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Interreligious Dialogue

The Missing Ingredient in the Iran and P5+1 Negotiations

Common Ground News Service | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
Common Ground News Service

A missing voice in negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 is that of the global interreligious community. It is astounding that this voice has either been intentionally muted by the American media or, even worse, discredited by our own government as a comparatively unimportant interference in negotiations.

Guidelines For Muslim-Jewish Interfaith Dialogue

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion

There can be deep divisions between faith traditions, but it doesn't have to be that way. For inspiration on how to hold productive interfaith dia...

Who's to Blame ... in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

Andrew Luisi | Posted 12.12.2014 | World
Andrew Luisi

Rather than blaming each other, we ought to accept responsibility for each other's fate. All of us as human beings are inextricably intertwined. Instead of blame, let's try a new game: act for peace, and encourage those on the ground in both Israel and Palestine who are doing so.

Academic Roundtables to Benefit Colleges and Universities (and Religious Institutions)

Kemal Argon | Posted 11.29.2014 | College
Kemal Argon

Academic roundtables should be considered by top academic leaders as a very useful way to inspire, challenge, and encourage a younger generation of scholars, exposing them to a range of top and senior scholars and their ideas.

Comforting a Bereaved Palestinian Family

Ron Kronish | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
Ron Kronish

Yesterday, I joined about 350 people -- mostly Jewish citizens of Israel -- to pay a compassionate condolence call to the family of Mohammed Khdeir (killed by young Jewish extremists), in the tent of mourning in the Palestinian neighborhood of Shuafat, in northern Jerusalem.

From Enemy to Friend, Book Review

Ron Kronish | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Ron Kronish

This is a deeply religious and spiritual book, well grounded in both theory and practice, and deeply rooted in Judaism as well as other contemporary religious thinkers, such as Rev. Martin Luther King, Gandhi and others.

Welcoming Pope Francis to Israel in Advance

Ron Kronish | Posted 07.05.2014 | Religion
Ron Kronish

Who would have imagined that the third pope in 15 years will be visiting Israel -- the nation state of the Jewish people -- and Palestine and Jordan? This would have been unthinkable only a few decades ago.

Towards the Unity of the Human Family

Ron Kronish | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion
Ron Kronish

We have a religious obligation to keep hope alive through interreligious dialogue. People all over the world live in despair and depression. We need to counter this with optimism and hope.

A Jewish Voice on Arabic Radio

Joseph Braude | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Joseph Braude

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.

Jethro and Pope Francis: Models of Interreligious Engagement (Yitro, Exodus 18:1-20:23)

Rabbi Daniel Lehmann | Posted 03.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Lehmann

They shared meals at which kosher food was provided, and the rabbi recited the special Jewish prayers marking those holy days in the Jewish calendar. This was, perhaps, the first time a pope celebrated these Jewish festivals with a rabbi at the Vatican.

Welcoming the Other Through Interreligious Dialogue, Education and Sustainable Action

Ron Kronish | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Ron Kronish

Unfortunately, in my part of the world -- the Middle East -- this idea is not too well understood. Too often, extremist versions of some religions have supported ongoing war and violence, rather than standing for peace.

The Image of the Other -- a New Paradigm

Ron Kronish | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Ron Kronish

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.

No One is Born a Killer

Search for Common Ground | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Search for Common Ground

By Lena Slachmuijlder I remember the meetings well. Rape, pillage, murder, extortion... the list of heinous offenses committed by Congolese soldiers ...

Five Strategies for Leadership Development on Religious Diversity

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Deborah J. Levine

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?

A Reflection on the Yom Kippur Liturgy -- Repentance Through Acts of Righteousness

Ron Kronish | Posted 11.10.2013 | Religion
Ron Kronish

Jewish tradition emphasizes the importance of good deeds, of tikkun olam or "repairing the world." Without doing our part to "repair the world," even in small ways, we have not fulfilled our responsibility.

Calling Upon Pope Francis: Renew Papal Solidarity With the Dalai Lama

Peter Dziedzic | Posted 08.28.2013 | Religion
Peter Dziedzic

Francis must take a different approach than his predecessor, and must meet openly and publicly with the Dalai Lama as a spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. Francis must not allow the whims and demands China, notorious for its abuses of religious freedom, dictate the statements and choices of the papal office.

Tibet Can No Longer Stand Alone: A Call to Interreligious Solidarity

Peter Dziedzic | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Peter Dziedzic

While argument and speculation will keep this question suspended, the leadership of the global Tibetan community must take renewed steps if they want to ensure that their struggle against ethnic and cultural cleansing, religious repression, and economic imperialism remains firm and unwavering.

Pope Francis: Christians "Cannot Be Anti-Semitic!"

Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion

Speaking this week for the first time as pope to an official delegation of Jewish leaders, Pope Francis spoke out strongly on Catholic-Jewish relation...

Hate Crimes Are Unacceptable

Ron Kronish | Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion
Ron Kronish

The political establishment of Israel may finally be waking up from its deep sleep regarding this disturbing phenomenon of hate crimes which has been going on for the past two years in Israel. But we must ask: are they serious? Or are they just giving lip service to this?

An Interfaith Thanksgiving Day Mantra For Every Day

Rabbi Ted Falcon | Posted 01.19.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Ted Falcon

We strive on a regular basis to speak to the needs of the moment, and it's time now for gratitude. We are entering the season of Thanksgiving.

Abdul Baha: 100 Years of Connecting the World's Religions

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 12.11.2012 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

We don't need to wait for religious leaders to take the initiative; we can all play our part to build bridges among the world's religions.

'In Haste Is Regret, In Slowness Peace': U.S. Embassy Demonstrations in Cairo Reveal the Need for Homegrown Solutions to Muslim-Coptic Tensions

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 11.19.2012 | World
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

Given the religious tenor of both the spark and tinder that ignited these demonstrations, on the minds of many Copts in Egypt are the negative repercussions of the senselessly provocative behaviour of extremist Coptic expats.

Protracted Sectarian Conflict in Egypt Can't Be Fixed With Knee-Jerk Reforms

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 08.20.2012 | World
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

Given the yet untested political fortitude of policy-makers during this unprecedented episode in Egypt's history, it is past time that the more mature Western democracies withhold their interference in Egypt's internal affairs using public channels.

Tragedy And Trends: Sikh Slaughter Is Part Of Global Phenomenon

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 10.07.2012 | Religion
Joyce S. Dubensky

Tragically, the Wisconsin devastation is not new or unique. Nor is it limited to one region of the world. No matter your religion, if you are practicing your faith as a member of a religious minority, you may be at risk.

How Can American Muslims Approach Muslim-Jewish Dialogue?

Kemal Argon | Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion
Kemal Argon

Experience shows that, if it is to succeed, Muslim-Jewish dialogue in the USA will require savvy participants with sufficient intellectual equipment, training and spiritual readiness to know how to handle matters with sensitivity for all persons and groups concerned.