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Religious Practice Collage

Letting our Differences Breathe

After publishing new works, many scholars and cultural commentators will tour the country eager to educate a larger and more diverse audience about their research and philosophy, and they often find that audiences almost exclusively consist of people who already agree with them. This experience is not unique to lecturers. We are all more likely […]

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We’re All God’s Children

Before coming to college, I knew I was called to love my neighbors and create community between the children of God. However, at that point in my life, I believed my neighbors and children of God were those who identified as Christians.

In college, I began taking religion classes, spending time with the faith communities in Franklin, and interacting with amazing individuals such as Eboo Patel and Marcus Borg on their visits to campus. I began to understand that my neighbors and the children of God were all of the people on this earth, not just my Christian brothers and sisters.

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Idolatry and Islamophobia

Charisma magazine has taken down Gary Cass’ original call for Christians to take up arms against Islam in response to public outcry, but Cass remains unrepentant. Most bad arguments don’t lead to calls for genocide, but there’s a connection between the violence of Cass’ argument and the violence of his conclusion.

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Higher Education, The Rise of the Nones, and IFYC: Where Do We Go From Here?

I wasn’t always interested in interfaith education. Personally, my worldview and commitment to interfaith engagement and education developed in college, as a result of being introduced to organizations and programs such as the Interfaith Youth Core. IFYC is a Chicago-based non-profit organization that focuses on making interfaith cooperation a social norm by way of college […]

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The New Leaders

On a Saturday afternoon at the beginning of August, I paced around the narthex of my grey stone home church where friends and colleagues were gathered in their clergy robes and stoles. This was the church were I was baptized at 23, and the first religious community I had ever officially joined. This was the […]

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The Lost Summer

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. This year, the summer warmth never seemed to arrive in New England. Normally, I’m rather pleased; […]

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Standing with Muslims For the Cause of the Gospel

At the Islamic Society of North America’s annual convention last weekend, civil rights activist Linda Sarsour enjoined her fellow Muslims to live out their faith by committing themselves to justice. She said that, when asked to explain their faith, not to talk about the five pillars of Islam. “That is only helpful if the person […]

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Engaging the Whole: A Tripartite Theory of Interreligious Education

(Author’s note – the terms ‘interreligious’ and ‘interfaith’ will be used interchangeably in the paragraphs to follow.) This time last autumn, an intra-office email came through. An experimental program, the First-Year Learning Community, is looking for topics courses. The program is designed to function for-the-student as a ‘welcome to college/central humanities colloquy’, as well as a […]

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Moving Past the First Date: Three Contributing Scholars Reflect on Honesty, Offense, and Interbelief Dialogue

Earlier this month, three State of Formation Contributing Scholars were invited to attend and present at the North American Interfaith Network annual conference. Responding to the conference’s opening plenary lecture, Ellie Anders, Wendy Webber, and Esther Boyd collaborated on this piece in an attempt to bring some of the conference’s discussion of honest communication and […]

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Growing a string of PERLs: A report from the first year of Philadelphia Emerging Religious Leaders — Part II

Bringing in principles informed by my work in Faith-Based Community Organizing I entered the first full year of Philadelphia Emerging Religious Leaders (PERL) with the goal of building the small existing core of leaders into a robust and sustainable organization. We solidified and deepened PERL’s roots as a student-led organization. Students envisioned and executed its […]

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