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  • Blog
    Mon, 24 Apr 2017
    ArticleChallenging Stereotypes in Pakistan

    I just returned from a week-long visit to Pakistan. It was my third trip there in recent years as part of a peacemaking group seeking to build mutual understanding and relationships between the U.S. and Pakistan. This effort is sponsored by Intersections, a mission of the Collegiate Churches of NYC (four congregations, the most famous of... more...

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    Mon, 24 Apr 2017
    Article4 Ways to Be a Better Ally

    The Trump administration has been in power for just over two months. Many people are fearful that the social advantages won in recent times will be rolled back. Recently, the administration took gender identity and sexual orientation off of the 2020 census. The cause for concern for many people in our country and the future of our... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 17 Apr 2017
    ArticleThe Veteran Death Wish

    If a man says he is going to kill himself, we have a straightforward piece of information to work with. If a man is at risk for a fatal disease, like a heart attack or lung cancer, and refuses to change his behavior, how should we consider that? I have a theory.  I believe many vets want to be dead but don't want to pull... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 10 Apr 2017
    ArticleFrom Rwanda to Syria: Is History Repeating Itself?

    The Rwandan genocide is being repeated right now in Syria. April 3rd, 2017’s alleged chemical attack in Syria killed 86 people, including 26 children. Horrific pictures and videos of children slowly dying in their parent’s arms while foam leaks out of their mouths are all over social media. What makes the Syrian conflict... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 6 Apr 2017
    ArticleMy Workplace is Sacred

    I often refer to Studio 145, the performing space housed at Intersections International, as a sacred space. Its prestige is tied to religion, but not one particular religion. It’s a space where reverence is expected for all people, with respect for their spiritual beliefs. I believe that universal kind of reverence is foundational... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 6 Apr 2017
    ArticleNew 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...

  • Blog
    Wed, 5 Apr 2017
    ArticleInternalized Resilience-Embracing Thrivingness

    I am not oppressed, I am not a victim—I thrive, I rise, I am. A few months ago, I participated at an organization's Board of Directors meeting. It was an intense gathering where we were all challenged to stretch beyond our comfort zones and look at how each of us participates in anti-oppression work and in oppression... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 3 Apr 2017
    ArticleSelective Privilege

    Veteran privilege. This is a phrase that invokes a broad range of reactions depending on who the audience is. From bland nonchalance to foaming mouth religious fervor, the American public’s feelings about veteran privilege runs a gamut of emotions. Does veteran privilege exist? Some people would reason that yes; given the... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 27 Mar 2017
    Article“She Started It”: Why the Marine Internet...

    I refuse to be disgusted or outraged by the revelation this week that thousands of Marines and other military members actively violated the privacy of their “sisters in arms” by posting their naked pictures online without their knowledge or consent. I refuse to default to the usual complaint about the top brass doing... more...

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    Mon, 27 Mar 2017
    ArticleSymptom of the Disease

    I was not surprised when I learned that the Marine Corps’ nude-photo-sharing story proved to be just the beginning of an even bigger problem – encompassing all the major branches of the military in a sexual scandal that has rocked the nation. I thought back to the time of my own Army service when a new female... more...

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