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  • Blog
    Tue, 22 Jan 2013
    Does it Matter Who You Are?

    On January 2nd, retiring Congressman Gary L. Ackerman – a member of Congress for 30 years from New York’s 5th Congressional District – wrote in the New York Times op-ed page about his emotions on leaving office (My Last Day In Congress). He writes eloquently about his background as the son of immigrants who lived in... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 15 Jan 2013
    Who Am I – Who Are You

    What is his heritage, who were his parents and grandparents? What were the traditions and values in his home? Does he have siblings and what did they grow up to be? Is he married? Does he have children? What is his faith tradition? I unearthed very little public information about Wayne LaPierre. I know where he went to college, and that... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 8 Jan 2013
    Leadership and the Redskins Game

    Leave it to professional sports to raise some of the most interesting leadership questions. I live in Northern Virginia and have enjoyed access to Redskins season tickets for many years. It has been my greatest joy to see my son and grandson off to the games in their Redskin’s gear! Monday night was the first home field playoff... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 17 Dec 2012
    Art and Policy

    We talk a lot here at Intersections about the role of art in our work in pursuit of social justice, and we are blessed to have amazing artists working with us in the persons of Fred Johnson and Radha Kramer. On Wednesday evening, December 12th, I had the privilege to attend a public dramatic reading of a play called... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 17 Dec 2012
    ArticleNewtown and Islamabad

    A week ago I was in Pakistan. Along with my colleague Eduardo Vargas, I was visiting the International Islamic University in Islamabad (IIU) and Lahore University for Management Sciences (LUMS), two prestigious institutions of higher education in Pakistan with whom Intersections is in partnership, preparing for a conference to take place... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 11 Dec 2012
    Sacred Tasks

    Some things, some activities or some places can be considered sacred if they connect to the divine. The word’s history says it is so, you can read it here. It also says, though, that something is sacred when it is highly valued and important, such as a “sacred responsibility.” I also think of sacred in terms of actions... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 27 Nov 2012
    Sacred Time

    The Thanksgiving holiday is sacred time.  Gratitude and thankfulness on this day are about celebrating and acknowledging the blessings we enjoy as Americans and as a member of a loving family or a loving relationship and simply for being.  The decision to carve out a 24 hour period for the entire nation to acknowledge the value... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 9 Oct 2012
    ArticleBaseball as Metaphor

    The other day, my Dad and I had a catch. There is nothing particularly remarkable in that. Except that my Dad is ninety. We’ve been having a catch for sixty years. How amazing is that? The simple rhythm of tossing the baseball back and forth opened the channels of communication between us (as simple rhythms often do). We... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 27 Sep 2012
    ArticleSubway Ads and Spray Paint

    There is a new “intersection” in the public consciousness: the convergence of free speech and religious sensitivity. This is actually not a new topic but recent unrest sparked by the sophomoric youtube video defaming the prophet Mohamad, and the ensuing violence it evoked, has brought this issue front and center in the... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 13 Sep 2012
    Early Lessons from Libya

    On the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, demonstrations erupted in Egypt and Libya in protest over the release of a video that mocks the prophet Muhammad as a blood-thirsty, craven and promiscuous simpleton. In Libya, these demonstrations were joined by a well armed attack on the American consulate in Benghazi leading to the death of US... more...