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Fons Vitae was pleased to host Dr. Larry Rasmussen for the 2010 Festival of Faiths, whose them was "Soil", for which he presented "The Sacred ‘Neath Your Sole" for the Prayer Breakfast on the closing day.

If you would like to read Dr.  Rasmussen's talk from the Prayer Breakfast, you can find it here.

Also, find an excerpt from his The Ethic We Need II here.

With our publication of Water: Its Spiritual Significance, Fons Vitae has decided to begin a new selection of works in the field of religion and ecology.  We are most grateful that Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim of the Yale University Forum on Religion and Ecology have agreed to serve as the advisory board for this project.

Both Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim are Senior Lecturers and Senior Scholars at Yale University where they have appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as the Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies.  They are the founders and directors of the Forum on Religion and Ecology, through which they have organized a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at the Harvard Divinity School.  For more information on their work, please see the Scholarly Advisory Board.

"The Legacy of Thomas Berry: Ecology and World Religions"
Radio Interview
With Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

Acclaimed cultural historian, cosmologist, Passionist priest, and Earth scholar, Thomas Berry, was among the first of our world’s religious leaders to suggest that the earth ecological crisis is fundamentally a spiritual crisis. Thomas Berry dedicated his life to The Great Work of our time which he described simply as "moving the human community from its present situation as a destructive presence on the planet to a benign or mutually enhancing presence."
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim join host Robin Bradley Hansel to share their stories and reflections on Thomas Berry's life, his work, his writings, and his passionate dream for our Earth community.

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In this pioneering work, Seyyed Shahabeddin Mesbahi offers a new methodologyfor approaching Islamic mystical concepts by examining the importance, place and manifestation of the concepts of cosmos, nature and environment in Islamic mysti­cism. The study presents a framework for understanding the exoteric and esotericdimensions of these concepts, within selected stations (maqāmāt) of the mystical path (ṭarīqa), and how, in a reciprocal interaction, they weave a “symbiotic whole.”
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The ancient antecedents of this tale are thought to have originated in India, but the first written version of the story was penned in Arabic by members of the Islamic "Brethren of Purity", Ikhwan al-Safa, a Sufi order, in the environs of Basra, Iraq, sometime before the tenth century of the Common Era. In their version, the story was the twenty-fifth of fifty-one "letters", or treatises, the Rasa'il comprising an encyclopedia, in which were described the mysteries and meaning of life.
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Exploring man's ecological, spiritual, and symbolic relationship with nature through meditation and thoughts on water, this volume is a useful tool for religious practitioners of all faiths to understand more deeply the connection between their religious life and the earth.The collection includes essays and poetry from a wide range of intellectuals and poets, including Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, Thomas Merton, Huston Smith, and Henry David Thoreau, among others.
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