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"I had a professor once who used to say there are two things you should read every day: the Bible and the New York Times. His thinking was, if you want to understand human beings, what makes us tick, what our strengths, weaknesses, values, yearnings, wishes, sense of reality is all about, there's nothing more human than those two texts. Personally, I expand that to include the wisdom literature of all different traditions – and the New York Times. And I consider myself so very fortunate that as a teacher of the world religions, I get to spend my days doing just that – reading and discussing the wisdom literature of different human cultures – with young minds who make really interesting comments and questions.

Why Ethics Education is important for promoting interfaith learning and dialogue

Ethics education promotes interfaith learning and dialogue in many direct and indirect ways. Perhaps most importantly, because the content of ethics has so much to do with individual or group understanding of responsibilities to and relationships with other people, ethics education encourages our children and youth to think about these relationships at a time in their lives when they are open to and curious about other people, and eager to work out how to relate to them.

I strongly believe that children have an innate potential for spiritually. We need to listen carefully to children s…

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