We are to fear and love God, so that we do not tell lies about our neighbors, betray or slander them, or destroy their reputations. Instead we are to come to their defense, speak well of them, and interpret everything they do in the best possible light. Martin Luther, The Small Catechism, 1529 Martin Luther’s [...]
My quest for an Eastern Catholic community in Greater Boston similar to the one I had been raised in as a child of Malayalee immigrants from Kerala, India, was successful just in time for Holy Week last year. However, as we prepared for the Palm Sunday liturgy in the basement of St. Jeremiah’s in Framingham, [...]
In February of 1998, I returned to the wintry campus of St. Olaf College, a small Christian liberal arts school in rural Minnesota, after a five-month global study trip. It was a bewildering reverse culture shock back into my Norwegian Lutheran heritage; the familiar had changed. I longed to have the world back at my [...]
The Pluralism Project, founded and directed by Dr. Diana L. Eck, is a twenty-year research project on the changing religious landscape of the United States. Through an expanding network of affiliates and student researchers, we document the contours of our multi-religious society, explore new forms of interfaith engagement, study the impact of religious diversity in civic life, and contextualize these findings within a global framework.