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    Thu, 4 Jun 2015
    blogA Jump Start for Sustained Peacebuilding

    For most Americans, Kazakhstan seems like a faraway place, indeed. But Americans can be quite myopic, blind to much of what goes on in the world beyond its borders. Actually, from a world perspective, Kazakhstan is right in the center of things. Located on the old silk route, straddling Asia and Europe, Kazakhstan is home to well over... more...

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    Tue, 26 May 2015
    blogDemilitarizing Law Enforcement

    Over Memorial Day weekend, I spent considerable time following events in Cleveland, the place I used to call home, in light of Officer Michael Brelo’s acquittal in the deaths of two unarmed African Americans, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, who were shot to death back in November of 2012. These events, coupled with the fact... more...

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    Mon, 11 May 2015
    blogFrom Judgment to Curiosity

    The tragic and relentless litany of violent headlines from across the country that depict conflicts between police and community members continues unabated, most recently in the killing of two officers in Hattiesburg, MS last weekend. Whether this spate of killings represents an actual spike in violence and civil disrespect or indicates... more...

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    Mon, 27 Apr 2015
    blogCan LGBTQ victories inspire paths to peace in the...

    After more than a month away recovering from hip replacement surgery, I was grateful to return to Intersections with renewed vigor to re-engage some of today's most difficult issues in our ongoing efforts to build a just world, united in diversity. One of the first events I attended upon my return was our Leadership Council meeting,... more...

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    Tue, 10 Feb 2015
    blogValentine’s Day and The Actual Dance

    Though it is a relatively minor holiday, seeing Valentine’s Day circled on my calendar serves as a reminder of valuable thoughts to share. This month also marked the end of my friend and colleague Sam Simon’s winter performance schedule of The Actual Dance, the very personal, autobiographical account of his physical,... more...

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    Wed, 21 Jan 2015
    blogThe Word of the Lord Was Rare in Those Days

    During the period of the Judges in Israel’s history, Israelite tribes formed a loose confederation. No central government existed and the people were led by ad hoc chieftains known as Judges. According to the Hebrew Scripture, it was a time when “the word of God was rare in those days.” (1 Samuel 3:1) I am reminded... more...

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    Thu, 8 Jan 2015
    blogNew Year's in Paris

    This was to be a New Year's blog, resplendent with well wishes of joy for the months to come and aspirations for peace, both for each of us individually and for our world weary from a year of brutal headlines--from Nigeria to the Ukraine, from Syria to Staten Island. Yet, within the first week of 2015, we are again assaulted by... more...

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    Tue, 23 Dec 2014
    blogAnd Now, the Assassination of Two Police Officers

    Tragically, it seemed almost inevitable. After weeks of protests across the nation decrying aggressive police behavior, two New York City officers were ambushed and “assassinated” in broad daylight as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooting was random. The officers killed were not related in any way... more...

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    Tue, 9 Dec 2014
    blogFerguson, Staten Island and Uniform Justice

    Events in Ferguson, Missouri and New York’s Staten Island take our breath away. For weeks now, like many people in our country, I have been overwhelmed by the headlines that show how far we must still journey in our efforts to achieve open and honest conversations about race, community policing and how we relate to those we... more...

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    Mon, 8 Dec 2014
    A Pastoral Letter from Concerned Faith Leaders in...

    This week, an inter-religious group of over 100 clergy and faith leaders in New York City signed on to a letter asking the de Blasio administration to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the wrongful death of Eric Garner and to hold the NYPD accountable for all cases of excessive force. Stating that each faith tradition calls us... more...

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