We believe that a compassionate world is a peaceful world.
We believe that a compassionate world is possible when every man, woman and child treats others as they wish to be treated--with dignity, equity and respect.
We believe that all human beings are born with the capacity for compassion, and that it must be cultivated for human beings to survive and thrive.Read more
A mosque, a church and a synagogue go up on the site of an old Jewish country club ...
It sounds like the setup to a joke — but it's not. It's actually happening in Omaha, Neb. The Tri-Faith Initiative may be the first place in history where these three monotheistic faiths have built together, on purpose, with the intention of working together.
The project has inspired some, and antagonized others.
May Peace Prevail on Earth...
This year’s CBS Christmas Eve Special will present a groundbreaking interfaith program on the theme “MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH”, produced by the United Religions Initiative (URI), a global grassroots interfaith peacebuilding network, and broadcast on Thursday, December 24 (11:35 PM ET/PT, 10:35 PM CT) on CBS stations nationally.
The message of the celebration is that news stories of religiously-motivated violence and darkness are only one side of humanity. What rarely makes the news are the hundreds of thousands of people around the world, of all religions, who work together daily for peace. The actions of these people, of the friends and family of URI who engage in interfaith trust and cooperation to make the world a better place, are the "gift" we "unwrap" in this celebration.
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year from: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu
It’s time once again for our favorite year-end ritual here at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center: Our annual list of the top scientific insights produced by the study of happiness, altruism, mindfulness, gratitude—what we call “the science of a meaningful life.”
We found that this year, the science of a meaningful life yielded many new insights about the relationship between our inner and outer lives. Cultivating mindfulness can make us more aware of knee-jerk prejudice against people who are different from us; believing that empathy is a skill helps overcome barriers to taking another person’s perspective; concern for others, even for animals, can move people to action for the greater good more quickly than focusing on ourselves.
But this year we also learned more about how to cultivate pro-social skills like gratitude—and we discovered how those skills can yield far-reaching benefits to our mental and physical well-being, and even to our pocketbooks.
With input from our staff, faculty, and some of the leading outside experts in our field, here are the 10 findings from 2014 that we anticipate will have an impact on both scientific research and on public debate for years to come. LINK TO FULL ARTICLE
Marianne Williamson speaking on women and religion at the Parliament of World's Religions, Salt Lake City Utah 2015. See http://marianne.com for more information
If consciousness is a relationship of subject and object…
Join Jason Silva every week as he freestyles his way into the complex systems of society, technology and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of science in a form of existential jazz. New episodes every Tuesday.
At Personal Democracy Forum 2011 (#PdF11), developer, CEO of NationBuilder and activist Jim Gilliam gave this inspiring talk about his life, his battles with cancer, and how he found grace in the networks and connections that the Internet makes possible. Find out more at www.theinternetismyreligion.com. and for more from PdF, visit at www.personaldemocracy.com.
What happens when we come together? What happens between us and inside us? Is it only our physical bodies that meet and our five senses that bridge the gap to one another and the perceived reality around us?
There must be more, much more happening in the space we inhabit. I have always wondered what drives us to noisy restaurants where conversation is almost impossible, or to sit quietly in a large darkened room with a crowd around us, watching a movie. Is some free-floating energy present that we are somehow able to ingest? What is it about a dog or cat that fills a need for companionship? Is there a living presence that they emanate? A moment of deep feeling shared by one of us can embrace and unify a group instantaneously. How does that happen?Read more