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Appreciation of the spiritual nature of life is at the core of Creative Culture. 

Spiritual reality is hard to prove empirically, but the materialist attitude that nothing is sacred also lacks scientific proof — and has demonstrated itself to be existentially dangerous. Meanwhile, engagement in some spiritual practices creates scientifically-measurable improvements in material well-being.

The harm that has been caused by the conflict and corruption of religious organisations is beyond unconscionable, and there are many contradictions between spiritual dogmas that appear irreconcilable. Simultaneously, there are significant and inspiring areas of agreement between faiths.

Cosmological ideas shared by most spiritual traditions

Recommendations for right living shared by most spiritual traditions

Though interpretations and application of spiritual ideals vary widely, when considered in a holistic context of awareness and care for all beings they can be a powerful motivating and guiding force for Creative Culture.

Spirituality & Faith Resources

Parliament of the World's Religions

Interfaith harmony organization
"The Parliament of the World's Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable...

United Religions Initiative

Spirituality & faith organization
"The purpose of the United Religions Initiative is to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings."

The Solaris Project

Music organization
The Solaris Project is a collaboration of musicians whose aim in performing, recording, and giving away music is to raise the awareness, consciousness, and response-ability of those playing and listening, and thereby enable right action on behalf of all...

Wendell Berry

Food knowledge holder
American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, academic and farmer. "At seventy-seven years old, Wendell Berry continues as a great contrary example to the compromises others take in stride. Instead of being at odds with his conscience,...

A Book of Uncommon Prayer by Brian Doyle

Spirituality & faith book
100 Celebrations of the Miracle & Muddle of the Ordinary.

Desmond Tutu

Spirituality & faith knowledge holder
Nobel Peace Laureate who was a key role player in the fight against apartheid in South Africa. He was also the first black South African Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa and primate of the Anglican Church of South Africa. Founder of Desmond Tutu...

Compassion Games

Spirituality & faith organization
Compassion Games offers fun and creative ways to ignite and catalyze compassionate action in communities around the world. In the annual Compassion Games, competition becomes coopetition as teams and individuals challenge one another to strive together...

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Spirituality & faith knowledge holder
A Sufi teacher in the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Sufi Orderand author of: Spiritual Ecology, The Cry of the Earth.

Harvard Divinity School

Spirituality & faith organization
Harvard Divinity School hosted an interfaith conference addressing the issues and challenges of maintaining a sustainable planet. Focusing on ways to engage, this conference examined the overlapping moral issues of climate change, sustainability, social...

Matthew Fox

Spirituality & faith knowledge holder
American Episcopal priest and theologian, formerly a member of the Dominican Order within the Roman Catholic Church, now a member of the Episcopal Church. Fox was an early and influential exponent of a movement that came to be known as Creation Spirituality....

Shadow, Self, Spirit

Spirituality & faith book
Transpersonal Psychology concerns the study of those states and processes in which people experience a deeper sense of who they are, or a greater sense of connectedness with others, with nature, or the spiritual dimension. Pioneered by respected researchers...

Arsayian Foundation

Spirituality & faith organization

Farm the Land, Grow the Spirit

Spirituality & faith organization
Stony Point Center's Farm the Land, Grow the Spirit Summer Institute is a multifaith earthcare program for young adults between the ages of 19 and 29. The program integrates multifaith study in the Jewish, Islamic, and Christian traditions with sustainable...

Natural Dharma Fellowship

Spirituality & faith organization
Founder and Spiritual Director and Buddhist Climate Activist, Lama Willa Miller. Natural Dharma Fellowship is a Buddhist community that supports the transmission and cultivation of contemplative and ethical practices for a better world. We believe that...

Center for Action and Contemplation

Spirituality & faith organization
Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and...

John Lundin

Spirituality & faith knowledge holder
Spiritual writer and environmental activist--author of "The New Mandala: Eastern Wisdom for Western Living", written in collaboration with His Holiness The Dalai Lama and "Journey to the Heart of the World", written with the indigenous elders of la Sierra...

Lama Surya Das

Spirituality & faith knowledge holder
Lama Surya Das is considered to be one of the foremost Western Buddhist meditation teachers and scholars, one of the main interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, and a leading spokesperson for the emerging American Buddhism. The Dalai Lama affectionately...

Sisters of the Earth

Spirituality & faith organization
"Sisters of Earth was founded in 1994 by several Catholic Sisters from the US and Canada who were engaged in exploring the new cosmology and implications for this emerging worldview. Sisters of Earth is an informal network of women who share a deep concern...

Joanna Macy

Spirituality & faith knowledge holder
Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, PhD, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, deep ecology and root teacher of the Work That Reconnects: "To those of us growing up in the Industrial Growth Society, a breathtakingly new view of reality arises from...

Dr. Jim Antal, Rev.

Spirituality & faith knowledge holder
Founder of Blessed Tomorrow, "a coalition of diverse religious partners united as faithful stewards of creation." Climate Activist, Minister; president of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Brian Doyle

Regional spirituality & faith knowledge holder
Brian Doyle was a novelist, essayist and editor. His books include: "A Book of Uncommon Prayer: 100 Celebrations of the Miracle & Muddle of the Ordinary."

David James Duncan

Regional spirituality & faith knowledge holder
David James Duncan is an American novelist and essayist.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

Regional spirituality & faith knowledge holder
Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, founder of the Plum Village Tradition and the author of over 100 books. He is active in the peace movement, promoting nonviolent solutions to conflict. He also refrains from animal...

The Interfaith Amigos

Local spirituality & faith group
Imam Jamal Rahman, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Rabbi Ted Falcon — the Interfaith Amigos — started working together after 9/11. Since then, they have brought their unique blend of spiritual wisdom and humor to audiences all over the U.S., as well as Canada,...

San Francisco Interfaith Council

Local spirituality & faith organization
The San Francisco Interfaith Council's work centers on civil rights, homelessness, housing affordability, and disaster preparedness. The SFIC convenes and amplifies the voice of our city's faith-based community on these important issues.

Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County

Local spirituality & faith organization
The Interfaith Council, as the Council of Churches, was originally organized for the primary purpose of providing chaplaincy ministries in various county institutions on behalf of local congregations. The Council became interfaith in 1997, widening its...

Interfaith Community Sanctuary

Local spirituality & faith organization
A space for all religions, with the following tenets: "We seek the truth and speak our truth without fear. We are open to hearing and learning from each other. We reflect on our interfaith vision and nurture it in our hearts. We pray for the realization...

Interfaith, spirituality, consciousness, faith