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As Time Goes By

As Time Goes By

by Paul Chaffee

TIO marks its own birthday this month, seven years after the first issue posted.

Analyzing the Intangible

Analyzing the Intangible

by Gaea Denker

Every nonprofit wants to think it’s helping the world. But in a field as intangible as peacebuilding, where small interactions slowly build trust over generations, how can peace proponents know their efforts are really working?

A Summer of Exciting Interfaith Events

A Summer of Exciting Interfaith Events

by Robyn Lebron, Megan Anderson, Tahil Sharma, and Johnny Martin

URI North America Regional Assembly - Reimagining Interfaith Cooperation - NAIN Connect 2018

The World Celebrates the First Parliament of Religion

The World Celebrates the First Parliament of Religion

by Marcus Braybrooke

A quarter of a century ago, to celebrate the centenary of the first World Parliament of Religions, 1993 was observed in many parts of the world as a “Year of Inter-religious Understanding and Co-operation.”

Going to My First Parliament

Going to My First Parliament

by Ruth Broyde Sharone

What would the world look like if we lived together in peace? What would it taste like? What would it smell like and sound like?

What to Expect at the Toronto Parliament

What to Expect at the Toronto Parliament

by Brian Carwana

The 2018 Parliament of World Religions, coming to Toronto November 1-7, will be an enormous interfaith event, with estimates of up to 10,000 attending.

Parliament Planning for Kids and Children This Time

Parliament Planning for Kids and Children This Time

by Vicki Garlock

For the first time ever, the Parliament, in conjunction with Spiritual Playdate, is offering a kids’ program! The theme for the first-ever family festival in Toronto this November is “Plant an Interfaith Garden.”

Connecting the Past to the Present

Connecting the Past to the Present

by Tarunjit Singh Butalia

It was the summer of 2017. My three children and I were on our way to Delhi to spend three weeks with the extended family in sweltering heat of over 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Cosmic Mass Returns to the 2018 World Parliament

The Cosmic Mass Returns to the 2018 World Parliament

by Matthew Fox

I have been involved in celebrating Cosmic Masses throughout North America for the last 24 years. We have sponsored more than 100 of them in various cities and have people to lead them around the country.

How Interfaith Relations Have Shaped My Life

How Interfaith Relations Have Shaped My Life

by Rob Sellers

As a new university graduate, I was fortunate to spend 11 weeks as a student missionary in the Philippines in the summer of 1967.

An Open Letter to Women Running for Office

An Open Letter to Women Running for Office

by Kay Lindahl and Kathe Schaaf

Like many of you, we are distressed to witness how the level of discourse in the U.S. has deteriorated in the past two years and become filled with divisiveness and fear.

Interfaith Today and Tomorrow

Interfaith Today and Tomorrow

by Paul Chaffee

In our globalized world the word interfaith is a slippery piece of language with various meanings.Numerous countries enjoy government support for interfaith and intrafaith programming with the goal of cultivating multifaith friendship, critical to civic peace.

A Letter to TIO Readers About Its Future

A Letter to TIO Readers About Its Future

from Paul Chaffee, Editor

Completing its seventh year and wishing to advance the continued growth and improvement of TIO has led our Board to look for a permanent institutional home.  

Sharing the Burden

Sharing the Burden

by Hans Gustafson

One of the greatest barriers to meaningful interreligious learning is the oversimplification, or ignorance of the internal diversity, of religious traditions other than our own.

Let’s Multiply the Love

Let’s Multiply the Love

by Sister Zeph

I was lying down, dreaming of a world where there is no hate; where everyone is smiling; where people dance in the roads with joy. A world where there is respect and equality for all. Then, suddenly, my younger sister Rahat’s phone began to ring.

The Day My Grandparents Left Our Ancestral Home

The Day My Grandparents Left Our Ancestral Home

by Tarunjit Singh Butalia

As a kid growing up in North India, I was thrilled whenever both my parents went out since I would have the full attention of my frail and aging grandmother.

Abraham and the Old Man

Abraham and the Old Man

by Carrie Sue Ayvar

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I spent every summer from the time I was a year old until I went away to college at my maternal grandparent’s house in North Miami Beach, Florida.

Grow to Give: An Interfaith Food Equity Project

Grow to Give: An Interfaith Food Equity Project

by Heather Forest

Every year in my town of Huntington, Long Island, New York on Martin Luther King’s birthday, there is an interdenominational prayer service dedicated to a social justice theme.

Accessing the World’s Faith Traditions Through Story

Accessing the World’s Faith Traditions Through Story

by Vicki Garlock

Everyone loves stories, and most of us are familiar with the idea of Bible storybooks as a point of entry for kids being raised in the Judeo-Christian traditions.

In Search of a Shared Narrative

In Search of a Shared Narrative

by Ralph Singh

I have been a storyteller for as long as I can remember. I honed my skills at the feet of the great Master, H.H. Baba Virsa Singh ji of Gobind Sadan. As his first foreign devotee, I had the privilege of translating stories from the lives of those we refer to as Messiah, Prophets, Avatars, and Saints.