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Helpful Resources and Links

The following are links to information about various religious traditions, spirituality and interfaith dialogue. If you know of a site that is not listed here but you have found helpful, please let us know!

Interfaith and Multifaith Resources:

The Pluralism Project: "Our mission is to help Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources." http://pluralism.org/

Council for a Parliament of World Religions: "The mission of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions is to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its other guiding institutions in order to achieve a peaceful, just, and sustainable world." http://www.cpwr.org/

The Forum on Religion and Ecology: "...the largest international multireligious project of its kind. With its conferences, publications, and website it is engaged in exploring religious worldviews, texts, and ethics in order to broaden understanding of the complex nature of current environmental concerns." http://environment.harvard.edu/religion/

The International Interfaith Center: "The International Interfaith Center promotes interreligious understanding and co-operation between different faith communities and organizations of religious or spiritual conviction." http://www.interfaith-centre.org/index.htm

Adherents.com: "... a growing collection of over 43,870 adherent statistics and religious geography citations: references to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc. The religions of the world are enumerated here." http://www.adherents.com/

Religion Online: "A collection of essays and books on a wide variety of topics in theology and religious studies, by reputable scholars." http://www.religion-online.org/

Comparative Religion: "This site is devoted to bringing to one place on the internet the key books and writings of human spiritual and religious thought. Covering the major religions of the world, alternative spiritual systems, and ancient mythologies, this is an ever expanding work in the making." http://www.comparative-religion.com/

The Internet Sacred Text Archive: "...the largest freely available archive of full-text books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship..." http://www.sacred-texts.com/index.htm

Beliefnet: A hip, though somewhat commercial, look at religion and spiritual issues. http://www.beliefnet.com/

Jewish Resources:

The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts: https://www.jewishspringfield.org/index.html    Judaism 101: "...an online encyclopedia of Judaism, covering Jewish beliefs, people, places, things, language, scripture, holidays, practices and customs." http://www.jewfaq.org/

Virtual Cantor: "The purpose of this site is to promote the proliferation of Nusach and to make a Nusach readily accessible to those who have a desire to learn and a desire to deepen their Judaism. This site is a volunteer work in progress." http://www.virtualcantor.com/

Special Treasures from the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary: http://www.jtslibrarytreasures.org/
The Jewish Encyclopedia: "This website contains the complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, which was originally published between 1901-1906." http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/

TanakhML Project: Provides an Hebrew text browser that enables you to travel over the whole Tanakh in its fully vocalised and cantillated version. http://www.tanakhml.org/

Tikkun Magazine: "Tikkun provides a space for both affiliated and non-affiliated Jews who seek to renew their Judaism, and a space for Jews and non-Jews alike to shape a politics out of spiritual values." http://www.tikkun.org/

Judaism and Jewish Resources: A collection of annotated links maintained by Andrew Tannenbaum. http://shamash.org/trb/judaism.html

Taglit- Birthright Israel: Taglit-Birthright Israel provides the gift of first time, peer group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26. Taglit-Birthright Israel's founders created this program to send thousands of young Jewish adults from all over the world to Israel as a gift in order to diminish the growing division between Israel and Jewish communities around the world. www.awesomeisrael.com

Christian Resources:

Christian Classics Ethereal Library: Classic Christian books in electronic format. http://www.ccel.org/

Bible Gateway: Search multiple versions of the Christian scriptures. Many useful tools. http://www.biblegateway.com/

New Advent: Gateway to online texts and Catholic resources. http://home.newadvent.org/

Official Denominational Web Sites: A collection of links maintained bu the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. http://hirr.hartsem.edu/org/faith_denominations _homepages.html

The Cyber Hymnal: "This site has over 5,800 Christ­ian hymns & Gos­pel songs from ma­ny de­nom­in­a­tions. You'll find lyr­ics, scores, MI­DI files, pic­tures, his­to­ry, & more." http://www.cyberhymnal.org/

Buddhist Resources:

Buddhazine: BuddhaNet's online magazine. http://www.buddhanet.net/budzine.htm

The Dharma Newsstand: "... an online kiosk for viewing a wide breadth of Buddhist periodicals." http://www.dharmanet.org/journals.html

Top Websites: DharmaWeb's listing of top Buddhist sites. http://www.dharmaweb.org/index.php/Top_Websites

Muslim Resources:

USC-MSA Compendium of Muslim Texts: Offers information on Islam and a collection of key texts such as the Qu'ran in three translations. Maintained by the Muslim Student Association at the University of Southern California. http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/

Al-Islam's Discover Islam: "Discover Islam by browsing through material selected from our Library that is particularly appropriate for those who are new to Islam." http://al-islam.org/discover.php

The Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts: Many useful links. http://www.masjidma.com/

A Shi'ite Encyclopedia: http://www.al-islam.org/encyclopedia/

List of Sufi-related Resources: http://world.std.com/~habib/sufi.html

Resources for and About Muslim Women: http://www.jannah.org/sisters/

Hindu Resources:

Hinduism Today: "The monthly magazine affirming Sanatana Dharma and recording the modern history of a billion-strong global religion in renaissance." http://www.hinduism-today.com/

Om-Guru: "This page is devoted to introducing westerners to teachers from different Indian religious traditions. It consists of pictures and short life-stories of charismatic seekers, saints, teachers, and gurus from the 19th and 20th centuries who trace their religious origins to India." http://www.om-guru.com/

Hindu.org: "Dedicated to Hindu solidarity, culture and the dissemination of the vast and timeless knowledge of our great Sanatana Dharma to all the people of the world. This is a public service of Himalayan Academy, publishers of Hinduism Today Magazine. http://www.hindu.org/

Online Hindu Vedic Calendar: http://www.panchangam.com/

Baha'i Resources:

The Baha'is: The international website of the Baha'i faith http://www.bahai.org/

Baha'i Online Library: Texts an secondary sources. http://www.bahai-library.org/