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|The Temple of Understanding was founded in 1960 by
Juliet Hollister, a housewife who had a peanut butter sandwich lunch
with a friend and shared her vision of a world in which the many
religious traditions of today would come together in dialogue rather
than conflict. Her idea, though simple, was so powerful that
humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer in the Congo and former First
Lady Eleanor Roosevelt soon became her advocates.
|She founded The Temple of Understanding, which Mrs.
Roosevelt helped launch, to promote understanding among the world's
religions, to recognize the oneness of the human family and to
achieve "A Spiritual United Nations." But how was someone with no
degree in comparative religions going to promote such an idea? One
evening she brought this question to her beloved husband, a New York
Attorney, and to her surprise his answer changed her life. "Have you
prayed about it?" he asked. |
||Just days later Juliet Hollister was at a dinner
party and met a cousin of Eleanor Roosevelt's who promised to
introduce her to the Great Lady. When Juliet showed Mrs. Roosevelt
the architect's plans of a building with wings representing the
world's religions, libraries for learning and a central pool and
flame for meditation and prayer, she saw the power of the vision
immediately. "You must meet religious and political leaders from
around the world. I will write letters of introduction for you," she
told her astonished guest. She wrote as an endorsement for the
project, "May this greatly needed Temple of Understanding come into
realization soon, for our world surely needs the inspiration and
leadership of such a 'Spiritual United Nations.'"
|That year, Juliet and her young son Dickerman, age
11, set out around the world to enlist support from such luminaries
as President Nassar, Anwar-el Sadat, President Nehru, Pope John
XXIII, and Albert Schweitzer who wrote back, "Come at once and I
will send a canoe." The response was overwhelming. "My hopes and
prayers are with you in the realization of the great Temple of
Understanding, which has a profound significance ... The Spirit
burns in many flames," Dr. Schweitzer wrote in the travel log.
|In the December 1962 issue of Life Magazine, the
feature article was about Juliet Hollister's "Wonderful Obsession"
to draw people together to build a movement embracing all faiths.
The organization received approximately 10,000 dollars in currencies
from all over the world. It seemed that the idea to achieve
understanding and harmony among the people of the world's religions
had a universal appeal. Thus the first grassroots movement of
international interfaith work in North America by a
non-denominational organization was begun.