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Misreading Rumi: It's About the Divine, Not Just Romantic Love

Why are Rumi's poetic verses on love and loss often divorced of Islam and self-surrender to promulgate a wide-reaching appeal? Surely romantic love wasn't his whole-soul muse.

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Working with LGBTQ & Other Allies – Moving Beyond the Kumbaya in Interfaith Work

It’s time to move beyond the holding hands and singing kumbaya. It’s time to make alliances with folks we don’t typically ally with. It’s time to have difficult conversations about difficult subjects. It’s time to recognize who has stood up for us and stand up for them as well, even if we don’t align theologically -- we align as humans.

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Translating Love’s Confusion: Hollywood and Misreading Rumi

The 2010 Hollywood celebrity fest chick-flick Valentine’s Day opens with Reed Bennett, a florist played by Ashton Kutscher, proposing marriage to Morley (Jessica Alba), as she wakes up on Feb. 14. Evidently startled, Morley initially accepts, sending Reed on a joyful mission to let everyone know his sweetheart said “yes”! But his elation is short-lived. [Read More...]

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