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The Global Search for Education: The City of Jerome Bruner

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.26.2017 | Home
C. M. Rubin

"These schools and this community became staked more than fifty years ago on the idea that education is the highest investment for the present and for...

How Thanksgiving tells a story of America's pluralism

The Conversation US | Posted 11.22.2016 | Home
The Conversation US

By Matthew Dennis, University of Oregon Thanksgiving has remained America's most treasured celebration: it combines tradition and invention, an appea...

Inaugural Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship Awarded to the Aga Khan for His Commitment to Advancing Pluralism

Rizwan Mawani | Posted 09.22.2016 | Home
Rizwan Mawani

His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam of the worldwide Shi'a Ismaili community and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network addressed an audience of cha...

An homage to a true guru and a champion of patient pluralism

Murali Balaji | Posted 09.21.2016 | Home
Murali Balaji

"Hello Murali? DC here." Those are words I've heard almost weekly on the phone for over three years now. It's become ingrained so much that I almost ...

4 Ways Pluralism Serves the Rich and Powerful

Craig Luekens | Posted 09.08.2016 | Home
Craig Luekens

Pluralism has become the central uniting factor in much of our society, yet I wonder if many people have considered its implications. If pluralism truly means ALL views are welcome to the table, is that the best means of securing freedom and tolerance? And if not "all", what authority do we appeal to for the boundary?

America Needs More Taco Trucks And Fewer Donald Trumps

Rev. Dan Schatz | Posted 09.06.2016 | Home
Rev. Dan Schatz

Yes, America needs more taco trucks. We also need more Asian festivals, more pow-wows, more African American poetry, more old time fiddle music, hip hop and banghra, more mosques and temples and gurdwaras, more Humanist societies, more diverse churches of every stripe.

An Open Letter to God

ICJS | Posted 08.29.2016 | Home

The following is a guest post by Tracie Guy-Decker, Associate Director at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. A Baltimore native who returned home (again) ...

Imagining Justice in Baltimore: An Interreligious American Experiment

ICJS | Posted 08.29.2016 | Home

The following post was written by Heather Miller Rubens. Rubens is the Executive Director and Roman Catholic Scholar at the Institute for Islamic, Chr...

A Declaration Of Inclusion On Independence Day

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 07.04.2016 | Home
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

In this spirit and for this great purpose, it's time for our nation's leaders to affirm the universal application of our democratic principles by denouncing the politics of exclusion and standing for inclusion.

Now, More Than Ever, We Need Pluralism

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 06.14.2016 | Home
Nikhil Bumb

This past Sunday I attended a baby shower for my expecting sister and brother-in-law, who will soon welcome their first child into the world. Earlier ...

The Value, Courage, and Freedom of Pluralism

Noam Schimmel | Posted 06.03.2016 | Home
Noam Schimmel

Timothy Garton Ash recently reflected on Isaiah Berlin and his commitment to value pluralism in the Chronicle of Higher Education in an articled title...

The Dream of Reconciliation in the Time of Anger

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 04.07.2016 | Home
V.R. Marianne Zahn

Something there is about us that loves a bridge. If you've ever seen the Golden Gate or the Brooklyn or any other of the world's great bridges, recall how your heart leapt up at the sight of one these majestic wonders, the thrill--perhaps fear--as you crossed the span.

A Moral Imperative to Stop Donald Trump

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 03.01.2017 | Home
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Faith leaders must raise prophetic voices to speak the truth: Donald Trump is a threat to what is good and decent about the United States. He is a threat to freedom. He is a threat to pluralism. He is a threat to democracy.

The U.S. Has Become More Religiously Diverse

Rev. Donald Heckman | Posted 01.14.2017 | Home
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.

Shalom: My First Night in the Holy Land

Shea Watts | Posted 01.10.2017 | Home
Shea Watts

For as long as I can remember, I've longed to visit Jerusalem. To see the places where much of my faith tradition is formed and located, to walk u...

Please Don't Just Tolerate Me! Why We Need More Love and Hate

Craig Luekens | Posted 01.04.2017 | Home
Craig Luekens

Is Christianity a religion of love or of hate? Both! And I don't just mean that there are some Christians who do a lot of loving things, other Christians who do a lot of hateful things, and the latter are wrong. Well, that's true in one sense, but is also very boring and obvious.

America Is Not A Melting Pot, And That's A Good Thing

Khalid Azim | Posted 12.23.2016 | Home
Khalid Azim

America's greatest strengths comes from any individual's ability to be an American while also keeping one's cultural and religious identity. We do not need to be amalgamated. Being American means recognizing that our individual value is celebrated as it is added to America's shared values.

A Letter from George Washington To Donald Trump

Noam Schimmel | Posted 12.20.2016 | Home
Noam Schimmel

In August of 1790 President George Washington wrote a letter to the Touro Synagogue of Newport Rhode Island. Like most American Jews at the time and ...

Amidst the Refugee Crisis, I Find Peace in Syrian Food

Marilyn Schlitz | Posted 12.21.2016 | Home
Marilyn Schlitz

Nourishing childhood memories triggered by the sensuous food are also spurred by the day's news about Syria and the massive refuge crisis. As I bring forth my mindfully crafted dishes, we turn off the talk of terrorism and mass homicides.

What Trump and His Supporters Can Learn From Muslim Leaders

Craig Considine | Posted 12.11.2016 | Home
Craig Considine

Prophet Muhammad is the anti-Trump. The Prophet is an anti-racist figure who promoted egalitarianism. Without a shadow of a doubt, he advanced democracy in an area of the world that had little experience with this political system. Trump supporters who belittle Muhammad have not considered the examples provided above.

We Can Avoid Another Paris and Defeat ISIS If We Remember This History

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 11.18.2016 | Home
Akbar Ahmed

While bombers and aircraft carriers need to do their stuff, the problem of terrorist-related violence will not be solved by force alone. President Hollande must also engage with his alienated Muslim community with the same determination he has shown in attacking ISIS and win them over.

Aga Khan: We Should Understand Our Differences, Not Erase Them

The Huffington Post | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 12.19.2016 | Home

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Aga Khan is no stranger to Harvard. But 60 years ago when he walked the crisscrossed paths of the university’s gated Yard be...

Terrorism Is Not A Religious Act

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 11.13.2016 | Home
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Religious fundamentalism breeds war and violence and should be opposed by faithful people of all traditions in the support of pluralism and the common good.

Pew Survey Results Can Complicate the Idea of Religiosity

Murali Balaji | Posted 11.10.2016 | Home
Murali Balaji

Hindus define their own practice, and it's hard to get a good sense of the Hindu community's overall diversity and practice simply by surveying temple-goers. Hinduism, unlike other faiths, does not define itself by the number of times one goes to a temple or offers prayers.

Why Tolerance Won't Be Enough

Taymullah Abdur-Rahman | Posted 11.02.2016 | Home
Taymullah Abdur-Rahman

Tolerance simply stated, is the absence of physical violence against someone else. But it doesn't guarantee that laws and edicts won't be issued that undermine the spirit of coexistence.