With the Best of Intentions: Interreligious Missteps and Mistakes


Pages: 240

Binding: Paperback

With the Best of Intentions: Interreligious Missteps and Mistakes

By: Lucinda Mosher, Elinor J. Pierce and Or N. Rose
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Catholic Media Association Award Winner 

First Place - Ecumenism or Interfaith Relations


“If we learn by mistakes, this book teaches us the basics about interreligious relationships.” —Pim Valkenberg, The Catholic University of America

“A uniquely significant collection as America fine-tunes its interreligious ethos for greater harmony! The diverse voices and multiple positionalities here illuminate for us the transformative power of reflection on missteps and mistakes that is grounded in humility in the march toward that ideal!” —Neelima Shukla-Bhatt, Wellesley College

 "Brilliant contribution to the field, which underscores the courage we need for constructive dialogue and collaborative action."—Rabbi Joshua Stanton, director of leadership and formation at CLAL—The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

 “Presents readers with illuminating examples of when practice does not match theory. It should be required reading for scholars, educators, administrators, and community organizers engaging religiously diverse contexts, as well as leaders working toward multireligious coalition building.”—Axel  M. Oaks Takacs, editor-in-chief, Journal of Interreligious Studies

With any new human endeavor, errors and failures are inevitable. In With the Best of Intentions more than three dozen scholars and practitioners of many faiths explore cases of missteps and outright failures of interfaith encounters. Each case also provides critical discussion of what went wrong, and why.

Lucinda Mosher, ThD, is director of the MA in interreligious studies program at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace and senior editor of the Journal of Interreligious Studies. Her many books include the award-winning co-edited volume Hindu Approaches to Spiritual Care.

Elinor (Ellie) Pierce is the research director for the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, author of Pluralism in Practice, and a documentarian whose most recent film is Abraham’s Bridge.

Rabbi Or Rose is the founding director of the Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership of Hebrew College and co-editor of the award-winning anthology, My Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation.


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