February 2015 Announcements
The Institute has two important announcements for you this month:
First, we are sponsoring a worldwide essay competition for youth from 12 to 22 years of age to address our Institute’s 7th big question: How can the major spiritualities and religions of the world come to abide in their various conceptualizations of Unlimited Love, and practice love for all humanity rather than merely for those who adhere to a particular set of beliefs? Young people are growing up in a time when the world is challenged by a religious violence antithetical to the spirit of Unlimited Love that underlies all the great religions and upon which all valid images of a good and spiritual life converge. We are asking young people to help solve this problem by offering to the world their most creative ideas. We hope to be able to make an award on a monthly basis over two or three years, and to collect these essays for distinguished publication as an edited volume with a major trade press. In the meanwhile, they will be featured on the website. I also am approaching the United Nations for support in bringing all these young essayists together there for an event with world leaders.
Second, I am announcing the call for applications for the David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality, housed at the Library of Congress, and encourage you to apply. Dave was one my best friends for a decade before he died in 2002. I can never forget the day when his wife Susan and I went to the Library of Congress and met with Dr. James Billington, Librarian of Congress, to commemorate Dave with an endowed research chair in his name in the John W. Kluge Center. Since then, many of the leaders of research in this field have held the Larson Chair. Please apply if interested. Conducting full time research on-site at the Library of Congress, the fellowship provides an opportunity for a period of 6 to 12 months of concentrated use of the collections of the Library of Congress, through full-time residency in the Library’s John W. Kluge Center. A stipend of $4,200 per month supports the Fellow.
Apply for the Larson Fellowship by visiting:
The application deadline is April 17, 2015.
Finally, we offer you my recent essay published on BIG QUESTIONS.COM entitled “Is it Good to be Good?” and a new History of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love covering its 14-year history of accomplishments on four continents.
Thanks very much. Our newsletters are now offered monthly, on or about the 21st day of the month.
Stephen G. Post, Ph.D.