EducationThat Opens Doors To Peace

Resources related to interfaith education are grouped here by section.

Comparative Religions

  • Internet Sacred Text Archive – “the largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship, and has the largest readership of any similar site on the web.”  Truly an amazing site with a huge body of freely available public domain religious texts.
  • Honouring Diverse Beliefs in Our Communities: A Conversational Toolkit – 20 minute low key, lovely video “From Atheism to Zoroastrianism, people draw on different belief systems to guide the ways they think and act. How can we respond to this important element of diversity in our communities? What are the risks involved? What do we stand to gain? Join families, faith communities, and others as they explore these important questions and learn together. You may realize that you have more to offer to this conversation than you think! A himar Productions Ltd. documentary – Partners DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society & Surrey Neighbouring Faiths Program. This project has been made possible through funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.”
  • University of California Television 10th Anniversary Religion retrospective a) Religion Today b) Understanding Religion c) Religion and Science d) Religion and Politics e) Religion and Conflict f) Buddhism g) Christianity h)Islam i) Judaism
  • Tony Blair Faith Foundation Universities Programme – “The Universities programme engages the worldwide higher education sector in developing a deeper understanding of the interrelationship between faith and globalization.”
  • The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner. Three women  a Muslim a Jew and a Christian in search of understanding.
  • Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence, 3rd Edition (Comparative Studies in Religion and Society, Vol. 13) by Mark Juergensmeyer – “This dark, enthralling book not only documents the global rise of religious terrorism but seeks to understand the “odd attraction of religion and violence.” Juergensmeyer bases his study on scholarly sources, media accounts and personal interviews with convicted terrorists. He exercises caution with the term “terrorist,” preferring to emphasize the large religious community of supporters who make violent acts possible rather than the relatively small number who carry them out….”
  • Varieties of Religious Experience by William James, introduction by Wayne Proudfoot
  • History of God and Battle for God by Karen Armstrong.  The development of the Abrahamic religions with their message of compassion and yet their hardline trends as well.


Children’s Education

Countering Islamophobia and Xenophobia

Indigenous Rights and Climate Change

  • Sacred Tree – Reflections On Native American Spirituality, by Phil Lane et al. – “This is a wonderful little gem. It isn’t a high brow spiritual document meant to appeal to the brain- it’s a little book that focuses on values, ethics and respect with thoughtful anecdotes. Great book for the adolescent as well as the adult- wisdom and grace are ageless.”
  • How to Boil a Frog – film – you can arrange a showing in your community.  “… an eco-comedy that shows the consequences of overshoot: too many people using up too little planet. An everyman dad gives us the scoop on the imminent end of the world as we know it, and five surprising ways we can save civilization.”
  • Video Project – this well established company will be providing How to Boil a Frog to educational institutions.  “Our mission at the Video Project is to provide the very best in educational media and documentary programming on critical global and social issues, science and health to colleges, schools, libraries, businesses, religious groups, government agencies and non-governmental organizations worldwide.”

Nonviolence and Peacebuilding


Global Shift