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This is the final reflection piece from the visit that a group of State of Formation Scholars made to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum this spring. Read the other pieces here, here and here. Dorie Goehring: What struck me the most about going to the USHMM was not the violent details of the Holocaust, […]

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In the Strangle of Abuse: The Ethical Dilemma of Hero and Crook

Over the past several years, a moral and ethical dilemma has come up: how do we respond to the writings and works of great public heroes who have made significant contributions to their field of study while also realizing that at times these individuals did not exactly live moral lives? I’m thinking specifically of one […]

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Religious Literacy for a Fearful and Violent World

In February, I had the great pleasure of co-presenting a workshop at the DC Interfaith Leaders Summit with Amber Hacker, the Alumni Director for Interfaith Youth Core. In our workshop we encouraged attendees to cultivate a personal theology or ethic for interfaith cooperation, specifically with a focus on public interfaith engagement. Following the workshop, I […]

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What Can Interfaith Dialogue Really Do? Part 3 of 3

Read Part I here, and Part II here. When I ate lunch with the rabbi he inveighed against interfaith dialogue and its inability to reach or transform the minds of those who are closed to dialogue. He said, “Interfaith activists say one thing and they do another—they preach transformation and tolerance, but they are already […]

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Justice and Love

“Few realities have determined the course of history more than the choices by which individuals, social groups, and nations have responded to aggression and hatred.”(John Rempel) “Love waits upon justice, and to do justice requires a willingness to use power and even to dirty one’s moral hands.” This is Lisa Sowle Cahill’s summary of Reinhold […]

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Taboo Topics

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. I’ve been working in the field of interfaith dialogue for more than a decade. On good days it’s a lot of fun, and I […]

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St. Mary’s Shabbat

Having been raised in an observant Italian Catholic household, I understand the importance of family, food, holidays, and motherly guilt. This week marks the 10th anniversary of my conversion to Judaism, a religion which also prides itself on a strong connection to family, food, holidays, and motherly guilt. While the choice to align myself with […]

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By Sri Chinmoy.org (http://www.srichinmoy.org/interfaith) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

What Can Interfaith Dialogue Really Do? Part 2 of 3

Read Part I here. At lunch after Purim, I heard the rabbi criticize interfaith projects for being “just another religious group.” I reflected on the irony of a religious clergy person dismissing the bonding function of the interfaith society. If indeed the interfaith society becomes a “religion” of its own, this is no reason to […]

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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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