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Interreligious Dialogue

Are Biblical Hermeneutics the New Tower of Babel?

Anthony Nuccio | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Anthony Nuccio

An assessment of contemporary Christian reading patterns of the Hebrew Bible can be roughly divided into two primary schools of thoughts; the first sc...

Praying Well with Others: A Progressive Christian's Take on Interreligious Prayer

Anthony Nuccio | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Anthony Nuccio

At first glance, the idea of having an interreligious prayer might seem disingenuous and perhaps even insulting; one might ask whether or not the prayer is truly "meaningful": does the language used reflect how one understands their idea and conceptualization of the divine?

50 Years of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue -- The Way Forward

Ron Kronish | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion
Ron Kronish

There is no question that the document Nostra Aetate ("In our Time") -- promulgated by the Second Vatican Council in October 1965 -- changed the discourse in the field of Jewish-Christian dialogue in particular, and interreligious dialogue in general, in the contemporary period.

Hindus and Catholics: Reasons for Mutual Respect and Reverence

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

Respectful relationships do not insist on sameness of vision or the relinquishing of our distinctive theological commitments. In fact, our differences may be the places of our deepest learning from each other.

Introducing Jewish Students to Christians and Christianity in Jerusalem

Ron Kronish | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Ron Kronish

Most Jewish students -- and Jewish people in general -- who visit Israel and Jerusalem never meet non-Jews on their visits to Israel. They leave the country without encountering the reality that Jerusalem is holy to Christians and Muslims, as it is for Jews.

Looking to the Geniuses - A Jewish-Muslim Perspective for the Eid

Alon Goshen-Gottstein | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion
Alon Goshen-Gottstein

These are not great times for Jewish-Muslim relations. In many ways, these are not great times for religion as such. There is so much bad religion around that we sometimes wish it didn't exist. It need not be so. It was not always so. Moments like holy times, such as the month of Ramadan and the concluding Eid el Fitr, are moments when we can imagine alternatives.

Confronting Religious Hatred in the Holy Land

Alon Goshen-Gottstein | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion
Alon Goshen-Gottstein

Over the past 4 years, 42 Churches, mosques and monasteries were vandalized, attacked or torched in the Holy Land. A very narrow section of the Orthodox Zionist world has engaged in what is in fact religious terrorism.

Hindu Pride and the Future of Hinduism

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

We are not flawless and the Hindu past is not unblemished. The future of our tradition, however, is not contingent on a perfect past or on immunity to criticism in the present. It depends on its ability to address human problems and to promote the flourishing of all human beings.

Interreligious Dialogue: The Political and Theological

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 06.21.2015 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

Religious diversity presents us with new challenges and opportunities that may be described, broadly, as political and theological. These are interrelated, but, for convenience, we will discuss them separately. Let us consider first, the political.

The Missing Ingredient in the Iran and P5+1 Negotiations

Common Ground News Service | Posted 05.16.2015 | 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.