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  • Blog
    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...

  • Blog
    Tue, 27 Mar 2012
    The Intersection of Life and Death (and So Much...

    Your pastor, Rev. Charlie Morris, and I were classmates at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. It was a different time then: the end of an era known as “the sixties,” a time of dramatic changes in the church, a time when the Vietnam War was still raging. One of the issues that confronted the church then, as it does now, is... more...

  • Blog
    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...

  • Blog
    Tue, 30 Aug 2011
    Don’t Be Fooled By a False Conversion

    When religious magazine Sojourners refused an ad that promoted acceptance of LGBT congregants, did it send a signal that GLAAD couldn’t squelch simply by placing a new ad? The recent publication of an ad in the progressive religious magazine Sojourners, placed by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and created by the... more...

  • Blog
    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...

  • Blog
    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...

  • Blog
    Mon, 27 Jun 2011
    Getting Out and Coming Out

    Last week, President Obama had unprecedented opportunities on consecutive days to demonstrate his promised “change we can believe in.” On both occasions, he came up short.  On Wednesday night, the President addressed the nation about his plans for withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan, outlining a drawdown of 10,000... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 13 Jun 2011
    Prepare To Chat

    As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, I’ve noticed a concerted effort on the part of individuals across political, ideological and cultural spectrums who are seeking to have genuine conversations about what it means to build a diverse human tapestry in this city and beyond. Intersections has been engaged with several... more...

  • Blog
    Sun, 8 May 2011
    10 Years Later: Send Hope On 10th Anniversary Of...

    Symbols matter. For the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we invite you to participate in an event that will show a strong symbol of unity in the midst of the marvelously diverse mosaic that is not only New York City, but all of America and, indeed, the whole world. Ten years ago, we were all one for that unbelievable moment in time. We can be... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 18 Apr 2011
    Prepare New York

    Last summer, New York was embroiled in a controversy over the development of a Muslim Community Center in lower Manhattan that quickly escalated into a vitriolic debate that exposed deep feelings of unresolved grief from attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001 and about the place of American Muslims within the fabric of our society. It... more...