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“It’s not a good time to be Muslim, Miss”

One of the many hats I wear is that of religious education instructor for Muslim youth aged 15-17. In addition to discussing the historical aspects of Islam, the overarching goal of the program is to instill a sense of pride and help Muslim youth feel a sense of comfort in articulating their faith to others. […]

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What Nourishes Your Activism? Reflections on Interfaith Sustenance for Social Change

I stood in the pouring rain, my numb fingers frantically pressing the buttons on the intercom box of the brick building where my spiritual director has her office. Sloshing my way through that Saturday morning, I felt desperate for guidance, for re-connection. In the months since a jury let Darren Wilson walk out of Ferguson, […]

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In Praise of Slow Medicine

I’m one of the biggest consumers of the new faddish approach to medicine – the idea that what will “fix” medicine is right around the corner. Last month, I was mindfully eating raisins and sitting at the bedside of my patients. A few weeks ago, I was streamlining an approach to effective documentation. And yesterday, […]

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The Practices of a Spiritual Leader

I have been a teacher for as long as I remember. It started with becoming a martial arts instructor beginning in my early teens, and, as my spiritual journey led me to Judaism, serving as a teacher of Jewish texts and tradition since before my twentieth birthday. For the past four years I have been […]

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Marketing vs. Mission: On a Racist Ad Campaign Published, then Pulled, by the Presbyterian Mission Agency

In a time when denominations and the Church are having an identity crisis, there are moments when I can pin-point the situations that continue to cause trouble for the stability of mainline denominations. Here is one of them: the PC(USA), my denomination, decided to release promotional materials for the One Great Hour of Sharing (an ecumenical fundraising […]

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Career Path Interview: Interfaith Instruction in Higher Education

An interfaith friend of mine graduated this month with a degree in Communication and Civic Advocacy. Congratulations Peter! He had to interview a person working within his chosen career about their job, and the path they took to get to their position. I was honored that he chose me. Building a career is a process, […]

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Suis-je Charlie? France, Islamophobia, and the Power of the Pen

I love Paris in the springtime I love Paris in the fall I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles. (“I Love Paris,” lyrics by Cole Porter, 1953) I love Paris. I love the austere churches, the bustling sidewalks, the cheese, the coffee, and of […]

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I Don’t Want To Be Charlie Hebdo

I am still reeling from the Charlie Hebdo killings, as are many others. For the life of me, I do not understand how a human being can be so consumed by anger that they feel the need to take a life, and must condemn the killings from my own conscience. However, I do not have […]

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How Can #blacklivesmatter Be More Than A Hashtag?

The hashtag #alllivesmatter is a painful lie. In all corners of the globe, people suffer from various forms of oppression, violence, slavery, discrimination, occupation, poverty, etc. Yet some would not only ignore these realities, they would also seek to dismiss the core of them; the individual stories that might provide meaning to the ongoing suffering […]

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Tweeting “Like Real People Do”: A Reflection on Narcissism, Social Media, and the Politics of Collective Memory

I have fallen head over heels for the music of Hozier recently. For those of you who have not heard of him, he is an Irish blues/soul musician who has been blowing up the charts with his single “Take Me To Church.” The video, serving as a powerful message against LGBT violence, can be seen […]

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