For background information on religious pluralism in America: The Pluralism Project is directed by Dr. Diana Eck, professor of religion at Harvard and author of many books on religious diversity in the United States. www.pluralism.org
Resources for interfaith understanding: The United Religions Initiative, or URI, is a network of nearly 200 Cooperation Circles in 36 countries, all dedicated to promoting daily, enduring interfaith cooperation, an end to religiously motivated violence, and cultures of peace, justice, and healing for the Earth and all living beings. They also have one of the best interfaith portals anywhere, including a remarkable section for kids and pages of well-organized links. www.uri.org
For selections form the scriptures of the great world religions: Topics include respect, peace, the Golden Rule, forgiveness, and charity. The Tanenbaum Center
Dr. Eboo Patel speaks on Islam and religious pluralism.
For chants from the world religions: Chant: Spirit in Sound (book and CD) by Robert Gass, and On Wings of Song. www.amazon.com
For an interfaith calendar of holy days: See The United Religions Initiative. Interfaith Calendar
For an interfaith center near you: Interfaith Centers are a good source of speakers adn preachers from other faiths. Visit the North American Interfaith Network.
For a set of interactive displays that educate kids and adults about world religions and their commonalities, consider ordering a “World Peace Village” for your church.
For a series of conversations about religion and pluralism in America by Eric Elnes, co-president of CrossWalkAmerica, and Nacho Cordova, professor of Rhetoric at Willamette University and blogger at the Woodmoor Village: www.crosswalkamerica.org
Karen Armstrong. A History of God: The 4,000-year Quest fo Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Bllantine Boks: New York, 1993)
Karen Armstrong. The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions (Alred A. Knopf: New York, 2006)
Thich Nhat Hanh. Living Buddha, Living Christ (Riverside Books: New York, 1995)
Andrew Harvey. The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi (Frog Ltd.: Bekreley, 1994)
William James. The Varieties of Religious Experience (Adamant Medica: 2000)
Houston Smith. The World’s Religions (HarperSan Francisco: San Francisco, 1991)
Hafiz. The Gift: Poems by Hafiz the Great Sufi Master Daniel Ladinsky trans. (Penguin Compass: New York, 1999)
William C. Buffie and John R. Charles. The Christian Pluralist: An Invitation From the Pew (Authorhouse: 2006)
Marcus Borg and Jack Kornfield. Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings (Ulysses Press: 2004)
Diana L. Eck. A New Relgious America: How A “Christian Country” Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation (HarperSan Francisco: San Francisco: 2002)
Kate McCarthy. Interfaith Encounters in America
John Cobb, editor. Christian Faith and Religious Diversity (Mobilization for the Human Family)
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