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  • Blog
    Tue, 4 Jun 2013
    Religion, 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...

  • Blog
    Fri, 31 May 2013
    Faith 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...

  • Blog
    Thu, 23 May 2013
    Letter from the Founding Director

    Friends: It is with considerable joy that I share with you the launch of our newly designed web site. I am sure you’ll agree that both the look and the organization of the site will make for a more efficient and productive experience for you—our valued friends and colleagues. As you take time to noodle around the... 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
    Combating 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
    Hard 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
    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...

  • Blog
    Wed, 6 Mar 2013
    Developing a Values Practice

    Life gets in the way, doesn’t it? How often have you used that as an explanation of why something that you intended or wanted to do did not get done? As business leaders talk and think about their leadership and specific concepts of “values based leadership.” Thanks to my little sister Sue (Simon) Pickens-Owens, I have... more...

  • Blog
    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...