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September 11, 2001
ATTACK ON  HUMANITY
CONFRONTING TERROR WITH DIALOGUE

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"It took me a long time to understand that God is not the enemy of my enemies. God is not even the enemy of God's enemies." 
Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892-1984 -- during WWII imprisoned in Sachsenhausen concentration camp)
"The
human voice can not be heard until it has lost the power to wound"
Mira Rostova

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For this domain I have deliberately chosen the name ECUMENE, evoking the image of a house or household, since it neatly links several major aspects of human life that can help or obstruct the building of a global community: Ecology, Economics, Ethics, and Religion. The term economy" is derived from the Greek word OIKONOMIA  (management of the houshold or stewardship). OIKONOMIA contains the word OIKOS (inhabited house) which also gives us the term "ecumenical" -- pertaining to the OIKOUMENE, the inhabited earth or earth household as well as the terms "ecology" and "ecological" -- dealing with the relationships of living organisms and their environment. The notions "household" and "stewardship" contain implicitly the expectation of human kinship and mutually beneficial exchange of goods and services. 

The ECUMENE domain provides cyber-homes for organizations dedicated to bridging the ideological boundaries that divide humanity and have been used for millennia to rationalize suspicion, proselytism, hatred, aggression, and warfare. The Internet is giving us the opportunity both to focus on what human beings have in common and to discover, come to respect, and celebrate our many faces and varied ways. People from all over the world can now collaborate on countless projects to "build the earth," in the words of Teilhard de Chardin. Knowledge can be shared across borders and all can be simultaneously learners and teachers. From the perspective of cyberspace the world of communication and human relationships is as much one as the physical earth is when viewed from outer space. But unity does not mean uniformity and genuine globalization does not mean loss of what is best in a culture's tradition; it means enrichment, healing, cross-fertilization, and growth. It means that all human beings can finally begin to see themselves as members of one big, sprawling, diverse, noisy, argumentative, but ultimatly caring and mutually supportive family.

 

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