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Inter Religious Understanding

Why The 'Interfaith Movement' Must Rebrand

Rev. Donald Heckman | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Rev. Donald Heckman

If I ask you what the human rights, civil rights or environmental movements are about, you likely can give a semi-coherent description. The interfaith relations movement, on the other hand, has no defined brand.

A New Model Of Teaching Religious Tolerance

Hailey Woldt | Posted 12.17.2012 | Religion
Hailey Woldt

Religious diversity is a natural part of life, and it is becoming even more important to be able to understand and interact with people who have different views. We must accept that our children may not choose to think what we think -- and perhaps that is what scares us the most.

Interfaith Peace In The Face Of Escalating Christian-Muslim Conflict

Georgette Bennett, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2012 | Religion
Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.

For Christians, how does a gospel of love turn into a gospel of hate toward fellow countrymen in Africa? For Muslims, how does a religion of peace get turned into a mandate for murder in Iraq, the Sudan, Nigeria and elsewhere?

Ancient Texting: The Urgency Of Muslim-Jewish Dialogue

Marshall J. Breger | Posted 01.28.2012 | Religion
Marshall J. Breger

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.

11/11/11: Our Instinct For Unity

John Philip Newell | Posted 12.25.2011 | Religion
John Philip Newell

To pray for peace is not to seek a healing that is contrary to our deepest instinct. It is rather, as Mahatma Gandhi said, to get in touch with "the intense longings of the human heart."

Religious Hate At Occupy Wall Street?

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 12.21.2011 | Religion
Joyce S. Dubensky

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.

Religion Can't Be An End Unto Itself

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 12.20.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

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.

Jehovah's Witnesses and (Academic) Dialogue with Non-Members at the Society of Biblical Literature?

Michael Gilmour | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

I recently proposed an SBL session examining the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society's use of Scripture.

Calling For World Peace, Making The World A Better Place

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Today, on the occasion of World Peace Day, I urge all countries of the world to come together -- to come forward -- to allocate a small fraction of their defense budget toward peace education.

A Bright Future For American Muslims

Imam Mohamed Magid | Posted 11.08.2011 | Religion
Imam Mohamed Magid

I believe in an America that will overcome these difficult times in the next 10 years and help create a better future for people of all faiths (or people of no faith), be they Christian, Jewish or Muslim.

For A More Unified, Understanding New York

Georgette Bennett, Ph.D. | Posted 11.07.2011 | Religion
Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.

If we can continue building bridges, if the voices of pluralism can be heard above the din of the frightened and hateful, I will consider us well on the way to building an inclusive society.

Learning At The World's First Interfaith University

Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 11.07.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Ph.D.

Our engagement to study holy texts, and many such similar groups around the world, prove that people from very different religious traditions can respect, understand and love each other.

Terrorism, Fear And Spirituality

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar | Posted 10.02.2011 | Religion
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

We need to address the root cause of these incidents of violence before it is too late. A combination of peace and dynamism is needed in society today.

The Question Of Muslim Women's Rights

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 09.07.2011 | Religion
Engy Abdelkader

A discussion of Muslim women's rights should begin with a brief examination of the lives of extraordinary Muslim women who defined Islamic culture during Prophet Muhammad's lifetime

Why Interfaith Dialogue Doesn't Work -- And What We Can Do About It

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 07.29.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

I have been participating in interfaith dialogue as a rabbi and Jewish leader for more than 30 years, and most of the time it just doesn't work. Most of the time it is terribly boring.