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Spirituality and dialogue revisited

Richard D. White (Jr. Public Administration Institute Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803)

International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior

ISSN: 1093-4537

Article publication date: 1 March 2000



This essay introduces the second and final ethics symposium on spirituality and dialogue. The first symposium, edited by Thomas D. Lynch, Ph.D., focused on individual spirituality. In this, the second symposium, our attention expands to organizations and institutions and now turns to dialogue. Our theme however remains unchanged, for both spirituality and dialogue revolve around a more basic core of ethics that is global in scope. Readers of the dozen papers of the two symposia should look upon them collectively as their overall ethical theme, however loosely coupled, provides a powerful commentary on the emerging role that both spirituality and dialogue will play in a new ethically focused millennium. With little disagreement, the dozen scholars contributing to the two symposia argue that future challenges will require a much higher and more global ethical level in public administration than exists today. In a society where spirituality and dialogue will flourish, a higher ethical level is not only a goal but a reachable one. To some, a higher ethical level is inevitable while to others it is reachable only through the difficult process of individual, institutional and global moral improvement.


White, R.D. (2000), "Spirituality and dialogue revisited", International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior, Vol. 3 No. 3/4, pp. 473-478.



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