1. Building a Spiritual Community
Elijah’s Executive Director, Alon Goshen-Gottstein, and the Director of Educational Activities, Peta Jones Pellach, together with Elijah Academy member, Therese Andrevon Gottstein, have been working with a small group of peace-makers from Jerusalem, Israeli and Palestinian, for the past two years in order to explore the possibilities of creating a spiritual community that will implement values of compassion and selflessness, guided by love towards each other, to the Holy City (Jerusalem/ Al-Quds), and to the world. The town of Kalamazoo, despite its somewhat humorous name, is a town that exemplifies social responsibility and concern for the greater whole and is the home of the Fetzer Institute, which has facilitated our gatherings. Recently, the group spent three intensive days at the retreat centre of the Fetzer Institute there. Fetzer’s work is guided by the words of its founder, a deeply spiritual man, John E. Fetzer: “Love is the core energy that rules everything … love is the one ingredient that holds us all together.”
2. Dialogue of Rationalities
The Institut Catholique de Paris held a large conference at the end of June on “Dialogue of Rationalities“. The conference sought to examine how we are able to dialogue with each other despite gaps of worldviews and different ways of seeing the world, different “rationalities”.
3. Summer Leadership Institute
If you are in Jerusalem, please join us for the summer leadership institute, beginning on Sunday 31st July. There, you will experience elements of both a spiritual community and the dialogue of rationalities. It is possible to join us for just one day or even for individual sessions. The program and registration options can be found on the website.
4. Sharing Wisdom
The convener of the Jerusalem group working with Fetzer is Maria Reis Habito, a member of the Elijah Academy and the representative of Dharma Master Tao on the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders. Together with Rubern Habito, Maria wrote the Chapter on Buddhist views on Interreligious Friendship for the volume published last year.
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