Concentration camp survivors carried their numbers tattooed upon their forearms.

We are pleased to be sharing, over the coming weeks, a series of four reflection pieces on the State of Formation visit to the United Stated Holocaust Memorial Museum this spring. Each one is a collaborative piece from two of our Contributing Scholars. Laura Brekke What does it mean to come face to face with […]

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Cycling Towards Common Ground

“Either all the earth is holy or none is. Either every square foot of it deserves our respect or none does.” – Wes Jackson In so many places across the globe, the human relationship to nature is broken and in need of profound transformation. If what Wes Jackson says above about holiness and respect in […]

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A huge and diverse group of South African citizens and residents rally at the Africa Unite Peace March on April 16, 2015.

Privilege, Peace, and What South African Violence Has to Say to the World

Recently, a colleague of mine related the story of how she posed this interesting question to her college students: “Can peace exist when poverty remains?” As the facilitator of a project the students are conducting in an impoverished part of town, she felt ill at ease with her own relative financial comfort. At that moment, […]

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Scribbles From the Basement – Raising Awareness of Sexual Assault

Many women have a basement. A basement which holds a secret compartment where they keep all of their hopes, dreams, and fears hidden and locked away for fear of how their colleagues and friends may view them. I know because I am a woman. I may speak freely and openly about my desires for a […]

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WASHINGTON, USA - APRIL 22: Hundreds of people march through the streets of Baltimore to seek justice for the death for Freddie Gray who died from injuries suffered in Police custody in Baltimore, USA on April 22, 2015. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Choosing Sides in Baltimore

Like so many cities and communities over the past year that have come to our national attention, Baltimore is suffering. But what is happening on the streets of Baltimore is different from what is being portrayed across the country. Watching the news, I feel as though I’m meant to pick a side – either for peace, […]

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Parashat Kedoshim and the Admonitions of Amos

Amos is widely and popularly considered to be the social justice prophet. He unequivocally rejects the sacrificial cult of his day, considering service of God to be about justice, rather than about fulfilling one’s obligations through offering sacrifices. The haftarah for Parashat Kedoshim (the Torah reading read this week), which is part of the Holiness […]

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Staring At the Discipline Gap: What is the right Option?

The option for the oppressed, as is true of all options, cannot be qualified. It can be changed, but once this happens it is not any longer an option for the oppressed. To claim to have a preferential option is a way of rejecting the demands of what it really means to opt for the […]

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Always in a State of Formation

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. – Luke 6:37 The first noble truth in Buddhism is that all temporary things and states are unsatisfying. They are the source of dukha or suffering. The Noble Truths have their genesis in the […]

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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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