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'The Innocents,' A Conversation with Ace Atkins

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.12.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Joe Worthem Ace Atkins, while working as a crime reporter for the Tampa Tribune, earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for his coverage of a cold...

Yes, Peace Is Possible!

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 07.05.2016 | Religion
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Understood, it is more challenging to say "yes" to an encounter and "no" to a conflict. Understood, Most of us tend to listen with an eye to contradi...

Restoring Mutual Respect and Pluralism at our Colleges and Universities

Noam Schimmel | Posted 06.09.2016 | College
Noam Schimmel

'The Big Uneasy,' a recent article in the New Yorker, illustrates the illiberal and anti-democratic turn in college life; away from pluralism and genu...

Are We In The Midst Of A Public Space Crisis?

The Conversation US | Posted 06.08.2016 | Green
The Conversation US

By linking physical spaces with a live webcam network, Parrhesiastic Play gives people a stage to "perform" before the cameras. It's a playful way to comment on the rise of surveillance while interacting with a large audience.

Talking Honestly About Ali Can Honor His Racial Legacy

David Campt | Posted 06.08.2016 | Black Voices
David Campt

Co-authored by Dr. Lora-ellen McKinney While we are grieving Muhammad Ali's death, we should reflect back on his undoubtedly positive role in bridgin...

'Monsters: A Love Story,' A Conversation with Liz Kay

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.07.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Michele O'Donnell Liz Kay holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska, where she received an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poetry has ...

55,000 People Have a Conversation

Living Room Conversations | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

To be precise, there were over 3,500 conversations, involving 55,000 people. All on one day, in and around Chicago. Wow.

Stop Shunning White Racists From Mainstream Politics

David Campt | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
David Campt

The open presence of white nationalists in the Trump coalition would be very uncomfortable, but it could be potentially very valuable because it can help us bring the feeling of racial threat out in the open.

Book Review: 'Talk to Me', by Qasim Rashid

Yasmina Blackburn | Posted 05.23.2016 | Books
Yasmina Blackburn

In Talk to Me, Rashid takes his activism to the streets and walks the walk, creating dialogue as well as interfaith and inter-racial understanding through storytelling - both in his own voice and by sharing his pen with a cast of heartfelt contributors.

Kosovo as a Guide for Muslim-Jewish Collaboration

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.20.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

A majority-Muslim country invites ten Jewish Millennials from New York to attend an interfaith conference. At a time of cynicism and division, it sounds implausible, but it happened to us.

For a Productive Discussion, Voters Must Fight the Impulse to Do Harm

Michael Shammas | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Michael Shammas

The point is simple: Elections are important. How can we debate the 2016 election in a way that recognizes that gravity? To me, improving our discourse means rising above "the impulse to do harm," which is something humans naturally feel after being slighted.

Civic Shalom, Salaam, Shanti: An Interfaith National Day of Prayer

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes | Posted 05.10.2016 | Religion
Stephanie Varnon-Hughes

While violence and discord fuel our political media cycle, more Americans are living together in cities like Artesia than living in homogeneous, isolated communities.

Embracing the Person, if Not the Ideas

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

This being an election year, many of us have found ourselves in conflict with others. We want to be good Christians (or citizens, even) and reach out to those poor, deluded souls, and see their faces as the face of Jesus standing over there on the other side of the chasm of disagreement looming before us.

Speak Me a River: Resurrecting the Lost Art of Conversation

Patti Digh | Posted 04.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Patti Digh

Oh, we lose so much with our need for immediate outcomes. What if the process, that navigation of time with words and sense-making, was the only reason?

'Kill and be Killed,' A Conversation with Louis Begley

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.05.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Louis Begley Louis Begley is best known to readers of literary fiction for his observations about life among the upper crust denizens of New Y...

Interfaith at Work: 4 Tips for Navigating the Multifaith Workplace

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes | Posted 04.04.2016 | Religion
Stephanie Varnon-Hughes

If we work a 40-hour workweek, we are spending at least 2,000 hours per year with our colleagues. This often includes time over coffee, lunch, or even...

Civil Discourse Won't Fix the Trump Problem

Kai Degner | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Kai Degner

I've become afraid I might have nothing to show my future children if they ask what I was doing to fight against a demagogue while he was approaching the presidency.

Religion, Politics and the Healing Potential of Dialogue with Difference

Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 03.15.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Ph.D.

It is acknowledged that while particularism promotes strengthening of identity and commitment to core values, it must not be at the expense of neglecting the universal mandate of creating a just world for all humanity.

Campus Dialogue

Eric J. Furda | Posted 02.26.2016 | College
Eric J. Furda

On Sunday afternoon I was sitting on one of two buses coming back from the University of Pennsylvania's Posse-Plus Retreat (PPR) with a group of stude...

If You Are Part of the "Other 1%," the Listeners, This One's for You

Living Room Conversations | Posted 02.22.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

By Ralph Benko This column is for those curious cats who like to listen and learn from their opposites. Trigger Warning! If that's not you, stop rea...

Our Shameful Reality

Imane Ait Daoud | Posted 02.15.2016 | Religion
Imane Ait Daoud

It is shameful that we live in a world where marriage, modesty in dress and the practice of religion are policed by the government. It is shameful that we are so afraid of difference that we go to incredible extents as a community to persecute those who are different from us.

So You Want to Be President: How's Your Interfaith IQ?

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes | Posted 02.14.2016 | Religion
Stephanie Varnon-Hughes

Our democratic system is laudable, and can be transformative for those of us who participate fully in it. We don't need to give up our system of allowing individuals to run for office and share their vision for the United States.

Overcoming Bigotry Through Cultural Competency

Imane Ait Daoud | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Imane Ait Daoud

Last year was a year filled with interfaith controversy and debate. With the coming elections and the continued conflicts between peoples of different...

Parochial Prayer: A Call for Students to Claim Their Power

KidSpirit | Posted 02.11.2016 | Religion

I have been raised in an observant conservative Jewish household, and I frequently wrestle with daily prayer, which is very familiar to me. Therefore, I can readily see how a less observant student, without a regular relationship to a prayer experience outside of school, could find services onerous when thrust upon them in school.

A Republican, Democrat, Green & Libertarian Walk into a Living Room: A Report from the Front-Lines in Iowa

Living Room Conversations | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

In Iowa one week before the Presidential caucuses, we were far from the only group discussing politics that blustery night. From Sioux City to Davenport and everywhere in between, we Iowans have been bombarded with political billboards flanking our daily commute and dozens of ads in our physical and virtual mailboxes on any given day.