I'm wondering, what's God like, really? Is he (she? it?) a big and kindly Other who created the world, likes to be worshiped, and talks back to people who pray? Or is the Divine some kind of diffuse and universal Spirit who inhabits oceans and mud puddles, cockroaches and humans?
Speed-faithing helped address the elephant in the room by breaking the ice so that students could begin to talk about their religious beliefs and practices. It provided an important point of entry for beginning the work of sharing and listening in order to find common ground.
I happily join the 840,000 of my Catholic sisters and brothers in exhorting the COP21 negotiators to develop the international frameworks needed for a climate of justice.
Ignorance is the root of all of this. Whether it's education that bars women from equal access or the teaching a skewed interpretation of Islam, we progressives must speak up. Islam began as a testament to equality and enlightenment, and it must reclaim itself as a force for peace.
More and more I believe that the only territory in which one truly can cause the Divine to reign is the kingdom of one's own heart.
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We have so many things to be thankful for as Americans, and I think most folks will probably be thankful that they can turn away from the rhetoric and often mean tone of the campaign, at least for the family celebration of Thanksgiving.
"What is honored in a country will be cultivated," Plato said, and this is true for spirituality within the university setting. It cannot just be talked about on the margins, spirituality must be at the heart of the campus.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been leading the peaceful revival of the true Islam for 126 years now and constantly warns the world of the dire consequences of turning away from Godliness and good morals.
Working Americans haven't seen a real raise in 35 years. Meanwhile, every year, their health care costs rise. Their employers eliminate pensions. And their kids struggle with rising college tuition and debt. By contrast, on the other side of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the richest 1 percent are supersizing their feasts.
They're victims, not terrorists.
It has been about a year now since I stepped away from the leadership team on Intervarsity. It was a long, hard year. I lost my sense of purpose. I lost my community. I felt lost in every sense of the word. I had lots of questions, and very few answers. Who was God?
No one has the right to make any of us feel afraid because of the incitement of hate and acts of terror. The overwhelming majority of people only want to live in peace. We do not want our children and grandchildren to live in fear.
The Abrahamic faiths can come together. It has happened in history -- Andalusia was, on balance, a time of true interfaith harmony. It happens today in friendships between top scholars and leaders of Judaism and Islam. And it can happen on a global scale.
One response in one corner of the world came on Sunday, November 15 in the form of a service of words and music by Muslims, Christians and Jews at San Francisco's Calvary Presbyterian Church which this writer was fortunate to attend. It is, in all probability, exemplary of other responses across the planet.
We've read the accounts of French women embracing one another in the streets, regardless of religion, race or creed, united by tragedy. May this letter be our embrace.