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 The International Journal of Peace Studies is a paper written about different spiritual and religious traditions in the world and how they have or could in the future contribute to the creation of a global culture of peace. It suggests that peace requires a balance between opposites and extremes between the spiritual and material values. Included is a long list of bibliographies http://www.gmu.edu/academic/ijps/vol1_1/smoker.html.

Spirituality and Conflict Transformation is a class offered at George Mason University that explores the nature of spirituality in many diverse cultures, time periods, and settings, and its relationship to conflict. Classes are seminar style and required readings are listed. Check the Course Catalog under Conflict 725.

Student Activities strives to create a holistic learning community designed to compliment academic studies and enhance the overall educational experience of the student. Through involvement and participation in leadership, cultural, governance, service and social activities, students are challenged to think critically and develop skills and competencies preparing them for success in the greater global society. http://sa.gmu.edu/organizations.html#rou


Local Resources

Northern Virginia Community College offers speakers who discuss a multitude of subjects including Spirituality and You, Spirituality, Meditation Techniques, and World Religions. http://www.nvcc.edu/about/speakers/

Science of Spirituality – Transformation Through Meditation is a global not-for-profit spiritual organization of all nationalities, races, and faiths who are committed to a spiritual way of life based on meditation, service to others, and personal transformation of inner and outer peace. The international headquarters is in Delhi, India and the North American headquarters is in Naperville, Illinois. The web site offers events, frequently asked questions, history, news briefs, and public programs available in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. http://www.sos.org/?4

United College Ministries in Northern Virginia offers different Christian denominational information regarding services, workshops, volunteer and internship opportunities, mission trips, retreats, and Bible study groups. One can also find pastoral care and counseling, and award, grant and scholarship opportunities at http://www.gmu.edu/org/ucm/index.html


National Resources

American Academy of Religion (AAR) – Founded in 1909, the AAR is the world’s largest association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion. http://www.aarweb.org/

About Religion and Spirituality includes information about “What is Heaven?” and “What is Hell?” It discusses the subject death, and includes many popular religions, such as agnostics, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, and Pagans. It lists resources for beginners, courses, frequently asked questions, most popular, and what’s hot. http://www.about.com/religion/

Current Living is dedicated to presenting articles, information, and resources, health, fitness, self growth, self care, creativity, and spirituality to educate, motivate, and inspire people to make the most of life. http://www.currentliving.com/


Religion Gateway offers academic information about world religions, religious studies, and comparative religion. Some of the world religions covered are Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism. http://www.academicinfo.net/religindex.html

Religion-online.org offers more than 5,200 articles and chapters of topics which include Old and New Testament, Theology, Ethics, History and sociology of Religion, Communication and Cultural Studies, Pastoral Care, and Counseling. http://www.religion-online.org/

Religion Religions Religious Studies Page – offers informational resources for study and interpretation of religions, including Buddhist, Christian, Confucian, Daoist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and new religions. http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/gthursby/rel/

Religious and Sacred Texts – includes religion-based texts, such as Bhagavad Gita, Bible, Confucian Texts, Dead Sea Scrolls, Ethiopian Texts, The Egyptian Book of the Dead, Islamic Texts, and Tibetan book of the Dead. http://davidwiley.com/religion.html

Science Daily – offers a wide variety of the latest news. The web site offers a list of topics such as health and medicine, mind and brain, plants and animals, environment, communications, computer science, and other scientific information, including evidence on religion and health. http://sciencedaily.com/

Seven Principles of Spirituality in the Workplace defines spirituality by seven principles: creativity, communication, respect, vision, partnership, energy, and flexibility. The web site goes into detail of each specific area, and also includes links to related pages such as newsletter articles on each subject, and links to a personality game and books. http://www.itstime.com/rainbow.htm

Speaking of Faith – Public Radio is public radio's weekly national conversation about belief, meaning, ethics, and ideas. It is produced and distributed by American Public Media. Speaking of Faith does not always have "religion" itself as a subject. It grapples with themes of American life — asking how perspectives of faith might distinctively inform and illuminate public reflection. http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/

Spirituality and Health - The Soul/Body Connection is the web site for the magazine. It offers information on current and past issues, reviews, and links to the newsletter, spiritual practices in the area, and an interactive site. http://www.spiritualityhealth.com

SpringerLink is an online information service for scientific, technical, and medical books and journals. SpringerLink offers electronic and printed literature from a scientific publisher. http://www.springerlink.com/

Virtual Religion Index is designed to advance research in matters of religion. It analyzes and highlights important content of religion-related websites to speed research. It offers Ancient Near East, Anthropology and Sociology, Art and Archaeology, Buddhist Tradition, Ethics and Moral Values, and Greco-Roman Studies to name a few. http://virtualreligion.net/vri/

World Religions Religion Statistics Geography Church Statistics is 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, and ultimate concerns. http://www.adherents.com 

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