Interfaith gatherings occur around the country, often in very simple and beautiful ways, but when we need to mobilize against bigotry, how well equipped are we? Where is our rapid response? Where is the determination to stand up every time someone uses religious identity as an excuse to hate?
I spend tremendous energy tempering my terminology, and my words get misunderstood anyway. I mostly write around my faith for fear I will be labeled then left out because of it. But why?
It is a shame that so much of the mainstream media-all over the world-devotes so much space and prominence to the narrative of hatred and schism when it comes to Islam and the West yet is so parsimonious when it comes to the narrative of interfaith harmony.
India has just lost one of its most important Hindu leaders, Swami Dayananda Saraswati. The media referred to him by appeal to his most celebrated student, India's prime minister, Narendra Modi. But Dayananda did not need Modi to be known in India, and globally.
Pope Francis is clearly a religious leader who sees the values in unity over conflict. We should welcome that as we welcome him to the United States.
As we have seen, Pope Francis is not just paying lip service to those reforms - he is embracing them wholeheartedly. And yet, there is still work to be done.
The Genocide Initiative has launched a petition that calls on political powers to unite and proclaim the crimes being committed by ISIS as acts of religious, cultural, and ethnic genocide.
As a rabbi and an imam who have been working together for nearly a decade to nurture ties of communication and cooperation between Muslims and Jews worldwide, we find it moving that two of the most important holidays in our respective faiths will overlap this year on the same day.
Full disclosure: I call it my garden, but I'm not the gardener. Not really. I don't plant things. I don't do the big weeding. I don't make plants grow or buds blossom.
While the book ban has since been overturned, the controversy persists as national organizations take sides in this local debate. To extricate myself from this religious fervor, I rely on the peace gained from my time in nature.
Pope Francis' May 24, 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si, on the state of the earth's environment and humanity's responsibility for action, represents a growing transformational shift in the relationship between science, social justice, progressive secularism, and religious consciousness.
If you want to work for peace, you must have your own inner peace. That is what Pope Francis teaches us in his humility. He draws his strength not by jeering at "losers." He lifts the "losers" in a way that strengthens the entire community.
A recent statement of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders on the refugee crisis gives voice to the perspectives of five major faith traditions, represented by high level religious leadership.
Thank you, President Obama, for encouraging the opportunity for public discourse to thrive even in times that seem devoid of civility and reasonableness.
During a respite from a recent international development conference in Mbale, Uganda I had a glimpse of a Jewish story that sounded like a Michael Chabon "What if" plot.
The idea of "Labor Day" was birthed as a way for the nation to acknowledge the need for safer working conditions and respect and dignity for all workers. As Labor Day celebrations grew across the nation, calls for a national holiday succeeded shortly after the Pullman strike of 1894.