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  • Blog
    Tue, 23 Apr 2013
    Life (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...

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    Mon, 17 Dec 2012
    Newtown 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...

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    Tue, 9 Oct 2012
    Baseball 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...

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    Thu, 27 Sep 2012
    Subway 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...

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    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...

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  • Blog
    Tue, 7 Aug 2012
    A New United Nations

    Over the past year, we have seen several debates at the United Nations on the best way to address the Syrian crisis. Because of commercial and geopolitical interests, Russia, one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, has blocked the majority of resolutions aimed at alleviating this crisis. One of the many... more...

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    Tue, 31 Jul 2012
    Still Dying After All These Years

    In church on Sunday, as is our custom, mention was made in the morning prayers of those US service members who have died in Afghanistan, our nation’s longest war. Our church is about a half hour’s journey from home—when things go right—and this particular Sunday was clearly one of those times when nothing was... more...

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    Tue, 4 Oct 2011
    Reflections on Ribbons and 9/11

    During the tenth anniversary weekend of September 11, I had the privilege of spending a lot of time in Battery Park, not far from where, a decade earlier, the horrific scene was unfolding as towers collapsed, clouds of toxic dust filled the streets, uncertainty reigned, people died. We had invited individuals, organizations, clubs and... more...

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    Fri, 12 Aug 2011
    Native Americans and 9/11

    Last night at the American Indian Cultural House, I had an opportunity to experience a profoundly symbolic expression of hope and healing. A group of young people from the Lummi nation, a small (less than 7,000 members) Native American tribe in the Pacific Northwest, journeyed across the country to share their experience of cultural... more...

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    Fri, 5 Aug 2011
    What Would Your Ribbon Say?

    In a few short weeks, people everywhere will commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. Ceremonies of remembrance will be particularly poignant here in New York where grief and loss still weigh heavy. Memories of last year’s vitriolic debate over proposed construction of a Muslim Community Center in lower Manhattan... more...

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