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Earlier this month, three State of Formation Contributing Scholars were invited to attend and present at the North American Interfaith Network annual conference. Responding to the conference’s opening plenary lecture, Ellie Anders, Wendy Webber, and Esther Boyd collaborated on this piece in an attempt to bring some of the conference’s discussion of honest communication and […]

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Another Apparent Sikh Hate Crime in NYC

Originally Published in The Huffington Post Two years ago, the nation came together when a white supremacist entered a gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and opened fire on the congregation. It was the most lethal attack on an American house of worship since the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. […]

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Construction of Noah's Ark by Memberger

The Ark’s Physical Resurgence

In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the construction of Ark Encounter, or “Ark Park” as it has become informally known, has commenced.  Marketed as “edu-tainment,” the theme park, based on the Noah narrative in the Hebrew scriptures, will be, according to the website, “the largest timber-frame structure in the USA.”  The first phase of the construction […]

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James Harden of the NBA isn't Sikh, but wears a headband in accordance with NBA rules.

Sikh’ing Equal Treatment: Why FIBA’s rules are discriminatory, unfair and have no place in international sports competition.

Originally Published on The Cauldron of medium.com International basketball’s governing body, the Federation Interenationale de Basket-ball (“FIBA”), will meet in Spain next week to determine the fate of religious freedom in the sport. Presently, FIBA rules do not allow its players to wear religious articles of faith, including the traditional Sikh turban or the Muslim […]

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A Spiritual Revolution

Another Understanding of Our Spiritual Responsibilities – Part 2

In Part I, I shared how I started to rethink how to approach the concept of our human responsibilities from a spiritual perspective. In Part II, I examine this process in more detail. Why or Why Not? Newton’s third law explains the ‘cause and effect’ theory, which states that when we let go of the […]

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A Spiritual Revolution

Another Understanding of Our Spiritual Responsibilities – Part 1

Recently I have been trying to reflect on how, as people of faith or beings of spiritual countenance, we can try to envisage our responsibilities to the land we live in, the planet we inhabit and the future generations we hold it in trust for.  After speaking to a few friends, I believe that we […]

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Boat in Water

Theology as a Life Saver

In one of Rumi’s writings, a scholar in grammar asks a boatman for a ride on his boat. Once settled aboard, he asks the boatman: “Do you know the science of grammar?” The boatman replies; “no, I don’t.” The grammarian announces, “You wasted half of your life.” An hour later, a tempest flips the boat […]

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6 of my kippot packed for a trip; Photo courtesy of author

The Piety of Aesthetics and the Spiritual Practice of Matching

Every morning as I’m getting dressed, I look in my basket of kippot to select the kippah that most matches my outfit for the day. Sometimes, it’s the light green, burgundy, and white one that goes with my burgundy and white gingham button down that I wear with a light green a-line shirt underneath. Sometimes, […]

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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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