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Inter Religious Dialogue

A Season of Civility: Religion And Public Life

Parker J. Palmer | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
Parker J. Palmer

Political civility is not about being polite to each other. It's about reclaiming the power of "We the People" to come together, debate the common good and call American democracy back to its highest values amid our differences.

Polarization: The Problem And Possibility

Rabbi Ted Falcon | Posted 08.28.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Ted Falcon

During the many years that we three faith leaders have worked together, we have realized that simply choosing one side or the other in a polarized situation will never help.

Three Wise Men: Is Communication Possible?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 08.26.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Despite personal differences, and obviously different points of view on a number of issues, could Pope Benedict and Billy Graham and I sit down for an evening's camaraderie and sharing of views?

My Jewish Voice In The Spectrum Of Interfaith Narrative

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

As a future rabbi, I am struggling to find my voice in the online din that reverberates in ways previously unseen (or unheard). I am not only dealing with a new medium, but also a new and increasingly essential strand of thought: interfaith collaboration.

Hospitality, A Universal Tradition

Rev. Lyndon Shakespeare | Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion
Rev. Lyndon Shakespeare

Unlike some political options taken to address the poor treatment of minority groups, hospitality refuses the fantasy of neutral ground and instead emphasizes how friend, stranger and enemy can hold things in common even in contested spaces.

Wedding Theology For The Spiritual But Not Religious

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

As a liberal, progressive minister in Brooklyn, I receive frequent requests to officiate weddings of couples who want to be married by a religious leader, but who don't want to have a particular tradition's stamp pressed too deeply upon their hour of celebration.

Why Interfaith Organizing Matters

Amy B. Dean | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Amy B. Dean

Every major faith has a set of values grounded in the pursuit of justice and equity. This universalism is important. It creates the potential for far-reaching, welcoming movements that cut across boundaries of race, class, sect and nationality.

A New World

Richard Brand | Posted 07.31.2012 | Religion
Richard Brand

My neighbors are not happy. But the removal of the public support for the Christian faith is good news for the Christian community.

If Muhammad Had Not Spoken

Samir Selmanovic | Posted 07.31.2012 | Religion
Samir Selmanovic

When I became a Christian, my devastated secular Muslim parents recruited one of Europe's best psychiatrists and 50 relatives to take their best shot at helping me get over my infatuation with God.

WATCH: Jean Vanier: Become Weaker

Travis Reed | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Travis Reed

In a time of such polarization and protectionism, we might try out a little vulnerability and see what newness might be born out of the fertile soil of weakness.

Interfaith Incognito: What A Hindu Nun Learned From An Evangelical Christian

Pravrajika Vrajaprana | Posted 07.15.2012 | Religion
Pravrajika Vrajaprana

Having been in the back-patting position often enough myself, I propose that what works most effectively is interfaith dialogue that is not initiated for the sake of public consumption. It is spontaneous, unrehearsed and often completely unexpected.

Graduates, Put Your Beliefs Into Action

Mary Ellen Jebbia | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
Mary Ellen Jebbia

Wherever our journeys take us, we must continue the act of using our passion and expertise to create a better world. I urge us to take the difficult street, and to reap the reward.

The Holiness Of Common Ground

Eboo Patel | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
Eboo Patel

Honestly, I hate the term "common ground." It just sounds boring. But all of my shaking and wagging has only ever succeeded in ending conversations, and sending people running in the opposite direction.

The Heroes I Was Looking For

Eboo Patel | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
Eboo Patel

I found full nourishment in Islam for ideas I initially encountered in other traditions. I am a Muslim whose first faith hero was Dorothy Day.

My Neighbor's Faith: The Rabbi And The Christian Cab Driver

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 07.20.2012 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

As soon as I was in the cab, I noticed that pretty much every surface of the car's interior was covered with a JESUS LOVES YOU sticker. This wasn't just a cab, it was a rolling cathedral! Part of me thought I should just jump out of the car.

An Interfaith Earth Day Celebration In Roanoke

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 07.16.2012 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

Local communities are often confronted with proposals that suggest we sacrifice these priorities for the sake of jobs, development or progress. We can have both.

WATCH: Honor Everyone

Travis Reed | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
Travis Reed

"In this electoral year tensions are particularly high. Polarities are strong. Many people think that the future of our country ... is at stake," Miroslav Volf says. "Honoring everyone contains the promise of possibility."

My Neighbor's Faith: A Test Of Character

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.11.2012 | Religion
Jim Wallis

This conflict is really about the role that faith will play in America. It is about whether or not we will accept Muslim Americans as true Americans or as second-class citizens. It is a test of our character, and we dare not fail it.

A Moral Challenge: Moving From F To A+ On Climate Change

Peter Adriance | Posted 07.07.2012 | Religion
Peter Adriance

Despite sincere efforts by some in Congress, that body as a whole has failed meaningfully to act on climate change. But the point was not so much to condemn the inaction but to urge Congress to work rapidly to raise its grade.

In Islam, Heaven Is Not Exclusive

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 06.27.2012 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

I don't know how, but people say this all the time: "He cannot go to heaven because he does not believe in [insert your Prophet or God's name here]." Frankly, I would have checked out of my faith if it took such a position. Thank God (or Allah) that it doesn't.

Faith Inspires: Muslim Student Association At UNC Asheville

Posted 03.23.2012 | Religion

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An Abrahamic Peace Strategy For The Middle East

Dino Patti Djalal, Ph.D. | Posted 05.09.2012 | Religion
Dino Patti Djalal, Ph.D.

Political strategies have failed. Let us try a new strategy -- one that goes back to the faith of our common ancestor Abraham. Start with that, and peace will follow.

The Lowe's Controversy And The Success Of Religious Pluralists

Daniel Tutt | Posted 02.17.2012 | Religion
Daniel Tutt

When Lowe's decided to pull its ads from "All American Muslim," they sparked a national crisis over Islamophobia in America. But crisis is the wrong word. I prefer opportunity.

Coexistence Is Within Reach: The Making Of A Tri-Faith Community Center

Susan A. Buffett | Posted 02.15.2012 | Religion
Susan A. Buffett

Change won't happen overnight but nothing happens if we don't do anything. By building their houses of worship together, the congregants of the tri-faith group are making a long-term commitment to each other.

A Meaningful Alternative To 'Spiritual Not Religious'?

Carl McColman | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
Carl McColman

This isn't always an easy position to hold. If religious leaders are unhappy about how many people identify as SBNR, perhaps a new category of religious/spiritual experience is necessary.