January 2009

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| editorial |
Something is Happening
Bud Heckman

| creative encounters |
A Case for God
Ron Miller

The Nature of Hinduism
K.L. Seshagiri Rao

Hindu-Jewish Summits (2007-2008) a postmodern religious encounter
Yudit Kornberg Greenberg

Raimon Panikkar’s Symbolic Difference & Religious Faith
Mark Banas

Coming Home Spiritually to More Than One Faith David B. Myers

| sacred spaces |
Pipestone
Cetta Kenney

| the insight review |
Leonard Swidler
Interviewer: Alan Race

| reflections |
Suffering and Happiness
Jim Kenney, Herbert Bronstein, Ron Miller

| voices of youth |
Election 2008
Various contributors

| practically speaking |
Globalization for the Common Good
Kamran Mofid

| focus on the interreligious movement |
The Parliament of the World's Religions
Melbourne 2009
The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions

| in review |
Translating Rumi three traditions
Rasoul Sorkhabi

Reviews

| poetry |
Equinox Moon Walk
Jane Cook Barnes

The Sun Never Says
Hafiz

| prayers and meditation |
Meditation
Hildegard of Bingen

Two Vows
Catherine Rathbun (Jetsun Yeshe)

| patrons and editorial board members |

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Table Mountain from Robben Island

This beautiful landscape captures one of the most tragic periods of the 20th century. Robben Island (named for the seals – Robben in Dutch and Afrikaans – that swarm its shoreline) was the prison colony for apartheid South Africa. Here, Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, and many other legends of the anti-apartheid movement were imprisoned.

Robben Island has a long history of being used as a place of punishment. In 1652 Jan van Riebeeck established the first permanent settlement by Europeans in South Africa in the area that today is the city of Cape Town. Van Riebeeck was sent by the Dutch East India Company, a company based in the Netherlands which traded goods between the East and Europe. The Dutch used the island to hold prisoners.

In 1999, Cape Town hosted the Parliament of the World's Religions. 8,000 people from all parts of Africa and the globe came to this beautiful city to celebrate the extraordinary richness of interfaith encounter, dialogue, and cooperation. Many visited the Robben Island prison, now an evocative museum.

This year, the beautiful Australian city of Melbourne will host another Parliament of the World's Religions. This issue of Interreligious Insight features an invitation to that event.

1893 Parliament of the World's Religions


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