Posts Tagged ‘Questions’

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Moving Past the First Date: Three Contributing Scholars Reflect on Honesty, Offense, and Interbelief Dialogue

Earlier this month, three State of Formation Contributing Scholars were invited to attend and present at the North American Interfaith Network annual conference. Responding to the conference’s opening plenary lecture, Ellie Anders, Wendy Webber, and Esther Boyd collaborated on this piece in an attempt to bring some of the conference’s discussion of honest communication and […]

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Taken by Jenn Lindsay in Rome on July 17, 2014.

The Roman Jewish Vigil for Israel

In the Piazza della Rotunda of the Pantheon, at the heart of Rome, there was a rally in support of Israel held by the historic Roman Jewish community. Traces of trauma from World War II are here, scattered throughout the cobblestone streets in gold plaques marking former homes of Jews murdered over the tortuous last years […]

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Living A Dual Religious Identity

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’m used to being the only Jew in the room. I normally take it with a […]

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Why Are There So Many Secret Atheists?

Recently I attended a meeting for atheists and agnostics. The primary purpose of the group, as I understand it, is to function as a community of support. To start the meeting everyone was asked to introduce themselves by relating their religious history. Having just recently written about my how my religious history is unusual for […]

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True dialogue doesn’t allow you to give up your distinct beliefs

I have to admit that sometimes I get weary of those Christians who, upon learning I am actively involved in different forms of interfaith dialogue, judge me as not being Christian enough.  The assumption goes that if you can “get along” and dialogue with those who believe and practice other religious faiths, you must have […]

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Defining Religion: An Ongoing Discovery

Being a secular humanist working in an interfaith capacity – particularly with curious college students – means that I get asked many questions about how humanism relates to religion. The other night, a student asked if we could dedicate one week’s dialogue to “hearing more about Esther’s religion”, and another student quickly chimed in with, […]

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Laughable Beliefs

I believe that laughter is an important element of crossing any divide. But beliefs—of any creed—are often deeply serious. When is it okay to laugh about religion? Obviously, jokes designed to discredit a tradition or its adherents are not helpful or appropriate for interbelief settings. They are not appropriate anytime, but especially in interbelief settings. […]

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Why Religion Should Not Try So Hard to Be Cool

Every September college students confront a myriad of student activity organizations, each competing for student loyalties. While campus religious groups might be considered realms for quiet reflection and prayer, things change amongst a plurality of competing enticements for student membership. Suddenly, the Catholic Center is just one option alongside a cappella choirs, the Beekeeping Club, […]

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Jesus and the Moneychangers in the Scrovegni Chapel

In the summertime I visited Padua and went to the Scrovegni Chapel, dated 1305. In the past 40 years the frescos have begun to crumble, and curators have researched atmospheric problems in order to counteract the decay. Long story short: this chapel is OLD. The air on the globe has totally changed since 1305 and […]

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Lessons Learned while Teaching Buddhist Monks

Teaching Cambodian Buddhist monks is mostly the same as teaching Cambodian children.  There are less discipline problems and the monks can’t play games—even educational ones.  Also, because I am a woman, I can’t touch the monks.  I was told that physical contact between monks and women is strictly illegal.  I’m not sure if this is […]

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