Opportunities for 21st Century Interfaithing


This week, I’m attending the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge fifth annual convening in Washington D.C. It is organized by the Department of Education and the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. I will be serving on a panel to talk about Illinois College’s partnership with the Interfaith Youth Core, which has [Read More...]

4 Women & a Train Station: Reflection on an Interfaith Moment

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Four women outside the entrance to Union Station, lingering in the cool breeze on a sunny summer day. Two women perched behind displays of brochures: “Do You Know Jesus?” and “What About Your Afterlife?” query passersby. One women in hijab, her religiosity also on display, watching the same crowd of travelers coming and going from [Read More...]

Interfaithing Round-Up


This weekend I’m travelling to Washington, D.C., to attend The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, along with the preceding convening of the Vanguard Interfaith Campus Network.  The Interfaith Youth Core is the connection point here, working with colleges and universities around the country on integrating interreligious cooperation, interfaith dialogue, community service, and work [Read More...]

Food & Faith, Diversity & Service: All in A Semester’s Work


Last week I attended the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies and presented with a colleague about some of our work teaching a first year learning community as part of our institution’s general education program.  Here are excerpts from my part, focusing on food and faith, diversity and service: While teaching a religion & literature course last [Read More...]

Interfaithing Lutherans


The headlines refer to Rev. Rob Morris as a Lutheran pastor reprimanded by his denomination for participating in an interfaith prayer service in Newtown, Connecticutt, just after the Sandy Hook massacre. ‘MISSOURI-SYNOD LUTHERAN!’  … I want to holler every time I see it. After I stop hollering, I want to point out that a similar [Read More...]

Imagining a Different Inaugural Benediction


You may or may not have been following the controversy around President Obama’s first choice to deliver the benediction at his second inauguration next week.  In short, he kept with his own practice of choosing a public opponent to gay and lesbian rights in selecting Louis Giglio to do this time what Rick Warren did [Read More...]