India has taught me that there are endless paths to reach the same destination. Hindus believe in many deities, but ultimately and regardless of the deity they choose to worship, they believe that they will be lead to the same truth.
Whether there is war or not, I am asked to speak at interfaith gatherings about the meaning of these days, to be both academic and personal, to be an inspirational teacher and a storyteller of personal and family experiences. How can I do all that with a backdrop of impending war?
Many of those marching today might not realize that the very term "living wage" was first popularized by an American Roman Catholic priest, Monsignor John A. Ryan.
Although God does not fit in Jain theory, God may in some way fit in Jain praxis. It is this that I would like to consider.
When we can start envisioning a world where we care for more than just our pack or our flock, then we can truly enter a messianic utopia of peace where "the wolf shall lie with the lamb."
Jalalud'din Rumi and Ralph Waldo Emerson's love for everyone and everything, regardless of who or what they were, shows that non-Muslims and Muslims are not as different as many people imagine.
When religion or spirituality are mired by faults and failures and shortcomings, this is the precise moment for them to wake up and become true to their professed nature.
I am a devout Muslim, and personally believe in the truth of my religion; however, as the most skeptical Coach about our idea to distribute the food, I was ashamed to see that other non-Muslim student leaders were more committed to the Islamic principle of service than I was.
While there may indeed be incidents of oppression against Christians in the Muslim world, any stereotype of any majority of Muslims being necessarily anti-Christian is simply not representative of either the historical or contemporary larger truth of the religion or of Christian-Muslim relations.
Interfaith is about having a deep awareness that faith or religion is an essential part of our lives, and that we must learn, respect, and understand other people's faiths.
This is Christian tradition at its best: not just tolerating the "religious other," but committed to fostering dialogue and relationships with people from other traditions.
Reza Aslan's book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, had already reached the bestseller list when a video clip of the author went viral...
Weiner and Abedin are perhaps the highest profile interfaith couple in America and the troubles in their relationship have the potential to be used as another case in point of those issuing dire warnings about interfaith marriages.
"None shall make them afraid" -- that is the biblical refrain that has come to me over and over again in light of the Trayvon Martin tragedy.
McCourt's story of immeasurable grief and the ability to overcome hatred makes him another hero of the 9/11 tragedy. He recently passed away at the age of 71 after a battle with cancer. His example is one which should not be forgotten.
I've actually put a lot of thought into my chosen religion: in Islam -- among other things -- I think I'm looking to the most authentic representation of the person of Jesus, for myriad robust and scripturally based reasons.