Interfaith

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Praying in Hebrew, Speaking in Tongues

The other day I was meeting with a friend and local Pentecostal minister (let’s call him “Diego”) when someone we mutually knew (let’s call him “Sam”) dropped by to say hello. After a few short pleasantries it was clear that our friend was struggling. He was looking for some spiritual guidance and when Diego asked […]

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A Call to Prayer; A Call to Interfaith

Every morning for fourteen months the call to prayer woke me before the sun had climbed over the horizon.

Every day, five times a day, the call to prayer rang out in Sirakoro where I was serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa. At first it irritated me to be woken up so early, but the call to prayer quickly became a comfort to me as familiar as my host-father’s laugh, the taste of mangos, and the never-ending stream of Malian greetings. Woven into “good morning” and “how are you” are a multitude of blessings.

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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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Can the Cross Be an ‘Inclusive’ Symbol of Violence?

In a recent post on his facebook page, Rev. Cornel West of Union Theological Seminary invited all people of conscience to join in a National Day of Mass Direct Action against racist state violence. The event is part of Union’s Holy Week of Resistance which seeks to #ReclaimHolyWeek (a week celebrating the death and return-to-life of […]

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#SelmaIsNow: Interfaith Justice Work

On March 8, 2015, I was in Selma, Alabama, along with about 70,000 other people. Together, we were marching, consecrating the act that brave women and men had engaged in 50 years before to march for voting rights in the face of police brutality. I was lucky enough to be there because I had received a scholarship […]

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Understanding through Faith and Dialogue

Faith is having a strong belief in someone or something. Faith is what binds religions together. We all have faith in someone or something, whether we call it family, God, the divine, love or humanity. As a person of the Christian faith, I love hearing from others what it is that gives meaning to a person’s life.

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The Power of Being Seen

I remember the scene in my head like it was yesterday. I walked up to a stranger, looked her in the eye and said, “I am here to be seen.” Her response was, “And I see you.” Then I proceeded to approach several other people in the room – one at a time, repeating the […]

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