Emphases

Esalen Center for Theory & ResearchThe JCMA is about meeting people of our own religion and others. We hope to understand other faiths (and our own) more deeply by starting to discover what they mean to other people who live them. We wish to develop an awareness of what is true, good and beautiful in faiths other than our own, thereby overcoming the religious discrimination and intolerance that exists within our society.

The JCMA endeavors to provide a forum for discussion based on the following principles:

  1. The JCMA is a bridge-building organization, established to deepen understanding. No participant is involved to convert any other participant
  2. We respect the sacred wisdom of each religion, and it’s spiritual expression.
  3. We respect the differences among religions and spiritual expressions. Participants will try to speak of their own faith perspective, leaving others to speak of theirs
  4. We encourage our members to deepen their roots in their own tradition
  5. We listen and speak with respect to deepen mutual understanding and trust. Participants seek to explain and demonstrate what is deeply held and revered by them.
  6. Participants will endeavour to speak of and through their own experience and understanding and where generalizations are unavoidable, to be honest and as accurate as possible.
  7. We encourage the giving and receiving of hospitality to deepen friendship and understanding.
  8. We seek and welcome the gift of diversity and model practices that do not discriminate.
  9. We encourage equitable participation of women and men in all aspects of the JCMA
  10. Each faith group will have equal opportunity and exposure
  11. We practice healing and reconciliation to resolve conflict without resorting to violence
  12. We act from sound ecological practices to protect and preserve the Earth for both present and future generations
  13. We seek and offer co-operation with other interfaith efforts.
  14. We welcome as participants all individuals, organizations and associations who subscribe to the Vision, Aims and Objectives of the JCMA.
  15. We have the right to organize in any manner, at any scale, in any area, and around any issue or activity which is relevant to and consistent with the Vision, Aims and Objectives of the JCMA.
  16. We maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct, prudent use of resources, and fair and accurate disclosure of information
  17. We are committed to organizational learning and adaptation
  18. Participants will try to make sure that any terminology used is clearly understood. If you are unclear about a term, please ask for clarification. Others may also be unclear. Do not feel embarrassed. There are no stupid questions. All participants are present to learn
  19. We honor the richness and diversity of all languages and the right and responsibility of participants to translate and interpret the related documents in accordance with the Vision, Aims and Objectives, and the spirit of the JCMA.
  20. Discussions will be conducted in English.
  21. Participants of the JCMA and its projects shall not be coerced to participate in any ritual or be proselytized.

 

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