On September 15, 2011, a group of seasoned interfaith activists and young adult leaders who care about interfaith relationships and culture launched The Interfaith Observer, casually known as TIO. It is a free monthly digital journal created to explore interreligious relations and the interfaith movement as a whole. TIO is published on the 15th of each month, except August.
TIO provides historical perspectives, surveys current interfaith news, profiles major stakeholders, and otherwise provides maps and sign-posts for the different sectors of an emerging interfaith culture. It offers a context to explore and respond to the new religious world we live in. TIO is designed as a resource for the general reader, anyone interested in the subject. But articles are filled with references and links for those who wish to pursue a particular subject.
Along with examining our differences, TIO inquires into shared core values, offers various perspectives on the unparalleled religious diversity enveloping humankind, features skillsets and resources, and reflects on theological and spiritual issues.
A long-term goal is to help grow connective tissue between and among large interfaith ventures and stakeholders and the rest of us. We promote the major institutional players. And provide space for the creative little guys all over the map who are doing wonderful new things everyday.
On September 15, 2016, TIO was relaunched with a new website that makes the 1,500+ articles that have been published much more accessible to readers searching for particular authors or subjects. It is a library divided into ‘rooms’ devoted to (1) who we are, (2) interfaith formation, (3) interfaith relationships, and (4) important issues for interfaith communities globally.
One of TIO’s goals is to be a connecter and bridge-builder within the global interfaith community. To that end, TIO is a member of the North American Interfaith Network; an Affiliate of United Religions Initiative-North America; and a Cooperation Circle of United Religions-Multiregion. TIO has long-standing, mutually supportive relationships with the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Religions for Peace USA, and Religions for Peace International.
TIO is free, written and edited by 350 interfaith activists with decades of hands-on experience in this new arena. It aims to be a progressive, provocative, useful source of hope. If you like what we do, please go to our donor page and give – it will help keep TIO sustainable.
The Interfaith Peace Project of Pittsburg, California, has been TIO’s fiscal sponsor for five years, making donations to TIO tax-deductible in the United States. TIO is happy and appreciative to have been an expression of The Interfaith Peace Project, which is dedicated to developing and enhancing our appreciation of the faith traditions of the world. This fall The Interfaith Observer (TIO) will become a 501c3. Until then you can continue to contribute to TIO through the Interfaith Peace Project. All gifts are fully tax-deductible.