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TIO Editorial

Paying Attention to Spirit

Paying Attention to Spirit

by Paul Chaffee, Editor

Hundreds of thousands of pages have been written detailing the history and doctrines of our particular religious traditions, most of them demonstrating how different we are from each other.

Past Gifts for Tough Times

Past Gifts for Tough Times

by Paul Chaffee, Editor

Eight years ago, on September 15, 2011, TIO was launched. That makes this the 89th monthly issue. (We skip August.) Since then this publication has featured more than 1,000 interfaith stories along with…

Powerful Rays of Hope

Powerful Rays of Hope

by Paul Chaffee, Editor

Some of you may not know that TIO takes August off, so we wanted to drop this note. Meanwhile, month by month the case gets stronger that our communities, the nation, and the world are in dire need of the art of building friendly relations regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or culture.

Disaster and the Task Ahead

Disaster and the Task Ahead

by Paul Chaffee, Editor

The most important shift in the world of disaster response today relates to our communication capabilities.

Doing Better at Caring for Each Other

Doing Better at Caring for Each Other

by Paul Chaffee

Safety is already on the agenda of most of the hundreds of interfaith nonprofits across the US and globally.

For One Organization?

For One Organization?

by Paul Chaffee, Editor

I’ve been asked why TIO would devote an entire issue to one organization – the United Religions Initiative (URI). That’s a fair question.

The Journey Beyond Mutually Assured Destruction

The Journey Beyond Mutually Assured Destruction

by Paul Chaffee, Editor

Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) is a military term referring to opposing nations each having nuclear weapons. The argument for maintaining nuclear weapons is…

Spirituality, Creativity, and Community

Spirituality, Creativity, and Community

by Paul Chaffee, Editor

Drums and flutes are among the oldest tools empowering human beings to explore who we are. We have historical evidence that drums go back at least 7,500 years and probably much earlier.

Good News in a Bad-News Year

Good News in a Bad-News Year

by Paul Chaffee, Editor

Historians looking back at 2018 will have little difficulty describing the mayhem and trauma the world was facing.

Compassion – Interfaith’s Common Ground

Compassion – Interfaith’s Common Ground

by Paul Chaffee, Editor

In preparing each month’s TIO, we typically invite two or three more contributors than we usually publish, on the safe assumption…

Climate - To Do or Die

Climate - To Do or Die

by Paul Chaffee, Editor

A strong case can be made that humankind is approaching a tipping point, a time and place where we fall off the edge of the cliff, victims of our own greed and need to exploit a weary, wounded, and depleted Earth.

Toronto, Interfaith, and the State of the World

Toronto, Interfaith, and the State of the World

by Paul Chaffee, Editor

Nineteen years ago … but I remember it vividly. Stepping onto a crowded hotel elevator, I encountered interfaith luminary Huston Smith and a group of American Indian leaders in their full tribal vestments

Taking Advantage of the Digital World

Taking Advantage of the Digital World

by Paul Chaffee, Editor

The digital world has become so enmeshed into our daily lives that it’s difficult to isolate and define it, much less critique it.

As Time Goes By

As Time Goes By

by Paul Chaffee, Editor

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

Taking Advantage of Stories

Taking Advantage of Stories

by Paul Chaffee, Editor

Truth be told, every issue of TIO is a celebration of interfaith story-telling. This month, though, we wanted to focus on the subject itself – telling stories – and the special power they have, particular when interfaith realities are addressed.

And the Enemy is Interfaith

And the Enemy is Interfaith

by Paul Chaffee, Editor

“It makes me crazy!” my pastor cried out, more than once, in last week’s sermon. She was responding to a New York Times article about American Christian nationalism she’d read the day before.

Who Isn't at the Table?

Who Isn't at the Table?

by Paul Chaffee, Editor

“Who isn’t at the table yet, who isn’t here?” P. Gerard O’Rourke’s voice, a gruff and gentle Irish brogue, asked the question each month at the start of interfaith board meetings.

Setting the Interfaith Agenda

Setting the Interfaith Agenda

by Paul Chaffee

For all the Global Ethic has and has not achieved, much discussed in this issue of TIO, the document set the agenda for the interfaith movement that has blossomed around the world in the quarter-century since it was published.

"Now That's Really Living"

"Now That's Really Living"

by Paul Chaffee, Editor

All of us, I suspect, have had powerful, breakthrough experiences not only with music but with storytelling, poetry, dance, theater, film, art, and crafts. 

A Sampler of Where We Have Come

A Sampler of Where We Have Come

by Paul Chaffee, Editor

Growing up 100 years ago meant knowing almost nothing about the world’s spiritual traditions except your own. That world is mostly gone from us, never to return.