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Dialog and Religion

Dialogue and Religion

The links below are not to convince you that all religions are the same or that they have equal merits. Religions are not all the same, but the sites here make no judgments about the truth claims or relative virtues of various traditions. If you believe your religion (or your view of religion) is uniquely true, I have no interest in changing your mind, except to convince you that dialogue between differing religious viewpoints is critical if humankind is to survive and thrive. Killing, oppressing, discriminating against, or refusing to talk with each other based on religion is no way to resolve our mutual crises.


United Religions Initiative
WE UNITE to bridge differences between people of all beliefs, to create community, and to solve local and global challenges.
The purpose of the URI is to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings. It is a bridge-building organization, not a religion, respecting the sacred wisdom of each religion, spiritual expression and indigenous tradition. See also URI on Facebook.
Parliament of the World's Religions —  For a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.
The Parliament has initiated dialogues and nurtured relationships among people of difference, providing a framework for expressing visions of a just, peaceful and sustainable future. Religious and spiritual communities have discovered a shared commitment to ethical principles.
See also Parliament of the World's Religions on Facebook.
House of Prayer CAC EBSLR Labyrinth
A practice shared by most traditions and spiritual paths is meditation or quiet prayer. Perhaps the most effective dialogue is sitting, kneeling, or walking in silence. — See also:
Interfaith Youth Core
One Nation Diverse. One Nation Indivisible.
IFYC is creating an ecosystem of people and campuses working towards a society where interfaith cooperation is the norm, where people of different faiths, worldviews, and traditions can bridge differences and find common values to build a shared life together. IFYC is creating the next generation of interfaith leaders.
See also IFYC Interfaith Youth Core on Facebook.
Religious Literacy Project
The ability to recognize and critically reflect upon the intersection of religion and social, political, and cultural contexts.
Principles of religious studies:
  1. multiple legitimate perspectives exist
  2. religions are internally diverse
  3. religions evolve and change over time
  4. religious influences are embedded in all dimensions of culture
Direct, structural, and cultural violence and peace.
See also HDS Religious Literacy Project on Facebook.
Charter for Compassion
Compassion is the key to our survival. Restoring compassion to the core of morality and religion is the test of our time.
"We call upon all men and women to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion ~ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate ~ to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures ~ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity ~ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings—even those regarded as enemies."
See also Charter for Compassion on Facebook.

URI
Parliament of the World's Religions
House of Prayer
CAC
EBSLR
Labyrinth
North American Interfaith Network
Interfaith Alliance
Religion Communicators Council
Interfaith Worker Justice
G20 Interfaith Forum
Interfaith Youth Core
Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation
Daughters of Abraham
ICRD
Elijah Interfaith
Tanenbaum
KAICIID
Religious Literacy
Interfaith Arkansas
ACMCU
Yale