Posts Tagged ‘Violence’

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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Prayers for the victims at Choeung Ek, one of Cambodia's largest killing fields.

Genocide and Others

After visiting the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem I must have been visibly upset.  An Israeli woman who was part of our tour group, knowing my Jewish heritage, approached me to ask who in my family was killed.  When I answered that my family had immigrated to the United States at the turn of the century […]

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Image courtesy of Elise Alexander

Beware Standby Mode

Earlier this month, State of Formation and the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies graciously offered me the chance to join them in a tour of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum followed by a discussion of Holocaust education and the phenomena of collaboration and resistance, especially among people of faith.  It was, to say the least, a […]

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Graffiti on the walls of a destroyed hospital in Quneitra, part of the Syrian-controlled Golan

Living into human peace

In a recent application, I was asked to reflect on my thoughts about nonviolence and whether I consider myself a pacifist.  This turned out to be a much more difficult question than you might assume, as I needed to wrangle my Christian faith, my experience with Hindu and Islamic ideas of peace and nonviolence, and […]

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When an Olympic Ring Blinked

I am in love with the four Olympic rings. I am in love, in particular, with the one that did not open, last Friday, during the opening ceremonies in Sochi, Russia. That closed ring shows the incomplete work of such gatherings, of those who have been harmed to make them happen, of those always left […]

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Why I will not apply for the Council on Foreign Relations’s “Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin”

State of Formation recently announced that it would nominate its Contributing Scholars to be featured in the Council on Foreign Relation’s “Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin.” This is a great chance both for State of Formation and for the writers on this blog. I have seen caring, critical engagement on this site, and I think […]

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Undocumented Christ

Finding Jesus at the Texas-Mexico Border

It was cold and windy on the last morning of our trip to the Rio Grande Valley. We sat at a wooden table toward the back of the restaurant, warming ourselves with coffee and eating breakfast tacos. Cindy took notes as our companions, the pastor of an Eagle Pass church and two of his parishioners, […]

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Flossenbürg by A. Kryszczak - Przed blokiem XXIII (crop).jpg. "In front of block 23" Drawing by Stefan Kryszczak survivor of Flossenbürg concentration camp. Drawing done in ink on tracing paper. The heirs of this work's copyright holder (usually the creator) have released it into the public domain. This applies worldwide.

Unrateable Terrors

I help teach a university course on The Holocaust in Historical Context. It is, it should be, impossible to remain unaffected by immersive study of Western Antisemitism and how religious, economic, political, racial, nationalistic, and cultural trends intersected to culminate in the ghastly monstrosity of the Third Reich and its horrorhouse of moral inversions. The […]

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Sikh Ethics and Political Engagement

Originally published with Tikkun; Co-written with Dr. Prabhjot Singh As members of an underrepresented community in modern America, we find ourselves in the midst of a double bind. On the one hand, we continue to work within an established system to gain recognition, rights, and respect for the community we represent—American Sikhs. On the other […]

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What is our response to ‘Sexting, Shaming and Suicide?’

Some stories are difficult to make sense of. Take, for instance, one of the stories from the Bible from Judges 19. It is the story of a Levite traveling through the hill country of Ancient Israel, going from town to town in complete reliance on the hospitality of the people in those towns. His only […]

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