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Bringing Interfaith Dialogue from Pakistan to the United States

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. I grew up in an unexpectedly interfaith environment, something that most people living in Muslim majority […]

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An Improvised Family: Yom Kippur with Rome’s Progressive Jews

Normally people do not go to Rome to refrain from eating. But it was Yom Kippur, and I was on my way to afternoon services at Beth Hillel, Rome’s new progressive Jewish community. My long walk to the Beth Hillel service on the Janiculum Hill started on the banks of the Tiber River. In Piazza Navona […]

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“You are the Bridge”: Embodying Bridge-Building

I recently heard a story that stuck with me. A colleague was telling me about a conversation he had once had with a professor that changed his outlook on a difficult situation. He had grown up attending services and was part of a community at an Episcopal church as a child but in adulthood he […]

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A Prayer in the Beginning

Last week I was in a Moroccan restaurant in Seattle and had a unique experience: The very nice Palestinian man who ran the restaurant started speaking to me in his Shammi (Eastern) Arabic, and I responded in my good Moroccan Darija over mint tea and cookies. He was shocked to hear a non-Arab speak Arabic […]

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Barriers and Bridges

My first blog post was on the subject of why interfaith engagement is important to me as an individual. For this blog post, I would like to consider why interfaith engagement is important for the world at large. A few weeks ago, I spent a Sunday afternoon at a small park with a small but […]

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Beyond ‘Us and Them': Taking Interfaith Dialogue Outside The Ivory Tower

Full disclosure: it was not my intention to find inspiration for this piece via Ben Affleck. That said, when the actor delivered an impassioned argument (including some explicit language) refuting Bill Maher and Sam Harris’ collective views of Islam on last week’s Real Time, I admit: I was transfixed. It made me think about such […]

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Making Space for Everyone

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. Although I was raised in a mixed Christian family (Methodist, Southern Baptist, Roman Catholic), I never […]

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From Ramadan to Yom Kippur: Temptation and Redemption

Perhaps the most profound religious experience of my life took place in the produce aisle of a Carrefour supermarket. It was my second Ramadan in Morocco. The first time around I had no intention of fasting. I was a lapsed orthodox Jew, a confirmed (if confused) atheist with a degree in Islamic theology. In short, […]

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A Priest and a Rabbi Walk onto an Aircraft Carrier: A Call to Serve God and Country

As the Jewish world continues to change more rapidly and radically than rabbis and Jewish professionals can wrap their heads around, many leaders have to re-evaluate what their rabbinate will look like. If you’re dreaming for that big city congregational pulpit position, then you might be dreaming for a while. Today’s Jewish community, much like […]

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Can We Pray Together? A Practicum

I have pondered the idea of faithful people of different traditions praying together for many years. I am aware of the obstacles and still have hope that genuine interfaith prayer is possible. Over a year ago, I wrote a post for State of Formation titled “Prayers of the Faithful.” I suggested that interfaith community worship […]

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