Category: Interfaith Teachings

The Aims and Ideals of Yogananda Are Perfectly Suited for Me

The Aims and Ideals of Yogananda Are Perfectly Suited for Me

I’ve been called to become a student of Paramahansa Yogananda’s Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF). The story behind that call is quite interesting and I’ll share it with you at some point, but for now I thought I’d point out a couple of the organization’s “Aims and Ideals” as published by SRF based on Yogananda’s teachings. There […]

The symbol of the Baha'i Faith

My Take on the Baha’i Faith: Much to Recommend It But Not My Cup of Tea

After four months of serious study of the Baha’i Faith, I came away with a deep admiration and respect for their teachings and particularly their practices. But I also concluded I could never become a Baha’i, principally because of their belief in the single-lifetime model of human spiritual growth and evolution, which flies in the face of my absolute certainty of the truth of reincarnation.

Interfaith Symbols

Teachings Shared Among the Religions

As an interfaith minister, I’ve spent many years probing the question, “What are the core spiritual teachings shared by most if not all major spiritual traditions and religions?” My list has been stable for quite some time, and I found myself thinking it was time for me to write it down. At the outset, let […]

Front cover of Matthew Fox's Updated Memoir, "Confessions"

Matthew Fox’s Revised Autobiography Makes for Insightful Reading on Some of My Favorite Topics

Matthew Fox is one of my favorite spiritual teachers and writers. He is releasing a greatly expanded version of his autobiographical book, Confessions. I got an early look at the galleys for his book and found one of his five new chapters had a lot of great insights I hadn’t heard before. Read my review of that chapter.

Parliament of World Religions Engages New Thought for First Time

Parliament of World Religions Engages New Thought for First Time

The largest and longest-standing interfaith gathering in the world, the Parliament of World Religions, held its latest session in Salt Lake City, UT, in the middle of October. For the first time this year, New Thought was recognized as a legitimate religious movement or path, as was atheism. The Association for Global New Thought (AGNT) […]

No, Gov. Jindal, Islam Doesn’t Have a Problem. Fundamentalism Does

Louisiana Gov Bobby Jindal, a possible candidate for the Republican nomination for President in 2016, said in a speech in London last week, “Let’s be honest here, Islam has a problem.” His point is that unless a vast majority of Muslims denounce terrorism committed in the name of the religion and say clearly that those who […]

"Siddhartha": A Movie as Meditation

“Siddhartha”: A Movie as Meditation

My wife and I watched the movie “Siddhartha” last night. It is based on the Herman Hesse novel of the same name, a book I very much enjoyed many years ago. A good friend had recommended it, so I looked forward to it. It began quite slowly. After about 15 or 20 minutes, nothing much […]

All Religions Support Peace. And Violence.

Amitai Etzioni, Professor of international relations at George Washington University, authored a column on the Huffington Post today that makes it clear that no religion is purely peaceful or purely violent. As we attempt to bring the principles of interspirituality into our daily living and communication with one another, this is an important idea to keep […]

“The Rest is Commentary”

I was wondering a few days ago about the origin of the phrase, “the rest is commentary”. This phrase, when used in modern common English, generally means, “Everything else is trivial” or at least not as important. But since the question had come into my mind during a Biblical study, I wondered whether it had any […]

Interfaith Teachings

I sometimes refer to this aspect of my studies and teachings as “interspiritual” because “interfaith” is often used to describe efforts at creating tolerance rather than appreciation and understanding, which is what I’m most interested in.

What Does it Mean to ‘Take Up Your Cross’?

In one of the many online forums in which I am active, a fellow member posted a thoughtful note about the meaning of the phrase, “take up your cross”. This is a common and very powerful metaphor in Christianity. When I was growing up in the Christian church, it was a strong admonition. From my […]