The environmental and interfaith movements are both large and very much growing. They do need to listen to each other and to be connecting with each other. The question is how to bring this condition about without either being diluted and therefore less effective. My impression so far is that both movements are less effective in their efforts to connect with each other than they could be. This tendency needs to be overcome if the interrelationship is to be truly productive..
The Unity-and-Diversity World Council has developed a Peace Wheel which sees Peace at the center, with twelve sectors and four quadrants, three sectors being in each quadrant. The environment is one of these sectors, and interfaith is another sector. In addition there are a total of twelve sectors, which means that education, media and the arts, science and technology, and a number of other dimensions of life need to be included if we are to have peace. It is not enough to have any two fields interact with each other if we are to develop an all-inclusive worldview. Instead, we need to include all aspects of life within our consideration.
To do this requires a unity-and-diversity approach. To accomplish this challenging task, it is important to provide time for each sector to have time to develop its perspective. Each sector may well have several different dimensions within itself, and these dimensions need to be given recognition within the sector. Once the sectors have each developed their sense of relationship, then a convergence process will start bringing them together. If time permits, there should be at least two levels of convergence: from sectors to quadrants and then to the total group. In this convergence process, one begins to build understanding and relationships, hopefully resulting in greater understanding and a sense of the wholeness of the different areas to which participants are exposed.
What needs to be experienced in common is the sense of global community based on a common set of values, what we have generally called a Global Code of Living. Albert Schweitzer described this growing awareness as that every civilization needs to have a common ethic to hold it together. The global civilization is what is ahead of us, and it is time that we developed such a global ethic. In the light of a global code of living, which includes ethics and spirituality, we can then proceed with the various dimensions of the civilization that is unfolding. This is the task that lies ahead of us in the days and years to come.
Spirit is One; paths are many!!!