I truly believe that, infused with the inner strength and commitment to justice and peace that reaches its highest expression during Ramadan, a victory over an evil ideology is attainable. Now is the time for Jews, Christians and all people of conscience to forego fear, prejudice and Islamophobia.
I had not considered a flag as another structure of present-day society, until I saw the united outcry spurring its downfall, and I thank all those courageous souls who helped me understand that the structures that need to change to support our collective coming together come in all forms.
Jesus, a great rabbi and master teacher, never said a word about your orientation/identity other than, "You are the light of the world." It is clear to me that if you were going to fry sunny side in hell for eternity because of who you are, he would have at least mentioned it.
Something big and white and cloudy was lurking in the steep canyon below our house. I stood up from my computer and peered out the window for a better look. It was flowering tree, growing wild.
Killing people in cold blood in a sacred space, trespassing on holy ground, I don't fully understand it, nor do I fully understand the faith of those still standing at Mother Emanuel's, after the horrors they've faced there.
The American students' decision to withdraw from the dialogue did not cause them to re-examine their activism, or pause their political activities on campus to reflect on what they had learned.
Despite tragedy, the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, is providing the world with an example of what the American faith community could be.
Before the Summit started, I sat in my hotel room, willing myself to act braver than I felt and do the strange thing of attending a Jewish conference as a Muslim woman, committing to being comfortable with being uncomfortable.
despite such an egregious recent tragedy, this Charleston church community is providing an example of what America could be, what every American Christian, Catholic, Jew, Muslim, and Buddhist, etc. could stand for. Are we up to the task?
As the executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice, a national organization that builds power with workers through faith-rooted organizing and advocacy, my faith and values are what ground me and call me to do this work.
Who could have imagined this moment, when from the pews to the highest leadership levels, there's enthusiastic coordination and concerted action in so many arenas?
With the publication today of Laudato Si' (Praised Be), already the most widely-read papal encyclical in church history, Pope Francis eviscerated every false choice in today's tired environmental debate, beginning with the notion that the ecological crisis pits people against nature.
Many Jews have stereotypical views of Evangelicals. These stereotypes may persist, but they lack validity. If we are to build meaningful and enriching bridges--bridges that enhance our faiths and ourselves--we need to address and overcome our lingering fears.
Interfaith work can be very useful for religionists who know how to plan and use dialogue, who are prepared beforehand and are approaching it with the right understanding.
Interfaith connection can heal the world; but only if there is enough of it - and enough of it requires enough of us working hard at it.
My journey has been an unconventional one. I went from Catholicism to atheism to Islam and back to Catholicism. To this day, I'm still in awe about how God plans our life-journeys.