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  • Blog
    Mon, 8 Feb 2016
    2016 UPIC Pakistan Trip: Deepening the Discovery

    I write to you from Pakistan, the first in a series of blogs we’ll be sending so that you may follow us, almost in real time, on our latest UPIC (US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium) journey. This is our fifth trip — four times to Pakistan and once to Oman — over the last half-decade, as we seek to build bridges of... more...

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    Thu, 4 Feb 2016
    Transformational Change Takes Time

    This month, a team of US delegates will be in Pakistan on behalf of our Global Peacemaking program’s UPIC (US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium) initiative. This will be our sixth UPIC trip (five to Pakistan; one to Oman), interspersed with several opportunities for Pakistanis to travel to the US. Our goals remain three-fold: to... more...

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  • Blog
    Thu, 21 Jan 2016
    ArticleA Sense of Identity

    As humans, one of our most important needs is a sense of identity. Who we are matters to us. For me, I identify as a Pakistani-American Muslim woman, though I struggle to keep a balance between my roots and keeping pace with the American way of life. But fifteen years ago, at the age of eight, the actions of extremists on 9/11 divided me... more...

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    Sun, 20 Dec 2015
    ArticleYou Are Islamaphobe

    Most thoughtful people recognize that the world is a complicated place. And most also understand that serious and stubborn problems are complex and not easy to solve. One of the most frightening and stubborn problems we face today is the terrible violence and suffering that we observe in the Middle East and North Africa, and which is... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 9 Nov 2015
    Headlines Glower as Actual Pakistanis Speak with...

    Last week, we hosted a unique event at Middle Collegiate Church, one of five sister ministries — including Intersections — of the Collegiate Church of New York. Featured were scenes from the internationally acclaimed one-woman show, Burq Off!, about one young woman’s autobiographical journey navigating the stormy seas... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 26 Oct 2015
    Iraq and Afghanistan

    Time is relentless. Sometimes hours pass in a heartbeat; other times, years unfold without our even seeming to notice. On October 15, President Obama announced a reversal in U.S. policy in Afghanistan, saying that American forces will remain until at least 2017, beyond the length of his second term in office. Back in 2008, then Senator... more...

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  • Blog
    Tue, 13 Oct 2015
    Good News in a Weary World

    Lately, it has seemed that each new day brings another discouraging headline, making it increasingly difficult to remain buoyant when there so much sludge to weigh us down. Whether it be dysfunction in Washington or carnage in the Middle East, persistently unsettling economic news, or the impact of climate change on the world’s... more...

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  • Blog
    Tue, 15 Sep 2015
    Syrian Refugees

    Recent technology upgrades at Intersections have caused sporadic gaps in our communications. Upon returning from a week-long conference in Washington, DC, I learned that the following blog was never posted. Sadly, the issues raised in this blog have only become more pressing over the past several days. We decided to go ahead and post it... more...

    Filters: Global Peacemaking
  • Blog
    Wed, 5 Aug 2015
    ArticleCelebrating the Wisdom and Warmth Prof. Abdul...

    I received an email last week from our close UPIC colleague, Junaid Ahmad, Director of the Center for Global Dialogue in Lahore, Pakistan. The email was a celebration, really, of a mutual friend and a leader in the Pakistani-American community on the West Coast, Professor Abdul Jabbar. What strikes me as I re-read his email is the... more...

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  • Blog
    Wed, 24 Jun 2015
    ArticleWhen, America, Will It End?

    The massacre inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Caroline, cuts deeply into the souls of every decent person across this nation. The faithless, unprovoked act of a 21 year old white man during a prayer service is unconscionable. Yet, it is not rare or historically unusual. The killing of nine human... more...

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