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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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Gestures Matter

I wrote this while I was out of the country away from internet, away from television, away from radio, away from news of any kind—while I was somewhat ill-informed about what was currently happening in the world. The news of the murder of three Muslim students by an atheist managed to cross my radar when […]

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What Two Cultural Memes Teach Us About All Religion and Spirituality: Humility

This past week, two cultural memes got their time in the public spotlight. One of them was new and one was a generation old. I’m speaking about The Dress and the fictional planet named “Vulcan.” Both of these memes teach us something about real human spirituality, politics and relationship. Please let me explain. At the […]

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Laughter and Postponing Lent

In case you haven’t heard, we’ve recently gotten a little snow in Boston. Just a little? Okay, it’s more like seven feet, but who’s counting? At Andover Newton Theological School, located in the Greater Boston area, we have had to cancel six days of classes in the past 3 weeks. This has led to frustration […]

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Image from Wikimedia Commons. "Day 12 Occupy Wall Street September 28 2011 Shankbone 33" by David Shankbone - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Day_12_Occupy_Wall_Street_September_28_2011_Shankbone_33.JPG#mediaviewer/File:Day_12_Occupy_Wall_Street_September_28_2011_Shankbone_33.JPG

The Kaleidoscope of Activism (Part 2)

(Continued from Part 1) Below is a catalogue of activist methodologies, defined and listed according to aims, vulnerabilities, recommendations, and real-world examples. This categorization may help you to develop some ideas about how to advance your movement, and to locate your efforts within the many types of activism. JOURNALISTIC ACTIVISM Methodologies: Write and report arguments and […]

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Image from Wikimedia Commons. "Day 12 Occupy Wall Street September 28 2011 Shankbone 33" by David Shankbone - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Day_12_Occupy_Wall_Street_September_28_2011_Shankbone_33.JPG#mediaviewer/File:Day_12_Occupy_Wall_Street_September_28_2011_Shankbone_33.JPG

The Kaleidoscope of Activism (Part 1)

Google dictionary defines activism as “the policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change.” But activism isn’t always vigorous and doesn’t always engage traditional campaign tactics. In fact, activism comes in many formats. According to Wikipedia, it consists of efforts to promote, impede, or direct social, political, economic, or […]

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Can We Just Love Each Other?

Today is Valentine’s Day and as a Muslim I’m expected to write terrible things about it. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that the whole concept of sexual promiscuity dressed up as “love” is pretty awful and sends a very negative message to younger generations. I’m appalled at the seasonal displays at Wal-Mart and […]

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Everyday Theology: Humans of New York

Brandon Stanton and the popular blog Humans of New York, are making the media rounds this week. After photographing a student who shared his enthusiastic appreciation for his teacher, Stanton embarked on a photographic campaign to help the Mott Hall Academy in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn raise funds to cover annual trips for students […]

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The author Jenn Lindsay at the Vatican for an audience with Pope Francis with the Pontifical Institute for the Study of Arabic and Islam.

An Audience with Pope Francis—Dispatch from Rome

We were on our way to meet Pope Francis. We—the participants in the 50th anniversary meeting of the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies—departed together from the Urbaniana campus and rode an escalator cut inside the Janiculum Hill that dumped us out in front of the colonnades of Saint Peter’s. I walked with two […]

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I Don’t Want To Be Charlie Hebdo

I am still reeling from the Charlie Hebdo killings, as are many others. For the life of me, I do not understand how a human being can be so consumed by anger that they feel the need to take a life, and must condemn the killings from my own conscience. However, I do not have […]

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