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  • 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...

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    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...

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  • 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...

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    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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  • Blog
    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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  • Blog
    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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