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January, 2008

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| editorial |
Faith and the Global Climate
Alan Race

| creative encounters |
Muslim-Christian Relations and the Challenge
of Radical Islam

Thomas E. Reynolds

Racial Injustice and Interfaith Dialogue
Hugh Boulter

Evangelical Christian - Muslim Relations in Zimbabwe
Munetsi Ruzivo

Getting into Real Religious Commitment
& Interfaith Dialogue
Israel Selvanayagam

The Hero's Quest & the Holy Grail
Jim Kenney

| reflections |
Healing Spirit how three faiths converged to heal my
body and heart
Charles Burack

| sacred spaces |
Salt and Salvation the Salinas missions
Jim Kenney

| voices of youth |
Divine Pizzaz
Sharon Neely

| practically speaking |
Kalaupapa uncommon service on common ground
Fred E. Woods

| focus on the interreligious movement |
Appreciating our Religious Diversity
Bahá’í Council for Northern Ireland

Gold Medallion Award

| in review |
Open Book: A Sacred Text for An Uncertain World
Mary Taylor

Reviews

| poetry |
Tao
Raficq Abdulla

Ruach – Wind, Ruach – Spirit
Herbert W. Bronstein

| prayers and meditation |
Hymn to Aten
Pharoah Akhenaten

Meditation from Thomas' Gospel
Rick Rill

| patrons and editorial board members |

TAOS PUEBLO
Set in the foothills of New Mexico's tallest mountain peaks, Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The great adobe complexes have been continuously inhabited for over 10 centuries. Taos is one of NM's Eight Northern Pueblos (Taos, Picuris, Santa Clara, San Juan, San Ildefonso, Nambé, Pojoaque, and Tesuque). Taos and Picuris are Tiwa-speaking pueblos; the rest speak Tewa. Tiwa and Tewa are closely related languages of the Kiowa Tanoan language family. In all, the state is home to nineteen pueblos, the oldest tribal communities in the United States, having descended from the ancestral Pueblo cultures that once inhabited the great archaeological sites at Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, and Bandelier.

Taos, which means “place of the red willows” in Tiwa, is the northernmost of the New Mexico pueblos. It is the largest existing multistoried pueblo structure in the United States, made up of many individual homes that share common walls. Originally the dwellings had no windows or doors to the outside; entry was through openings in the roof. There is still no running water or electricity in the historic section of the pueblo. While most families live in more modern structures outside the center of the village, they still gather in the prehistoric houses for ceremonial events. During the rest of the year, many of the buildings are used as bakeries and shops.

A visit to Taos Pueblo takes one deep into a past long forgotten by all by the people who still know it as their sacred home. (For more on Pueblo culture in New Mexico, see the "Sacred Spaces" section in this issue.)
V6 N1 January2008

The cover photo of Taos Pueblo, north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, was taken by Cetta Kenney.


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