Since Sept. 11, 2001, a negative image of Muslims was successfully portrayed in the media, tilting Americans toward buying stereotypical images of Muslims. However, the year 2010 witnessed a dramatic shift in…
The 29-foot Easter Cross on Mount Soledad in La Jolla, California, has become a considerable controversy throughout the United States. Since 1913 this cross has been located on state land. In 1989 a veteran and atheist, Philip K. Paulson, known for his popular article I Was an Atheist in a Foxhole, filed suit against the city of San Diego for violating article I section 4 of the California Constitution, which states that “The legislature shall make…Continue
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"Are you a good Muslim or a bad Muslim?" asked a Christian parishioner to a visiting Muslim who was interested in learning more about Christianity. Although the parishioner tried to pass off this question as a joke, it has served for me as the paradigmatic question that reflects many Americans' suspicion and ignorance with regard not only to the Muslim faith, but to the diverse group of people who identify as Muslim.
The fact that this question could be asked OUT LOUD to a GUEST of a…Continue
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Of the four billion people who died in the 20th century from all causes combined, 185,000,000 deaths were caused by other humans. At 8.5 millions, murders exceed deaths related to natural disaster (including floods, earthquakes and volcanoes) by five millions. These are scary odds. They get even scarier when one thinks that many of the 'manmade' deaths are the product of hate crimes.
Sadly, since the September 11, 2001 incident, and again since the killing of Osama Bin Laden,…
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Anand Krishna keeps his promise to conduct a hunger strike until justice for himself realized. Currently, he has begun to taste meals for the first time, after a hunger strike for 45 days. "Praise be to Allah, since last night (Tuesday, 26/04/2011) he was willing to eat," said…
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A brief statement issued by Dr. A. N. Safaya, Director of the Institute, said "Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is no more with us physically. He left his earthly body on April 24, 2011 at 7.40 a.m. due to cardio-respiratory failure. Bhagwan 's body will lie in State at Sai Kulwant Hall for two days -- Monday…Continue
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About two weeks ago, I started looking ahead to see what Gospel lesson I would be preaching on for Sunday, April 10th. As an intern, I preach about once a month and I wanted to start thinking about how the text might impact me. My first reaction upon reading it was, you gotta be kidding me? I have to preach on a text that is talking about death. It’s the story of Lazarus, whose sisters get upset…Continue
As a future rabbi whose brother is a chemical biologist, I must write any review of a book on Christianity and Darwinism with care and respect for the authors, even as they approach these issues from a different vantage point than my own. Thankfully, this book does not force a stretch. Bold and notable are the ways in which Karl Giberson and Francis Collins — leading lights in both science and religion — delve into the fraught connection between faith and reason through their book …Continue
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Personal Narrative in Interfaith Dialogue
Featuring Rabbi Or Rose and Pastor Samir Selmanovic
Or Rose is an Associate Dean at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College and writer on Jewish mysticism, social justice, and inter-religious cooperation. Samir Selmanovic is author of the widely read book “It’s…Continue
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by Whittney Barth
from State of Formation
I am currently a master’s student at Harvard Divinity School in a program I chose in large part because of the religiously diverse student body. Students, faculty, and staff gather weekly to take part in a Noon Service hosted by one of the student organizations on campus. The hosts alternate: one week we are meditating with the…Continue
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From State of Formation
I was walking down the crowded, cobblestoned streets of Jerusalem’s Old City when a bearded man with narrow eyes reached out his hand and tried to grab my breast. I did not know him. I had not made eye contact. I was not acting provocatively—in fact, despite a heat wave that added insult to the already injurious desert summer, I was burning up in the long-sleeved shirt and ankle-length skirt that’s customary for…Continue
From The Huffington Post
1. God created the universe.
This is the most fundamental concept of Judaism. Its implications are that only God has absolute ownership over Creation (Gen. 1-2, Psalm 24:1, I Chron. 29:10-16). Thus, Judaism’s worldview is theocentric not anthropocentric. The environmental implications are that humans must realize that they do not have unrestricted freedom to misuse Creation, as it does not…Continue
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From The Washington Post
The sympathetic coverage of the devastation wrought by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami has overwhelmed the nasty little story of Rep. Peter King’s loyalty hearings aimed at American Muslims. Both news events, however, raise the compelling question of what it takes to turn a group perceived as alien and threatening–whether across the ocean or down the block–into people Americans see as neighbors, fellow…Continue
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The road needed replacing.
The road: a ramp between I-95N and 128N in Peabody, MA, perhaps one of the most used for commuters working in Boston but living north of the city.
On March 9, a UPS tractor-trailer rolled over on the ramp. Reports continue to fly around causes, none emerging as definitive: the driver lost control of the turn. He was cut off. He was...who knows?
After the rollover, the damage control shut down a major artery that shoots from the urban heart of…Continue
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Congratulations to Brussels for hosting the Parliament of Worlds Religions event in 2014.
March 21, 2011, Dallas, Texas
We congratulate the Brussels team headed by Miguel Mesquita da Cunha, Chairman of the 2014 Bid Steering Committee for the tireless work they have put in behalf of Belgians and the Europeans to secure the 2014 bid to host the Parliament of the Worlds Religions.
In behalf of the Foundation for Pluralism and…Continue
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A while back I found out that my partner was a sex addict who had been leading a boozy secret life full of violence fetishes, endangerment of women, unprotected sex, compulsive pornographic email exchanges and Craigslist postings, and sociopathic lies to me, my family and my friends. To say the least, it was a difficult time. Friends in the Union Theological Seminary community and beyond nursed and nurtured me, fed me and put me to bed and went with me to doctor’s appointments. My body,…Continue
Brussels – the capital of the Belgians and of 500,000,000 Europeans – has been chosen as the host city of the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 2014. The selection of Brussels was made by the Board of Trustees of the governing organization at its March 13, 2011 meeting in Chicago.
More than 10,000 people from diverse religious, spiritual and convictional traditions will participate in the 2014 Parliament, which will last for 7 days and will comprise more than 500…Continue
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I spent a lot of time at the Gyuto Monks’ mandala at the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia. The mandala is the traditional Tibetan Buddhist form of sandpainting, practiced by Native Americans in the Southwestern United States, by Indians, by Australian Aborigines, and by Latin Americans on certain Christian holy days. In modern day Mexico and the United States, sandpainting is most often practiced during Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Streets are…Continue
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Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights, may have said it best:
Ever since the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States, hatred and discrimination against Muslim Americans has been growing. Over the past year, the rhetoric has only gotten louder and more violent. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights protects the freedoms of religion, speech, and assembly. These are also essential…
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