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Banners in support of UCSB Reads

Posted by UCSB Libraries on March 9, 2009

The set of colorful banners that you see in the library are on loan to us from the University Religious Conference of Santa Barbara (URC) and are being displayed as part of our UCSB Reads program.

The URC is a consortium of nine local religious organizations dedicated to the promotion of interfaith understanding in our community. The banners were created by Interfaith Students of UCSB and highlight passages from the spiritual texts and writing of eleven world religions. Each banner is devoted to a passage on a single moral or spiritual value inherent in all eleven traditions.

This year the UCSB Reads theme is Ethics. Beyond Ourselves. The book we have chosen for discussion is Ethics for the New Millennium by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The book is not so much a religious text as it is a commentary on ethics, respect, and social responsibility. Neither the library nor the UCSB Reads program is seeking to promote religion, or to endorse one religion over the other. Rather, we are taking this opportunity to open the doors to discussion about the ethical values and issues that shape our lives. We hope that these passages will prompt conversations about the humanity of our neighbors and the ethical issues that we all face daily. You may even find one of your values better expressed in a passage from a different tradition.

There are a number of ways in which you can contribute to the discussion. Please visit the UCSB Reads website or ask at the Reference Desk for more information.

We encourage your comments.

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