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The Interfaith Alternative: Embracing Spiritual Diversity [NOOK Book]

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THERE IS NO THEM. THERE IS ONLY US, CELEBRATING OUR COMMON HUMANITY

…embracing the vision of The Interfaith Alternative could bring about a startling new paradigm which might at last nudge us towards our mutual goal of world harmony, beginning one community at a time...right here, right now. --- Dilara Hafiz, co-author of The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook,

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Overview

THERE IS NO THEM. THERE IS ONLY US, CELEBRATING OUR COMMON HUMANITY

…embracing the vision of The Interfaith Alternative could bring about a startling new paradigm which might at last nudge us towards our mutual goal of world harmony, beginning one community at a time...right here, right now. --- Dilara Hafiz, co-author of The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook,

Whatever your spiritual path, chances are that the primary tenets of your faith include universal love, acceptance and compassion. Yet three thousand years after Moses, twenty-five hundred years after Buddha, two thousand years after Jesus and fifteen hundred after Muhammad, we are still divided by our differences.

The Interfaith Alternative shows us how we can celebrate each other without fear of losing our own identity. In doing so, it demonstrates that if we come together in a mutually supportive environment, we can share, learn from and celebrate our diverse spiritual paths and concentrate on our shared desire to remake the world into a compassionate, loving place.

At its core, Interfaith is about community and justice. Once we truly embrace diversity, we embrace our common humanity. A powerful antidote to the current climate of fear and mistrust, The Interfaith Alternative argues that it is not how we encounter the sacred, but what we DO about it that counts – Muslim, Jew, Christian, Humanist, Buddhist or Baha’i; we are all called to change the world.

Our way or no way” is no longer an inviting principle. Steven Greenebaum offers an enlightening alternative which is about “inclusion” and not “exclusion.---Wesley Yamaka, retired United Methodist clergy

This book … invites our spiritual traditions to reclaim the centrality of “orthopraxy” -- acting with compassion to build a world of justice and peace. Steven Greenebaum is Karen Armstrong with a pastor’s heart.---John Heagle, Catholic priest, counselor, author of Justice Rising: The Emerging Biblical Vision

Reverend Steven Greenebaum is an Interfaith Minister with Masters Degrees in Mythology, Music and Pastoral Studies. His experiences directing Jewish, Methodist, Presbyterian and Interfaith choirs have helped him to understand the profound wisdom of many spiritual traditions. Steven has dedicated his life to working for social and environmental justice through a multitude of forums. He is the founder of the Living Interfaith Church in Lynnwood, Washington.
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I'm a devoted Methodist, but I'm also a devoted hiker, and in the latter capacity have noted that many trails will take you to the mountaintop as long as you keep going up. This book is a timely and useful challenge to all people of faith to think about what it means to live in a pluralistic world.
-- Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth and The End of Nature

The Interfaith Alternative is a bold call to concrete action and mutual respect for spiritually-minded people from all faith perspectives. I believe embracing the vision of The Interfaith Alternative could bring about a startling new paradigm which might at last nudge us towards our mutual goal of world harmony, beginning one community at a time...right here, right now.
---Dilara Hafiz, co-author of The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook

The Interfaith Alternative is a book for those who seek some honesty in religious circles. The “our way or no way” is no longer an inviting principle. Steven Greenebaum offers an enlightening alternative which is about “inclusion” and not “exclusion.”
---Wesley Yamaka, retired United Methodist clergy

This book is both challenging and inviting. It challenges religion’s current obsession with orthodoxy (being ‘right’), and invites our spiritual traditions to reclaim the centrality of ‘orthopraxy’ (acting with compassion to build a world of justice and peace). Steven Greenebaum is Karen Armstrong with a pastor’s heart.
---John Heagle is a Catholic priest, counselor, and the author of Justice Rising: The Emerging Biblical Vision (Orbis Books, 2011).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550925029
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • File size: 670 KB

Meet the Author

Reverend Steven Greenebaum is an Interfaith minister with Masters degrees in mythology, music and pastoral studies. His experiences directing Jewish, Methodist, Presbyterian and Interfaith choirs have helped him to understand the profound wisdom of many spiritual traditions. Steven has dedicated his life to working for social and environmental justice though a multitude of forums. He is the founder of the Living Interfaith Church in Lynnwood, Washington.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Preface xvii

Stuck on "Right Belief"

1 How's It Working for You? 3

2 The Paradigm of "Right Belief" 7

3 Grappling with Some Eternal Questions 13

4 Do We Need the Spiritual in the Twenty-First Century? 17

5 Who Is Right? 21

6 Who Is Right? II 25

7 Dealing with Some Important Words 31

8 "Right Belief" vs. Compassionate Action 35

9 God in a Box 39

10 The Strength of Not Knowing 49

11 The Sin of Tolerance 53

Changing the Paradigm

12 Towards a New Beginning 59

13 Respecting Our Religious Roots 63

14 Pride and Prejudice 69

15 Walk a Mile in My Church 73

16 Is There Any Belief without "Right Belief"? 77

17 Breaking the Bonds of History 79

The Interfaith Alternative

18 Religion As Language 85

19 Interfaith As Faith 89

20 A Theology of Interfaith 91

21 And Then What Must We Do? 95

22 Towards Actions That Count 99

23 Building a Spiritual Community of Action 103

24 Laying a Strong Foundation 113

25 No One Road to Interfaith 123

26 Yes, But 131

27 Welcome to the Living Interfaith Church 139

Appendix 1 What About Prayer? 147

Appendix 2 Some Worthwhile Books 149

Index 153

About the Author 157

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