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We are an American family interested in expanding our identification to include and dignify all
Earth's cultures, races, nations, religions, and species.
The Dialogue Institute works to transform the world into a global community by fostering interreligious and intercultural scholarship, understanding and cooperation. A nonprofit organization founded at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) in 1978, the Dialogue Institute trains religious, civic and academic leaders in the skills of critical thinking and respectful dialogue so that they can build sustained relationships across lines of religious and cultural difference. Global and inclusive, the Dialogue Institute provides resources and creates networks of support among all those engaged in interreligious dialogue and action around the world.
The ECUMENE domain provides cyber-homes for organizations dedicated to bridging the ideological boundaries that divide humanity and have been used for millennia to rationalize suspicion, proselytism, hatred, aggression, and warfare. People from all over the world can now collaborate on countless projects to "build the earth," in the words of Teilhard de Chardin. From the perspective of cyberspace the world of communication and human relationships is as much one as the physical earth is when viewed from outer space. But unity does not mean uniformity and genuine globalization does not mean loss of what is best in a culture's tradition; it means enrichment, healing, cross-fertilization, and growth. It means that all human beings can finally begin to see themselves as members of one big, sprawling, diverse, noisy, argumentative, but ultimatly caring and mutually supportive family.
INTERFAITH PEACE FESTIVAL
Honoring the many paths we walk and the uniqueness of each individual, we joyfully establish a meeting place where all may come together to foster peace, encourage learning, celebrate diversity, and co-create a world that works for all.
Our mission is to provide an opportunity for individuals from various faith and cultural backgrounds to come together for the promotion of peace in our community. To create an inclusive, family friendly festival. To celebrate our diversity, highlight service opportunities, and to invite the community to move beyond our differences to allow for greater understanding of our neighbors.
We enact our mission on the third Saturday of August through a day of family friendly live music, dance, cultural activities, panel discussions, workshops, food and more! Through the generosity of community sponsors, participants and volunteers, the Interfaith Peace Festival provides a free and fun opportunity for all to come together and celebrate our rich faith and cultural diversity. Our next event is Saturday, August 20th, 2011.
Strategic Foresight Group (SFG) is a think tank that helps policy makers to anticipate and shape, the future in uncertain times. It produces fresh perspectives, by combining research with policy change and conflict-resolution initiatives. SFG brings out confidential and public research reports. Its in-depth scenarios in the context of the war in Iraq, instability in Central Asia, religious extremism in Pakistan and Indias economy has earned SFG, a reputation for correct projections. Our current projects include Global Security issues, Terrorism and West Islam relations (www.strategicforesight.com)
Posted 15 JuNE 2006
Last revised 1 August 2012
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