Dr. Sarah Sayeed People come in and out of the doorway of our lives for reasons not always discernible to us. But they are always there as part of some wise, loving plan for our growth, even and perhaps especially when they bring us challenges or pain. There is a verse in the Quran that … Continue reading Calibrated For Goodness
A Diwali 2018 Reflection By Anantanand Rambachan More than 2,500 years ago, a priest in Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad (Yajur Veda) prayed: Lead us from untruth to truth-asatō mā sadgamaya Lead us from darkness to light-tamasō mā jyōtirgamaya Lead us from death to immortal life- mr̥tyōrmā amr̥taṁ gamaya Om Peace, Peace, Peace- Om śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ … Continue reading Lead Us From Truth to Untruth
By Stephanie Paulsell Stephanie Paulsell’s “The Art of Living: Practices for Flourishing in a Fractured World” was presented at Vassar College on February 22, 2018; her talk was part of Vassar’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life’s participation in a multi-year Luce Foundation grant on practices, “Campus Chaplaincy for a Multifaith World,” directed out of … Continue reading Introduction to Practices
Our most recent post, by the Rev. Peter Olsen, asked if we need “a Barmen Declaration for our time.” Days later, a group of scholars and clergy published the Declaration below. To see the original signatories, and to sign the Declaration yourself, please visit https://thebostondeclaration.com. — The Editors Occasion As followers of Jesus, the Jewish … Continue reading The Boston Declaration
Rev. Peter Olsen From May 29th-31st 1934 the Confessional Synod of the German Evangelical Church met in Barmen, Germany to address false teachings propagated by the “German Christians” appointed by the Nazis to administer the Protestant churches under the Reich. Organized in 1932, the German Christian movement was driven by nationalistic ideology permeated with … Continue reading A Barmen Declaration for our Time?
W.E.B. DuBois noted in 1903 that, “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line – the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea.” Sarah Azaransky uses this observation as a starting point for her exploration … Continue reading Book review: This Worldwide Struggle: Religion and the International Roots of the Civil Rights Movement, by Sarah Azaransky (NYC: Oxford University Press, 2017)
Dalia Mogahed This insightful, brief video challenges the popular idea that 9/11 caused increased Islamophobia, and counters that elections are actually the greatest source of surges in anti-Muslim bigotry. Mogahed’s research also illustrates the links between increases in Islamophobia with increases in many forms of bigotry, particularly antisemitism. Her work highlights the connection between … Continue reading The Risks of Islamophobia to Every American