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  • 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...

  • Blog
    Tue, 23 Apr 2013
    ArticleLife (and Death) Intervene at UPIC

    (Islamabad, Pakistan) As American delegates to the US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium (UPIC) began to depart on Sunday for Pakistan, I was once again reminded that life is complex, that we as individuals are ultimately not in control, and that we have many entanglements that challenge us and—if we are attentive—present us... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 18 Apr 2013
    ArticleBelieve Out Loud Update

    March was an especially Holy month for Believe Out Loud: From celebrating the reflective and joyous season of Easter, to participating in the historic Supreme Court hearings for marriage equality, Believe Out Loud was front and center for it all. To honor the Lenten season, Believe Out Loud commissioned artist Mary Button to create a... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 17 Apr 2013
    Regular Order

    “Settling Sam” – that was my nick-name in the mid-1970s as a young lawyer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Army. I spent four years on active duty at a time when the country was still engaged in the Viet Nam conflict, but most of my time was spent in the Office of Chief Trial Attorney in... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 16 Apr 2013
    ArticleWhat happens when women get together to talk...

    More than fifty civilian and veteran women came together on March 15, 2013, for Intersections International’s first ever women’s Veteran-Civilian Dialogue (VCD). It was—and is—a critical time for women civilians and veterans to come together: less than two months prior to our VCD, the Pentagon lifted its ban on... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 3 Apr 2013
    Share, Help and Give

    I love it when seemingly totally unrelated ideas and articles come together to create a logical argument or obvious solution.  The topic is economic inequality. There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that the income and wealth inequality in America — indeed in the world — is corrosive to civil society.  I... more...