[gha] Re: My personal curriculum + Its development

  • From: Leo Semashko <leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Harry Gensler <harrygensler@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2013 16:02:10 +0400

Dear Harry,

First, I am happy to congratulate you on the publication this year of your 
great book: Ethics and the Golden Rule, Routledge, 2013, which will become the 
mandatory textbook for the GHA CIHE, along with the ABC of Harmony of GHA, The 
Coming Interspiritual Age, Kurt and David and similar books .

Second, Thank you very much for your profound letter with a sketch of your 
curriculum, which is interesting to all members of the GHA, so I am sending it 
to all. Your course, I now propose to title as: "Ethics and the Golden Rule of 
Interfaith Harmony in the 21st Century." This title concretizes and develops 
your book title and meets scientific approach to interfaith harmony. Do you 
agree with this title?

Third, please, let me, using the ideas of your letter and your new book, offer 
the version of your curriculum in tabular form below. As soon as you will send 
me your final version of this curriculum, so it will be immediately included in 
the CIHE program in New York. Please, correct the table and send it to us.

Fourth, your book and the corresponding learning course allow making it as 
fundamental in CIHE for three years. Do you agree with this?

Fifth, your great intellectual contribution to interfaith harmony allows us to 
pose the question of creating GHA CIHE in your University, in Cleveland, under 
your leadership, based on the GHA relevant project with your fundamental 
course. What do you think of this idea? Are you ready to lead the GHA CIHE in 
Cleveland? That would be wonderful in the extreme, if you agreed to it. 

If you accept this role and mission in principle, the details will be discussed 

With love, best harmony wishes,


Dr Leo Semashko:
State  Councillor  of  St.  Petersburg,
Philosopher, Sociologist and Peacemaker from Harmony;
Director:  Tetrasociology Public Institute, Russia;
Founding President, Global Harmony Association (GHA);
Director, GHA Website "Peace from Harmony": www.peacefromharmony.org
World Interfaith Harmony Project on the ABC of Harmony Base:
GHA Program Book, The ABC of Harmony:
P/Web page: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=253;
Address: 7/4-42 Ho-Shi-Min Street, St. Petersburg 194356, Russia
Phone: 7 (812) 597-65-71; Skype: leo.semahko
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/leo.semashko?ref=tn_tnmn

Rev. Dr. Harry Gensler
Ethics and the Golden Rule of Interfaith Harmony in the 21st Century 
The curriculum of GHA CIHE fundamental advanced course on 384 hours for 3 
years, 128 h. every year
April 14, 2013

Topics of the Lectures and Seminars/Workshops 
Lectures/ Workshops
Time in a/hours 
Golden Rule Reasoning as the irrevocable, unconditional norm for all areas of 
life in social harmony
Religion and History. Golden Rule Interpretations in 13 World Religions: Key 
Internal Harmonious Potential of World Religions for Interfaith Harmony
Application and Development of the Golden Rule for interfaith harmony
1. Hans Küng (Germany) and the second Parliament of the World's Religions (1993)
2. Paul McKenna (Canada, Scarboro Mission): poster showing Golden Rule in 13 
world religions 
3. Mussie Hailu (Ethopia): promotion of Golden Rule across Africa
4. Important Role of Organizations like the United Nations, United Religions 
Initiative, Parliament of World Religions  and Global Harmony Association in 
the Golden Rule Promotion
Golden Rule and the ABC of Harmony for social and interfaith harmony in 
harmonious civilization of the 21st century 
Interfaith Harmonious Education on a scientific basis of the ABC of Harmony as 
a new principle for Global Ethics
Protection 2 coursework and degree work at the course end 

Exam on the course at the end of each year

TOTAL: Lectures - 182 hours; Seminars - 182 hours; Total ? 364 hours. 
Note. The number of hours of lectures and seminars can shrink and grow as it is 
Main manuals: 
Harry Gensler. Ethics and the Golden Rule, Routledge, 2013
Leo Semashko and GHA 75 coauthors from 26 countries. The ABC of Harmony for 
World Peace, Harmonious Civilization and Tetranet Thinking, Delhi, 2012 
Kurt Johnson, David Ord. The Coming Interspiritual Age. Namaste Publishing, 2013


----- Original Message -----
  From: Harry Gensler, harrygensler@xxxxxxxxx
  To: leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx
  Sent: 13 ?????? 2013 ?., 20:18:23
  Subject: My personal curriculum

While I cannot give a complete curriculum on global harmony, I can sketch a 
segment on the golden rule (GR): "Treat others as you want to be treated." I am 
a GR expert: I did a masters thesis and doctoral dissertation (philosophy) on 
GR, many articles and parts of a dozen books, a prominent GR Web page 
(http://www.harryhiker.com/gr), and a recent comprehensive GR book (Ethics and 
the Golden Rule, Routledge, 2013). I suggest that the GR segment, which could 
go anywhere from an hour or two to several weeks or longer, cover these topics:
(1) Hans Küng (Germany) and the second Parliament of the World's Religions 
(1993). For the first time, representatives of the world's religions formally 
agree on a global ethic, and one that calls GR "the irrevocable, unconditional 
norm for all areas of life." 
(2) Paul McKenna (Canada) created a poster showing GR in 13 world religions; 
each participant should get a copy. McKenna has done much to promote GR and 
interfaith unity. (http://www.scarboromissions.ca/Golden_rule)
(3) Mussie Hailu (Ethopia) has done much to promote GR across Africa and across 
the world, and is especially important in organizations like the United 
Religions Initiative and the United Nations.
(4) A further in-depth treatment of GR in the religions of the world, 
emphasizing common themes.
(5) Some discussion on GR itself: how to apply it, how not to misapply it, its 
strengths and weaknesses, and how to respond to objections (this is important 
because many think that GR is unclear and leads to absurdities when we try to 
express it more carefully).
For (1) to (4), I suggest Chapter 3 and 5 of my GR book; Chapter 5 is online 
(on my GR Web page, click "chronology" at the top). For (5), I suggest Chapter 
1 or 2 of my GR book, or at least my GR Stories page (on my GR Web page, click 
"stories" at the top). The rest of my GR book is also a useful resource and 
gives many further references (of which I especially recommend Jeff Wattles's 
book, The Golden Rule, Oxford, 1996).
Harry Gensler
Professor of philosophy at John Carroll University (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Catholic priest (Jesuit)

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