Will the abandonment of traditional religions and the embrace of the religion of Mother Earth prevent war and terrorism, and usher in a new age of peace for the world?
Episcopal Bishop William Swing seems to think so, and he has formulated an organization called United Religions Initiative (URI) to promote this plan.
A recently released book entitled False Dawn: The United Religions Initiative, Globalism, and the Quest for a One-World Religion, by Lee Penn, Sophia Perennis Press, has documented the rise of URI since 1993, when Bishop Swing conceived the idea. He tracks its international growth, its influential supporters, including Robert Muller, former UN Assistant Secretary General; Neale Donald Walsch, New Age author and luminary; futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard; former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev; multi-millionaire Canadian businessman and globalist Maurice Strong; currency speculator George Soros; and the Dalai Lama to name a few.
The supporters are impressive. The money is as well. Donations have come from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Koret Foundation, Lucis Trust World Service Fund, the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the Soros Foundation, the Strong Foundation for Environmental Values, the John Templeton Foundation's Local Societies Initiative, the Tides Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Worldwide Education and Research Institute, to name just a few of the many sources.
David Cooperrider, co-chair of the Center for Social Innovation in Global Management, and Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Case Western Reserve University School of Management, created the methodology, called Appreciative Inquiry, that has put the URI on the global map. Dee Hock, inventor of the VISA card, was instrumental in working out this methodology in cooperation with Bishop Swing.
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