WASHINGTON, D.C. – This May, the Theosophical Society in America [www.theosophical.org] will bring together leading representatives of Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Judaic and Native American traditions to envision what a spirit-driven globalization would look like and to begin formulating a positive, creative and shared vision for the future.
The Theosophical Society’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference – "Globalization and Spirituality: Creating a Language of Possibility" – will take place May 19-21 at American University’s Kay Spiritual Life Center in Washington, D.C. Richard Smoley, editor of the Theosophical Publishing House imprint Quest Books, and consulting editor of Parabola magazine, will keynote the event. Dr. John Algeo, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Georgia, will moderate panel discussions.
Panelists at the conference – Jann Jackson (Buddhism), Ron Miller, Ph.D. (Christianity), Valasini Balakrishnan (Hinduism), D. C. Rao, Ph.D. (Hinduism), Rabbi Ted Falcon, Ph.D. (Judaism), David Dakake (Islam) and Marilyn Youngbird (Native American) – will engage in discussions examining "Pluralism and Unity" and "Spiritual Ethics in Light of Globalism." The Theosophical Society hopes participants and attendees will come away from the conference with a better understanding about the implications of globalization, in order to create a new covenant together that champions the well-being of all people.
"The Conference on Globalization and Spirituality recognizes the political and educational efforts being made by the United Nations, the G-8 and others – but if their collective good is to bear fruit, another dimension must be addressed," said Betty Bland, president of the Theosophical Society in America. "Through this occasion of bringing representatives of the major faith traditions to a common focus, and through the power of each presentation, we hope to demonstrate the possibilities for healing and cooperation, rather than the current mode of protest and violence."
The Theosophical Society is an organization founded in New York City in 1875 to encourage open-minded inquiry into world religions, philosophy, science and the arts in order to understand the wisdom of the ages, respect the unity of all life, and help people explore spiritual self-transformation. Headquartered in Wheaton, Ill., the Society has branches in 70 countries, with its international headquarters in India.