Diana L. Eck, Professor of Comparative Religions and Indian Studies at Harvard University, describes in this excerpt from A New Religious America the diversity present at the 1993 Parliament of the World's Religion in Chicago.
Steven Greenebaum, founder of Living Interfaith Church in Lynnwood, Washington, provides a vision in this excerpt from Practical Interfaith for houses of worship to welcome people from all spiritual paths.
Carter Heyward, a pioneering feminist theologian, offers a prayer for forgiveness in this excerpt from Keep Your Courage, because we do not know how to live without taking the lives of a diverse array of other creatures.
Lin Jensen, founding teacher and senior teacher emeritus of the Chico Zen Sangha, imagines in this excerpt from Deep Down Things what it would be like if all the people and creatures of the world were wedded to one another in mutual caring and respect
Episcopal priest Alan Jones, challenges us in this excerpt from Common Prayer on Common Ground to find God's image in someone who is not in our image: whose color, culture, language, or form of worship is different from ours.
Philip Kapleau, the first Westerner to be ordained as a Zen roshi, reminds us in this excerpt from Straight to the Heart of Zen that from the standpoint of awakening, there's no way to despise anyone or anything, no matter how they differ from us.
Netanel Miles-Yepez, co-founder of The Sufi-Hasidic Fellowship, relays in this excerpt from The Common Heart some points of agreement among a group of spiritual teachers from all of the world's great wisdom traditions.
Kent Nerburn, an author who focuses on Native American and American culture, offers in this excerpt from The Wolf at Twilight a Native American elder's take on how the Creator sends different teachers and abilities to different peoples.
Eboo Patel, the founder of Interfaith Youth Core, observes in this excerpt from Interfaith Leadership that without respect for identity, we risk becoming a nation where people accommodate those with whom they disagree but have little else to do with them.
Eboo Patel, in this excerpt from Sacred Ground, lays out three aspects of interfaith literacy: appreciative knowledge of other traditions, ability to identify what all religions share, and understanding of the history of interfaith cooperation.
Jonathan Sacks, a British Orthodox rabbi, philosopher, theologian, author, and politician, makes a case in this excerpt from The Dignity of Difference for difference enlarging the sphere of human possibilities.
Amos Yong, a professor of theology and a clergyman with Pentecostal Assemblies of God Church, considers in this excerpt from Hospitality & The Other the urgent need for collaboration across religious lines in developing safe public spaces where all citizens can learn more about other religious ways of life.