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Sanctifying Black Lives

Our nation is in spiritual crisis. As a nation, we have profaned the holiness of God as it is manifest in black lives. There are not sufficient words to describe the pain and injustice that is present in Ferguson, of which this week’s grand jury decision is only one piece. Hearts are breaking. People are […]

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Service, Social Media, and the Self – Part 2

The first part of this sermon can be found here. —- So far, I have talked about my experiences, because that’s all I can talk about. It would be wrong for me to tell you what your feelings are or should be. The idea of human engagement is a humbling one as you realize how […]

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Service, Social Media, and the Self – Part 1

Towards the end of October, I posted a call to action from a sermon I delivered, to help us think about gratitude and our obligations to one another. Here is an edited version of that sermon. — Today’s wa’ez is brought to you by the number “5” and the letter “P.” I fondly remember the […]

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10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Sikhism

Originally Published in OnFaith/FaithStreet Despite being one of the world’s largest world religions, Sikhism remains one of the most unknown traditions in America. The lack of understanding has had serious consequences, including discriminatory policies, bigoted stereotypes, traumatic school bullying and violent hate crimes. Here is a list of 10 things that the global community ought to […]

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Taken by author Jenn Lindsay in Dhesheh Refugee Camp, Palestine.

“This is our life.”–Dispatch from Palestine

Dhesheh Refugee Camp houses 17,000 people in less than 1 square kilometer. It was established for two waves of refugees in 1948 and 1967 by the United Nations, which is still in charge of providing medication, education, and maintenance. The streets were empty when we arrived at 10am. The night before, all night long, there […]

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A Dialogue Among the Deaf

On Tuesday, the uncle of one of my Arabic-language students was slaughtered by an axe-wielding Palestinian man in Synagogue as he prayed. On Tuesday, the uncle of one of my Arabic students was slaughtered by an axe-wielding Palestinian man in Synagogue as he prayed. On Tuesday, the uncle of one of my Arabic students was […]

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English: Walaja Barrier 2011. Author Wickey-nl. Creative Commons license. 31 March 2014. Source: Own work, based on http://www.ochaopt.org/documents/ocha_opt_the_closure_map_2011_12_21_bethlehem.pdf, published by United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHAoPt). http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Walaja_Barrier_2011.jpg

“You are an ambassador”–Dispatch from Palestine

We drive along the barbed electric fence that surrounds the Israeli settlement of Har Gilo.  We are headed to the Walajah valley of the Palestinian territory. The valleys are deep and lush with pine trees and olive groves, steppes cut into the hillsides with round white stones. The land here has been largely confiscated by […]

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Guru Nanak at the White House

The following is the address I gave at The White House celebrating Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. Vahiguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Vahiguru Ji Ki Fateh! Thank you to President Obama and his staff for bringing us together to honor the life and legacy of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. The Sikh community around […]

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Being Thankful Without Affirming Privilege

“Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?” Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers. Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist. Such fasting as you do today will […]

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Life is Hard Here — Dispatch from Palestine

The heavy rain doused the aluminum-roofed shack. Rivulets carved paths through the thick mud around the house. But inside, the house was cozy, comfortable. Thick carpets and bouncy velvet couches make this hard Palestinian life easier. Because life is hard here. This woman has three children and all three of them are disabled with Berardinelli […]

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