So what are Inclusive Theology and Inclusive Consciousness? Well, I think the recipe for this comes down to how we treat the labels. We all have “labels” that we use. As humans we seem very interested in our religious labels. Whether Christian or Jew or Buddhist or Muslim or Interfaith or InterSpiritual or Integral, we seem to like our labels. As history has shown we are even ready to die for our labels. Last year I walked into a classroom on the last day of an online class called “Me to We” where we were trying to foster a spirit of looking beyond ourselves. After standing up to introduce the work of trying to build organizations that foster a unified expression of Interfaith, I was verbally challenged at the break by a fellow student for not including “African American-Women-Muslim-Jews” like her in the effort. My response was to reassure her that the effort included people "just like her" since it included people who graduated from her interfaith seminary. She was using one set of labels (individual) and I was using another set (organizational). Labels can create problems. Perhaps this quote says it best:
by Rabbi Rami Shapiro OUnI
Rami teaches world religions for Middle Tennessee State University, writes for Spirituality and Health Magazine and has his own blog at rabbirami.blogspot.com.