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Religious Pluralism

How I Connect With Prophet Muhammad

Mike Ghouse | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

I don't wear clothes like him, eat like him or live like him. But when it comes to respecting fellow beings, nurturing goodwill, mitigating conflicts, forgiving others and building cohesive societies, I can relate.

Remembering The Holocaust And All Genocides

Mike Ghouse | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Unless we reload our hearts with empathy, and feel the pain and suffering of others, each one of us will continue to dwell in silos and genocides will continue to happen.

Repealing The Ban Against Sikhs In The Military

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

Sikhs have a rich history of military service across the globe. Meanwhile, U.S. policies still bar turbaned Sikhs from serving in the military.

The Ideal Interfaith Inaugural Benediction

Mike Ghouse | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Our benediction should strongly reflect the sentiment of oneness of our nation under God, and shed our hypocrisies of excluding fellow Americans even in our national prayers.

How The White House Defines Diversity

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Brian C. Stiller

Pressured to withdraw because his views on a particular sexual practice were not in line, Rev. Louie Giglio was seen not to be "fair-minded," a not surprising comment when pluralism is set aside as the functioning model of public life.

A Jewish Marriage Resolution We Can Keep

Diane Tobin | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Diane Tobin

American Jews simply cannot enjoy the benefits of American pluralism, which we surely do, while pretending we are not living in the most dynamic religious marketplace in the world.

113th Congress Most Religiously Diverse Ever –- And Why It Matters

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

We are reminded again about America's wonderfully unique status as a melting pot. As a place where one's religious faith should never be an impediment to achievement. Yet the question remains: How will these (and other) non-mainstream voices be treated in the upcoming Congress?

'Faitheist': Social Change Through Storytelling

Stephen Goeman | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion
Stephen Goeman

Chris Stedman humanizes atheism by sharing his life and his values. He aims to end the cycle of isolation and tribalism by encouraging others to contribute their own story to our collective narrative.

Thank You Westboro Baptist Church!

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

You see, whether the anti-gay movement and the biblical literalists of our country like it or not, Westboro Baptist Church has become their most visible and vocal mouthpiece.

Charting A Successful Life In 2013 With A Firm Commitment

Mike Ghouse | Posted 02.27.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly. There is a joy in it for you and the ones who receive the good from you. The bottom line is: Quit griping about life, just enjoy what you got, change what you can, reject what you must, but go on with life.

Unity Is Not Uniformity: An Open Letter To Natan Sharansky

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 02.27.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

The Western Wall is a good place to launch a re-commitment to the Torah's vision of "one law," of unity without uniformity, and to Israel's imperfect but vigorous expression of democracy in action.

Building Bridges at the U.S. Embassy in London

Craig Considine | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed's "Journey into America," which I had the privilege of directing, documents our travels across the length and breadth of the U.S. If there is one person in the world today that could ease the conflict between America and the Muslim world, it is Amb. Ahmed.

Interfaith Christmas: Making God Boundless

Mike Ghouse | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

In the spirit of celebrating Christmas, I urge people of all faiths to reflect upon the message of Jesus Christ without the politics of Christianity. On this Christmas day, reach out to everyone.

Women at the Wall: Wrapped in Light Like a Garment

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

The only approach that is left is battle. Women of the Wall will continue to fight, not only for reclaiming the Kotel as public space, but also for all the other issues of religious pluralism in Israel that are so important.

A Muslim Leap of Faith: Offering Interfaith Prayers For Newtown

Mike Ghouse | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Dear God, guide us to talk, act and believe that we are all one family of humanity. Dear God, help us think, speak and act peace every moment of the day.

Can A Movie Make You Believe In God?

Nancy Fuchs Kreimer | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

As an interfaith educator, how could I not see a film, whose protagonist, a boy named Pi, is born a Hindu, loves Jesus and practices Islam? The theme of interspirituality intrigued me.

From Religious Polarization To Religious Peacemaking

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion
Salam Al Marayati

For religious communities in America, our message is simple: To be religious in the 21st century means you have to be inter-religious.

From Senate Seat Or Pew, You Can't Monopolize God

Mia Appelbaum | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Mia Appelbaum

Why do Republicans of this fundamentalist strand feel they have a monopoly on God? Isn't it convenient that God always comes down so definitively on the side of their beliefs?

Overcoming The Scars Of Our Caste Past

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

The essence of the Vedic culture, today known as Hinduism, teaches that none of us are white, black, brown, red or yellow. We are spiritual beings, eternally lovers and servants of God, who have forgotten our spiritual nature.

Globalization vs. Traditional Religion

Margaret Placentra Johnston | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
Margaret Placentra Johnston

Religious leaders interested in maintaining a vibrant flock would do well to adapt their message to this snowballing trend of globalization, which they cannot fight.

By My Troth, I Believe: Faith Shorts Finalist

Sahara Sharma | Posted 01.23.2013 | Religion
Sahara Sharma

Nepal celebrates a diverse population in terms of religion and ethnicity. And, amongst our differences we celebrate oneness, the grandeur of diverse culture, language, and faith.

Interfaith Thanksgiving: A Story Of Gratitude And Self-Balancing Acts

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

You can only feel the joy when you say a big or a small thank you to the ones who have helped you along the way, whether it is materially, spiritually or professionally.

Deathbed, The Musical: Faith Shorts Finalist

Liat Har-Gil | Posted 01.20.2013 | Religion
Liat Har-Gil

The musical is based on the understanding that in the end it doesn't matter what religion you are, because we are all going to die anyway. So let's go down singing.

My Religion Is The Truth -- For Me

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Pluralism is not a religion; it is an attitude of respecting the otherness of others and accepting the God given uniqueness of each one of us.

Election 2012: A New Day For Religion In America

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 01.07.2013 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

The big loser last night was the spiritual abuse of power that seeks to diminish the rights and dignity of others. The new religious America does not seek to shame or denigrate, but rather embraces the power of religion to lift all people up and mobilize people for the common good.