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November 01, 2017
Hindus in America: Acting on Our Values, Alleviating Hunger
At the recent Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit’s annual gala, Kresge Foundation President Rip...
September 30, 2017
Finding the Goddess Within: Protect Us From Fear
Every year, during the festival of Navaratri, my local temple celebrates the Divine Feminine through...
April 26, 2017
Pursuing Pluralism to Promote Science-Based Policy
On Saturday, after celebrating Earth Day at my local Hindu mandir in Troy, I stopped in...
April 19, 2017
Religion and Science: Complementary Not Conflicting
During my childhood, my father referenced Albert Einstein often, with quotes like “Science without religion...
February 24, 2017
Embracing a Hindu Life: Finding My Way Home (Part 2)
In my last blog post, I shared the beginning of Fred Stella’s journey to becoming...
February 21, 2017
Embracing a Hindu Life: One Journey to Becoming Hindu (Part 1)
I learned in conversation with Hindu American Foundation colleague, Fred Stella, how he came to...
February 15, 2017
Purushartha: Pursuing the Four Goals of a Human Life
My focus on doing the right thing(s) means that these days, my Facebook notifications and my newsfeed...
February 10, 2017
A Hindu’s Practice: Education, Meditation and Self-Realization
The recent vote by the Senate to confirm Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education bothered...
February 05, 2017
Wisdom from More Than One Guru
Hinduism may not have been started by a single prophet like Christianity or Islam, and...
January 22, 2017
The Story of God: Seeking Heaven on Earth
In Season 2, episode 2 of National Geographic’s The Story of God, Morgan Freeman seeks...
January 15, 2017
The Story of God: The Chosen One(s), Parallels across Traditions
In the first episode of Season 2 of National Geographic’s The Story of God, Morgan...
November 01, 2016
An Enlightened Diwali: Saving the Sacred at Standing Rock
This Diwali weekend, I thought I would take the time to do something that is...
October 26, 2016
Denial the Movie: Denying Intolerance, Seeking Truth
To consider the question of whether faith prevents or propagates intolerance, I am stuck, as...
September 05, 2016
Ganesha Chaturdhi and the Start of the Academic Year
Usually the Hindu holiday of Ganesha Chaturdhi falls in late August or early Sept. -...
July 31, 2016
Being a Hindu, Being an Ambassador for Hinduism
We live amid challenging times, where ignorance about your neighbor can lead to not just...
July 25, 2016
The Who, What and Why of WISDOM – Part 4: Pluralism, Wisdom and the NACCC
When the WISDOM presentation at the NACCC Conference was over, I asked Rev. Mary Biedron...
July 01, 2016
The Who, What and Why of WISDOM – Part 3
As explained in the prior two posts, three of us from WISDOM - a Catholic, a...
June 26, 2016
The Who, What and Why of WISDOM – Part 1
As an Advisory Board member of the Michigan-based interfaith organization, WISDOM, I had the opportunity...
May 17, 2016
Classroom Subjected: Bullying and Bias Against Hindu Students in American Schools
As a mother, I’ve drawn on my experiences growing up between cultures as an immigrant...
April 27, 2016
The Story of God & Evil: Dichotomy or Complexity?
My father, an English professor, always told me that the opposite of love was apathy...
April 23, 2016
Shining a Light on Autism
As a Board member of a national Hindu advocacy organization, I have the opportunity to work...
April 19, 2016
The Hindu Story of Creation: Which One?
Host Morgan Freeman searches for the stories of creation as part of his understanding of...
April 13, 2016
Who is God? Pluralism is the Answer
In the upcoming episode of The Story of God, Morgan Freeman attempts to discover who...
April 06, 2016
Apocalypse, Rebirth or Self Realization: What is the Story of God?
Hindus commonly refer to Hinduism as Sanatana Dharma, or the Eternal Truth, and believe in...
January 06, 2016
Hindu Studies: An Education in Religious Studies and Bias
I was pleased to start the new year off with information about how, in pre-colonial...
December 29, 2015
The Reality of Santa Claus: Imagine Joy this Holiday Season
Christmas is a time when those of us who are not Christian also get to participate...
December 09, 2015
Daanam (and Seva) in December and Around the Year
Editors' Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Charitable Giving. Read...
November 10, 2015
Diwali Proclamations in My Hometown
Diwali is a time of love and laughter, family and friends, fun and foods that...
October 22, 2015
Vijaya Dasami – Embracing the Divinity Within
The nine days/nights of Navaratri are over: the celebration of the Goddess in her tamas, rajas and sattva forms ends...
October 13, 2015
Celebrating Shakti – Embracing Diversity of Belief
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