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Holy Day Solidarity

I wasn’t sure I wanted to do anything for Lent. It’s a little bit of an awkward season for Unitarian Universalists, anyway. As I said to my partner, “For Christians, it’s all: ok, let’s be sad and somber until Easter, and then—surprise!—Jesus is alive again!” And cue the choruses of “Christ the Lord is Risen […]

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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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Image from Wikimedia Commons. "Day 12 Occupy Wall Street September 28 2011 Shankbone 33" by David Shankbone - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Day_12_Occupy_Wall_Street_September_28_2011_Shankbone_33.JPG#mediaviewer/File:Day_12_Occupy_Wall_Street_September_28_2011_Shankbone_33.JPG

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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2015 Biennial Utah Campus Compact Engaged Faculty Retreat: Including Community in Higher Education

This past week I was asked to present “Interfaith Cooperation in the 2015 Biennial Utah Campus Compact Engaged Faculty Retreat: Including Community in Higher Education.” I was honored to be asked by the Executive Director of the Utah Campus Compact to come and speak with faculty, staff, and administration about how we can go about […]

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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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At the Intersection of Religious Freedom and LGBT Rights

On January 27 of this year, four of the top leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka the Mormon church) held a press conference to announce the church’s public support for the rights of LGBT individuals. Dallin Oaks, Todd Christofferson, Jeffrey Holland, and Neill Marriott each took a few moments to […]

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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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