Why did this nice Jewish girl from New York spend the last night of Chanukah at "A Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas", occurring...
We gathered because our Muslim brothers and sisters are hurting. We stood to affirm that -- while we might be of differing religions -- we are all united in a very important way. We are all sick and tired of the "Trump-grump."
Fear is on the rise in the U.S. Politicians who stoke fear like Donald Trump benefit in their poll numbers. Strength is not giving in to enemy-stereotyping and it is the only way we will defeat ISIS and the temptation it offers us to overreact. Strength is not giving in to enemy-stereotyping in our domestic political struggles.
This is about all of us. It's not about Muslims versus Christians. Or conservatives versus liberals. Or East versus West. This is not any one country's war. This is every country's war.
It is a remarkable achievement that Jewish authorities have finally been able to issue a response to Nostra Aetate in their own terms, based on half a century of positive relations and a recognition of the enduring changes in Catholic teaching
As much as I hate to admit it, however, I can't shake the notion that there may be value in Trump's words: they were proof that we all actually can agree on something.
We call upon governmental leaders and political actors present at the UN Convention on Climate Change in Paris 2015, to forge and commit to strong, binding agreements to ameliorate the human impact on climate change while protecting the basic human needs of all people.
I waxed and waned until I found power within my own happiness. I didn't have to rely on the happiness of others anymore. I deepened my relationship to truth and light, not necessarily in my religion. It was a flowing and deep river of self-trust and self-learning.
Less than a week after the mass shooting here, people of San Bernardino gathered with leaders from many different faiths, committing ourselves to spir...
Agreement between many parties is never easy, and as a religious person, I am reminded of this when I review centuries of religious conflicts. But this year, a somewhat miraculous thing happened: The world's great faith traditions came together to support action on climate change.
Various religious traditions seek to transform the ego and dye it with a Transcendent Reality. But what does this Coloring actually look like? I mean, it is easy to theoretically discuss the process of coloring as a metaphor for spirituality. But, what does it actually mean to us now in this moment?
At the very heart of normalization is this mindset that peace is achieved through dialogue rather than through justice. Consequently, normalization has proven itself detrimental to the Palestinian cause, farcically parading an illusion of equal power dynamics between Palestinians and Israelis.
As a Muslim, my interfaith experiences have opened my eyes to some of the misconceptions that exist about the faith. Through my experiences, I am finding the importance of interfaith dialogue in bridging the gap between the portrayal of Islam and reality.
Uma Gupta is a whole person. She is a worldly person, working with leaders in large organizations, advising them on a variety of topics in global leadership. She is also a spiritual teacher, fiercely devoted to to her inner life.
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.