Book review: This Worldwide Struggle: Religion and the International Roots of the Civil Rights Movement, by Sarah Azaransky (NYC: Oxford University Press, 2017)

  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)

The Risks of Islamophobia to Every American

  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

Removing Our Barriers to Love: A Muslim Prayer on the Anniversary of 9/11

Sarah Sayeed   Prayer Shared at Middle Collegiate Church, New York City, 9/10/17 Greetings of peace. Assalamu’alaikum. I begin with the name of God, most Gracious, most Merciful. One of the greatest poets, mystics, jurist-philosophers of all time, a man by the name of Jalal ad Din Muhammad Rumi, who lived in the 1200s taught … Continue reading Removing Our Barriers to Love: A Muslim Prayer on the Anniversary of 9/11

Undomesticated Buddha

    Santikaro Upasaka When we enter into a Buddhist path of life, whatever the entryway – meditation, study of the teachings, serving community, ritual – we learn to bring the Buddha home. The more at home Buddha is in us, the more vibrant and profound our spiritual life will be. In my own life … Continue reading Undomesticated Buddha