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Interfaith Education on the Playground

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. My first interfaith friendship developed when I was an eight-year-old third grader living in a small-town […]

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Intergenerational Interfaith

Last month I attended the North Atlantic Interfaith Network (NAIN) Connect in Detroit, Michigan. The history of interfaith cooperation was incredible in that city. I was amazed at the established interfaith relationships. I watched as individuals who had been friends for years, some for decades, reunite to talk about and share their city of Detroit. […]

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Ancestors and the Earth

Religions for the Earth recently held a weekend conference in New York City at Union Theological Seminary. The purpose was to make people aware that climate change and our environment are social justice issues. The conference concluded with a multifaith service at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Fortunately, I was able to attend […]

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Pointing Fingers Just Won’t Cut It

This blog post was originally written in the Spring of 2014 but has since been revised. While this particular topic might feel a bit dated for myself, I realize this is not dated for so many and felt it important to still share. Earlier this year the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U. S. A.) released […]

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The World is on Fire, so I rode The Ark

On Sunday, September 21, I was blessed to be asked to join The Ark, organized by Auburn Seminary and Groundswell (with help from lots of named and unnamed supporters) for the People’s Climate March. The New York Times found it an “odd juxtaposition,” that so many faith groups were next to one another, missing the […]

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Partners in Formation and Education

One of my fall responsibilities is getting our confirmation classes up and running. Confirmation, for many Lutheran Christians, is an intensive time of religious education for 7th and 8th graders leading to an affirmation of their baptism in their 9th grade year. Picture a small group of adolescents sitting around a table on a Wednesday […]

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Embracing Vulnerability in Interfaith Preaching

I asked the person at the church who scheduled me: Are you sure you want me to talk about Christianity? Will it be okay if I talk about Jesus and Mary, the Mother of God? While my journey towards ordination as a United Church of Christ minister is far from complete, I had the good fortune recently to serve […]

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Out of the Bible Belt and into Coexistence

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 South Carolina. Yes, the first state to secede from the Union. The […]

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I am ي، ن، ر

It is obvious that most Muslims across the world find the actions of the so-called “Islamic State” abhorrent; from condemnation in the US and UK, to satire in the Middle East, there is no point in elaborating my own personal opposition to them. However, while they may denigrate the name of the religion, and spitting […]

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According to News Sources, Religion is…

Religion is monotheistic-centric, heavily associated with violence, and in a continuous battle with secularization…according to our news outlets.  On September 17, 2014, I visited the websites of major American news outlets’ websites including CNN, FoxNews, msnbc, HuffingtonPost, and ABC with a simple objective: to analyze what was being disseminated as “religion,” discover what was newsworthy […]

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