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How Do We Tolerate the Intolerant?

What do tolerant people do with the intolerant? We tolerate them. We ignore them. We insult them. We try to change them:        By explaining.        By demonstrating.        By oppressing. We rationalize their existence: People disinterested in interfaith dialogue are ignorant, uncultured, or disengaged. ISIS is not really Islamic […]

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Technology and the Creation of the Docile Physician

Discipline is no longer simply an art of distributing bodies, of extracting time from them and accumulating it, but of composing forces in order to obtain an efficient machine. – Foucault, Discipline and Punish   This past Friday, I sat in a room of twenty physicians arranged in rows, each with a TV-sized computer monitor […]

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Ethics in the Shadow of Gethsemane

Every year at Harvard Divinity School, there is an annual competition for 2nd and 3rd year MDiv students called the Billings Preaching Competition. Being raised Catholic, preaching was never really a thing for me to think about, since women cannot be ordained to the priesthood yet, and never really entered my mind. However, I decided […]

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“I see the smiling faces, I know I must have left some traces”: A Reflection On Death, God, And Friends

Death is a topic that a lot of us avoid like the plague. It’s not something people are willing to talk about or engage with on a theoretical level, let alone directly when someone you know dies. I get it–death is really weird. Absolutely no one knows what happens after you die, because it isn’t […]

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When I Entered A Holy Covenant: A Dvar Torah on Parshat Shmini (Lev. 9:1-11:47)

Four years ago this week–at least by reckoning of the Hebrew calendar–my friend proudly displayed to me a cake she had made for a party I was hosting. “Today, you are a man,” it declared. She was excited to celebrate my “Boozy Bat Mitzvah,” a party celebrating not my actual Bat Mitzvah, but my conversion […]

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South Carolina, #BlackLivesMatter, and the Bible

I was born and raised in South Carolina. I love my home state; there are so many genuine, kind, wonderful people there who I care about deeply. But to be honest, most of the time when I see South Carolina trending on the news, it’s about something embarrassing. Like that guy who kept having sex with […]

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Loyola High School v. Quebec and the Implications of “Neutral” Pedagogy

On Thursday March 19, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released it’s ruling on the six year pending case of Loyola High School v. Quebec. Loyola High School, a private Catholic school, sought an exemption for the teaching of the mandatory religious education program called the Ethics and Religious Culture Program (ERC), introduced as a compulsory […]

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The Work Compels Us to Interfaith

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. The Unitarian Universalist congregation I grew up in practiced a beautiful ritual in which congregants light […]

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Disability and God Talk

An earlier version of this piece was published here. I am passionate about creating truly inclusive and accessible Jewish communities in which all Jews can find a spiritual home, and in which we can all bring our full selves to bear on the life of our community. I want to create communities in which the […]

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A People at the Base of the Cross

If it exists with any legitimacy at all, it exists to serve the world around it. No more, no less. The Church’s mission is to bring grace to those who desperately crave it, whether they be (or become) Christians or not. Any other vision of Christianity is entwined with visions of empire, isolationism, or masochism.

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