Tikkun, Winter 2011
Counsel for Interfaith Leaders and Peacemakers
by Charles Burack
Cultivate a Loving and Inclusive Spiritual Life
1. Spiritual Practice: Maintain an ongoing spiritual practice that deepens your love, trust, humility, compassion, awareness, openness, understanding, appreciation, truthfulness, wisdom, joy, gratitude, patience, forgiveness, peacefulness, courage, kindness, and overall well-being.
2. Personal Responsibility: Continually review your actions and motivations, regularly obtain the counsel and support of others, and daily realign your life with your highest values.
3. Inherent Holiness and Limitation: Seek out and honor the inherent holiness, goodness and wisdom in every human being and in every spiritual tradition while respectfully acknowledging individual and collective limitations and opportunities for growth.
4. Diversity-in-Unity: Appreciate religious differences while emphasizing the ultimate unity of religions in the Infinite Ground of Being.
5. Effort and Grace: Remember that spiritual healing, growth, and transformation can be invited through holy intention, prayer, meditation, and acts of love and kindness, but that ultimately all spiritual change is always accomplished by grace.
Facilitate Deep Conscious Connections
6. Shared Identity: Encourage our shared identity as responsible human beings, as caring inhabitants of the living Earth, as conscious citizens of the cosmos, and as beloved offspring of the Sacred Source.
7. Joint Activity: Engage together not only in dialogue, study, hospitality, and social action but also in prayer, meditation, and creative play and ritual.
8. Experiencing and Interpreting the Sacred: Explore the many ways of experiencing, verbalizing, imaging, symbolizing, and interpreting the sacred, seeking to appreciate both the varieties and the commonalities.
9. Revisioning Conflict: Explore ways of resolving religious conflict that are nonviolent and rooted in justice, equity, respect, understanding, compassion and forgiveness, while reframing conflict as an opportunity for creative reconciliation, growth, and connection.
10. Cross-Fertilization: Study how the world's religions have cross-fertilized one another directly and indirectly, and appreciate how we have benefited from each other's spiritual gifts.
Charles Burack is a highly acclaimed writer, teacher, speaker, and scholar, as well as a dynamic consultant and coach. His creative writing and interdisciplinary research have received international recognition, and he is a leader in integrative approaches to education, training, and coaching.
Source Citation: Burack, Charles. 2011. Counsel for Interfaith Leaders and Peacemakers. Tikkun 26(1): online exclusive.