Gulen's name has progressively reached a wider Western audience. From the New York Times to 60 Minutes, there are thousands of references to his name in the world media. Attention is being paid.
What is spirituality? "It is," as Rabbi Kaplan puts it, "the progressive unlearning of the strange ideas about God you've been taught..." Consider t...
More than three years after the broadcast debuted, my Muslim audience now finds it ordinary, rather than aberrant, to hear a Jewish voice opine on Arab affairs in their mother tongue. In numerous Arab countries, such a situation would be revolutionary--but in Morocco, it's merely one step forward among many.
In the Great Commission, he called for the making of disciples -- people who followed a teacher in order to bring about his or her vision of the world. So I say, if you're going to bring them to Jesus, then actually bring them to Jesus!
However well-intentioned, interfaith dialogue will likely fail if the conversation is inappropriate for its audience, participants feel pressured to compromise their beliefs, and if some participants attempt to proselytize.
This has been the hardest eulogy for me to write. I cried almost every step of the way. I miss him greatly. I know we all do. His smile, sense of humor, warmth, wisdom and vision. We have lost a giant.
Dating is a lot different at 30 than at 21. Things move faster and no longer do we have the pleasure of waiting years to "see what will happen." There seemed to be a slowly ticking clock hanging over each eligible bachelor I met. On my mental list of deal-breakers, "not Jewish" was merely penciled in.
It was a deeply moving conversation, but felt hardly out of the ordinary to have an Imam, a rabbi and even a Muslim scholar of Holocaust Studies on a panel moderated by a pastor. They seemed at home together -- as did the many who gathered to watch and listen.
Aggressive plans to legalize death with dignity are underway in several other states. Most supporters -- this writer included -- believe it will only take a few more until the movement for compassion, autonomy and justice at life's end becomes a right to everyone in the U.S.
To view it through one perspective is to miss the point entirely. Through interfaith dialogue, one peers beyond appearances in religious sociology in order to build and nurture acceptance and understanding in the world.
Last month, a Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation in northern Michigan selected Rabbi Chava Bahle to serve as their new leader. While other rabbi...
What many people have been taught to believe about prayer is just plain wrong. Here are four myths about prayer and what you need to know that could actually help you discover prayer to be a more meaningful and productive exercise.
Ari and Emma reminisce on just how bizarre a program Birthright is, and just how much sex they had while they were there.
The core of the ceremony can be a celebration of a couple's relationship and of love. From there they can be creative and seek ways to include elements of spirituality that are pleasing to all and offensive to none.
I think it's more commonplace than most of us realize, but we're often too busy, our minds too cluttered to recognize it.
What if we had a different conversation where we responded to racism -- chronic or acute -- by seeking out meaningful relationships with the diverse people around us, finding common ground, and telling the story of mutual respect and inspiration? What if this was the culture we perpetuated?