The four approaches mentioned above are not exhaustive. Participants may agree with some aspects of several approaches. You are encouraged not to be limited by these approaches, but to identify aspects that correspond to your understanding of the Christian faith. To take an example, the San Antonio Conference on the World Mission and the Gospel of 1989 (promoted by the World Council of Churches) adopted a position that could be characterized as a middle ground between “excluding” and “lnclusivist” approaches and which avoids the final definition. The conference said that after several years of meetings, discussions, group prayers and meditation, some arrangements about their spiritual experiences seemed of course to be born among them. Keating first drew up a list, then brought it to others to process and revise as a group, and the result is the so-called snowmass Eight Point of Agreement conference, as stated in Keatings` book, The Common Heart: An Experience of Interreligious Dialogue. Fr. Thomas Keating is a Catholic priest and Trappist monk who has made an important contribution to the centered prayer movement and interfaith spirituality. He was convened the snowmass conference and a member of the international interfaith movement. He wrote the following report: A report on the experience of ongoing interfaith dialogue could be useful at this stage. In 1984, I invited a group of spiritual teachers from a variety of world religions – Buddhists, Tibetan Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Islamists, Indians, Russian Orthodox, Protestants and Roman Catholics – to gather at St.
Benedict`s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado, to meditate in silence and share our personal spiritual journeys, especially the elements of our respective traditions that have been most useful to us along the way. We did not keep any records and we did not publish any documents. As our trust and friendship grew, we felt moved to consider various points on which we seemed to agree. The original points of agreement were dealt with at subsequent meetings, when we met each year for a week. Our most recent list consists of the following eight points: here are the eight points on which the mystics of eight of the world`s major religions and spiritual traditions agreed, somewhat shared in their spiritual experience of this ultimate reality.