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A Sober Social Secular Lent

Many friends are surprised to hear that I have given up certain vices for Lent. They say, “I thought you weren’t religious” or “Uh oh! Don’t tell the other atheists!” and I smile and clarify that while I’m participating in the season of Lent, I’m really just doing it in solidarity with my partner who […]

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Walking Together Through the “Valley of the Shadow of Death”

It seems almost a cliché to be sitting here writing about death, here in Boston with eight feet of snow pressing in on all sides, the bitter winter winds howling just outside my windows. But if seemingly endless winter can inspire the Russians to create such darkly beautiful literature, perhaps it can work its magic […]

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Laughter and Postponing Lent

In case you haven’t heard, we’ve recently gotten a little snow in Boston. Just a little? Okay, it’s more like seven feet, but who’s counting? At Andover Newton Theological School, located in the Greater Boston area, we have had to cancel six days of classes in the past 3 weeks. This has led to frustration […]

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Worn Pews, Faith in the Midst of Tragedy

I spent much of the last month on a personal trip traveling through several cities in Europe. I passed through Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, and Paris. Being a seminary student, I was very excited to see the many important religious sites in these cities, places I usually could only read about in a church history book. […]

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The Kaleidoscope of Activism (Part 2)

(Continued from Part 1) Below is a catalogue of activist methodologies, defined and listed according to aims, vulnerabilities, recommendations, and real-world examples. This categorization may help you to develop some ideas about how to advance your movement, and to locate your efforts within the many types of activism. JOURNALISTIC ACTIVISM Methodologies: Write and report arguments and […]

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The Paradox of Knowing

This was my thought: “Is God sad over us – for our selfishness, our disconnection, our paving a path to the extinction of life on a planetary scale – which includes ourselves?” So I reached out in my limited ways to those whose culture, religion, education, and experience were quite different from my own, asking […]

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The Kaleidoscope of Activism (Part 1)

Google dictionary defines activism as “the policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change.” But activism isn’t always vigorous and doesn’t always engage traditional campaign tactics. In fact, activism comes in many formats. According to Wikipedia, it consists of efforts to promote, impede, or direct social, political, economic, or […]

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Can We Just Love Each Other?

Today is Valentine’s Day and as a Muslim I’m expected to write terrible things about it. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that the whole concept of sexual promiscuity dressed up as “love” is pretty awful and sends a very negative message to younger generations. I’m appalled at the seasonal displays at Wal-Mart and […]

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A new Mosque in Cuba?

And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient, Who, when disaster strikes them, say: “Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return.” [Quran 2: 155-156] In the past months news outlets […]

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Everyday Theology: Humans of New York

Brandon Stanton and the popular blog Humans of New York, are making the media rounds this week. After photographing a student who shared his enthusiastic appreciation for his teacher, Stanton embarked on a photographic campaign to help the Mott Hall Academy in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn raise funds to cover annual trips for students […]

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