Like many teenagers in burgeoning evangelical-emergent Christian churches at the end of the nineties, I loved Christian contemporary music (CCM, as it goes). Jars of Clay, Third Day, Newsboys, The Benjamin Gate, Bleach, dc Talk: hearing their familiar melodies never fails to bring a mixture of nostalgia and… well, embarrassment. My current pretentious music-snob self [...]
Last December, I had the opportunity to attend the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia. The Parliament seeks to promote harmony, reconciliation, and understanding in the world through both intra-religious and interreligious dialogue. In short, it sustains a collective hope that religion will truly be a purveyor of peace and not a conduit [...]
It’s a weekend morning in late November and I’m sitting in a cozy living room with other graduate students, sipping away at my hazelnut coffee and picking at a cold cinnamon bun. All of us are furiously typing on our computers, trying to get a little more work done before we scatter for Thanksgiving break. [...]
Rachel Heath is currently completing her graduate studies at Yale Divinity School. While living in New Haven, she has been both a community organizer for public housing residents and an interfaith chaplain at a local hospital. In between cups of hazelnut coffee she works as an intern for the Yale Chaplain's Office and focuses on the positive convergence of interfaith dialogue and community service.