Resources to Advance our Collective Work

Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.

Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society works to integrate contemplative awareness and contemporary life in order to help create a more just, compassionate, reflective, and sustainable society.

Center for Courage & Renewal
Since 1997, the Center for Courage & Renewal has helped to foster personal and professional renewal through retreats and programs that offer the time and space to reflect on life and work. These retreats, called Courage to Teach®, Courage to Lead®, or Circles of Trust®, are led by skilled facilitators and make use of poetry and stories, solitude, reflection, and deep listening.

Charter for Compassion
Charter for Compassion, a collaborative effort to build a peaceful and harmonious community. The Charter for Compassion was created through a collaborative effort lead by religious author and scholar Karen Armstrong in 2008. The Charter is a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national difference. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter activates the Golden Rule around the world.

Christian Century
The Christian Century is a progressive, ecumenical magazine based in Chicago. Committed to thinking critically and living faithfully.

Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions
The mission of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions is to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its other guiding institutions in order to achieve a peaceful, just and sustainable world.

Dalai Lama Center for Peace & Education
The Vancouver-based Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education is an embodiment of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama’s life-long commitment to compassion and inner well-being. Founded in 2005 by the Dalai Lama and Victor Chan, the Center seeks, in all of its activities, to reflect compassion, mutual understanding, inner well-being, mindfulness, creativity, peacefulness, warm heartedness, aspiration, and interconnectedness.

Fetzer Institute
The Fetzer Institute website provides resources related to the Institutes mission "To foster awareness of the power of love and forgiveness in the merging global community." The Fetzer Institute seeks to deepen the understanding and practice of love and forgiveness and the integration of the inner life with the life of action in the world among individuals and communities.

Interfaith Holy Days and Festivals Calendar
BBC website containing calendar dates for various religious Holy Days and information on a multitude of beliefs.

InterFaith Youth Core
Interfaith Youth Core believes leaders will build the movement of interfaith cooperation in the 21st century. They seek to inspire young leaders of different faiths to work together to improve their communities and serve others.

Jewish United Fund/Jewish Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago is one of the largest not-for-profit social welfare institutions in Illinois and the central address of Chicago's Jewish community.

Search for Common Ground
Founded in 1982, Search for Common Ground works to transform the way the world deals with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving. We work with local partners to find culturally appropriate means to strengthen societies' capacity to deal with conflicts constructively: to understand the differences and act on the commonalities.


Sojourners is a progressive Christian commentary on faith, politics and culture. It seeks to build a movement of spirituality and social change.

TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year's TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize.

The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership
The Center was founded by Robert K. Greenleaf in 1964. In 1970, Greenleaf published an essay, "The Servant as Leader," that coined the phrase "servant-leader" and launched the modern servant leadership movement. The Center promotes the understanding and practice of Servant Leadership.

30 Good Minutes
A collection of inspirational videos and text featuring America’s finest religious thinkers, stories of personal faith, and reflections on spiritual topics, gathered from television broadcasts of 30 Good Minutes, a weekly multifaith program on WTTW 11 (PBS) in Chicago.