Dharma World,* Jan./Feb. 1993. Used with permission.

LaChance, Albert. Excerpts from the Preface and Introduction to *Greenspirit: Twelve Steps in Ecological Spirituality,* published in the USA, 1991, by Element, Inc., 42 Broadway, Rockport, MA 01966; and in Great Britain in 1991 by Element Books Ltd., Longmead, Shaftesbury, Dorset. Used with permission.

Lucis Trust. "Testimony and Treasure" and "The Great Invocation." Used with permission Lucis Trust, 113 University Place, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10017-1888.

Millennium Institute. "The Role of the Faith Traditions," by Dr. Gerald O. Barney, Jane Blewett and Kristen Barney, from *Global 2000 Revisited.* Copyright 1993 Millennium Institute. Used with permission.

National Conference. "The World House," published Spring 1992. Chicago. Used with permission.

New Road Map Foundation. "A Declaration of Independence -- from Overconsumption," by Vickie Robin. Copyright 1994. Used with permission.

Orbis Books. Excerpts from *The Desert is Fertile,* by Dom Helder Camara. Copyright 1983. Maryknoll, New York. Used with permission.

SCM Press Ltd., London, UK. Used with permission. "Conclusions" of *Pilgrimage of Hope,* by Marcus Braybrooke. Copyright 1992 (US rights: Crossroad Publishing Co.). Four excerpts from articles in* A Dictionary of Religious Education,* edited by John M. Sutcliffe. Copyright 1984.

The Tablet Publishing Co., Ltd. "The New Consciousness," by Bede Griffiths. Printed in the January 16, 1993 issue of *The Tablet,* edited by John Wilkins. London, UK. Used with permission.

United Nations. Declarations, conventions, materials from the Department of Public Information and other agency publications are not copyrighted.

World Conference on Religions and Peace. *Prayers from Religion for Peace: Proceedings of the Kyoto Conference on Religion and Peace,* edited by Dr. Homer Jack. Copyright WCRP 1973. Used with permission.

World Council of Churches. "We Will Not Hang our Harps on the Willows," by Barbel Von Wartenberg-Potter. Copyright 1987 WCC Publications, Geneva, Switzerland. Used with permission.

World Future Society. "Temples of Tomorrow," by Richard Kirby and Earl Brewer. Reprinted with permission from "The Futurist," 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 450, Bethesda, Maryland 20814; (301) 656-8274

World Happiness and Cooperation. "Decide to Network," articles and agendas previously printed by Robert Muller, reproduced by permission of Robert Muller; for more information, contact his publisher, World Happiness and Cooperation, P.O. Box 1153, Anacortes, WA 98221.

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