PERL Interfaith Dialogue Training, April 2014

Today’s emerging religious leaders are hungry to build relationships with each other, work shoulder to shoulder for social justice, and learn the skills of interfaith dialogue and collaboration that they will need as religious leaders, and they are capable of building and running an organization that allows them to do this work together. This is […]

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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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PERL Interfaith Dialogue Training, April 2014

Growing a string of PERLs: A report from the first year of Philadelphia Emerging Religious Leaders — Part II

Bringing in principles informed by my work in Faith-Based Community Organizing I entered the first full year of Philadelphia Emerging Religious Leaders (PERL) with the goal of building the small existing core of leaders into a robust and sustainable organization. We solidified and deepened PERL’s roots as a student-led organization. Students envisioned and executed its […]

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God Weeps and God Delights

Rev. Nancy Taylor, senior minister of Old South Church in Boston, recently wrote a reflection for the United Church of Christ’s Still Speaking Daily Devotionals. In it, she addresses the seemingly relentless stream of violence, injustice, racism, and militarism that often leaves us feeling helpless and heartbroken. “As the world erupts in genocide and epidemic, […]

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Welcoming the Secular: A Call to Both Sides

Last week I attended the North American Interfaith Network’s annual conference in Detroit, MI. After four days of panels, community excursions, and intensive networking I returned home exhausted but inspired, with a renewed sense of commitment to promoting interreligious education in the United States.   While the conference was a predominantly positive experience, I was […]

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“You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me”: On Robin Williams, Suicide, Ultimate Concern, and Actual Hope for the Rest of Us, Part II

In reflecting on Robin Williams’s death, a conversation I had with a friend came to mind from a couple of weeks ago. I was having a conversation with a good friend of mine at work, when he mentioned that he didn’t think it would be a bad thing, necessarily, if he died at 42, or […]

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“You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me”: On Robin Williams, Suicide, Ultimate Concern, and Actual Hope for the Rest of Us, Part I

*TRIGGER WARNINGS* suicide, self-harm, depression Over this past month, prompted by Ramadan, I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a good person in the world.  It’s way harder than it seems, and I’m still trying to sort out how to do that.  I imagine that this will be an ongoing process throughout my […]

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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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