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Interreligious Dialogue

Buddhist Reflection on Interfaith: In Observance of UN World Interfaith Harmony Week

Doyeon Park | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion
Doyeon Park

With today's rapid pace of technological advancement, the world is getting more and more connected. Using the Internet, we can easily search what's ha...

The U.S. Has Become More Religiously Diverse

Rev. Donald Heckman | Posted 01.14.2016 | Religion
Rev. Donald Heckman

Many people are very discouraged by the current climate of anti-Muslim and anti-"other" rhetoric that so fills the airwaves. However, the larger reality is that we are progressing as anation towards a more positive appropriation of our rich religious diversity.

Pope Fancis's New Interreligious Dialogue of Action

Donald W. Mitchell | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
Donald W. Mitchell

Participants agreed that it is not religion per say that causes conflict, but individuals who exploit religion for personal, commercial and political gains. They agreed to return home and pursue the following in the spirit of fraternity.

Why Hindu Temples In The U.S. Should Offer Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Anantanand Rambachan

Opposition to same-sex marriage has never been and should never be a defining mark of what it means to be Hindu.

Rejecting Hate, Renouncing Trump

Rev. Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell | Posted 12.11.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell

We, the undersigned persons from the community at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, denounce the statements made by Donald Trump regarding banning Muslims from the United States.

The Future of Interreligious Dialogue in Israel

Ron Kronish | Posted 12.08.2015 | Religion
Ron Kronish

What does the future for interreligious dialogue look like in Israel? At a time when stabbings on the street have become almost a daily occurrence and...

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.