CLONES I am not a “clone” and I certainly have no interest in supporting a religion where clones are born and bred. I've spent my entire adult life searching for spiritual truth through exploring my dreams: waking up 10, 12 times a night, night after night to write them down. Thinking about and studying them. Using them as the basis for books I am writing about God and the soul. I brought my dream-inspired art, poetry and music to hip hop clubs, progressive religious establishments and the occasional gallery. I sang them, I spoke them and sometimes I found the strength to “act” them. For instance there was a period when I visited various churches and explained to the people I met there that I considered myself both a Jew and a Christian because I needed both to be whole. I joined Bible study groups and Jewish havurim where I could share my dreams about religious unity and mystical truth. Once I even crashed a lecture being offered by a Jewish humanist rabbi whose argument for a version of Judaism without God deeply offended me. “Shame!” I cried, intent on calling him out for what I considered to be his atheistic blasphemy. Sometimes my little protests and timid evangelical preachment brought me in touch with like-minded souls, and sometimes it got me kicked out of lecture halls or brought me into conflict with defenders of the status quo. Many people in the "liberal church" talk the talk of "Jesus' Radical Inclusivity," of "God's Radical Hospitality and Grace," but when it comes to extending that inclusivity beyond the Christian frame, they dare not walk the radical walk. Many people in the progressive Jewish community campaign for better and more interfaith relations but cringe at the idea of a universal religion based not in the uniqueness of a single prophet, the superiority of a single scripture or the chosen-ness of a single people but in the oneness of humanity as a whole. I don't fit in at the synagogue because although my background is Jewish, I believe that Jesus talks to me in my dreams. I don't fit in at the church because; at least in certain fundamental respects the Jesus I meet in my dreams is not the Jesus of the Christian gospel. I don't really fit in anywhere, except the House of We. I've made certain sacrifices so that I could lead the life of the spiritual seeker, and the idea that as one who believes in the concept of religious unity I would advocate a philosophy of conformity or sameness misses the mark. It is precisely because I have tried to follow my own path that I feel a certain kinship with those individualistic persons who fail to understand what the House of We concept is about, its purpose and its mission. On the one hand I believe their fears are mostly unfounded. On the other, I believe that they are right to retain a certain amount of skepticism. Finding and maintaining the balance between unity and diversity in the structure of a world religion will undoubtedly prove a daunting challenge and we will need people who have their antennae up to help us purify our positions and avoid the pitfalls inherent in such a quest. For the record I do not support the idea that the differences between peoples and beliefs are insignificant or irrelevant. Nor do I advocate the establishing of a false consciousness or group-mind based upon the syncretistic ideology of the House. I do not believe that our differences should be swept under the rug, that it is bad to believe different things, or, on the other hand that all differences are bridgeable for which reason I do not suggest that everyone: atheists, satanists, maltheists and scientologists for instance, will be equally at home or able to participate equally in the working of the house as I imagine it. Everyone will be welcome but not everyone will belong in the same way because the House of We is based upon a unified religious point of view grounded in a subtle understanding of the great spiritual teachings. Accordingly, the House of We is not really the place for religious fundamentalists or secular humanists because they hold a very different vision. While I deeply believe we need to build a "community house" on a global scale, and that there are some things, spiritual things like the ones described in the dream, as well as moral or political things like stopping climate change or working for world peace and economic justice we can only do as a unified global force, I decline to take the position that everyone should be a part of the house of we regardless of what they believe, or that everyone should give up the other "houses" to which they belong and "submit" to it in an exclusive fashion. Finally, I do not believe that uniformity and conformity are the prerequisites of world harmony and peace. The prerequisites of world harmony and peace are self-knowledge, self-acceptance, empathy, forgiveness, compassion and grace. These are the attributes the House of We will champion.
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