Understanding the commonality and differences in our foundational texts will go far in explaining why attacks on sharia cannot be separated from attacks on religious law in general.
When I was a child, the Thanksgiving story was presented as early Americans hosting a meal of gratitude that hosted Indians. As I grew and read, the circle expanded. And the expanding circles keep growing.
America's first Pilgrims came here not for religious favor but for religious freedom, and America has been holding forth the torch ever since.
In today's world, the voices of moderation are becoming fewer and fewer, while extremist groups are growing in size and are flexing more and more political muscle.
How do we know when we have arrived in the interfaith movement? When religious pluralism is normative? When religious differences don't cause conflict or even concern?
At one point in my life, being gay might have contributed to the bitterness I had toward religion and the religious, but now it informs my desire to be deeply and personally invested in active religious pluralism.
I had been marching for an hour before I realized that the rhythm and cadence of "We are the 99 percent!" is exactly the same as the chant of Egyptian protesters who brought down Mubarak last January.
If sitting down and rationally and peacefully talking among people of different religions is unworkable, perhaps creating interfaith families would be a way to bring disparate people together.
When we see all the evil that is done in the name of religion, we naturally want no part of it. But the truth is, the problem isn't with religion per se. The problem is with seeing religion as an end unto itself.
These incidents are not widespread. But we call on the demonstrators and the communities involved to stand as one and denounce the hate now -- and at every future opportunity.
The real differences among our various Christian tribes should not be casually dismissed. But imagine the possibilities if we were able to trust in God enough to set them aside for a greater purpose.
When the peace talks with the warlords were going no where, the women risked humiliating themselves, forcing the men to talk.
Don't look to external factors for trouble, because you will find it. Instead, learn to be content within your relationship. Learn to be content with what is going on Right Now, not what may be coming up in a few years time.
Fresh from the jarring experience of Yom Kippur prayer, I find myself wishing that we would struggle with sin more than we do.
Before Occupy Wall Street was "Occupy Tiananmen Square." I was there leading the student-fueled movement, and today I see glimpses of early Tiananmen in the Occupy Wall Street movement.
This man spoke softly into my soul, and for the first time in my life, I knew there was such a thing as a human being with no ego, only heart, only love.