Video History

Temple of Understanding at 60: Peace, Justice, and the Planet 2020

Roots of Change: Food Sovereignty, Women, and Eco-Justice 2016

Roots of Change envisions a revolution in values that will result in clean water and nourishing food for all: a global culture in harmony with the environment that values relationships more than things. Only with a radical system shift that liberates the voices and bodies of women can we achieve a future that is healthy, diverse, peaceful, and whole. Speakers in the film come from the Temple of Understanding’s events at the Commission on the Status of Women, the annual forum for advocacy on women’s issues at the United Nations.

Temple of Understanding 2000 – 2005: Journeys to Peace

Our programs address the new challenges of an interconnected global society by advancing an innovative model of interfaith education. The experiential approach of our work goes beyond a static “lecture hall” model to include site visits, service learning, and immersion experiences in many traditions and cultures. Our programs integrate religious literacy with cross-cultural understanding, conflict resolution, and youth leadership in training.

Temple of Understanding 1969 – 1999: We Are One

The Temple of Understanding (ToU) was founded in 1960 by Juliet Hollister. In its early years, the organization convened large “Spiritual Summits” in Calcutta (1968) and Geneva (1970) bringing together religious and spiritual leaders of diverse traditions to engage in dialogue and address problems of intolerance, injustice, and religious persecution throughout history. This network was supported by a distinguished group of “Founding Friends” including Eleanor Roosevelt and H.H. the XIVth Dalai Lama. TOU continues to promote constructive social change through expanded public discourse on religion and spirituality.

The Temple of Understanding (ToU) fosters a culture of peace through interfaith education.

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