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Resources (Organizations and Websites)

Some of the present organizations and websites are spiritual and/ or religious, some associated with social work specifically, some social work-related. We seek to include a range of perspectives and disciplines, with particular emphasis on social work.


  • Association for Global New Thought: "Planetary healing through self-realization and spiritually-motivated activism is the new promise of these teachings."
  • Association of Oncology Social Work
  • The Arlington Institute: "Non-profit research institute that specializes in thinking about global futures and trying to influence rapid, positive change. We encourage systemic, non-linear approaches to planning and believe that effective thinking about the future is enhanced by applying newly emerging technology. Therefore, we strive to be agents of change by creating intellectual frameworks & tool-sets for understanding the transition in which we are living."
  • ASOS (A Society of Souls): Founded by Buddhist Dharma teacher and modern kabbalist Jason Shulman; "all ASOS programs explore the essential nature of the unitive state, which integrates the healthy human ego into its proper relationship with the nonpersonal transcendent reality. It is from our awakening to this understanding that we become capable of living a truly human life. A Society of Souls devotes itself to the mission that healing even one person is healing a universe."
  • BeliefNet: A cornucopia of information on many religions and spiritual life in general.
  • Bruderhof Forgiveness Guide: Well-organized website including articles, personal testimonials, free downloadable ebooks, and guides to different forgiveness sites. "The Bruderhof Forgiveness Guide is a service offered by the Bruderhof Communities, an international movement of intentional communities committed to promoting nonviolence, forgiveness and reconciliation in personal relationships, neighborhoods, societies, and among peoples and nations. To learn more about who we are and why we live together, visit the Bruderhof website."
  • Canadian Society for Spirituality and Social Work: The CSSSW is a national society of social work educators, practitioners, and students focused on integrating spirituality into the profession of social work.  With the U.S. SSSW, the Canadian Society co-hosts an annual North American conference on spirituality and social work.
  • Center for Human Emergence: "We are creating an organization that will facilitate large-scale global change within a decade—something that has never been done before. What is required is a comprehensive, overarching, planetary vision"; Don Beck, John Petersen, Ken Wilber, Ichak Adizes, Teddy Larsen, and Howard Bloom are key personnel here.
  • Center for Nonviolent Communication: "A global organization whose vision is a world where everyone’s needs are met peacefully."
  • Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking: "The Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking provides technical assistance, training, and research in support of restorative justice practice. The Center works with practitioners, policy makers, and students at local, regional, national, and international levels."
  • Cordoba Initiative: "A multi-faith effort employing education and civil dialogue to increase intercultural communication and tolerance, stimulate fresh approaches to achieving peace, and assist in healing the relationship between the Muslim World and the West."
  • Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions: "The mission of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions is to cultivate harmony between the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its other guiding institutions in order to achieve a peaceful, just, and sustainable world."
    See also: 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions

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  • This website on unconditional love has considerable information and links concerning forgiveness.
  • Independent Mediation Assistance Program (IMAP): A model program initiated under Bishop Hubbard and funded by the Diocese of Albany. It is administrated by retired Appeals Court Judge Howard Levine, who has contracted with the New York State Dispute Resolution Association for services. These services address the needs of persons abused as minors by priests or deacons of the Dicese of Albany.
  • Institute for Radical Forgiveness: "Our goal is to train as many people as possible to be able to articulate the principles of Radical Forgiveness to others in a simple and clear way so that more and more people have the opportunity to raise their vibration and shift their consciousness towards an alignment with spiritual principle. We have recognized also, that this is a way to create world peace."
  • Institute for Research on Unconditional Love
  • Integral Institute: "partial and fragmented approaches need to be replaced by solutions that are more comprehensive, systematic, encompassing—and integral. “ Ken Wilber is president of this organization.
  • Integral World: Exploring Theories of Everything This website contains articles by Ken Wilber and related to his work, including criticisms.
  • Interfaith Working Group: Religion and Social Issues by Tradition This website has links to a large number of faith traditions.
  • International Fellowship of Reconciliation: Oldest international non-governmental peace and inter-faith organization in the world.
  • International Symposium on Spirituality and Social Work

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  • Ken Wilber: His web page at his publisher’s site is a cornucopia of articles, interviews—and links to books, etc.
  • Kosmos Journal: Edited by Nancy B. Roof, with extensive United Nations NGO experience. the focus is on spiritually and integrally informed explorations and solutions to planetary matters.
  • Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: One of many Gandhi websites.
  • Natural Spirituality: The philosophical-spiritual path of Ostad Elahi, open to everyone.
  • North American Association of Christians in Social Work
  • NVC Consulting: "The Spiral Dynamics People" Chris Cowan’s and Natasha Todorovic’s site. It has links to articles by Clare Graves, who developed the theory originally, and it also has interesting theory and research critical of some assertions by Ken Wilber.

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  • Season for Nonviolence: "Compassionate Activism for Global Healing."
  • Society for Spirituality and Social Work: The SSSW is a U.S. based, international association of educators, practitioners, and students focused on integrating spirituality within the profession.  With the Canadian SSSW, the Society co-hosts an annual North American conference on spirituality and social work. 
  • Spiral Dynamics: This is the webpage for the book by Beck and Cowan, as well as the jumping-off page for their respective organizations and websites.
  • The Spiral Dynamics Group: This is Don Beck’s Spiral Dynamics integral (Sdi) site.
  • Spiritual Diversity and Social Work Resource Center: Maintained with detailed descriptions by Dr. Ed Canda, founder of the U.S. Society for Spirituality and Social Work, and co-author of The Heart of Helping: Spiritual Diversity in Social Work Practice.
  • Spirituality Websites: Links to many organizations from the webpages of the School of Social Work Library at the University of Wisconsin--Madison
  • Synthesis Dialogues: These are part of an interfaith dialogue which has included HH the Dalai Lama. Foci include facilitating spiritual awakening, interfaith understanding, global consciousness transformation.
  • Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program Information and Resource Center: "Victim-Offender Mediation Programs (VOMP), also known as Victim-Offender Reconciliation Programs (VORP) bring offenders face-to-face with the victims of their crimes with the assistance of a trained mediator, usually a community volunteer."
  • Victim Offender Reconciliation Program of the Central Valley, Inc.: Located in Fresno, CA, this organization has a website rich with restorative justice and reconciliation links.
  • Websites on Sociology of Religion: Links to many sociology of religion sites and pages from Sociology 265: Religion, Culture, and Society at St. Olaf College

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Websites Associated with Particular Faiths

You may want to follow links through interfaith organizations such as Fellowship of Reconciliation, International fellowship of Reconciliation, Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, and Interfaith Working Group: Religion and Social Issues by Tradition.

Since there are many websites associated with faith-based social services, and many are local, it has been a somewhat arbitrary choice of which websites to list. You are welcome to recommend particular websites for inclusion. Please contact David Kerrigan.


  • Buddhist Peace Fellowship: "The mission of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF), founded in 1978, is to serve as a catalyst and agent for socially engaged Buddhism. Our aim is to help beings liberate themselves from the suffering that manifests in individuals, relationships, institutions, and social systems. BPF's programs, publications, and practice groups link Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion with progressive social change."
  • Engaged Buddhism Resources
  • Sarvodaya Shramadana

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  • see: Islamic

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Recommended Reading

Some of the present books and articles are spiritual and/ or religious, some integral or integrally informed, some associated with social work specifically, some social work-related. We seek to include a range of perspectives and disciplines, with particular emphasis on social work, spirituality, and integral theory.

Addams, J. (2002). The Jane Addams reader, J. B. Elshtain, Ed. New York: Basic Books.

Beck, D. E., & Cowan, C. C. (1998). Spiral dynamics: Mastering values, leadership, and change.  Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.

Benor, D. J. (2002). Spiritual healing: Scientific validation of a healing revolution: Professional supplement. Southfield, MI: Vision.

Bullis, R. (1996). Spirituality in social work practice. Bristol, PA: Taylor & Francis.

Canda, E. R. (Ed.) (1998). Spirituality and social work: New directions. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Pastoral Press.

Canda, E. R., & Furman, L. D. (1999). Spiritual diversity in social work: The heart of helping. New York: Free Press.

Canda, E. R., Nakashima, M., Burgess, V. L., Russel, R., & Barfield, S. T. (2003). Spiritual diversity and social work: A comprehensive bibiolography (2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: Council on Social work Education.

Canda, E. R., & Smith, E. D. (Eds.). (2001). Transpersonal perspectives on spirituality in social work. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press.

Cowley, A. S. (1996). Transpersonal social work. In F. J. Turner (Ed.), Social work treatment: Interlocking theoretical approaches (4 th ed.) (pp. 663-698). New York: The Free Press.

Gandhi, M. K. (1980). All men are brothers: Life and thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi as told in his own words. K. Kripalani (Ed.). New York: Continuum.

Hawkins, D. R. (2001a). Power vs. force. W. Sedona, AZ: Veritas.

Hawkins, D. R. (2001b). The eye of the I: From which nothing is hidden. W. Sedona, AZ: Veritas.

Hawkins, D. R. (2003). I: Reality and subjectivity. W. Sedona, AZ: Veritas.

Hodge, D. (2002). Conceptualizing spirituality in social work: How the metaphysical beliefs of social workers may foster bias toward theistic consumers. Social Thought, 21(1), 39-61.

James, W. (1985). The varieties of religious experience. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. (Original work published 1902)

Judah, E. H., & Bryant, M. (Eds.). (2004). Criminal justice: Retribution vs. restoration. New York: Haworth Press.

Kornfield, J. (1993). A path with heart. New York: Bantam.

Kornfield, J. (1994). Forgiveness meditation: Letting go of the pain of the past. Originally appearing in Mothering (Fall 1994). Available on the Web:

Kornfield, J. (2001). After the ecstasy, the laundry: How the heart grows wise on the spiritual path. New York: Bantam.

Lowenberg, F. (1988). Religion and social work practice in contemporary American society. New York: Columbia University Press.

Koenig, H. G. (Ed.). (1998). Handbook of religion and mental health. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Koenig, H. G., McCullough, M. E., & Larson, D. B. (2001). Handbook of religion and health. New York: Oxford University.

Maslow, A. (1971). The farther reaches of human nature. New York: Viking Press.

McCullough, M. E., Pargament, K. I., & Thoresen, C. E. (Eds.). (2000). Forgiveness: Theory, research, and practice. New York: Guilford.

Muller, W. (1992). Legacy of the heart: The spiritual advantages of a painful childhood. New York: Fireside.

Post, S. G. (2003). Unlimited love: Altruism, compassion, and service. Philadelphia, PA: Templeton Foundation.

Rauf, F. A. (2004). What’s right with Islam: A new vision for Muslims and the West. New York: Harper SanFrancisco.

Robbins, S. P., Chatterjee, P., & Canda, E. R. (1998). Contemporary human behavior theory: A critical perspective for social work. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Rosenberg, M. B. (2003). The heart of social change: How to make a difference in your world. Encinitas, CA: PuddleDancer.

Satin, M. I. (2004). Radical middle: The politics we need now. Boulder, CO: Westview Press / Perseus Books Group

Scales, T. L., Wolfer, T. A., Sherwood, D. A., Garland, D. R., Hugen, B., & Pittman, S. W. (Eds.). (2002). Spirituality and religion in social work practice: Decision cases with teaching notes. Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education.

Smith, H. (1991). The world’s religions. New York: Harper San Francisco.

Tolstoy, L. (1960). The kingdom of God and peace essays. London: Oxford University (Original works published 1893, 1894, and 1906)

Underhill, E. (1991). Mysticism (12 th ed). Original work (1 st ed) published 1911.

Walsh, R. (1999). Essential spirituality. The 7 central practices to awaken heart and mind. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Walsh, R., & Vaughan, F. (Eds.) (1993). Paths beyond ego. Los Angeles: J. P. Tarcher.

Wilber, K. (2000a). Integral psychology. Boston: Shambhala.

Wilber, K. (2000b). A theory of everything. Boston: Shambhala.

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