|The "Touch of the Divine"
A Symbol of Universal Interfaith
and the Interspiritual movements
|The symbol of the Universal Interfaith community (abbreviated as "UnI" and pronounced "You and
I") is the "Touch of the Divine." It is a representation of mankind's relationship to the Holy.
The Touch of the Divine was a gift to all "humanity." It is represented by the golden circle at the
center that is called the "darshan" which is Sanskrit for "glimpse of the Divine." The symbol is that
of a Holy touch on a pool of still water.
Like a ripple radiating out from the touch is the first wave of individual human spirituality which
goes in every direction and is represented by the silver circle, called the Ruhollah ("Spirit of God"
in Arabic). It is our individual spirituality that brings us closest to the Divine. Our individual
spirituality is unique to us and a gift that must be nurtured for a lifetime.
As this "wave" travelled the world reaching outward, humans formed many different religions
represented by the bronze circle, called the Ecclesia ("church" in Greek). This is a completed
"Touch of the Divine" symbol which depicts the levels of divinity, spirituality, and religion.
The space between the Ruhollah and the Ecclesia represents the many different ways that mankind
has organized into religions and it describes an infinite number of spiritual paths.
One variation of this symbol places a horizon line through the center. This line separates the solid
and air above the horizon from the reflection on the water below the horizon. This symbolizes the
idea that faith is both reality-based and mystical. The picture of the bridge is also important to UnI.
But there is another use for the "horizon lines." They show the path for humans to come closer to
According to a 7th century monastic, people are standing furtherest apart when they are on the
bronze circle of religion. It is only when they walk down the horizon lines towards the Divine, that
they get closer to each other....
Smoley, Richard, Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition. Boston: Shambala Press,
2002, pp 5-6.
What links will help me understand UnI or other views of
Order of Universal Interfaith (OUnI)
Council of Interfaith Congregations of the United States (CICUS)
World Council of Interfaith Congregations (WCIC)
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For questions about the "Touch of the Divine" symbol and Interfaith contact:
|These are examples of actual pendants using the Touch of the Divine symbol. The first is the
symbol with the horizon line. The second example places the symbol over the Christian cross.
Other religious symbols can be used with the Touch of the Divine since it stands for all symbols.
All physical manifestations reflect the image of the person looking at it since that person is the
real "Touch of the Divine" in the world.
Jewelry made by "Jewelry Designs by Melissa Dent" in Occaquan, Virginia
|Dr. Huston Smith, author of the
most widely used book on the
religions of the world titled,
"The World's Religions" wearing
his Touch-of-the-Divine pin in