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It was a cold January afternoon as I pulled into the parking lot of the Noor Islamic Center; the temperature gauge in my car was hovering at around 29-30 degrees. The moment I stepped outside, it felt a lot worse than that thanks to a bitterly frigid wind, otherwise known as the dreaded “wind chill,” […]

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On Seminarians Meditating in Myanmar

On January 2, 2015 I kicked off the New Year in quite an unforgettable way: by flying to Southeast Asia. As seminarian at Andover Newton Theological School, I had the unique opportunity to take a two-week class in Myanmar, studying Christian and Buddhist relations and principles of nonviolence. Until recently, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) […]

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Julian of Norwich: A Vital Religious Educator in Action

Having to re-read Julian of Norwich’s Revelation of Divine Love recently I was struck by a new discovery. I found not only a 14th century mystic re-negotiating gender and power, but also a vital religious educator in action. Julian’s writing demonstrates an educational intent to deepen Christian faith in response to people’s particular needs and […]

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“It’s not a good time to be Muslim, Miss”

One of the many hats I wear is that of religious education instructor for Muslim youth aged 15-17. In addition to discussing the historical aspects of Islam, the overarching goal of the program is to instill a sense of pride and help Muslim youth feel a sense of comfort in articulating their faith to others. […]

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What Nourishes Your Activism? Reflections on Interfaith Sustenance for Social Change

I stood in the pouring rain, my numb fingers frantically pressing the buttons on the intercom box of the brick building where my spiritual director has her office. Sloshing my way through that Saturday morning, I felt desperate for guidance, for re-connection. In the months since a jury let Darren Wilson walk out of Ferguson, […]

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In Praise of Slow Medicine

I’m one of the biggest consumers of the new faddish approach to medicine – the idea that what will “fix” medicine is right around the corner. Last month, I was mindfully eating raisins and sitting at the bedside of my patients. A few weeks ago, I was streamlining an approach to effective documentation. And yesterday, […]

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The Practices of a Spiritual Leader

I have been a teacher for as long as I remember. It started with becoming a martial arts instructor beginning in my early teens, and, as my spiritual journey led me to Judaism, serving as a teacher of Jewish texts and tradition since before my twentieth birthday. For the past four years I have been […]

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What the Interfaith Community can learn from Dr. King

Today (January 19th) is Martin Luther King Day, celebrated by millions across the United States. We all know Dr. King very well, of course, and although his courageous efforts were for the betterment of the African American community, he has now become a national icon – a symbol for freedom, civil liberties and justice. He […]

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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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