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978-1-4985-4024-7 • Hardback • August 2016 • $98.00 • (£75.00)
Alon Goshen-Gottstein is founder and director of the Elijah Interfaith Institute. A noted scholar of Jewish studies, he has held academic posts at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University and has served as director of the Center for the Study of Rabbinic Thought, Beit Morasha College, Jerusalem.
1. On Christian Leadership, Awet Andemicael and Miroslav Volf
2. Muslim Leadership: Past, Present, Future, Timothy J. Gianotti
3. Jewish Religious Leadership, Meir Sendor
4. The Future of Religious Leadership: The Sikh Perspective, Balwant Singh Dhillon
5. Religious Leadership: Hinduism, Anantanand Rambachan
6. Leadership in Buddhism: Awakening to Compassion, Maria Reis Habito
7. Religious Leadership—A Composite Picture, Alon Goshen-Gottstein
In exploring the meaning of leadership in world religions and how it is exercised, the contributors to this volume open the door to a mutual exchange of experience and insight that makes way for shared wisdom that transcends yet honors religious difference. In the polarized world in which we live, where religion is often portrayed as a source of division, a resource such as this is timely and urgently needed.
— Frank Griswold, Former Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church
Few things could be more important in the 21st century than religious leadership that takes seriously the challenge of making space for faiths other than their own. That is what Alon Goshen-Gottstein and his fellow contributors have done in this important and impressive book. It deserves to be widely read and to become the start of a major conversation on the challenges facing the world’s great religions in their relationships to one another and to the challenges of our time.
— Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
It was a joy to read The Future of Religious Leadership: World Religions in Conversation. This book gives us an in-depth study of the various forms and roles of religious leadership in the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) as well as the Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist faiths. The book details the history and foundation for these various forms of leadership and ultimately shows us which aspects of leadership are shared in all these faiths. True religious leadership, in all faiths, is found where there is an embodiment of love, humility and a deep abiding sense of service; not only for the Creator but for all of the divine creation.
— HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati