Some of the early members of SweetWood Temenos (SWT) were Midwest Scions of the Church of All Worlds (CAW). The group called themselves the ‘Upper Mississippi Valley & Great Lakes Scion Council’. These Scions met together in the mid 1990s and explored the meaning of being in a ‘church of all worlds’ ... (?)
Eventually, they came to understand that a ‘church of all worlds’ is a diverse vision of religions, that can be rooted in some common quintessential VALUES. A church based on Values (instead of on just traditional or religious doctrine and practices) was a novel idea to them at the time. These Scions came to an agreement on 5 essential Values. These values have been variously described as:
(1) Deep Friendship
(2) Self Knowledge
(3) Positive Sexuality
(4) Attunement with Nature
(5) Diversity, including religious pluralism & a belief in Immanent Divinity
Others were inspired to be part of both a diverse & religious organization that is rooted in these 5 values. We welcome those from many religious and spiritual paths. Atheists and agnostics are welcome too!
“The common ground of religious practice are love, compassion, forgiveness,
tolerance, contentment, and self-discipline."
So we build harmony on mutual respect, Mutual learning, and Mutual admiration.”
Dalai Lama–September 16 2016 at EU Parliament”