Thriving in the Crosscurrent:

Clarity and Hope in a Time of Cultural Sea Change




Why This Book, Why Now?

Chapter 1

Rhyming Hope and History

Chapter 2

Just Changing . . . or Evolving?

Chapter 3

Four Strong Winds

Chapter 4

Three Crossings

Chapter 5

Modernity: How Can a
Sea Change Go Wrong?

Chapter 6

Who Says It’s
Getting Better?

Chapter 7


Chapter 8

Life in the Renaissance

Chapter 9

The Second Axial Age

Chapter 10

Thriving in the Crosscurrent


Do you ever sit and watch the credits roll by after a film you’ve enjoyed? For me, it’s always astonishing to realize how many people contributed their very best in countless roles to bring the movie home. As I contemplate this project, I’m struck by the same thought. Although there is no way for me to list all those friends, advisors, critics, and acquaintances that brought something to Thriving in the Crosscurrent, I want at least to call up these fine folks:

Our large and close-knit families; my parents, Marylou and Jim; our very adult children (Olya, Katya, Brian, and Mary Jo); and the many lifelong friends who endured countless conversations about whether or not

culture evolves, and enriched every one of those talks.
My first real teacher and lifelong colleague, Ron Miller.

My wonderful collaborator Bruce Wexler, who taught me so much about building a book.

Sharron Dorr, Richard Smoley, Will Marsh, and all the people at Quest Books for their encouragement, hard work, and editorial insight.

All my many friends, students, teachers, and fellow explorers—at Common Ground in Deerfield, Illinois, and in so many other venues—for their confidence, companionship, loving critique, and support.

My countless friends and colleagues in the global interreligious movement, some of whose organizations I list here, though many more deserve and have my deep gratitude. The International Interreligious Peace Council,

the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, the International Interfaith Centre, the Interreligious Engagement Project, the International Association for Religious Freedom, the World Congress of Faiths, the World Conference on Religion and Peace, the United Religions Initiative, the Association for Global New Thought, and so many other groups working to bring a new vision of peace, justice, and sustainability to life and to light.

My colleagues, partners, mentors, and inspirers over the years: Saleha Abedin, Swami Agnivesh, Abdullah Ahsan, David Abram, Jay Alexander, Lydia Alpizar, Hizkias Assefa, Ron Bagby, Bud and Michelle Baldwin,

Thomas Berry, Marilyn Biederer, Dolores Boot, Marcus and Mary Braybrooke, Herbert Bronstein, Eric Carlson, Swami Chidananda (Muniji), Joan Chittister, Chung Hyun-kyung, Ewert Cousins, His Holiness the

Dalai Lama, Jamshid Damooei, Kathy DeFrancis, Vince DeFrancis, Ven. Dhammananda Bhikkuni, Riane Eisler, Joe Elder, Barbara Fields, Bill French, Steve Grabowski, Mark Greenberger, Lonnie Hanzon, Barbara

Marx Hubbard, Gonzalo Ituarte, David and Elena Johnson, Yahya Kamalipour, Lauri Kamm, Thomas Keating, Peter Kenney, Irfan Khan, Sallie King, Paul Knitter, Marcelline Koch, Hans Küng, Mary Lamar, Todd

Lorentz, Mairead Maguire, Wangari Maathai, Marcia McInerney, Bill McKibben, Ron Miller, Kamran Mofi d, Rashied Omar, James Quilligan, Alan Race, Marsha Ray, Marjorie Lindsay Reed, Ahmad Sadri, Mahmoud Sadri, Ven. Samdhong Rinpoche, Don Samuel Ruiz Garcia, Kitten Sheridan, Susan Simonetti, Ann McNamara Smith, Ven. Geshe Lhundup Sopa, Charlene Spretnak, Brian Swimme, Swami Tapasananda, Wayne Teasdale, Ross and Janice Thompson, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Bill Ury, Levi Weiman-Kelman, Georgene Wilson, and so many others who should be on this list.

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