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The mission of the Temple of Understanding is to achieve peaceful coexistence among individuals, communities and societies through interfaith education. Our innovative programs emphasize experiential knowledge and dialogue as a means of connecting people across a spectrum of communities to create a more just and peaceful world.
Our goals are to:
= Foster appreciation of religious and cultural diversity
= Expand public discourse on religion and spirituality
= Promote constructive social change
= Further education for global citizenship
HE TEMPLE OF UNDERSTANDING has led the way in interfaith education and advocacy for 50 years.
We educate youth and adults both cross culturally and inter-religiously for global citizenship and peaceful coexistence; advocate for acceptance and respect for religious pluralism by the worlds governing bodies; and actively continue to promote justice and tolerance.
The organization was founded in 1960 by a pioneering visionary, Juliet Hollister, with the support of a distinguished group of "Founding Friends," which included Eleanor Roosevelt, Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Sir Zafrula Khan, H.H. Pope John XXIII, Anwar al-Sadat and H.H. the XIVth Dalai Lama, among others.
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