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|Wednesday, June 20, 2012
12:00pm U.S. Central Time
The interreligious movement has no road map: we are creating it as we go. Effective interfaith work today requires new methods and a new kind of grassroots organizing. The movement is not static. It is an experiment.
This webinar will seek to address the following questions: How do we creatively organize religious and spiritual communities when the desired outcome is not a fixed idea and can change? How can our work be genuinely inclusive of traditions that are more conservative? How can religious communities better engage with the secular public?
Matthew Weiner has worked as an interfaith organizer for 20 years, and he now serves as Associate Dean of Religious Life at Princeton University. He served for ten years as Program Director for the Interfaith Center of New York, where he developed a methodology for engaging religiously diverse communities through civil society, working with over 500 grassroots religious leaders and the New York State Court System, the New York Public Library, Catholic Charities, the New York Board of Rabbis, and the United Nations. He earned a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and an BA from New York University. He writes about public religion, interfaith and civil society, and engaged Buddhism.
Title: Unexpected Diversity: Interfaith Organizing from the Bottom Up
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Time: 12:00pm CDT
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In 1893, the Chicago Parliament of World Religions was convened to gather the world’s faiths together for the first time. The organizers had a subversive message they kept hidden from invited speakers from non-Christian traditions: Christianity is the one true faith. They assumed that if all the faiths had a chance to speak publicly to the world, it would be obvious that Christianity was superior. But things didn’t go as planned. As it turned out, the Hindu representative Swami Vivikananda from India stole the show, convincing everyone that Hinduism was as valid a way to worship and experience the divine as any other. The state of the world’s religions was changed forever and the interfaith era had its symbolic beginning.
Over 100 years later, things have certainly changed.
Reuters has just published a blog telling the story of the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions. Unlike many of the overviews that have appeared in the last week, this one was written by Parliament speakers. Paul Knitter is the Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture at Union Theological Seminary and Matthew Weiner is program director at the Interfaith Center of New York.
The writers’ participation in the event has enhanced their reportage; this is a warm and conversational introduction that starts with an account of the original 1893 event ripe with the infectiousness of conversation. It looks forward to the influence and breadth of today’s Parliament.
To read the full blog, click here.