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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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A day's harvest

Overabundance

As autumn settles into the trees, changing bright green to the yellow, orange, and red rainbow of fall, I always get a little sad. Summer is by far my favorite season, all heat and sun, with air so heavy that it settles on you like an embrace. However, my one consolation when summer ends is […]

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A Carefully Packed Carry-On

Someone recently forwarded me a link to a blog by Matthew David Morris titled “What It’s Like to Be A Gay Christian.”   As someone who, in my better moments, considers myself aligned with those same identity markers, I was interested to hear this author’s reflections and see if they matched my own experiences. What I […]

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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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Battle of Karbala

Every Land is #Ferguson

There is a power in raising our hands for Ferguson. We do not raise our hands like the Illuminati or a Rockefella [sicknowledge]; we do not raise our hands to act out an NWA lyric; we do not even raise our hands in an “Allah Akbar.” Instead, we raise our hands in surrender. Our submission […]

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Rage, rage (against the dying of the light)

A year or two ago, I studied under a professor who somehow know just which buttons to push to transform my serene, scholarly public self into a senseless wreck.  Admittedly, that public persona was a very thin layer at the time, but more than anyone else, his words were the venom to set my skin […]

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9/11-Era Ignorance of Islam is Infecting the Age of ISIS. We Should Know Better.

Originally Published with The Guardian In the last two months, three major hate crimes have hit New York City, the most ethnically diverse place in the United States. Last week, a man chased a Muslim American woman into oncoming traffic in Brooklyn while threatening to behead her. Earlier this month, a group of teenagers physically […]

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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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