October, 2006


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| editorial |
Another conference another declaration?
Jim Kenney, Alan Race, Seshagiri Rao

| creative encounters |
Religions of the World Teilhard and the
second axial turning

Ewert Cousins

Religion and Contemporary Japanese Novelists
Endo's concept of God reconsidered
Emi Mase-Hasegawa

Inside the Madrasas Part Two
William Dalrymple

Defining Religion
a religious orientation typology, Part Two
Paul Hedges

The Interreligious Challenges Facing the Muslims
of Central Texas

Andrew Christian van Gorder

Interreligious Prayer prospects and parameters
Douglas Pratt

| reflections |
Reflections on Sacred Music
A Jewish Insight sacred melody, God's embrace
Tamar Bronstein

A Hindu Insight divine music and religious harmony
Seshagiri Rao interviews Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda

| sacred spaces |
Sacred Oahu
Jim Kenney

| voices of youth |
The Power of a New Vision the university as
sanctuary of religious voice
Nicholas M. Price

Confronting Violence and Advancing Shared Security
Geneva Declaration Western European Regional Youth Preparatory Meeting July 10-13, 2006

| focus on the interreligious movement |
The Faith of Many Colors believers in a
plurality of traditions
Sarita Cargas

| in review |
Review Article: The Left Hand of God taking back our country from the religious right
Ron Miller



Briefly Noted

| prayers and meditation |
Glorified Suffering
Sacha Alafia Laughing Water

Yom Kippur Prayer Anonymous

| patrons and editorial board members |

This issue’s cover image is the beautifully reconstructed Kaneaki Heiau (Shrine) in the Makaha Valley, on the (western) Waianae Coast of the island of Oahu. Kaneaki is thought to be named in honor of Ku, a deity representing the masculine dimension of nature. Associated with war (and under the name Kukailimoku worshipped as the god of war) Ku is believed to have been associated with human sacrifice. This was probably not the case with the other principal Hawaiian deities. The Kaneaki shrine may have been a site of such sacrifice.Detailed archaeological excavation has revealed that the heiau was originally built in the 15th century. Through five major renovations the shrine was doubled in size by the middle of the 17th century. Visible in the reconstruction are the typical heiau walls of carefully chosen and piled stones, prayer towers, grass huts, and a carved figure
representing Ku. Scholars believe that the heiau was originally dedicated to Lono, a god of agriculture and fertility, strongly associated with peace.Special permission is required to visit the heiau, now enclosed within the Makaha Valley Country Club.The photo of the Kaneaki Heiau is by Cetta KenneyFor more on Hawaiian religion and the sacred sites of Oahu, see the Sacred Spaces section in this issue.

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