SAN FRANCISCO – The Interfaith Observer (TIO) (www.theinterfaithobserver.org) was created in 2011 by a small group of interfaith activists concerned that the global proliferation of interfaith activities, mostly at the grassroots level, was not getting sufficient attention. Since then dozens of TIO articles have charted interfaith history, profiled major stakeholders and their programs, and illuminated a wide range of religious traditions and spiritual expressions. Contemporary interfaith stories have been set in southwest Texas, Antarctica, and the Vatican, in Amritsar, Warsaw, and Kampala, indeed, almost anywhere you find human beings gathered together. TIO offers readers special resources and skillsets for transforming strangers into friends. It is intent on building relationships within and throughout the ‘interfaith movement’ in ways that improve human life and care for the planet.
More than 1,500 stories have appeared in TIO, about a third of them summarized and aggregated news articles typically absent from the major media. Many TIO contributors have been responsible for significant developments in the interfaith world. These include Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Marcus Braybrooke, Patrice Brodeur, Philip Clayton, John Cobb, Maha Elgenaidi, Matthew Fox, Donald Frew, Vicki Garlock, Philip Goldberg, Mussie Hailu, Bud Heckman, Elizabeth Dabney Hochman, Kurt Johnson, Paul Knitter, Kay Lindahl, Katherine Marshall, Paul McKenna, Eboo Patel, Paul Raushenbush, Rosemary Ruether, Rami Shapiro, Ruth Broyde Sharone, Mirabai Starr, and William Swing.
Interfaith voices from LGBTQ communities are included, as are agnostic, atheist, humanist, and ‘spiritual but not religious’ voices who want a seat and voice at the interfaith table. Interfaith education for everyone from pre-teens to PhDs gets considerable attention. Climate change, peacemaking, religious freedom globally, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the growing role of women are covered on a regular basis. A new library system that will make TIO’s burgeoning archive more accessible is in production and will be completed by the end of the year.
TIO is free to subscribers and goes to more than 12,000 readers, mostly faith and interfaith leaders, teachers, and students.