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  • Blog
    Fri, 2 Aug 2013
    The Actual Dance

    Some issues we address at Intersections are captured on front pages: the reintegration of US veterans into civilian life; the relationship between the US and Pakistan; full inclusion for LGBT persons; polarization in American society by race, religion, economic inequality. Other issues lie behind the headlines, and linger without... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 15 Jul 2013
    George Zimmerman Verdict

    Sometimes, legal decisions can cloud larger realities. The arbitrary nature of our criminal justice system, weighted as it is toward those who are white and wealthy, can turn on minutia, misinformation or a misguided legal approach. The results of court cases, especially criminal cases, speak to specifics regarding evidence, litigious... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 26 Jun 2013
    Marriage Equality

    The landscape shifted today as the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional the Defense of Marriage Act and dismissed California's Proposition 8. These decisions are but another moment in the inexorable bending of the arc of history towards justice and that day when there is full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 4 Jun 2013
    Healing For All: A First-Hand Experience

    Two weeks ago, I had my left shoulder surgically replaced. After more than a decade of decreased mobility and increased pain, replacement surgery was the only option for relief and repair. I spent two nights in the hospital. Complications extended a 90 minute procedure to four hours, but otherwise things went smoothly. I have returned to... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 4 Jun 2013
    Religion, the problem or solution in US-Pakistan...

    Last month I travelled with a multi-faith delegation of US religious leaders, the US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium (UPIC), to meet with Pakistani counterparts in Islamabad and Lahore. While in Pakistan, I found that a shift to human security — beyond military security and improving quality of life in terms of education,... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 31 May 2013
    Faith Leaders Helping to Heal the US-Pakistan...

    As Pakistanis went to the polls last week seeking their first democratic transition after a full-term civilian-led government, Americans heard a narrative of Pakistan as a largely violent and lawless country, steeped in corruption, and plagued by extremism. But this is only part of the story in this diverse and strategically important... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 23 May 2013
    Letter from the Founding Director

    Friends: It is with considerable joy that I share with you the launch of our newly designed web site. I am sure you’ll agree that both the look and the organization of the site will make for a more efficient and productive experience for you—our valued friends and colleagues. As you take time to noodle around the... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 29 Apr 2013
    ArticleWhy We Gather

    (Abu Dhabi) I have a long layover in Abu Dhabi, time to share what happened just a few hours ago in Lahore as our UPIC delegates gathered in our final session. We were dog tired, but we were determined to create a concrete action plan for next steps in our ongoing effort to build mutual respect and understanding between the US and... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 26 Apr 2013
    Combating the Lust for Certainty

    (Lahore, Pakistan) We have moved to Lahore and the final two days of our US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium (UPIC) gathering. A relatively uneventful trip (one bag lost) and some interesting conversations onboard during our brief flight has led us to the campus of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), one of our sponsoring... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 25 Apr 2013
    Hard News, Good News

    (Islamabad, Pakistan)  On the first full day of our UPIC gathering here in Islamabad, interfaith delegates from the US and Pakistan dug deep into issues that divide our two countries. The exchanges were always respectful, but at times, the content left me gasping for air as I considered the distance between our societies and the... more...

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