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Celebrating Religions On Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is such an American holiday. Turkey, stuffing, apple pie and football… what could be more American than that? Well, how about religion, or rather many different religions? It used to be that Thanksgiving was strictly a family affair. Extended family members would often brave snow storms and other kinds of bad weather to arrive […]

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#MuslimApologies and Racism Tour Guides

It all started a couple months ago, when #MuslimApologies started trending on my Twitter feed. I scrolled through things like: We're TRULY sorry that we took Europeans out of dark ages & let them study our science, our books & attend our universities #MuslimApologies — Abdullah al Andalusi (@AbdullaAndalusi) September 26, 2014 I'm sorry that Muslim women […]

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English: Walaja Barrier 2011. Author Wickey-nl. Creative Commons license. 31 March 2014. Source: Own work, based on http://www.ochaopt.org/documents/ocha_opt_the_closure_map_2011_12_21_bethlehem.pdf, published by United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHAoPt). http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Walaja_Barrier_2011.jpg

“You are an ambassador”–Dispatch from Palestine

We drive along the barbed electric fence that surrounds the Israeli settlement of Har Gilo.  We are headed to the Walajah valley of the Palestinian territory. The valleys are deep and lush with pine trees and olive groves, steppes cut into the hillsides with round white stones. The land here has been largely confiscated by […]

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Thanksgiving Just For Christians?

Several friends and I have debated the nature of Thanksgiving for years. My friends contend that it is a Christian holiday. I disagree. Thanksgiving is in no way intrinsically religious. Of course, not all Christians agree with these particular Christian friends of mine. I imagine many would be surprised to find the proposition even open […]

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Reflecting On The Life Of Guru Nanak While Running The NYC Marathon

Originally Published in The Huffington Post Today, Sikhs around the world are celebrating the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak (1469-1539), the founder of the Sikh religion. Guru Nanak was born in the region of Punjab, which currently falls within the political boundaries of Pakistan and northwest India. He observed the deep social inequalities and spiritual […]

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Taken by author Jenn Lindsay in Palestine

“Come and see, then go and tell”–Dispatch from Palestine

The Tent of Nations is an organic farm on a long narrow strip of Palestinian land that has held its deed since 1917, through four occupations: Turkish, British, Jordanian, and Israeli. It is placed in the middle of a circle of 5 Israeli settlements. The farmers mark the last clash with Israeli military forces in […]

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Walt Disney’s Theology of Hope, pt. 3

See Part I and Part II. What kind of a man spends his time locked away drawing cartoon mice and convinces visual artists, musicians, innovators, and designers to devote themselves to his cause? As I stated in part 2 of this series, Walt Disney was a modern prophet of the American imagination, a futurist who […]

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Walt Disney’s Theology of Hope, pt. 2

Read Part I here. I truly believe Walt Disney was one of the great visionaries of the American landscape. I would locate him in a rather small handful of great minds that include Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Howard Hughes, Hugh Hefner, and Steve Jobs – each of whom are what we might call […]

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Holiday of Horrors: Halloween, Hate, and the (Dis)Honoring of Tradition

I used to love Halloween. As a child, I adored the dressing up as my favorite super heroine, rock star, animal, or – when I got a little older and fancier – donning some nice, natural looking fangs and biting on packets of fake blood. It was fun to watch as everyone around me toyed […]

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Shirim in her field near Husan Village, taken by author Jenn Lindsay

“Just Tell Our Story” — Dispatch from Palestine

We met Shirim at her family’s olive grove plot. It falls just outside the Betar Illit settlement. More accurately, it falls on the entire hill but the settlement imposed itself right on top of the farmland that has belonged to her family for five generations. She is forbidden to access her land beyond the current […]

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