The Matheson Trust
Registered Charity Number: 284155
The Matheson Trust is an educational charity, it aims to educate the public about one of the most urgent issues of our times: the true nature of the relations between religions.
It can be said that we work along the agenda implied by Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, when he says that we need to “relate to each other from the heart of our lives of faith before God.”
Or by the Dalai Lama: “When meditation becomes an important part of your spiritual life... once this transformation has been achieved, then in following your own spiritual tradition, you will discover that a kind of natural humility will arise in you, allowing you to communicate better with people from other religious traditions and cultural backgrounds. You are in a better position to appreciate the values and preciousness of other traditions because you have seen this value from within your own tradition.”
Our Trust promotes the study of comparative religion by supporting and undertaking publications and activities which elucidate the philosophical, metaphysical, cosmological and aesthetic dimensions of the great religious traditions of the world.
Comparative studies are a thriving discipline, and so are interfaith initiatives of all kinds. What The Matheson Trust stands for, perhaps uniquely, is for an interiorising approach to both fields of action: furthering and disseminating comparative studies and interfaith initiatives in what they have of more profound and essential.
We publish academic papers insofar as they are related to a living spirituality, and we are ready to sponsor interfaith activities which promote a deeper understanding of the metaphysical commonalities between the different religions. As these commonalities are most evident in the mystical traditions of each of the faiths, our studies tend to focus on the saints, philosophers and artists of the various faiths.
We do not promote any school of thought, but we would rather allow the hearts of all traditions, their deepest voices, to speak through our channels.
The Matheson Trust
56 Gloucester Road
Phone: 01223 420 160
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