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We think that the time is coming for a diversity of colleagues to come together intentionally, visibly, and practically on behalf of global integration (GI). GI put simply is how we skillfully integrate our lives and values on behalf of the issues facing humanity. Likewise we think that the time is coming for colleagues to carefully reflect and act on what it means to be good global learners-practitioners--to seriously consider what it means to be what we are calling global integrators (GI-People).
We think that it is not necessary to downplay the central place of faith in our life and work. Nor do we need to primarily refer to our spiritual commitments, motivations, and affiliations in generic (and safer?) terms like being “faith-based”—e.g., “I am and my organization is faith-based.” After all, there are about 6.5 billion humans that claim allegiance to some religion—by far the majority of humanity. So why not simply say, ‘I am a Muslim” or “I am a Hindu” or “I am a Christian” etc? That would make life a lot simpler. It’s also about respecting all people in all our diversity—acknowledging deeply our commitment to human dignity and worth and the common good.