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Interactive Faith : The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook - Bud Heckman

Interactive Faith

The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2008
ISBN: 9781594732379
Number Of Pages: 400

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America is at a crossroads. We have reached a point in which almost every American is coming to realize a new sense of the depth of our religious diversity. Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims, for example, are showing up in appreciable numbers in small and medium-sized towns, not just urban centers. Patterns of immigration, among other factors, have brought us to a dramatic cultural shift.This practical guide to the key methods and resources of the interfaith movement will help you effectively engage people of other faith traditions in discussing religious beliefs and practices in order to increase understanding and acceptance.Drawing on the knowledge and experience of interfaith leaders from major and other faith traditions?Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Baha?i, Jainism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism?this comprehensive resource provides practical ideas for connecting with people of all faiths, all backgrounds through common concerns and activities that promote respect and support. It enables communities rich with diversity to work together to create paths toward peace and justice.Topics include:? Interfaith Dialogue: What Is It and Why Is It Important?? Brief Overviews of the World?s Major Faith Traditions? Creating Interfaith Ceremonies and Services? Advocacy and Service as Avenues for Interfaith Dialogue? Potential Pitfalls and Common Errors in Creating Interactive Faith Communities

"Provides vital [information] on how interreligious dialogue can be developed on a community level. Contributors ... share valuable insights in a very readable fashion." --John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, PhD, professor of social ethics and director, Catholic-Jewish Studies Program, Catholic Theological Union; president, International Council of Christians and Jews

"A critical resource for those leading their communities past intolerance and fear into hope, understanding, and social change. Inspires the reader while providing cutting-edge methods to help communities build trust and celebrate our diversity and common goals." --Rev. Jennifer Butler, executive director, Faith in Public Life

"A wonderful handbook that should be on the bookshelf of every member of the clergy. It provides practical and inspirational resources for communal interfaith programming." --Rabbi Leonard A. Schoolman, director, The Center for Religious Inquiry, Saint Bartholomew's Church, New York; author, The Changing Christian World: A Brief Introduction for Jews

"Shows how practically dialogue can deepen our understanding and practice of our own faith traditions and at the same time help us to develop an understanding and respect for the faith traditions of others." --Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, national director, Interfaith and Community Alliance, Islamic Society of North America

"A book that can make a dramatic difference. Will enable communities to think constructively about religious difference in conversation across the divides. Anyone seriously interested in dialogue and peace between the different religious traditions must read this book." --The Very Rev. Ian Markham, PhD, dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary

"A must read for those of us involved in national faith-based organizations and an excellent guide for working in our local communities. It has a wealth of background information and a very useful resource section. The guidelines for language use is very important for our dialogue in multifaith groups. Our communication colleagues will find this a very important book to have in their libraries for reference." --Shirley Whipple Struchen, executive director, Religion Communicators Council "Provides vital [information] on how interreligious dialogue can be developed on a community level. Contributors share valuable insights in a very readable fashion." John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, PhD, professor of social ethics and director, Catholic-Jewish Studies Program, Catholic Theological Union; president, International Council of Christians and Jews

"A critical resource for those leading their communities past intolerance and fear into hope, understanding, and social change. Inspires the reader while providing cutting-edge methods to help communities build trust and celebrate our diversity and common goals." Rev. Jennifer Butler, executive director, Faith in Public Life

"A wonderful handbook that should be on the bookshelf of every member of the clergy. It provides practical and inspirational resources for communal interfaith programming." Rabbi Leonard A. Schoolman, director, The Center for Religious Inquiry, Saint Bartholomew's Church, New York; author, The Changing Christian World: A Brief Introduction for Jews

Shows how practically dialogue can deepen our understanding and practice of our own faith traditions and at the same time help us to develop an understanding and respect for the faith traditions of others. Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, national director, Interfaith and Community Alliance, Islamic Society of North America

A book that can make a dramatic difference. Will enable communities to think constructively about religious difference in conversation across the divides. Anyone seriously interested in dialogue and peace between the different religious traditions must read this book. The Very Rev. Ian Markham, PhD, dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary

A must read for those of us involved in national faith-based organizations and an excellent guide for working in our local communities. It has a wealth of background information and a very useful resource section. The guidelines for language use is very important for our dialogue in multifaith groups. Our communication colleagues will find this a very important book to have in their libraries for reference. Shirley Whipple Struchen, executive director, Religion Communicators Council"

Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: Interfaith Dialogue: What Is It and Why Is It Important?p. 1
Creating Interreligious Community through Dialogue
Dialogue through Conversation-Spoken Dialoguep. 23
Dialogue through Arts-"Opening the World's Door"p. 43
Dialogue through Observation and Participation-Interfaith Prayer Servicesp. 77
Living Interreligious Dialogue through Service and Advocacy
Action through Service-From Shared Values to Common Actionp. 111
Action through Advocacy: Many Faiths, Common Purposep. 139
Interfaith Resources
Brief Overview of Faith Traditionsp. 157
Interfaith Organizations and the Webp. 191
Suggestions for Other Resourcesp. 215
A Taxonomy of Interfaithp. 223
A Closer Look at Swidler's "Dialogue Decalogue"p. 231
A Formal Model: The West Coast Dialogue of Catholics and Muslimsp. 241
Notesp. 253
About the Contributorsp. 257
About Religions for Peacep. 261
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9781594732379
ISBN-10: 159473237X
Series: Walking Together, Finding the Way
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st July 2008
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.55