Does such skepticism further ostracize the 'other' or does it give rise to greater motivation and encouragement for such communities, groups and organizations to be more proactive?
Last year, our Jewish family started celebrating Christmas. We planted our feet in the sweet spot where traditions are made, and explanations are limited.
It may be politically correct to say "Happy Holidays," but it is historically, culturally, and religiously incorrect!
The King King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue plans to address theological and practical issues that contribute to tensions with a religious dimension.
So much has changed for the better in recent decades, but all too many people in the world are unfamiliar with these surprising educational and cultural developments, which is why I take the trouble to share these reflections on this blog.
This past week, I visited Trader Joe's in Stamford, Conn. searching for God. I posted two questions. First, what item would be #1 on God's shopping ...
The first issue is the Thanksgiving prayer. How is it possible for a Jain and a Christian to pray together? Jains do not believe in a creator god, and Christians do.
I spent most of my childhood in rural Ohio where there were few Jews and where people presumed I was Christian each Christmas. Everyone said "Merry Christmas." Inwardly, I flinched. Outwardly, I usually smiled back and parroted the same holiday greeting.
Members of Europe's far-right parties can look to the great Muslim leaders for guidance in how to treat Muslims in their societies.
With Hanukkah fast approaching, consider this image. What do you think? Dangerous religious syncretism, you say? Pandering to a perverse need to ...
Sometimes our holy day celebration might simply comprise a few friends or family members sitting around the coffee table reading some prayers and listening to beautiful recorded music, perhaps with a warm pie out of the oven to follow.
Four months ago, my wife Medina and I celebrated our one year anniversary since we married each other. No sooner than having ordered Medina's present...
After welcome greetings and scattered hugs, we start each session by sharing success stories about how we did with our personal health goals that week. Arabs, Muslims, Christians and Jews in our group now receive a weekly healthy dose of applause.
Annie Rawlings' work exemplified a kind of "interfaith in the rough" that arises from the compassionate teachings of all the world's great religious traditions.
I hope that every religious tradition will teach tolerance and spiritual literacy of other traditions. That's a given. But I also think that there is more. Tolerance may be our supreme civic virtue, but it is not the most important virtue for using religion to its fullest.
So is pub theology just talk? Yes. And no. It is deep relationships. It is barriers coming down. It is stereotypes being proven wrong. It is new friendships occurring. It is lines being crossed. It is deep thinking about the issues we all face as humanity, being discussed from varying perspectives.