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Religious Pluralism

Washington State Case Study: A Difficult Miscarriage Made Worse by Hospital's Religious Restrictions on Care

Lori Freedman | Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion
Lori Freedman

The effects of the doctrine on care are complex and merit a better response than telling women they can get their reproductive health needs met elsewhere. Ultimately, institutions providing ob-gyn care must be held to the same standards regardless of their religious affiliation -- and if not -- who will make sure patients understand how their care may be compromised?

Pluralistic Marriage

Jim Burklo | Posted 03.18.2014 | Religion
Jim Burklo

Many couples of different faiths started out their relationships without concerning themselves too much about their religious differences. It's only as marriage becomes imminent that one or the other of the pair wakes up to the fact that this difference might matter.

Why State Textbook Reviews Matter for Minority Faith Groups

Murali Balaji | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Texas's curriculum and textbook adoption have been politicized and polarizing in recent years, alarming education advocates and big textbook publishers and making the state a laughingstock to the rest of the country.

President Obama Cut Short His Vacation?

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

President Barack Obama and his family return early from Hawaii to Washington for fiscal-cliff talks; however, the constant wording that they were on "vacation" bewildered me.

'Unclean' -- Iran's Outcast Baha'i Minority

Anthony Vance | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Anthony Vance

The concept of ritual uncleanliness is an old one embedded in several major religious traditions, including Islam and Judaism. It is still accepted by many religious Iranian Muslims today.

What Is God Doing in Philippines?

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

It took me years to understand the idea of God, a God that is not a thing or a being, but a formless, indefinable, imaginary but real energy that caused life and sustained it, as we witness it every moment of the day.

India's Future, Narendra Modi, Muslims and Moving Forward

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

We are all in this together, and see things differently. We need to allow diversity of thought for a comprehensive understanding of the issue from a justice point of view, as well as long term cohesion in the society.

Fire in the Pews: Pentecostal-Catholic Competition Reviving Religion in Latin America

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Greater attendance at Mass. The flowering of a Catholic charismatic movement with lay leadership and culturally sensitive worship that also shares the Pentecostal commitment to evangelism. And a revered global leader emerging from its ranks.

Anyone Can Say 'Allah', Not Only Muslims

Harun Yahya | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Harun Yahya

Such a decision cannot be accepted and defended even if it was directed at one newspaper or a single person. This decision, which is completely against Islam, a religion of peace and brotherhood, must be reversed and there must be freedom of expression for everyone.

Five Strategies for Leadership Development on Religious Diversity

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Deborah J. Levine

Cultural awareness, cultural competence, global leadership and cross-cultural communication are embraced as the tools of the market place of the future. What accounts for this black hole of information on diverse religions?

The challenge of pluralism: the case of Quebec

Common Ground News Service | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Common Ground News Service

Ottawa - In Quebec, a bill roughly drafted to manage the province's religious diversity by restricting the visible display of religious symbols such a...

Religious Pluralism, Global Peace, and Higher Education

Joseph L. Subbiondo | Posted 11.17.2013 | College
Joseph L. Subbiondo

Whether or not one has a religion is not important. What is important is to recognize that the majority of people in the world do practice a religion -- and that their beliefs can be a force for good as well as evil.

Indian Culture Teaches Us Plurality

Andrew Luisi | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Andrew Luisi

India has taught me that there are endless paths to reach the same destination. Hindus believe in many deities, but ultimately and regardless of the deity they choose to worship, they believe that they will be lead to the same truth.

What the Chautauqua Bell Tower Reminded Me: How to Be a Christian in a Pluralistic World... and Family

Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman

This is Christian tradition at its best: not just tolerating the "religious other," but committed to fostering dialogue and relationships with people from other traditions.

Goddess Saraswati Statue With Barack Obama Symbolizes Relationship Between Indonesia and the U.S.

Mike Ghouse | Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

The Indonesian Embassy in Washington D.C. has expressed her relationship with the United States in the most unique way -- by building a statue of Saraswati, the iconic representation of education in Hindu tradition on their grounds.

Jesus, Shabbat Violators, and an Ethic of Tolerance

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

We can only bring each other closer with love, wisdom, and compassion. There is no room to alienate others based upon their theological understandings, communal commitments, or ritual practices. In the new paradigm, we evolve beyond mere tolerance into deeper respect, learning, and collaboration.

Civility And Tolerance At Judaism's Holiest Site: An Open Letter From Los Angeles Rabbis

Rabbi Judith HaLevy | Posted 08.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Judith HaLevy

We are American rabbis from different denominations; we know there are different ways to be a Jew. We know that the ability to disagree civilly does not grow spontaneously. It takes many years of cultivating relationships and building trust through listening, sharing and working together.

A Living Laboratory Of Pluralism

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

We are population of about 18,000 souls and a veritable United Nations of ethnic backgrounds and religions. And in between all of the sermons, we kayak on our town's lake and eat ice cream from the local dairy.

Pope Francis And The New Pluralism

David Lose | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion
David Lose

The pope made waves when he said in a sermon last week that Jesus Christ redeems all: those who are Roman Catholic and those who are not; those who believe, and those who don't.

Hoping For Religious Pluralism In Israel

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

Sometimes, being in the right place at the right time, whether by coincidence or not, can lead to macro change. I don't know what is going to happen at the Western Wall in the future, but the times they are certainly a-changing.

Answered Prayers?

Anat Hoffman | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Anat Hoffman

For the last 24 years we have been going to the Western Wall with only one goal in mind: to pray as a community of women with Torah and talllit, in full voice. This struggle for our rights as Jewish women has put me in newspapers as well as in prison; however, my intention from the beginning was neither of these things. I simply wanted to pray at Judaism's holiest site.

A Few Talking Points About Sharia After Losing A Sean Hannity Shouting Match

Mike Ghouse | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Asking questions is the right thing to do, and listening to the answer without interrupting is the civil thing to do. If we jump around from question to question without answering one, we achieve nothing. That is precisely what happened to me on Sean Hannity's show yesterday,

Creating A Culture of Unity Through Interfaith Cooperation

Rachael McNeal | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion
Rachael McNeal

Personal relationships across religious difference creates religious literacy and interpersonal understanding; such understanding fosters compassion while cultivating a more peaceful and united society.

Protesting Interfaith? The Importance Of Advancing Our Dialogues

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

I had never before seen anyone protest an interfaith gathering. But yesterday, a small group of protestors verbally and physically harassed our group of religious leaders and foreign dignitaries. This response and the nature of our cross-cultural encounters leaves much to be desired.

Bostonians Will Transcend Fear After Marathon Bombings

Craig Considine | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Our strength as Bostonians comes in our diversity. We should embrace our fellow Muslim Bostonians, not fear them.