Securing Our Future

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OK, I am going to do the unpardonable here. I am going to talk about politics for just a moment. It is, after all, election year. And elections are important because they have an impact on how our lives will be shaped during the coming years. I know, I know. We feel like we really don’t have much say in how our government runs and to an extent that’s true. But it is also true that if you don’t get out there and vote you have no voice whatsoever.For those of us in the interfaith commu … [Read more...]

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2013 Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

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I attended Winston-Salem’s annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service the Sunday before Thanksgiving this year.  Normally it occurs on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, but apparently the consensus felt that were it to happen on a Sunday, more parishioners would be present, as most would not be traveling for the holiday.  It seemed the idea was a good one, as about 250 of Winston-Salem’s finest turned out for the occasion.Last year was my first time going to such an event.  I remember that I w … [Read more...]

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On Common Ground is Powerful New Resource

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The Pluralism Project of Harvard University has released On Common Ground, a comprehensive online resource, this permutation replacing the former published book versions. Here you will find a world of information on religions, the religious landscape of America, essays on interfaith topics.I found the Essays section quite interesting, addressing some real-life issues that many of us have faced (or will, in time).“From Diversity to Pluralism” - about why diversity in our communities is not … [Read more...]

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Oak Creek Anniversary

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Monday is the one-year anniversary of the shooting at the Oak Creek Sikh gurdwara in Wisconsin.  I was contacted for comment this morning by a reporter from our local news station.  Valarie Kaur, a Sikh activist and founder of Groundswell, notes that a full year later, everyone knows about Aurora and other tragedies, but most never understood what happened at Oak Creek and have already forgotten.  The anniversary is a good reminder to those of us in another misunderstood minority religion of the … [Read more...]

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