Monday, December 26, 2011

What are THE texts of the Inclusive Spirituality movement (the BIG I)?

As part of its mission to help indentify the "inclusive theology, spirituality and consciousness" of the emerging "Big I" (Interfaith-Interspiritual-Integral Spirituality) movement, the BIG I Conference ( would like to sponsor a committee to look at and identify THE current and past texts that help us indentify what it means to be an "Interfaith Minister," "Integral Minister" or "Interspiritual Minister" in the world today. I would suggest that while the prelimary results will be presented this February at the BIG I Conference, this could be adopted as a standing committee of the CIC-USA or the World CIC programs for on-going development.
QUESTION BEFORE US IS: What are the texts that EVERY Interfaith-Interspiritual-Integral Minister should read as part of their professional understanding and their prophetic call to serve in this movement? (This is beyond the sacred texts identified with the specific wisdom traditions that are the core of our spiritual movement.) What are the gaps in our documentation that need to be filled (written about) that will move this sacred calling forward?
Brother Nomi Naeem OUnI has agreed to chair this prelimary committee. He is very well qualified for this work in light of his professional responsibilities at the Brooklyn Public Library. His email is
As a starting place, let me suggest four or five texts that might need to be on the list:
1. The World's Religions (Dr. Huston Smith)
2. The Mystic Heart: Discovering a Universal Spirituality in the World's Religions (Br. Dr. Wayne Teasdale)
3. Integral Spirituality (Dr. Ken Wilber)
4. Seeking the Sacred (Rev. Dr. Stephanie Dowrick)
5. Cosmosophia (Rev. Dr. Theodore Richards)
WHAT DO YOU THINK? What should or shouldn't be included?
If you are interested or know of someone from your seminary or group or ministry that is willing to serve on this committe, please contact Brother Nomi for inclusion into this effort. The BIG I Conference is an incorporated ministry of the Council of Interfaith Communities of the USA ( PLEASE share this call to participate with others from your community that you think have an interest in identifying these texts and having this list published.