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  • Blog
    Thu, 23 May 2013
    ArticleLetter from the Founding Director

    Friends: It is with considerable joy that I share with you the launch of our newly designed web site. I am sure you’ll agree that both the look and the organization of the site will make for a more efficient and productive experience for you—our valued friends and colleagues. As you take time to noodle around the... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 22 May 2013
    ArticleDrone Strikes in Pakistan

    I recently traveled to Pakistan to screen my film “Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation.” While I was there I had the opportunity to listen to Pakistani people tell me their opinions about the United States drone strikes. I didn’t visit Pakistan to discuss drones, but the topic came up regularly throughout my... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 10 May 2013
    ArticlePakistan in the News

    Last month I traveled to Pakistan as part of a UPIC (US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium) delegation led by the Reverend Robert Chase, founder of Intersections International, a ministry of the Collegiate Church of New York. My involvement came through a sponsoring organization called Convergence, a bi-partisan group based in Washington... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 7 May 2013
    ArticleReflections and Memories from Pakistan

    When I was young, I learned a prayer-poem that is sung in many Urdu-speaking families in India, where I was born and lived until I was eight. The poem is also sung all over Pakistan, uniting Pakistani and Indian Muslims across borders and tense relations between the two countries through a shared appreciation for the famous Pakistani... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 6 May 2013
    Insight in LA

    A few weeks ago, I attended the West Coast Lonergan Workshop where I was presenting on Insight theatre and the work of Intersections. The three and a half day conference, held at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, was brimming with incredibly interesting and varied presentations, all using Bernard Lonergan's thought as a theoretical... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 6 May 2013
    A Surprising Start

    My second day as Manager of the Veteran-Civilian Dialogue program at Intersections International was a day of surprising invitations, one seemingly having nothing to do with the other. First, I was invited to write a blog as the newest member of the Intersections team... My mind was abuzz with so many thoughts! What could I possibly say... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 29 Apr 2013
    ArticleWhy We Gather

    (Abu Dhabi) I have a long layover in Abu Dhabi, time to share what happened just a few hours ago in Lahore as our UPIC delegates gathered in our final session. We were dog tired, but we were determined to create a concrete action plan for next steps in our ongoing effort to build mutual respect and understanding between the US and... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 26 Apr 2013
    ArticleCombating the Lust for Certainty

    (Lahore, Pakistan) We have moved to Lahore and the final two days of our US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium (UPIC) gathering. A relatively uneventful trip (one bag lost) and some interesting conversations onboard during our brief flight has led us to the campus of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), one of our sponsoring... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 25 Apr 2013
    ArticleHard News, Good News

    (Islamabad, Pakistan)  On the first full day of our UPIC gathering here in Islamabad, interfaith delegates from the US and Pakistan dug deep into issues that divide our two countries. The exchanges were always respectful, but at times, the content left me gasping for air as I considered the distance between our societies and the... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 24 Apr 2013
    ArticleWe Have Seen “The Other” and They Are Us

    (Islamabad, Pakistan) It was a simple thing, really; but somehow it seemed deeply profound. Delegates from Pakistan and the US had just registered for our UPIC conference and we were gathering for lunch in the hotel restaurant. I happened to sit with Shaykh Zavid Bhaiyat, dressed in sunnah, the traditional way that the prophet Mohammed... more...