OF FAITH AND DOUBT
if I strongly disagree with the views of someone else who professes
to be a Christian?
are we to respond to acts of terrorism and the hatred expressed
by self-proclaimed "enemies" of Christianity?
on Community, Compassion and Comfort
SAINTS, PROPHETS AND SPIRITUAL GUIDES
The wisdom of St.
Ram Dass and more
World of Prayers
Whose Side Are You On?
by Rabbi Micah Greenstein
The reality of a Big God means that we are all minorities
in God's eyes.... In order for dialogue among different faiths to
ever happen, we must all be willing to concede that none of us alone
can ever know as much as all of us together. We must move the emphasis
from claiming that God is on our side to worrying more about being
on God's side of compassion, grace, justice, acceptance, and love.
Reconciliation in a Violent World
reconciliation? The answer is simple: Because it makes us God's
children—related to God. We are related to God when we learn to
live in higher realities than violence and death. When Jesus said,
“Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48),
it means that our humanity lies in the perfection of children who
are discovering their identities through relationships.
Read an excerpt from the book Practicing
Way to Peace: A short interview with Michael Battle
Is it really possible for us to live in peace? The possibility lies
within perception, and perception is learned. So, in short, we must
learn to see peace as a necessary reality.... Read
First Republicans: Learning a Lesson in Civil Discourse
by Nora Gallagher
behave these days, because the campaigns and the pundits are so
negative and mean, that disagreement in and of itself is a bad thing.
But it's not. Talking to someone who is not me is interesting, compelling
and awakening. A person who is different from oneself enlarges,
not only the mind, but the whole world. Read
Different Point of View: Looking at the Other Side
express our opinions, to stand up for what we believe, to act upon
what we feel is a fundamental right and in a large sense a necessary
part of being fully human. What a person thinks and feels matters.
But more important than freedom of expression is the realization
that our view is always limited. As hard as we try we can never
achieve a monopoly on Truth. The Truth beyond our understanding
is that we share the same Creator with that fellow with whom we
might passionately disagree.
On Strife and Unity
A few words can move us toward a more compassionate world. Read more
for peace, for community, for patience and foresight, and more
Suggestions for Creating Unity
Questions to Ponder
Working Through Conflict on the Pages of Your Journal