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- BlogMon, 24 Nov 2014Unexpected Threads
In 2014, our US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium (UPIC) delegates went to Pakistan in an effort to help build bridges between our two countries. One of the young people we met, Shanzae Asif, an undergraduate Pakistani student, later came to New York as a summer intern for Intersections. While here, Shanzae had a chance meeting with... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogThu, 30 Oct 2014Five Years Down a New Path
In 2009, the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson entering into what would ultimately become New York harbor, there was considerable hoopla surrounding “all things Dutch.” The leadership of the Collegiate Church, with Dutch antecedents, felt this was insufficient—bordering on unjust—as there was no comparable... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogThu, 31 Jul 2014Perfect Storm
As you know, Intersections has been a driving force behind the US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium, an alliance of religious leaders, community organizers, scholars and students who have gathered together on several occasions to build relationships, alter stereotypes and develop and implement an action agenda that reduces the level of... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogTue, 24 Sep 2013The Pope and the President
Maybe there's something in the water. Last week, two world leaders offered interviews containing hopeful signs of reconciliation and peace. Pope Francis, in an interview with Antonio Spadaro in the Catholic magazine, America, reaffirmed the compassionate, reconciling tone he has used in previous interviews. For Catholics who long... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogTue, 4 Jun 2013Religion, the problem or solution in US-Pakistan...
Last month I travelled with a multi-faith delegation of US religious leaders, the US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium (UPIC), to meet with Pakistani counterparts in Islamabad and Lahore. While in Pakistan, I found that a shift to human security — beyond military security and improving quality of life in terms of education,... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogFri, 31 May 2013Faith Leaders Helping to Heal the US-Pakistan...
As Pakistanis went to the polls last week seeking their first democratic transition after a full-term civilian-led government, Americans heard a narrative of Pakistan as a largely violent and lawless country, steeped in corruption, and plagued by extremism. But this is only part of the story in this diverse and strategically important... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogMon, 29 Apr 2013Why 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...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogFri, 26 Apr 2013Combating 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...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogThu, 25 Apr 2013Hard 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...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogWed, 24 Apr 2013We 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...Filters: Global Peacemaking