Interfaith Education

Our recent programs demonstrate our long-standing model of interfaith education and engagement.

FORUM2021- Sacred Food, Blessed Earth
Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth explored the ancient, respectful, and regenerative ways of farming practices and our spiritual relationship to food by focusing on the Earth as an interconnected web of life.
A moral and spiritual voice is essential in the transition away from the industrialized, fossil fuel and chemical-intensive, global agriculture system which is degrading our Earth, contributing to the climate crisis and to the extinction of species, as well as creating severe health issues for all living beings.

The replay is available HERE.

FORUM2020- Science, Spirituality, the Climate Emergency and Our Future
FORUM2020 held Oct 16, 2020, & the Global Interfaith Prayer Service for the Earth held Oct 17, 2020, were proudly held on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Temple of Understanding. World religious and spiritual visionaries, Indigenous leaders, scientists, and youth environmental activists came together to address the urgency of the climate crisis with strategies for inspired collective action.

Watch the replay HERE.

Listen to the speaker interviews HERE.

Updates:

Faith Groups at People’s Climate March, April 29, 2017

Faith Groups at People’s Climate March, April 29, 2017

Grove Harris represented the Temple of Understanding at the April 29 Climate March in D.C. as part of the Interfaith Groups mobilization for People’s Climate Marches. Rev. Fletcher Harper of GreenFaith led the interfaith contingent in sitting down in silence, then joining in a common heartbeat rhythm, and finally rising up in voice, as a special part of the march.Overall, more than 200,000 gathered in Washington DC and millions joined in over 375 marches around the globe, all standing up in concern for our climate and against regressive politics. The 91 degree heat in April did not deter marchers; rather it reinforced concern.Faith in Place: Faithful People Caring for the Earth provided reflections on the People’s Climate March.

Repairers of the Breach: Advancing an Interfaith Moral Agenda

Repairers of the Breach: Advancing an Interfaith Moral Agenda

We at the Temple of Understanding are inspired by Repairers of the Breach, who are nonpartisan and in the inclusive interfaith tradition of people of faith and no faith advancing a moral agenda: “Repairers of the Breach, Inc. is a nonpartisan and ecumenical organization that seeks to build a progressive agenda rooted in a moral framework to counter the ultra-conservative constructs that try to dominate the public square.

TOU India: Interfaith Harmony and Dialogue Report, 2015-2016

TOU India: Interfaith Harmony and Dialogue Report, 2015-2016

We pleased to share a report from our colleagues at Temple of Understanding — India detailing their programs for 2015-2016. Highlights of TOU — India’s activities include: Participation in the Parliament of the World’s Religions themed “Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity”

Mourning the Deaths of Imam Maulama Akonjee and Thara Uddin

Mourning the Deaths of Imam Maulama Akonjee and Thara Uddin

The Temple of Understanding mourns the violent deaths of Iman Maulama Akonjee and Thara Uddin in Queens, New York. In solidarity with these organizations devoted to interfaith education, we would like to share the statements offered by Cordoba House and Tanenbaum.

Harvard Launches Free Online Class To Promote Religious Literacy

Harvard Launches Free Online Class To Promote Religious Literacy

To combat this illiteracy, Moore and five other religion professors from Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School and Wellesley College are kicking off a free, online series on world religions open to the masses. The courses are being offered via an online learning platform called edX, which Harvard University launched with Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012.

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