hand holding card that says "emerge and see"

Partnering with the Center for Interfaith Relations, we are a proud supporter of the The 24th Annual Festival of Faiths, held April 25-27, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky, and this gave us the opportunity to create a special resource list for conference attendees and our online community.

The theme Sacred Cosmos: Faith and Science explores the wisdom and knowledge present at the intersection of faith and science with attention on how we engage with contemporary topics of concern for human flourishing. This list of resources draws on some of our and our partners’ more popular resources and tools for conversation and practice supporting human flourishing across the lifespan.

Fetzer Resources

Conversation Cards

Incorporate more love, forgiveness, and compassion into your daily life with these conversation starters. 52 cards with quotations, questions to discuss, and actions to take. Designed for you to use on your own or with others at home, school, work, and elsewhere. Also available in Spanish: Tarjetas de Conversación.

Print (on both sides) and cut your own set. Created for use with 8.5 x 11 inch paper.

 

Practice: Spirituality as Vital Awareness

In honor of our friend, Brother David Steindl-Rast, we offer his wisdom on the expansive nature of spirituality for this practice.

In the Music of Silence, Brother David Steindl-Rast reminds us that “Sometimes people get the mistaken notion that spirituality is a separate department of life, the penthouse of our existence. But rightly understood, it is a vital awareness that pervades all realms of our being. Someone will say, ‘I come alive when I listen to music,’ or ‘I come to life when I garden,’ or ‘I come alive when I play golf.’ Wherever we come alive, that is the area in which we are spiritual. And then we can say, ‘I know at least how one is spiritual in that area.’ To be vital, awake, aware, in all areas of our lives, is the task that is never accomplished, but it remains the goal.”

As we focus on our mission, to help build the spiritual foundation for a loving world, we’ve been exploring our own relationships and experiences with spirituality through weekly staff gatherings. The shape and focus of these gatherings, and the small groups that have developed, reflect the diversity of our backgrounds, cultures, life experiences, and spiritual experiences we each bring, from mindful parenting and bible study groups to being in nature, practicing tai chi, sitting in silence, practicing lectio divina or a lovingkindess meditation.

Whether through the study and practice of a formal religion, listening deeply to those around us, tending a public garden, volunteering at a food bank, or creating artwork or poetry, Brother David invites us to cultivate a full and vibrant awareness and aliveness in all aspects of our lives…and to share it.

How does the thread of spirituality weave its way through your life? How might you bring that awareness and awakeness to other areas of your life?

For more inspiration, let Brother David guide you in valuing “every moment as a gift” in his beautiful TED Talk, "Want to be happy? Be grateful."

“Open all your senses for this wonderful richness that is given to us.

Whatever life offers to you in that present moment...take this opportunity and go with it.

Stop. Look. Go. That's all.”

Science and Spirituality: The Need for a Change in Culture

Late in his career, acclaimed physicist David Bohm (1917–1992), was a scholar in residence at the Fetzer Institute. A student of Robert Oppenheimer and a colleague of Albert Einstein, Bohm proposed that all parts of the universe are fundamentally interconnected, forming what he called “an unbroken flowing whole.” This paper, delivered as a public lecture on October 23, 1990, addresses what Bohm considers the essential relationship between science and spirituality, wholeness, culture, and the role of dialogue. We reissue this version of Bohm’s talk in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth (December 20, 1917).

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Organized and supported by the Center for Interfaith Relations, Festival of Faiths promotes interfaith understanding, cooperation, and action through exploring how different participating faith traditions address a common issue, topic, or theme.