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| editorial |
| creative encounters |
Why Not Laugh with the Rose?
9/11 and Choices for Dialogue
| the insight interview |
| reflections |
| practically speaking |
| focus on the interreligious movement |
| poetry |
| prayers and meditation |
The astonishing volcanic terrain of the Kappadokia region in central Turkey has long been viewed as a center for early Christian monasticism. (Christian sources generally employ the spelling, “Cappadocia”.) The unique landscape with its starkly weathercarved
hills, towers, grottoes, and caves became home to countless rock-carved structures, including many believed to have been churches, monasteries, and hermitages.
Today, Kappadokia’s monastic past has become a bit controversial, with new archaeological explorations that question whether churches and monasteries were as common as previously believed. Might many of the stunning spaces have been dwellings instead, even elite residences with their own Christian chapels? The jury is still out, but the Kappadokian region remains one of Turkey’s most alluring scenic treasures and beguiling historical puzzles.
The cover photo for this issue was taken by Co-Editor Jim Kenney on travels in central Anatolia following the 2007 Conference on Globalization for the Common Good.
Conferees also visited Konya, burial place of the great 13th-century Sufi sage Jalal al-din Rumi.