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Inter Religious Dialogue

Theologians Ask How Christianity Is Changing

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Last weekend the Pacific Coast Theological Society (PCTS) celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary in Berkeley. We read the first papers presented by its founding members. Each one had the title "What is Essential in the Christian Religion," followed by a subtitle that more precisely described that author's project.

"NONES!" are Now "DONES" Is the Church Dying?

Steve McSwain | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Given the widespread departure from the Church in all its varied expressions, it is a legitimate question. Add to this the reality that the Millennial generation has not only left the Church but does not seem to be returning and you have a recipe for disaster.

Reclaiming the Sacred: Five Uniting Religious Principles

Maha Elgenaidi | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Maha Elgenaidi

While we may never be able to stop violence in the name of religion, we can prevent it at home and in our lives by remembering and instilling in each other basic ethical principles that are held by all religious traditions.

The Future of Jewish-Muslim Relations on College Campuses: Hope or Hopeless?

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

Rising bigotry is not unique nor is it one-way. Islamophobia among the Jewish community is increasing, too, poisoning many Jewish hearts and minds and taking deep root here in the U.S. as well as other parts of the world.

Fethullah Gulen: From Izmir to the Global Hizmet Movement

Emre Celik | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Emre Celik

Gulen's name has progressively reached a wider Western audience. From the New York Times to 60 Minutes, there are thousands of references to his name in the world media. Attention is being paid.

Solutions to Communal Conflict in Myanmar

David L. Phillips | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
David L. Phillips

Myanmar's leaders and people deserve great credit for embracing democracy and political transition. However, further steps are needed to consolidate reforms and social progress.

A Peaceful Spin to Health

Bethany Saad | Posted 12.28.2013 | Impact
Bethany Saad

At the end of our first session together, we had a surprising group indulgence in a morsel of dark chocolate. That little dove chocolate got my analytical gears churning about another dove, the one carrying an olive branch as a symbol of peace, who reminded me that I am an active participant in a social movement for change, peace and tolerance.

How to Break Through the Impasse

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

The dominant political parties have allowed their differences to become so insurmountable that they've shut down the inter-party dialogue which is so essential to keeping the engines of democracy running.

Religious Pluralism, Global Peace, and Higher Education

Joseph L. Subbiondo | Posted 11.17.2013 | College
Joseph L. Subbiondo

Whether or not one has a religion is not important. What is important is to recognize that the majority of people in the world do practice a religion -- and that their beliefs can be a force for good as well as evil.

Indian Culture Teaches Us Plurality

Andrew Luisi | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Andrew Luisi

India has taught me that there are endless paths to reach the same destination. Hindus believe in many deities, but ultimately and regardless of the deity they choose to worship, they believe that they will be lead to the same truth.

What Can American Muslims Do About Allegations of Christophobia?

Kemal Argon | Posted 08.07.2013 | Religion
Kemal Argon

While there may indeed be incidents of oppression against Christians in the Muslim world, any stereotype of any majority of Muslims being necessarily anti-Christian is simply not representative of either the historical or contemporary larger truth of the religion or of Christian-Muslim relations.

Resisting The Urge To 'Otherize'

Mirabai Starr | Posted 08.08.2013 | Religion
Mirabai Starr

As a Native New York Jew who grew up in the counter-culture of New Mexico and spent my 20s in northern California, the American South is as foreign to me as Mongolia. So visiting the Bible Belt is a perfect opportunity for me to walk my talk and reject the impulse to "otherize."

Muslim And Jewish Leaders Unite To Combat Hatred

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 07.31.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

The hard truth is both Jews and Muslims are imperiled in many parts of the world. We are most effective in confronting these dangers by pooling our efforts and truly becoming our brother's keeper.

Who Owns God?

T. Sher Singh | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
T. Sher Singh

The trick for each one of us is in personally studying our own faith and those of others, and learning to go beyond the blinders that most people of every faith nowadays put on their own eyes the very moment they turn to matters of religion.

Rabbis, Sheikhs, Kadis, Imams And Priests Say No To Domestic Violence

Nomi Teutsch | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion
Nomi Teutsch

In a country characterized by divisive, often violent conflicts and yawning gaps between communities, it was astonishing and inspiring to see these religious leaders reach across boundaries to exchange knowledge and support one another.

The Derby City Embraces 'Compassion' With Dalai Lama's Teaching

Keith Runyon | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion
Keith Runyon

"Concern with others' well being: that is compassion," the 77-year-old Buddhist spiritual leader declared. "Compassion must come from there," he added, pointing toward his heart.

Diversity Makes Life Rich: An Ordinary Day In Israel

Diana Bletter | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion
Diana Bletter

My friend just came back from a scientific conference in Austria where she met other scientists, from places like Saudi Arabia and South Africa, who were shocked to discover that she, a Muslim Arab, was living and working with Jews in Israel.

Freedoms Of Press, Speech And Expression: Lost In Translation

Amb. Ufuk Gokcen | Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion
Amb. Ufuk Gokcen

While international efforts establish legal protections for freedom of expression and other freedoms, it is important not to end the discussion there. We must promote engagement and dialogue that remains focused on matters of human dignity.

Do The Beliefs Of Others Infuriate You?

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

While I try to keep an understanding voice, there are beliefs, ideas and individuals that can push my buttons -- and I have plenty of buttons. The boundary between being open to others and being justly offended by the bad beliefs they hold is not always clearly demarcated.

Face To Faith: Befriending An Atheist In Mormon Country

Mickey Roundtree | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Mickey Roundtree

As a girl who grew up in the LDS Church, having friends who are part of religions that contradict my own is really uncommon.

What Can We Do About The Terror And Unjust Persecution Of The Boston Marathon Bombings?

Kemal Argon | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Kemal Argon

Anyone who feels negatively emotionally impacted by the Boston Marathon terror bombings has the right to say, "I have been a victim of unjust persecution and I intend to do something positive about it."

Finding A ‘Third Way' On The Role Of Religion In Public Life

Oleksandr Feldman | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
Oleksandr Feldman

We must find a "third way" between upholding religion as the solution to all of society's ills and dismissing it as unfit for the public square. Seeking that balance is the principle agenda of the upcoming third annual Kiev Interfaith Forum.

The Impotence Of Interfaith Dialogue

Khurram Dara | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Khurram Dara

Consider the type of individual who attends an interfaith event at his or her local community center. Do we really expect to find uneducated, ignorant people at these events?

Celebrating The 150th Anniversary Of Baha'u'llah's Declaration

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

On April 21, 1863, as He was about to be exiled from Baghdad to Constantinople, Baha'u'llah stayed for 12 days in a garden in Baghdad, and it was here that He let members of the Babi community gathered know that He was the promised one they were expecting.

The Paradox Of Interfaith Dialogue

Robert M. Randolph | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Robert M. Randolph

Religious communities have differences over who/what God is that can be talked about and out of those differences come the conversations that educate strangers about the other.