Protecting Muslim Neighbors Our Muslim neighbors are among several groups of Americans suffering anxiety and feeling threatened these days. So it is heartening to hear news of non-Muslims expressing solidarity with them. A “Protect Our Muslim Neighbors” rally took place in Denver on February 4. The Denver Post report focused on a Moroccan family and Somali immigrants who […]
Sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions Part Four of Five We are often plagued by the notion that religion wounds and divides people instead of bringing them together, partly because we see sacred texts abused and interpreted violently. One workshop I attended at the Sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City put […]
Sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions Part Three of Five Peacemaking efforts in the Holy Land are only a few of many hopeful movements around the world. Why don’t we hear more about them? The Sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions helped counter the media’s negative mentality (“If it bleeds, it leads”) by giving ample […]
Sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions Part Two of Five The theme of the Sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions was Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity: Working Together for a World of Compassion, Peace, Justice, and Sustainability. Plenary speakers and workshop leaders clearly exhibited “faith in action.” They were not simply “talking heads” full […]
Our friend Mona Haydar spoke to NPR about her simple, daring “Talk to a Muslim” outreach in Massachusetts. Frightened by Islamophobia but eager to share a loving Muslim face with other Americans, she offered hot coffee and donuts on a cold day. Listen to her here.
ISIS, Cotton Candy, or Rūmī? The last fourteen years seem particularly agonizing for Christian-Muslim relations. The 9/11 attacks and reactions to them continue to generate violence, chaos, and suspicion. I have been haunted by the latest depredations of the “Islamic State” and some of the reactions these crimes provoked. Then I read “What ISIS Really […]
A review of Woman, Man, and God in Modern Islam, by Theodore Friend (Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2012, 378 pages) For thirty years I lived at the Spiritual Life Institute, a monastic community that offers hospitality and solitude to retreatants who wish to go into the desert to pray. One of our most fascinating guests was […]
Listening to John Esposito The Desert Foundation has been concerned about the rise of Islamophobia in the United States and Europe especially since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Last June I heard a news report on a Tennessee town in which a young Muslim expressed her fear and sorrow after an attack on her mosque. I […]