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4 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 sticks of butter. Combine these 3 ingredients with your hands. Add some sugar, 1 teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in milk, 2 eggs, and vanilla. Mix well, roll out, and cut into shapes, then bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. This is the simple sugar […]

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On Divine Exile and the Sacred Act of Welcoming (Part I)

This is the first part of a two-part post. In “Man’s Quest for God”, a series of essays on prayer, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel writes: “The Shechinah [Divine Presence] is in exile, the world is corrupt, and the universe itself is not at home. To pray, then, means to bring God back into the world, […]

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Do You Need Prayer Room at School?

During my year of service as a VISTA at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), I served in the Multicultural Initiatives department. We have offices on two of the thirteen Salt Lake Community College campuses. Recently we had an encounter in which we were confronted by the need for religious accommodations for our students. A staff […]

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Humility: More about Equality than Pride

Humility can be elusive. There’s a fine line, I’ve been told, between being humble and being a doormat. I have heard people say that humility is important to get you through the door, but once you’re inside you have to grab what you want. When looking for jobs, we struggle to balance being a strong […]

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Interfaith Begins at Home

 My two children have been raised Unitarian Universalist (UU). They both love and live their faith. They both also get frustrated at times. Over the years, we have had numerous conversations about why they are “the only kids they know who are UU.” This despite the one hundred youth in our lifespan religious education program. […]

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“I Wanted to Be an Iconoclast”: A Protest Against the Pledge of Allegiance and a Call to True Iconoclasm

This past week, my stickler-for-the-rules seven-year-old son got in trouble at school for refusing to stand for and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. This refusal came not from a strong familial protest against any particular clause in the pledge. Instead, my son had decided on his own volition – without revealing his plan to me, […]

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Religious Interactions, Pop Culture, & Historical Imagination (Spoiler Alert)

Religious themes currently permeate the film and television industries in the United States.  The film Noah still floats toward the top of the charts leading to interesting conversations about authenticity and scriptures.  Close behind Noah, the film God’s Not Dead highlights the struggle of a religious devotee encountering religious antagonism on a university campus.  Also […]

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The Meaning of Vaisakhi, The Biggest Sikh Celebration

This article was originally published on Newsweek’s The Daily Beast. Every April, communities across the world come together to celebrate Vaisakhi. For centuries, Vaisakhi has marked the spring harvest, and Punjabi farmers have celebrated this occasion with community gatherings and festivals. Vaisakhi took on special significance for the Sikh community in 1699, when the tenth […]

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About State of Formation

State of Formation, founded as an offshoot of the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies (JIRS), is a program of CIRCLE, The Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership education at Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School.

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