Organizations & Resources
The American Philosophical Association promotes the discipline and profession of philosophy, both within the academy and in the public arena. The APA supports the professional development of philosophers at all levels and works to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the value of philosophical inquiry.
A world-wide, non-affiliated community of social work educators, researchers, theoreticians and practitioners interested in exploring existing and potential expressions and applications of what might loosely be called postmodern thought, in particular the confluence of perspectives termed social construction
The Taos Institute is a community of scholars and practitioners concerned with the social processes essential for the construction of reason, knowledge, and human value.
This is a comprehensive site that offers info on Buddhism and Buddhist practices (e.g. meditation), networking opportunities, as well as involvement in social programs (e.g. hospice).
A national social service provider for individuals in need. Examples of programs include Adoption Awareness, an HIV/AIDS Outreach Project, and HUD Housing Counseling Program. This site offers information on JustFaith program--which allows parishoneers ot study and be informed by the justice tradition inherent in the Scriptures. In addition, it offers information on the National Senior Service Corps--a program that promotes seniors to volunteer their time. This site also offers networking opportunities, information on national advocacy efforts, as well as information on program development, training and technical assistance.
This site offers information on The Catholic Worker Movement, a movement founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin that provides service to the homeless and hungary and asks it members to ground this service in a commitment to nonviolence, voluntary poverty and prayer.
This site offers national and international directories of Buddhist Associations, Monasteries, and Practice Centers, online libraries, Dharma Centers & Practice Groups, as well as service opportunites.
Seeks to support local, national, and international networks regarding peace and justice issues through resource provision and political advocacy. This site contains information on issues concerning peace and justice, criminal justice, environmental stewardship, government relations, peace ministries, social justice, economic justice, social responsibilities in investments, global poverty and other international social issues.
The Institute of Interfaith Dialog is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to help bring together the communities in order to promote compassion, cooperation, partnership and community service through interfaith dialog and conversation. The institute is dedicated to encouraging the study of the global communities' spiritual traditions from the vantage point of respect, accuracy, and appreciation.
ISNA is an association of Muslim organizations and individuals. This is an extensive site that offers networking of centers, outreach programs to foster good relations with other religious communities and civic service organizations, an online library, conferences, services (e.g. domestic violence, care for the aged).
This is an example of a Jewish-based social service agency. It provides adoption resources, relationship support, aid for people with disabilities, and an interfaith resource center.
This is an example of a Jewish-based social service agency. Its initiatives include domestic abuse and family counseling, exceptional needs and older adult services, refugee resettlement, and job placement.
Home of the John Templeton Foundation, established in 1987 to examinie the importance of the moral and spiritual dimensions of life. The F oundation funds scholarly programs that study the relationship between science and religion, spirituality and health, character development, and free enterprise. Amongst other things, this site serves as a repository for research findings and articles from the popular press on the link between prayer and health and provides sample course descriptions for classes focused upon the connections between science and religion.
This is an extensive site listing the many projects that Lutheran services is undertaking. It offers news, events, networks, job opportuinites, and a list of services in your area.
This is an extensive site that offers information concerning global health issues and projects undertaken on these issues. It provides many examples on how one can become involved in these global issues.
This website acts as a clearing house for many social health issues that are important to Christians. Founded in 1950, it is an organization promoting ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States. It is comprised of 36 Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox member denominations. This site offers many opportunities for becoming involved in political advocacy efforts to promote social health issues.
The Samaritan Ministry, founded in 1972, is a partnership of the Samaritan Institute and affiliated Samaritan Centers. Each year Samaritan Centers provide about 500,000 hours of outpatient counseling, education, and consultation from almost 500 offices in 34 states and in Japan. Samaritan Centers provide outpatient counseling for individuals, couples, families, and groups; educational programs; and consultation for individuals and organizations. One of the hallmarks of this ministry is "a belief in the close relationship and balance of body, mind, spirit, and community and that optimal health involves all four." All Centers use a team approach that combines the special talents of therapists, clergy, and physicians to achieve a holistic perspective in the treatment and care of clients.
This site offers information on issues of child advocacy, environmental justice, criminal justice, and health ministries. It offers many resources related to these issues as well as notices of yearly conferences concerning these issues.
This site offers news and information concerning current social justice issues of concern, and provides advocacy opportunities for contributing toward advancing these concerns.
Religions for Peace is the largest international coalition of representatives from the world's great religions dedicated to promoting peace. Respecting religious differences while celebrating common humanity, Religions for Peace is active on every continent and in some of the most troubled areas of the world, creating multi-religious partnerships to confront our most dire issue: stopping war, ending poverty, and protecting the earth.