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The 2001 International Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter

The 2001 International Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter NEWS AND VIEWS Donald W. Mitchell Purdue University The 2001 International Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter was held at the Omni Severin Hotel in Indianapolis, May 3­6. For the past three encounters, the IBCTE has been looking at social and environmental problems and their economic causes. During those previous encounters, there has often been the suggestion that community building can be part of the solution to the kinds of social and environmental problems we were addressing. So, this year the IBCTE shifted its focus to the theme, "Re-creating Community in Light of Social and Environmental Violence." To prepare for this meeting, IBCTE members read Robert D. Putnam's Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. The first paper, entitled "Some Reflections about Community and Survival," was given by Rita M. Gross. Gross discussed the many causes for the declining "social capital": the absence of companionship, friendship, and community in American life. Her focus was on the historical reasons for the narrowing of social contact in America to work and the nuclear family. The work-and-consume pattern of modern life with its privatization and individualizing effects leaves little time for developing meaningful community roles outside the nuclear family. Social isolation is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

The 2001 International Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter

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NEWS AND VIEWS Donald W. Mitchell Purdue University The 2001 International Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter was held at the Omni Severin Hotel in Indianapolis, May 3­6. For the past three encounters, the IBCTE has been looking at social and environmental problems and their economic causes. During those previous encounters, there has often been the suggestion that community building can be part of the solution to the kinds of social and environmental problems we were addressing. So, this year the IBCTE shifted its focus to the theme, "Re-creating Community in Light of Social and Environmental Violence." To prepare for this meeting, IBCTE members read Robert D. Putnam's Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. The first paper, entitled "Some Reflections about Community and Survival," was given by Rita M. Gross. Gross discussed the many causes for the declining "social capital": the absence of companionship, friendship, and community in American life. Her focus was on the historical reasons for the narrowing of social contact in America to work and the nuclear family. The work-and-consume pattern of modern life with its privatization and individualizing effects leaves little time for developing meaningful community roles outside the nuclear family. Social isolation is

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Buddhist-Christian StudiesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Nov 8, 2002

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