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Tipping the Scales

It was a cold January afternoon as I pulled into the parking lot of the Noor Islamic Center; the temperature gauge in my car was hovering at around 29-30 degrees. The moment I stepped outside, it felt a lot worse than that thanks to a bitterly frigid wind, otherwise known as the dreaded “wind chill,” […]

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What Nourishes Your Activism? Reflections on Interfaith Sustenance for Social Change

I stood in the pouring rain, my numb fingers frantically pressing the buttons on the intercom box of the brick building where my spiritual director has her office. Sloshing my way through that Saturday morning, I felt desperate for guidance, for re-connection. In the months since a jury let Darren Wilson walk out of Ferguson, […]

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In Praise of Slow Medicine

I’m one of the biggest consumers of the new faddish approach to medicine – the idea that what will “fix” medicine is right around the corner. Last month, I was mindfully eating raisins and sitting at the bedside of my patients. A few weeks ago, I was streamlining an approach to effective documentation. And yesterday, […]

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Marketing vs. Mission: On a Racist Ad Campaign Published, then Pulled, by the Presbyterian Mission Agency

In a time when denominations and the Church are having an identity crisis, there are moments when I can pin-point the situations that continue to cause trouble for the stability of mainline denominations. Here is one of them: the PC(USA), my denomination, decided to release promotional materials for the One Great Hour of Sharing (an ecumenical fundraising […]

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Suis-je Charlie? France, Islamophobia, and the Power of the Pen

I love Paris in the springtime I love Paris in the fall I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles. (“I Love Paris,” lyrics by Cole Porter, 1953) I love Paris. I love the austere churches, the bustling sidewalks, the cheese, the coffee, and of […]

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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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How Can #blacklivesmatter Be More Than A Hashtag?

The hashtag #alllivesmatter is a painful lie. In all corners of the globe, people suffer from various forms of oppression, violence, slavery, discrimination, occupation, poverty, etc. Yet some would not only ignore these realities, they would also seek to dismiss the core of them; the individual stories that might provide meaning to the ongoing suffering […]

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Tweeting “Like Real People Do”: A Reflection on Narcissism, Social Media, and the Politics of Collective Memory

I have fallen head over heels for the music of Hozier recently. For those of you who have not heard of him, he is an Irish blues/soul musician who has been blowing up the charts with his single “Take Me To Church.” The video, serving as a powerful message against LGBT violence, can be seen […]

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When the Anthropocene Came to Halji

This is the second in a multi-part series discussing sacred landscapes and religion in the Himalaya. Read the first post here. The rocky trail we had been hiking all day along the Limi River was interspersed with a mix of subalpine trees and large boulder fields, followed by a low stone wall alongside empty fields. […]

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Invoking The Power From Within During the Season of Advent

Patience is not a quality that I demonstrate very well, but I can respect the holy merit of patient waiting. Advent is the season where Christians wait, long, and prepare for the birth of their Messiah, Jesus Christ. In Judaism, we too long for the Messiah, who has historically been described as a prominent political or […]

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