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  • Blog
    Mon, 15 Aug 2016
    An Incident in New York With Global Implications

    On Saturday afternoon, Imam Maulama Akonjee and his associate Thara Uddin were walking home from prayers at the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid when they were gunned down execution style. This tragic, senseless act cannot go unaddressed by those who care about the fabric of our city. Indeed, the interfaith community in New York City has responded... more...

    Filters: Global Peacemaking
  • Blog
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016
    Pakistan and the US, Not So Different

    Last week some of my UPIC colleagues and I gave a “briefing” at the State Department about our recent trip to Pakistan. At the briefing, I had an exchange with a State Department official who had recently returned to Pakistan. “Are you hopeful?” he asked. “Indeed, I am,” I responded and then recounted... more...

    Filters: Global Peacemaking
  • Blog
    Mon, 7 Mar 2016
    ArticleOf Shalom and Salaam

    The following article appeared  in the March 4, 2016 edition of Pakistan’s online paper, The Friday Times... “The Jewish community in Pakistan is almost non-existent and often lives in secrecy out of fear of anti-Semitic violence. But last month, an audience in Lahore packed into a room to hear a talk from Rabbi Reuven... more...

    Filters: Global Peacemaking
  • Blog
    Tue, 23 Feb 2016
    2016 UPIC Pakistan Trip: Returning from Pakistan

    A week ago, I awoke before dawn to the local Imam’s call to the Fajr, or morning prayer common throughout the Muslim majority world. I was in Pakistan, reflecting on how our UPIC (US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium) effort has grown over the four years since our first trip to Oman. I felt both gratitude and humility for the... more...

    Filters: Global Peacemaking
  • Blog
    Tue, 16 Feb 2016
    ArticleAahang: The Sublime Music of Pakistan

    The Urdu word aahang (aahung) could be translated in English simply as “melody” (a word I quite like). But as explained to our UPIC group by LUMS (Lahore University of Management Sciences) student Monahil, aahang is a tightly knit ensemble producing beautiful music, but if even one instrument is missing, the song becomes... more...

    Filters: Global Peacemaking
  • Blog
    Mon, 8 Feb 2016
    2016 UPIC Pakistan Trip: Deepening the Discovery

    I write to you from Pakistan, the first in a series of blogs we’ll be sending so that you may follow us, almost in real time, on our latest UPIC (US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium) journey. This is our fifth trip — four times to Pakistan and once to Oman — over the last half-decade, as we seek to build bridges of... more...

    Filters: Global Peacemaking
  • Blog
    Thu, 4 Feb 2016
    Transformational Change Takes Time

    This month, a team of US delegates will be in Pakistan on behalf of our Global Peacemaking program’s UPIC (US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium) initiative. This will be our sixth UPIC trip (five to Pakistan; one to Oman), interspersed with several opportunities for Pakistanis to travel to the US. Our goals remain three-fold: to... more...

    Filters: Global Peacemaking
  • Blog
    Thu, 21 Jan 2016
    ArticleA Sense of Identity

    As humans, one of our most important needs is a sense of identity. Who we are matters to us. For me, I identify as a Pakistani-American Muslim woman, though I struggle to keep a balance between my roots and keeping pace with the American way of life. But fifteen years ago, at the age of eight, the actions of extremists on 9/11 divided me... more...

    Filters: Global Peacemaking
  • Blog
    Sun, 20 Dec 2015
    ArticleYou Are Islamaphobe

    Most thoughtful people recognize that the world is a complicated place. And most also understand that serious and stubborn problems are complex and not easy to solve. One of the most frightening and stubborn problems we face today is the terrible violence and suffering that we observe in the Middle East and North Africa, and which is... more...

    Filters: Global Peacemaking
  • Blog
    Mon, 9 Nov 2015
    Headlines Glower as Actual Pakistanis Speak with...

    Last week, we hosted a unique event at Middle Collegiate Church, one of five sister ministries — including Intersections — of the Collegiate Church of New York. Featured were scenes from the internationally acclaimed one-woman show, Burq Off!, about one young woman’s autobiographical journey navigating the stormy seas... more...

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