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.
Gun violence is personal. It can kill people. It can make people grieve. It can cause an enduring sense of loss. But it is not a loss that we need to endure alone or without a voice. As Rabbi Mosbacher modeled for me, it can rally and sustain our efforts.
This weekend, not only will the Sabbath be different from other days of the week, it will also be different than other Sabbaths during the year. Congregations across the country will participate in a gun violence prevention Sabbath.
There is a fundamental shift afoot in the way social justice causes are pursued. As the gap between thought and action narrows, such that a Facebook "like" can mean participation, the means by which social justice will be realized in the world are changing rapidly.
After three years of unofficial collaboration, we are excited to announce a partnership between our projects -- Pathfinders Project at Foundation Beyond Belief, and the Values In Action initiative at the Humanist Community at Harvard.
As we continue our journey through the book of Exodus, reading about the triumphs and travails of the Israelites in their march to freedom, let us also pause to reflect on the legacies of Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King Jr., two great modern advocates of compassion and justice.
My mom is almost never embarrassed to speak her mind. But she also makes an effort not to be mean, abrasive or hurtful to others in doing so. She taught me to be strong, but she also showed me how to be kind.
Forty years have passed since Dr. King and Rabbi Heschel worked and witnessed among us. Perhaps, like a biblical generation that represents a pregnant pause before a major transformation, we may be ready to act for a transformative rebirth in our time.
I started wearing my heart on my sleeve and seeing every stare as a chance for dialogue and friendship. I began to firmly believe in the power of the spoken and written word. I finally began to realize that I had to take charge of my own narrative.
With more than 500 activists volunteering more than 16,000 hours in 10 countries last year, impacting the lives of more than 50,000 people, we see a global trend becoming the foundation of a world movement. This is the beginning.