our Interfaith/interspiritual approach
Within interfaith contexts, religions are often represented by graphical symbols in an attempt to show the inclusivity of multiple paths of spirituality within a single organization. Below are some of the most common symbols used.
Admittedly, the list below does not represent the thousands of religions which are practiced in the world today. So, the absence of a symbol does not mean that the Compassion Consortium does not honor that tradition. If you have a symbol to add to our list, just contact us.
The symbolic representation of the Star of David in Judaism began in the 17th century. Many religious scholars say that the top triangle of the star represents the upward direction towards HaShem, and the lower triangle symbolizes the world that exists below. Also, the Star of David has all the triangles intertwined, which represents the inseparability and interrelationship of all things.
New Thought Alliance
This symbol represents the International New Thought Alliance, a loosely allied group of religious denominations who share a common set of beliefs concerning metaphysics, positive thinking, healing, life force and creative visualization. The New Thought movement includes groups such as Divine Science, Unity Church, Religious Science, Jewish Science and Centers for Spiritual Living.
The khanda is the symbol of the Sikh faith, and attained its current form in the early 20th century. It is an amalgam of three symbols: a double-edged sword representing belief in one God, a circle representing God without beginning or end; and two crossed swords, representing spiritual authority and political power.
Interspirituality is not a religion, but a perspective. This term was coined by Wayne Teasdale and describes how all spiritual paths “at their mystical core, are committed to the common values of peace, compassionate service, and love for all creation. An inner life awakened to responsibility and love naturally expresses itself through engaged spirituality, in acts of compassion…contributing to the transformation of the world and the building of a nonviolent, peace-loving culture that includes everyone” (from The Mystic Heart).