I would now like to ask what scriptures should be read, focusing specifically on the Hebrew Bible and Qur’an, though similar passages can be found in Christian sacred texts as well. Readings that speak about love, justice, and respect. Here are just four examples: "When they encounter empty talk or derision, they ignore it with quiet dignity... responding humbly even to foolish or aggressive words with the dignified salutation: Peace be unto you." (Qur’an 25:63-76) Rash words are like ... Read More about the Qur’an, spitiuality vs religion
Religion is the only human endeavor which has consistently attempted to provide us with a model to pattern our individual lives harmoniously. Our religious traditions encourage ordinary people to live and think at levels of integrated complexity that would be otherwise impossible. If we are going to succeed in transforming the misguided and destructive values that are leading us to the brink of disaster, the future will require us to embrace more fully the vast knowledge and wisdom which can be ... Read More about Religion and Tolerance
Dali Lama said, “The Destruction of your enemy is destruction of yourself…” The man understands. What goes on in our head is what we are on the planet. The power of the mind is underestimated; the future will demand we control what we think if we are going to find peace. The part in the Dialogue that includes the prayer wheels addresses this very idea. There are 40 prayer wheels extended together and they all say the same thing. “Forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass ... Read More about Art Project for Peace
Women's interfaith and prayer is a topic about the lack of justice throughout much discussion in today's world. The Dialogue demonstrates that the issue of women's interfaith and prayer for justice continues to be unanswered. Even women do not inspire other women to pray for peace and justice in this world. After 2000 years women's voices are still unheard, and we need to ask why. None of the 5 great religious organizations have encouraged women to speak out for faith and justice. Large ... Read More about Women’s Interfaith and Prayer
Altarpiece - the new ICONOSTASIS The altar is where we come to perform a ritual, to honor something which is greater than ourselves. Themed on religion, an altarpiece refers to a piece of artwork, placed on or behind the altar of a Christian Church. It stands like a frame behind the altar for the purpose of education and adornment. Architectural structure of the ICONOSTASIS The Dialogue project was inspired by the classic architectural feature found in most ... Read More about What is an ICONOSTASIS ?