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Interfaith Activism

Why the Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls Will Persist and What We Can Do About It

Dr. Keri Day | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Dr. Keri Day

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.

A Symbol of Exclusion? Why I Can't Stand the 'Interfaith Logo'

Charlotte Dando | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Charlotte Dando

I want to suggest that if the interfaith movement is due a rebrand, then there's nowhere I'd rather see this upgrading exercise begin than with the "interfaith logo."

A Living Laboratory Of Pluralism

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

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.

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.

Including LGBTQ Voices In Interfaith Work

Chris Stedman | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
Chris Stedman

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.

Bob Edgar, Presente

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

This is a letter I never imagined writing, and am deeply grief-stricken to be writing. Rev. Bob Edgar, a great public servant and my friend, has died.

Sinful Senate Vote Compounds Newtown Tragedy

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

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.

We Will Not Give Up On Gun Control

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

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.

The Faith Community's Role In Ending Modern-Day Slavery

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Julie Schonfeld

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.

My Rabbi Against Gun Violence

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

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.

A Day To Reflect On The Gun Violence Epidemic

Rev. Gary R. Hall | Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion
Rev. Gary R. Hall

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.

Millennial Interfaith Action

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.03.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

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.

A Tale Of Two New Humanist Service Initiatives

Chris Stedman | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Chris Stedman

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.

Heschel And King: Living The Exodus Legacy

Rabbi Or Rose | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Or Rose

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.

Tolerance Begins At Home

Chris Stedman | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Chris Stedman

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.

Speak And Act As Prophets Did: The Teachings Of Dr. King And Rabbi Heschel

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 03.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

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.

Turning Ugliness Into Beauty Through Interfaith Leadership

Balpreet Kaur | Posted 12.05.2012 | Religion
Balpreet Kaur

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.

A War That Builds Bridges, Not Bombs

Greg Damhorst | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
Greg Damhorst

Richard Proudfit is not just feeding the world, but building bridges. And those bridges allow us to feed the world together.

Another Miracle In Joplin: $250,000 Raised To Replace Burned Mosque

Randy Turner | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Randy Turner

Again, the people of Joplin, people of all faiths, banded together to show the Islamic community its support, showing that the miracle of the human spirit is alive and well in Joplin.

Faith Inspires: United Sikhs

Posted 06.08.2012 | Religion

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What Is Muslim Activism? Thoughts On A More Inclusive Model

Daniel Tutt | Posted 07.23.2012 | Religion
Daniel Tutt

Working with Muslims has grounded me more in my own faith tradition. This alone is proof that we can indeed expand our understanding both of what "Muslim activism" is and perhaps even what da'wah is.

Youth Redefine Interfaith Activism Globally

Frank Fredericks | Posted 05.27.2012 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

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.

Clooney, Kony And Why Interfaith Matters

Greg Damhorst | Posted 05.21.2012 | Religion
Greg Damhorst

Whether you feel that the Kony 2012 movement is insincere or revolutionary, perhaps we can agree on one thing: nothing is going to change if we don't choose to work together.

A Muslim, A Christian, A Sikh And A Hindu Walk Into A College Dorm Room ... And Discover World Peace

Qasim Rashid | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

Last weekend, Princeton hosted the 5th Annual Coming Together Interfaith Conference, a conference designed to counter a growing threat to our humanity: the gap in interfaith relations.

Buddhism Is More than Meditation: A Conversation with Sulak Sivaraksa

Katherine Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

I feel that to practice Buddhism, you must care not only for yourself but for society. You also have to consciously distance yourself from the structures of violence that frame our lives.