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Tracing many paths to peace

Book offers wisdom from great religions

I frequently see compilations of prayers and meditations. An unusual recent collection is Pathways to Peace: Interreligious Readings and Reflections (Cowley; 800-225-1534 or www.cowley.org). A. Jean Lesher, the book’s editor, is an ELCA member who has long been an activist for cooperation among the world’s religions. She has worked toward this goal with her husband, William E. Lesher, retired president of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He chairs the board of trustees of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions.

This international organization promotes interreligious cooperation to address such world problems as debt forgiveness for poor nations, the growing number of refugees and supplying fresh water to underdeveloped areas. Its international gatherings (the last in Barcelona in 2004) attract thousands of participants.


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