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Letting our Differences Breathe

After publishing new works, many scholars and cultural commentators will tour the country eager to educate a larger and more diverse audience about their research and philosophy, and they often find that audiences almost exclusively consist of people who already agree with them. This experience is not unique to lecturers. We are all more likely […]

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The Lost Summer

Managing Editor’s note: all Contributing Scholars begin writing by answering the following question as their first post: Why are you committed to building relationships with those from different religious or ethical traditions? Their answer to this question is below. This year, the summer warmth never seemed to arrive in New England. Normally, I’m rather pleased; […]

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NYPD’s outdated policy perpetuates anti-Sikh stereotypes

Originally Published with Al Jazeera America For the second time in a month, a Sikh-American was physically assaulted in a reported hate crime in New York City. On July 30, a man in a pickup truck directed hate speech at 29-year-old Sandeep Singh before running him over and dragging his body with his vehicle. On […]

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Another Apparent Sikh Hate Crime in NYC

Originally Published in The Huffington Post Two years ago, the nation came together when a white supremacist entered a gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and opened fire on the congregation. It was the most lethal attack on an American house of worship since the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. […]

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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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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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PERL Interfaith Dialogue Training, April 2014

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

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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“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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