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Interreligious Understanding

Towards the Unity of the Human Family

Ron Kronish | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion
Ron Kronish

We have a religious obligation to keep hope alive through interreligious dialogue. People all over the world live in despair and depression. We need to counter this with optimism and hope.

Jethro and Pope Francis: Models of Interreligious Engagement (Yitro, Exodus 18:1-20:23)

Rabbi Daniel Lehmann | Posted 03.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Lehmann

They shared meals at which kosher food was provided, and the rabbi recited the special Jewish prayers marking those holy days in the Jewish calendar. This was, perhaps, the first time a pope celebrated these Jewish festivals with a rabbi at the Vatican.

Bishops Should Act With Humanity And Charity

Rev. Marie Siroky | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
Rev. Marie Siroky

Recent pastoral letters and press conferences from Roman Catholic Bishops are demonstrating an increasing intolerance for other faiths and beliefs. These statements suggest that individual Catholics are not capable of knowing the strength of their own personal faith.

Who Will Retell? An Interfaith Miracle

Rabbi Rachel Gartner | Posted 02.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Gartner

The miracles we choose to retell shape our sense of what is possible. We owe it to our children to tell and retell the glowing stories of cooperation between Muslims and Jews on college campuses.

Confronting Neo-Nazi And Skinhead Fanaticism In Northern Europe?

Kemal Argon | Posted 03.24.2012 | Religion
Kemal Argon

This kind of interfaith work might be compared to throwing a small stone into a pond: there is usually not a big splash but the ripples slowly proceed everywhere, bringing their important message.

Who's Still In The Closet? The Future Of Prejudice

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 02.28.2012 | Religion
Joyce S. Dubensky

If you took time to name a group that is still stigmatized but overlooked in the movement for mutual respect, are there any you would choose? One that comes to mind is the non-religious.

Do Buddhists Believe In God?

Lewis Richmond | Posted 07.13.2011 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

My Zen colleagues may object that it is a stretch to call Zen meditation "prayer," or to describe it as a method "to reach our divine nature." But we must never stop trying to find common ground.

Tolerance Isn't Good Enough: The Need For Mutual Respect In Interfaith Relations

Rajiv Malhotra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rajiv Malhotra

In religious circles, tolerance, at best, is what the pious extend toward people they regard as heathens, idol worshippers or infidels. It is time we did away with tolerance and replaced it with "mutual respect."

7 Ways To Advance Religious Harmony In China And Around The World

washingtonpost.com | Tony Bliar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

We know religion has the power to do good. We know religion also has the power to inspire acts of terrorism and evil. We know something else. Religious affiliation in our world today is growing.

Tony Blair On Interfaith Dialogue, Education And Globalization

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rahim Kanani

Religious faith has a major part to play in shaping the values which guide the modern world. It can and should be a force for progress. I also think that understanding our increasingly globalized world today requires an understanding of religion and people of religious faith.

At Humor U, Mormons And Muslims Stand-Up Together (VIDEO)

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Hani Almadhoun

What do Muslims and Mormons have in common? It turns out both want to take over the world. But when they are not too busy doing that, they tell jokes -- together.

Why The Mosque Melee Actually Signals A New Era Of Religious Tolerance

Jim Kenney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Kenney

for those closest to the ongoing interreligious movement, tolerance just won't suffice. Real intercultural harmony demands exposure, as well as respect, mutuality, and, ultimately, engagement.

Instead Of Burning, Try Learning

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

The most important translation of our holy texts is the translation into daily life -- in acts of kindness, generosity, courage, humility, justice, self-control, respect, reverence, fidelity, and compassion.

Turning Provocation Into Purpose: Responding Creatively To Hate And Intolerance

Barbara J. Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Barbara J. Nelson

We are imagining this package as a ready response kit that fortifies people of goodwill with religiously grounded knowledge helpful in standing firm when acts of religious hatred are looming.