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- BlogMon, 15 Jun 2015How do we respond to ISIS?
As I travel home from three days in Kazakhstan at the V Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, I am struck by the number of times I encountered two questions. These questions were perhaps most pointedly asked by Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov in a private briefing with members of the small American delegation in Astana:... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogTue, 9 Jun 2015Israel at the Intersection
On June 2nd, as a part of our global Peacemaking initiatives, I traveled to Israel to continue our efforts to support dialogue and opportunities towards building bridges of communication and understanding between Jews and Palestinians, in an effort to find peaceful solutions to the challenges that currently divide them. Intersections is... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogThu, 4 Jun 2015A Jump Start for Sustained Peacebuilding
For most Americans, Kazakhstan seems like a faraway place, indeed. But Americans can be quite myopic, blind to much of what goes on in the world beyond its borders. Actually, from a world perspective, Kazakhstan is right in the center of things. Located on the old silk route, straddling Asia and Europe, Kazakhstan is home to well over... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogMon, 11 May 201530 Do’s and Don’ts for Covering Muslims and...
Friends: At our Leadership Council meeting on April 16, we had an intense and spirited discussion about how religious intolerance has fueled prejudice, violence and fear both in the US and on the global stage. One realization that emerged from the meeting was how, in America, many non-Muslims—even among the enlightened folks who... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogMon, 24 Nov 2014The Art of New Beginnings
As we move into our traditional season of celebration, ceremony and remembrance, we at Intersections, along with the Collegiate Church family, re-dedicate ourselves to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our Native American brothers and sisters. In keeping with the Healing Turtle Island ceremony in 2009, when a new alliance was formed... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogMon, 24 Nov 2014Unexpected Threads
In 2014, our US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium (UPIC) delegates went to Pakistan in an effort to help build bridges between our two countries. One of the young people we met, Shanzae Asif, an undergraduate Pakistani student, later came to New York as a summer intern for Intersections. While here, Shanzae had a chance meeting with... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogThu, 30 Oct 2014Five Years Down a New Path
In 2009, the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson entering into what would ultimately become New York harbor, there was considerable hoopla surrounding “all things Dutch.” The leadership of the Collegiate Church, with Dutch antecedents, felt this was insufficient—bordering on unjust—as there was no comparable... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogThu, 31 Jul 2014Perfect Storm
As you know, Intersections has been a driving force behind the US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium, an alliance of religious leaders, community organizers, scholars and students who have gathered together on several occasions to build relationships, alter stereotypes and develop and implement an action agenda that reduces the level of... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogTue, 24 Sep 2013The Pope and the President
Maybe there's something in the water. Last week, two world leaders offered interviews containing hopeful signs of reconciliation and peace. Pope Francis, in an interview with Antonio Spadaro in the Catholic magazine, America, reaffirmed the compassionate, reconciling tone he has used in previous interviews. For Catholics who long... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogTue, 4 Jun 2013Religion, 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...Filters: Global Peacemaking