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.
With my own focus on the role of activism in the arts as a mechanism for dialogue and peace, I found the experience I had in Baku to be an accurate representation of the subject we had gathered to debate.
Over the past 4 years, 42 Churches, mosques and monasteries were vandalized, attacked or torched in the Holy Land. A very narrow section of the Orthodox Zionist world has engaged in what is in fact religious terrorism.
As an interfaith child, you are a bridge-builder, a peacemaker, an interfaith ambassador in a world still marked by religious hatred and violence. We are raising you to go out and explain one religious world to the other.
Our activism must be objective and consistent. Boko Haram has been largely ignored up until this point. Now that they have the public's attention, it is critical that we attack the root of the problem.
We are population of about 18,000 souls and a veritable United Nations of ethnic backgrounds and religions. And in between all of the sermons, we kayak on our town's lake and eat ice cream from the local dairy.
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.
I feel more convinced than ever that interfaith efforts should include LGBTQ voices; if such work is intended to bring together people with different and sometimes contradicting convictions and identities, then it has to.
The ability of a minority in the U.S. Senate to block common sense gun violence prevention measures is a victory for the NRA, whose leadership has sided with criminals over the common good of our nation. The Senators who sided with the NRA's leadership have sinned.
Leaders of the Abrahamic faith traditions can do what others cannot. Firm in the belief that human life is sacred, that right is distinct from might and that justice is a supreme value, we call on Americans not to give up on background checks and other sensible restrictions on guns.
We commit ourselves and call upon people of conscience around the country to join this growing movement of modern-day abolitionists committed to eradicating the horror of slavery, growing every day around the globe.