This issue is complex, touching on interpretations of the letter of the law, a too-long history of racial injustice and violence, a widening opportunity gap and fundamentally, a lack of unity across people who are only different from each other on a superficial level.
I love the idea of Thanksgiving -- a day to remind us to give thanks, and I wish it were celebrated right across the world. Our lives would be transformed if we got into the habit of giving thanks, not just on one day of the year, but every day.
Ferguson presents an opportunity for us all to face up to the ways, both subtle and overt, that racism lives in our institutions and in our lives. If we, as a nation, truthfully examine the many ways the legacy of slavery in our nation still exerts its influence, we can begin to act collectively, and civilly, for justice for all.
So here are a few of my favorite features of life in Afghanistan that are not commonly known by Americans. I hope some of this inspires you to consider the story of life there beyond the war:
It's up to us to remember why it excited us, and to ask ourselves if it still does. It's up to us to ask ourselves how we can make it fun again, perhaps in a new way. And then it's up to us to do it.
Render gratitude into a state through your being. Once you view life as the unfolding miracle that it is you begin to understand the cosmic glory of your experiences.
If you are one of those amazingly fortunate people who loves the holiday and has a wonderful family that never disagrees, gets drunk, or otherwise act...
The strength of the Fulbright Program remains its commitment to immersion through which participants form lasting international connections, gain a deep understanding of other countries and cultures, and work collaboratively to find solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges.
As the trauma in Israel/Palestine rages on, I try to keep my focus on growing peace between people, far from politics, wherever I see the light. Meet my friend Tali. Her life story is more stunning than most, but it is what she does with her experience, that makes her a poster child for love.
Treat your self with kindness and love, and you will find that same kindness and love surrounding you. You will eventually notice the negative behavior occurring around you and choose to remove yourself from harmful relationships.
Peace will only come to Israel when new leadership arises from the Palestinian people. When a Palestinian Martin Luther King, Jr. or Mahatma Gandhi rises up and is able to lead the Palestinian people in non-violent action, the Israeli peace movement will also rebound.
Sunday was a lovely day here in New York City -- Lincoln Center, Central Park and the sidewalks were full of smiling faces. Enjoying as ever, I ...
For me it's a dream come true moment. The Aspen Festival Orchestra and the exceptional Nikolai Lugansky are playing "Rachmanoff's Piano Concerto No. 3...
Water is at the center of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza that was further fueled by the violent events of the summer, and has left an estimated 1.2 million Palestinians with intermittent water supplies.
I have seen examples of people ending a marriage only to realize later that they hadn't been so bad off after all. In the Church, discernment, listening to our hearts, and deep prayer and meditation, are all called for before entering into or ending such a union.
Can we talk about a "Palestinian state" that is capable of being recognized? Or is it rather an artifice destined to become a new failed state in a region where there are already too many? Will it become another state where the most extreme ideologies would be funded and legitimized? A new site for soldiers to travel to on international missions?