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Stop Shunning White Racists From Mainstream Politics

David Campt | Posted 05.24.2016 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 02.25.2017 | Home
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 02.19.2017 | Home
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 02.15.2017 | Home
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 02.14.2017 | Home
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 02.07.2017 | Home
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 02.08.2017 | Home
KidSpirit

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 02.01.2017 | Home
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.

What I've Realized As an American Muslim Living in the Midwest

Rawan AbuShaban | Posted 01.22.2017 | Home
Rawan AbuShaban

Living in the Midwest, I realize that the humanity of Muslims is best displayed just by being there. Better than an image of a random person, you witness me.

Why Facilitating Dialogue Is More Challenging Than Ever

Murali Balaji | Posted 01.07.2017 | Home
Murali Balaji

In the year since the Charlie Hebdo terror attack, free speech and political correctness, particularly in the West, have been presented as antithetical. Both conservative and liberal intellectuals have noted that political correctness has dissuaded free speech and silenced meaningful dialogue.

Why You Should to Talk to Your Kids About Sex

Samara Wolpe | Posted 01.06.2017 | Home
Samara Wolpe

Why is it so common for parents to make up strange stories such as the stork or fairies dropping children off at the doorstep, or for parents to wait until their children are summoned in for health class to broach the topic? Even more puzzling, why do many never bring it up at all?

Powerful Patience

KidSpirit | Posted 01.04.2017 | Home
KidSpirit

Since childhood, I always wanted to represent my country abroad, wanted to become a global thinker who could contribute to Bahrain's development. But after stepping outside that exam hall, I was pretty sure I had lost my chance.

Toward a Happier, More Social, and Less Divisive Country

John Bredin | Posted 12.29.2016 | Home
John Bredin

Since it's the "season to be jolly" as they say, I thought it might be useful to share some hopeful ideas (cynics might dismiss them as "utopian") for building a more caring, just, and peaceful society in the years ahead.

5 Ingredients for Dialogue in December

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes | Posted 12.15.2016 | Home
Stephanie Varnon-Hughes

Rather than attempting to learn about all of the various holidays one might encounter, I recommend instead cultivating practices and postures that will allow us to encounter and navigate difference openly, gracefully and with a spirit of positive intention. I've gathered five practices that are helpful for navigating holidays and cultural difference.

Anxiety Will Not Hold Me Back

Kylie Aloi | Posted 12.15.2016 | Home
Kylie Aloi

Anxiety may not be the most pleasant experience in the world but I personally wouldn't trade it in. Throughout all of my exploring, I have come to see that those of us with anxiety seem to be a "type" of person.