We change the climate when we lack restraint and awe, when we stop serving and guarding. Like his predecessors, Francis sees addressing and reducing climate change as a moral imperative.
Many couples of different faiths started out their relationships without concerning themselves too much about their religious differences. It's only as marriage becomes imminent that one or the other of the pair wakes up to the fact that this difference might matter.
Our teachings convey that nature is a reflection of the divine; through it and through the world's sacred scriptures we can learn of God's attributes and work to mirror them in our own lives.
The hostile relations between Israel and the Muslim world make one wonder if Jewish-Muslim relations were ever amicable.
Rising bigotry is not unique nor is it one-way. Islamophobia among the Jewish community is increasing, too, poisoning many Jewish hearts and minds and taking deep root here in the U.S. as well as other parts of the world.
As I approach my upcoming birthday, I am drawn to remember Pope Francis. There are moments that touch our lives and I remember where I was on March...
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.