Golden Rule Meditation Exercises
This resource contains 21 do-it-yourself meditation exercises featuring texts of the Golden Rule from various religions. These contemplative activities can be used with individuals or groups.
The Magic of the Golden Rule Project
The Golden Rule Project in Salt Lake City (USA) promotes the principle of the Golden Rule in schools and communities using story cards, posters, curriculum, bookmarks and tetraflexagons. One of the project’s most successful programs features the work of Steffan Soule, a professional magician, who teaches anti-bullying and the Golden Rule using magic. Here is a video of his work:
Golden Rule Videos Featuring Youth
This collection of short videos shows how young people understand and practice the Golden Rule in creative ways.
Golden Rule License Plate (Arizona, USA)
With the approval of state authorities, auto license plates bearing a Golden Rule message, have been available to the people of Arizona since 2007. The plate is a project of the Arizona Interfaith Movement (AIFM). The colorful license plate, which can be found on vehicles throughout Arizona, features a golden sun casting its rays as it rises above the Grand Canyon. A saguaro cactus sits on the right side of the plate. The word “Arizona” is inscribed at the top of the plate and the words “Live the Golden Rule” at the bottom. AIFM sees the license plate as a travelling billboard which encourages individuals, communities and schools to practise the Golden Rule. For more information, check this link:
A Chronological History of the Golden Rule
This chronological history of the Golden Rule is authored by Dr. Harry Gensler S.J., one of the top Golden Rule scholars in the world. This amazing 30-page document chronicles the history of the Golden Rule from ancient to modern times. Essentially, the paper charts the ethical history of humanity through the lens of the Golden Rule. This chronology is an ideal teaching tool with the capacity to reach a multitude of diverse audiences. It also has interfaith content.
Golden Rule movie: Animating the Golden Rule
This DVD features students in several Toronto high schools embodying Golden Rule values by way of skits, artwork, music, movement and rap. The film eloquently demonstrates how character education can be engendered in young people using play, creativity and the arts. The movie is ideal as a complementary resource to this curriculum unit.
Running time: 23 minutes plus valuable DVD extras. Ideal for teachers, classrooms, and youth groups. To view the entire movie, click here: http://www.scarboromissions.ca/golden-rule/golden-rule-videos
Animating interfaith culture for 5,000 teenagers a year
This article profiles Scarboro Mission’s ground-breaking world religions workshop which reaches 5,000 high school students annually. Using the Golden Rule as a reference point, the workshop engenders character education in young people using play, creativity, meditation and the arts. To learn more, click here:
Golden Rule Curriculum (General)
This page on the Scarboro Missions website features a number of curriculum and curriculum-related resources including classroom curricula, art exercises, interactive resources, Golden Rule stories and videos featuring youth.
Golden Rule Curriculum # 1 A Rule Made of Gold
Using the logic of circles, rules, moral modeling and the Golden Rule, this curriculum inspires young people to become global citizens. The students’ learning experience is enriched through drama, art, music, group reflection, journaling and rap. The curriculum can be used in public schools, religious schools and youth organizations.
Golden Rule Curriculum # 2 A Basis for Morality and Ethics
This curriculum supports and challenges young people to appreciate ethical living through the application of the Golden Rule. The curriculum contains a history of the Golden Rule and a listing of Golden Rule expressions from the world’s many cultures. Students will be challenged by this curriculum’s many projects and activities including an exercise in applying the Golden Rule in difficult situations.
Golden Rule Curriculum #3 Arizona Golden Rule Educational Experiences (AGREE)
The AGREE curriculum contains a “Gold Standard” for interacting with others, while addressing high academic standards for all grade levels in Arizona schools (USA). Particularly in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics with opportunities for the arts and the development of critical thinking skills. Read more…
Golden Rule Curriculum #4
These two curricula, Living the Golden Rule and Understanding the Golden Rule, are part of the Applied Wisdom section of Wikiversity. These curricula provide individuals with a useful resource for self-study. They also contain lots of ideas and exercises for teachers in schools, youth groups, universities and adult education programs. In addition, these resources address apparent contradictions and criticisms of the Golden Rule. Although some sections of these curricula are marked as needing more editing, and a few sections are not yet complete, one can rely on the quality of this material, because this course was developed in cooperation with Professor Harry Gensler, a noted American expert on the Golden Rule.
Golden Rule Art Activity & Lesson Plan
What would the world be like if every person lived according to the Golden Rule? In this art exercise, young people are invited to envision a world in which every person lives according to the Golden Rule. Next, they are asked to depict what they have imagined or envisioned by creating a piece of art. We at Scarboro Missions have found this exercise to be very helpful in supporting young people to imagine and create a world characterized by cooperation, social justice, non-violence and a sustainable environment.
Rotating Golden Rule texts in 13 Religions (slide series)
This slide series program is an excellent educational resource for youth and adult audiences and can be used in classrooms, workshops, retreats and prayer/meditation experiences. Ideal for projecting on a wall screen before or during an educational event. As each of 13 Golden Rule texts rotates before the eyes of the viewers, the audience is provided with a reflective, informative and meditative experience. Facilitator may wish to choose some music to accompany the slides. The slides rotate by themselves and you can set your own rotation speed (3-15 sec).
Golden Rule Art Contest
In 2006, Scarboro Missions sponsored a Golden Rule Art Contest for young people that attracted submissions from around the world. Youth were invited to create a piece of art that depicts their vision of what the world would be like if every person lived according to the Golden Rule. If you are interested in sponsoring a similar contest, click here to view some contest instructions: http://www.scarboromissions.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/art_contest_instructions.pdf. Some submissions to the 2006 Art Contest can be viewed by scrolling Golden Rule Art Exercise & Lesson Plan
Useful Golden Rule Websites and social media
To learn about Golden Rule activity and teaching models around the world, visit these important Golden Rule websites and social media.
Discussion, reflection and journal questions
The following three links on the Scarboro Missions website contain numerous trigger questions that are helpful in promoting discussion, reflection and journaling in workshops, classrooms, youth groups and meditation groups:
Twelve Golden Rule Lectures
These 12 lectures provide a comprehensive introduction and orientation to the Golden Rule. The presenter, Dr. Harry Gensler S.J, is one of the world’s leading authorities on the Golden Rule. The set of lectures, entitled, The Golden Rule: A Moral Ideal for the World, examines the Golden Rule in four essential areas: history, applied ethics, personal practice and religion (including interfaith). While some of the content is geared to Christian audiences, this exploration of the Golden Rule can benefit people of all faiths.
To view one of these lectures which focuses on the history of the Golden Rule before 1900, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVhw3QSc8lw&feature=youtu.be The lectures are available in three formats: Video DVD set, Audio CD set or Audio MP3. For more information including purchasing information about the entire set of 12 (including electronic study guide), click here:
Golden Rule Stories for Educators
This rich collection of golden rule stories and anecdotes is an excellent resource for teachers and educators. These stories enable educators to inspire, challenge and inform their students on an ethical level. The editor, Dr. Harry Gensler S.J., also explains the logic of the stories. This compilation provides links to helpful references for both students and teachers.
Would you like to have fun exploring the many different expressions of the Golden Rule that are found around the world? You can spin the wheel of this interactive Golden Wheel. Ideal for schools and youth groups. To spin the Golden Wheel, Click here:
The Golden Rule and Business Ethics
The Golden Rule is often the implicit ethic that underlies and supports codes of good business conduct and responsible consumption. The 50 websites presented here are offered as a service to all who are interested in delving into the field of business ethics. These websites are subdivided in six categories: History, Services (for business), Research, Practical Application, Faith-Based Perspectives and Golden Rule Applications. These particular websites – featuring efforts from around the world – were chosen in order to present a diversity of approaches to business ethics. http://www.scarboromissions.ca/golden-rule/golden-rule-and-business-ethics
The Golden Rule Poster – A History
This article chronicles the creation and evolution of the Scarboro Missions Golden Rule Poster which has achieved international renown as a tool for peace, education and interfaith dialogue. To read more, click here:
Using the Golden Rule for peace-building and Muslim-Christian dialogue in Asia
April 5 – International Golden Rule Day
Classrooms, schools, school boards, school districts, local communities and other organizations can celebrate International Golden Rule Day by sponsoring events and projects. To learn more about Golden Rule Day, contact Mussie Hailu at email@example.com.
On April 5 of 2014, an amazing Interfaith & Golden Rule event took place in a region of northern Nigeria where there is much conflict between Muslims and Christians. To view a photo-journalistic account of this ground-breaking gathering, click here:
“We are interdependent. Each of us depends on the well-being of the whole, and so we have respect for the community of living beings… We must treat others as we wish others to treat us. We make a commitment to respect life and dignity, individuality and diversity, so that every person is treated humanely, without exception.”
from “Towards a Global Ethic – An Initial Declaration”, signed by 300 representatives of the world’s religions at the 1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago
The Global Ethic and the Golden Rule
As a result of broad-based immigration patterns in recent decades, humanity is moving toward a global society with interaction among peoples in every conceivable way – economic, political, social, ethnic, cultural, technological, religious. Our shrinking “global village” is evolving into a multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious society. Indeed, we are witnessing the emergence of a global consciousness – an increasing number of people are coming to see themselves as members of one family in an interdependent universe. Across the planet, thousands of people including educators, humanitarians, social justice activists and religious people are working to develop A Global Ethic. This international effort to develop a set of universal moral principles calls upon the wisdom of the world’s many cultures, religions and secular philosophies. The Golden Rule is considered to be a key reference point for the development of a Global Ethic. Read more…
Swahili Golden Rule Poster
The Golden Rule, Jeffrey Wattles, New York: Oxford University Press, 1996
Ethics and the Golden Rule: Do Unto Others, Harry Gensler, Routledge, 2013
The Golden Rule, Ilene Cooper, New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers (for children aged 4 to 8)
La Règle d’or, histoire d’une maxime morale universelle, Olivier du Roy, Les Éditions du Cerf, 2012
The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule by the Berenstain family; for more information or to order, click here: http://www.amazon.com/Berenstain-Bears-Golden-Living-Lights/dp/0310712475
Commentaries on the Golden Rule
This compilation features commentaries on the Golden Rule from a number well-known scientists, philosophers, politicians, writers, business people, religious leaders, companies and organizations. Here is the link:
Turkish Golden Rule Poster (free online)
This Turkish-language poster featuring Golden Rule texts in 13 religions is published by the Intercultural Dialogue Institute and Scarboro Missions. Turkish, also known as Istanbul Turkish, is the official language of Turkey which has a population of 77 million people. This language originated in the Altay region of the Eurasian steppes, with the first-known written records dating back nearly 1,300 years. Turkish is also spoken outside Turkey (mostly in Europe) by six million people. Turkish is the most-widely spoken (43%) of the various Turkic languages. To view or download the poster free of charge, click here:
Slovenian Golden Rule Poster (free online)
This Slovenian-language poster featuring Golden Rule texts in 13 religions is published by Scarboro Missions and the Global Ethic Movement of Slovenia, an autonomous branch of the larger Global Ethic initiative which began in Germany. Located in southern Central Europe, Slovenia boasts a population of two million people with a small diaspora community throughout the world. Slovenian is a Slavic language. To view or download the poster free of charge, click here:
Hebrew Golden Rule Poster (free online)
This Hebrew-language poster featuring Golden Rule texts in 13 religions is a joint effort of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel and Scarboro Missions. To view or download this poster free of charge, click here:
Amharic Golden Rule Poster (free online)
Amharic has the distinction of being both a Semitic and an Afro-Asiatic language. That’s because its roots can be traced back 2,000 years to the Middle East. In fact, it’s the second-most spoken Semitic language in the world, after Arabic. Amharic is the official working language of Ethiopia. Approximately 17.5 million people speak it as their first language and many as their second language. Outside Ethiopia, an estimated 2.7 million emigrants speak Amharic.
The Amharic-language Golden Rule Poster is an adapted version of the Scarboro Missions Golden Rule Poster. Ambassador Mussie Hailu lives in Ethiopia and is an activist in the fields of peace-building, interfaith dialogue, Golden Rule and inter-cultural harmony. His work is recognized internationally. He has translated the 13 Golden Rule texts and produced the adapted Amharic version of the poster. There are now 200,000 copies in print. Ambassador Hailu has also produced an adapted English-language version of the poster and has circulated more than 500,000 copies of it across Africa and around the world. He also promotes April 5th as International Golden Rule Day. To view or download the Amharic poster, click here:
Urdu Golden Rule Poster
This Urdu-language multifaith poster is published by Shahid Akhtar with support from members of the Urdu-speaking community in Canada and around the world. The Urdu language originated in India in the thirteenth century as a blending of languages – chiefly Persian, Arabic and Sanskrit along with many local dialects. Urdu eventually developed as a language of culture, poetry and song. Upon the partition of India in 1947, Urdu became the official language of Pakistan and remains prevalent in India due to its linguistic similarity to Hindi and the immense popularity of Bollywood films. Today, nearly one billion people understand spoken Urdu, not only in South Asia but also in the Middle East, Europe, North America and other parts of the world as a result of large-scale migration from the Indian subcontinent. To view, download or print this poster, click here:
German Golden Rule Poster
This German-language multifaith poster features Golden Rule texts in 13 religions. Approximately 80 million people live in Germany. It is estimated that 25 million German-speaking people reside outside Germany, mostly in the European Union. To view, download or print the German poster, free of charge, click here:
Flemish Golden Rule Poster (free online)
This Flemish-language poster featuring Golden Rule texts in 13 religions was inspired by the Scarboro Missions Golden Rule Poster and is published by Bond Zonder Naam, http://www.bzn.be/EN/index.php, an organization based in Antwerp, Belgium. Flemish is one of the three national languages of Belgium, together with French and German. Flemish has its roots in the Germanic language and belongs to the same language group as Dutch. Generally speaking, Flemish-speaking people understand Dutch and Dutch-speaking people understand Flemish. To view or download the Flemish poster, click here:
Italian Golden Rule Poster (free online)
This Italian-language poster featuring Golden Rule texts in 13 religions was inspired by the Scarboro Missions Golden Rule Poster and was produced by Missionari Saveriani, an organization in Italy that works internationally. If you wish to download this poster, please note that the poster becomes more readable when it is printed at a larger size. To view or download the Italian poster, click here:
French Golden Rule Poster (free online)
This French-language poster featuring Golden Rule texts from 13 religions is published by Scarboro Missions. To view or download the poster free of charge, click here:
Bilingual Golden Rule Poster – French & English – free online
This bilingual poster featuring Golden Rule texts from 13 religions is published by Scarboro Missions and Réseau pour la santé spirituelle au Nouveau-Brunswick/New Brunswick Spiritual Health Network. The two official languages of Canada are English and French. This beautiful open-book design wonderfully symbolizes the larger message of the poster. To view, download or print the poster free of charge, click here:
Affiche interconfessionnelle bilingue (français-anglais) sur la Règle d’or – offerte gratuitement en ligne
Chères amies, chers amis, cette affiche bilingue publiée par Scarboro Missions et le Réseau pour la santé spirituelle au Nouveau-Brunswick présente la Règle d’or telle qu’elle est exprimée par 13 religions. Les deux langues officielles du Canada sont le français et l’anglais. L’image inspirante du livre ouvert symbolise merveilleusement le message de l’affiche. Pour visualiser, télécharger ou imprimer l’affiche gratuitement, cliquez ici :
Spanish Golden Rule Poster (free online)
This Spanish-language multifaith poster features Golden Rule texts in 13 religions. Approximately 46 million people live in Spain. It is estimated that there are 550 million Spanish-speaking people throughout the world most of whom reside in Latin America. You can view and download the Spanish poster free of charge. click here:
Afiche de la Regla de Oro en las Religiones del Mundo – gratis en línea
Este afiche contiene textos de la Regla de Oro de acuerdo a 13 religiones del mundo. De los hablantes hispanos, aproximadamente 46 millones viven en España y otros 550 millones viven alrededor del mundo, con una gran mayoría en América Latina. Para ver o descargar este afiche en Español sin costo alguno siga este enlace:
Australian version of Golden Rule Poster https://www.columban.org.au/donate/shop/educational-resources/
An Australian version of the Scarboro Missions Golden Rule Poster contains a symbol and text from the indigenous peoples of Australia. To learn about how the poster is being used in Australia’s schools, check out this video:
Outline for Do-it-yourself Golden Rule Workshop
These comprehensive guidelines enable an individual or group to sponsor, create and facilitate a Golden Rule workshop for youth, adult or intergenerational audiences. The workshop outline features a series of 13 steps that include silence, individual reflection, group discussion, plenary session and evaluation.
Golden Rule Poster presented to the United Nations
The Scarboro Missions Golden Rule Poster is now on permanent display at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. On January 4, 2004, Gillian Sorensen, Assistant Secretary-General of the UN, accepted the poster as a gift from the North American Interfaith Network. Read more….
Discovering ‘the Gold’ in the Golden Rule
Gold has a symbolic value and a psychological appeal that stretches across the cultures of history. Gold is a common metaphor in many of the world’s languages. As a metaphor, it points to what is superlative in all things human. Indeed, gold symbolizes what is purest, most excellent, most noble, most enduring, most sought after, most ideal and most valued in terms of human aspirations, human behaviour and human relationships. This article examines the symbolic meanings of gold, popular expressions associated with “gold” and the uses and qualities of gold.
Annual Golden Rule Banquet (Arizona, USA)
The Golden Rule is central to the work of the Arizona Interfaith Movement (AIFM) http://www.azifm.org/ Since 2004, AIFM has sponsored an annual Golden Rule Banquet which attracts 800 to 900 people. The banquet is the high point of AIFM’s work. The Golden Rule Banquet honors individuals in Arizona who are making a difference by living the Golden Rule in their communities. The chief purpose and effect of the banquet is to increase the awareness and practice of the Golden Rule in communities across Arizona. For more information, contact Anne Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Golden Rule Institute – International Cities of Peace
The Golden Rule Institute is a service of International Cities of Peace. The Institute is dedicated to forging a new relationship between our global society and the ancient ethic of the Golden Rule. The Institute encourages, promotes, and publishes scholarly and personal writings, thoughts, articles, and life stories on innovative ways that application of the Golden Rule can foster a culture of personal and societal peace. Check out their website:
Multifaith commentaries on the Golden Rule
In this section, members of the Jewish, Unitarian and Native American traditions reflect on the meaning of the Golden Rule as expressed in the sacred texts of their respective faith groups.
Golden Rule texts in 13 religions translated into 9 languages
The Scarboro Missions Golden Rule Poster features the texts and symbols of the Golden Rule in 13 religions. These texts have been translated from English into a number of languages including Hebrew, Italian, French, Japanese, Urdu, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Turkish. To view or download these translations, click here:
The Golden Rule Petition
The Golden Rule Petition emphasizes that the unifying principle of the Golden Rule lives within all individuals, organizations and groups who serve the world in many different ways. Inspired by the Golden Rule Project in Salt Lake City, USA, this petition is finding support among partners worldwide. The petition belongs to everyone. The goal is to widen the influence of good around the world. As the number of signatures grows, the petition naturally gains strength as a tool supporting universal values. Who knows what we can do with one million signatures?
To read more or to sign the petition, click here:
Order Golden Rule Poster
The poster can be purchased in four countries. Click here for more information:
Golden Rule T-shirt (order online)
This T-shirt features an image of the Scarboro Missions multifaith Golden Rule poster. In ordering the shirt, you can customize it in terms of your preferences for size and color. For more information or to order, click here:
Peace Mala Project
A Peace Mala is a symbolic bracelet focusing on the Golden Rule. It promotes friendship and peace between all cultures and faiths and cuts through every type of prejudice. Peace Mala Accreditation is a prestigious educational award for youth promoting global citizenship for world peace.
The Compassion Games – Survival of the Kindest
The Compassion Games feature a host of creative methods to make our communities safer, kinder, more just and better places to live. Participants around the world are called upon to performs acts of kindness in three areas: compassion for others, compassion for the Earth and compassion for ourselves. The Compassion Games enable civic leaders, community organizers, educators, parents, non-profits, religious groups and business leaders to co-operate – in a fun and inspiring way – in creating sustainable and healthy communities. The Compassion Games can be played by people of all ages.
This site is one of the most extensive sources on the Internet for parents, teachers or anyone involved in character education for children. The site uses a storytelling method to enable children to learn and understand character-building principles and values.
Green Rule Poster and study guide
The Green Rule Poster features ecological teachings from sacred texts in 14 religious traditions. The 14 statements are presented against the visual backdrop of “the tree of life” and a variety of leaves from around the world. The poster is complemented by a very useful 20-page study guide. For more information or to order these products, click here: