The Dawn of Interspirituality Conference is convening in three short weeks. We will gather to recognize an essential oneness inherent in all religions, and the universal nature of the spiritual journey. In addition, we celebrate the differences between the world religions as a source of mutual inspiration and illumination, rather than discord and conflict.
The world religions, far from being polarized in a hopeless conflict from which they can never recover, are actually mutually complementary aspects of a larger, unified spiritual reality. This insight and other key perspectives are rapidly emerging today in the burgeoning field of “interspirituality,” a term coined by Brother Wayne Teasdale to depict the dynamic metamorphosis that is taking place at the intersections of the world religions. Rather than seeking a lowest common denominator, interspirituality focuses on the highest common unity among the world’s religions. This transcendent unity of religions neither denies nor belittles their very real differences, nor does it produce quick or easy answers for resolving long-standing conflicts. What it does demonstrate is that outer differences between religions are dwarfed by deeper commonalities at the core of all religions.
Never has inter-religious harmony been more important than it is today. The Dawn of Interspirituality conference portends an auspicious, long-awaited breakthrough beyond religious division and strife toward unprecedented reconciliation and harmony among the world religions. The one heart of humanity cries out for this across the globe.