An interfaith union provides an extraordinary opportunity to make the political personal, to challenge the status quo, and to embrace the kind of tolerance that will benefit us all.
At the end of our first session together, we had a surprising group indulgence in a morsel of dark chocolate. That little dove chocolate got my analytical gears churning about another dove, the one carrying an olive branch as a symbol of peace, who reminded me that I am an active participant in a social movement for change, peace and tolerance.
While the other festivals have been celebrated throughout the Hindu diaspora, the malleability of the Diwali narrative and its pan-Indian nature has made it syncretistic.
People who forget or ignore major events in world history can be said to suffer from "historical amnesia." Though this mindset cannot be cured in one short blog post, I hope to dispel some of the stereotypes and misperceptions by highlighting the contributions that Muslims have made to civilization.
This weekend, thousands of religious congregations across the faith spectrum are focusing their worship services, education programs, and activities on ending gun violence and child poverty.
Over the last 20 years I have been inspired to ponder the benevolent potential of interfaith work when I have seen mystically oriented Christians and Muslims successfully dialoguing to show their goodwill.
As a Christian who works closely with the Muslim community, and as a Muslim who was brought back to my own faith by the beauty I found in Judaism and Christianity, we welcome the upcoming holidays as a time for rekindling the spirit of interfaith understanding we so desperately need.
While recent events and crises demand our mourning and reflection on the implications of violence and bloodshed, a recent development in Malaysia also demands our reflection on the implications of ignorance and fear in our world.
Could it be that the differences between people, even religious differences, were somehow grounded in Creation, God's stamping on us his own image?
An avatar is the being of Ishwar himself when he comes back and takes birth in a human body. In Jainism, everyone has the potential to become a bhagwan. Furthermore, the position is not reserved for any one person.
Cultural awareness, cultural competence, global leadership and cross-cultural communication are embraced as the tools of the market place of the future. What accounts for this black hole of information on diverse religions?
St. Francis was one of the first critics of capitalism, one of the earliest Christian environmentalists, a sassy reformer of the church, and one of the classic conscientious objectors to war.
More so now than ever Muslims around the world must take a stand -- not defensive or offensive, but one to that leads to the path of education and awareness by becoming better acquainted with their Islamic values and heritage.
Many couples come to me hoping to create a ceremony that isn't specifically religious, yet acknowledges cultural and religious roots.
Whether we like to hear it or not, Arabs have much less to lose by reaching out towards peace. They are a minority culture in a Jewish country, and sadly, they are not treated equally.
Every American must feel a sense of security, safety and freedom. If we can learn to respect the otherness of others and accept the God given uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.