Newsletter November 2014

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World Religious Leaders in Dachau

Impressions and Reflections

During the course of the 6th meeting of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders delegates visited the Memory Institute in Munich, Dachau Concentration Camp and the Carmelite Monastery. The visit to Dachau provided an opportunity to confronting painful memories and for exploring how they might be transformed, healed or redeemed. “It was a somber, indescribable experience…” Buddhist scholar, Dr. Ruben L.F. Habito

The Religious Other: Hostility, Hospitality, and the Hope of Human Flourishing 
Elijah is proud to announce that the first of our series of ‘Interreligious Reflections’ has been release by Lexington Books! The book explores the views of multiple religious traditions on how to regard otherness. How does one move from hostility to hospitality? How can hospitality be understood as making room for the religious Other on theological grounds?
Vincent J. Cornell (Islam), Alon Goshen-Gottstein (ed) (Jewish), Richard P. Hayes (Buddhist), Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (Jewish), Deepak Sarma (Hindu), Stephen W. Sykes (Christian), Dharma Master Hsin Tao (Buddhist) and Ashok Vohra (Hindu).
“This book offers critical and constructive essays by scholars of five major religious traditions that examine the seeds of hostility toward religious Others” —Ruben L. F. Habito, Southern Methodist Univeristy

“Highly recommended for anyone seeking the theological resources to be an interfaith leader.” —Eboo Patel, Interfaith Youth Core

Sharing Wisdom

excerpt from ‘The Religious Other’

“You cannot create a free society on the basis of pain. Resentment, rage, humiliation, a sense of injustice, the desire to restore honour by inflicting injury on your former persecutors – these are conditions of a profound lack of freedom. You must live with the past, implies Moses, but not in the past. Those who are held captive by anger against their former persecutors are captive still. Those who let their enemies define who they are, have not yet achieved liberty.” -from the Afterword by Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

“My very uniqueness lies in my responsibility for the other.”
Emmanuel Levinas, Jewish Philosopher

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