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    Wed, 3 May 2017
    blogThe Intersection of Joy and Sadness

    The month of April held a poignant and powerful intersection for me—perhaps a fitting way to end my tenure as Founding Director of this organization that I love. On April 19th at our Tenth Anniversary Gala, I experienced the most unimaginable joy as hundreds gathered to celebrate our first decade of bringing people together across... more...

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    Thu, 6 Apr 2017
    blogNew UPIC Seeds Planted in Pakistan

    During the last week of March, Intersections led a group of more than 30 delegates from 12 countries to Pakistan as part of our ongoing US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium (UPIC) program. It was remarkable to see how this effort has grown over the five years since a small group of us journeyed to Oman to begin this work. Most of our... more...

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    Mon, 27 Mar 2017
    blogThis Generation and the Next

    I am currently en route to Pakistan for our sixth UPIC trip over the past five years. It is an important moment in our long-term effort to help ease tension between our two countries. As we build relationships, alter stereotypes and continue to implement an action agenda developed during previous trips, we can count ten sustained efforts... more...

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    Thu, 23 Feb 2017
    blogWillie Nelson

    In this time of news overload, we can find ourselves starved for a good story, free from the frenetic pace of headlines out of Washington and the profound and often disturbing impact policies and pronouncements from the new administration on the lives of individuals and communities. In that spirit, then, I share a story about Willie... more...

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    Mon, 6 Feb 2017
    blogThe Real America

    It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks since the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as Forty-Fifth President of the United States. The new President has signed the most executive orders in the shortest time period since Franklin Roosevelt in 1933, at the height of the Great Depression. The issues addressed by these executive orders... more...

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    Thu, 26 Jan 2017
    blogSome Words

    Some words that have crossed my mind... more...

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    Mon, 23 Jan 2017
    blogHumanizing Obamacare

    It was a beautiful wedding. Our nephew Cord was marrying his longtime sweetheart, Annie. Cord is an Eagle Scout who applies his desire to serve in the Portland, Oregon school system where he works with children with emotional challenges. Annie is Development Director at a private school. Vivacious and kind, she makes friends easily. Our... more...

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    Thu, 12 Jan 2017
    blog“It Is Better to Light a Candle”

    During the holidays, my family was challenged by the dramatic changes brought on by end-of-life dilemmas. Such moments remind us how precious life is. The micro-reality that my family is experiencing mirrors in some ways the “macro” uncertainty that threatens so many Americans at the start of a new administration: those who... more...

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    Thu, 22 Dec 2016
    blogA Magical Party and Hope for the Future

    When I got off the elevator to enter the holiday party at Intersections last Friday, I was immediately struck by the festive atmosphere that had been created by Lucretia Holden and her team. The twinkling lights, the colorful decor, the scrumptious goodies—it was an elegant environment, not opulent, and set just the right mood for... more...

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    Mon, 19 Dec 2016
    blogLearning From Our Mistakes

    The 2016 election season was like no other in U.S. history. In its aftermath, some pundits say that the Clinton camp lost because it failed to reach out, listen to, and win the hearts of the white working class. Although one among many reasons, ignoring the so-called "rust belt" or "flyover zone" played a significant... more...