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  • Blog
    Mon, 28 Mar 2016
    ArticleBreaking News: Bombing in Pakistan

    UPDATE: After sharing this blog with our Pakistani friends and UPIC delegates, we received an outpouring of heartfelt and insightful responses. Please read Junaid Ahmad's words at the end of the blog, as well as the comments below. ___________________________________ On March 27, the New York Times reported: A suicide bomber set... more...

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    Mon, 21 Mar 2016
    ArticleA Trans Ally In A Tennessee Pew

    ADD YOUR NAME: Tell Tennessee Lawmakers to Block Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill Five years ago, I was a member of a Southern Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, listening to the same sermons as my Old Hickory Representative Susan Lynn. One Sunday, as our preacher dug deeper into Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, I was struck by... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 21 Mar 2016
    ArticleOn PTSD

    My husband has PTSD and I have my husband. I would like to say that PTSD doesn’t play a large role in our lives and in our relationship, but it does. It is the subject of many a late-night, anxiety-induced conversation. It is a heightened sense of awareness, the split-second reaction to a backfiring car, my husband’s hands... more...

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    Mon, 21 Mar 2016
    ArticleInterfaith in a Pakistani Christian Slum:...

    On a beautiful sunny morning in the heart of South Asia, rabbis, priests and imams gathered together in a little church in the slum area of a rich city, Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. Here, in the so-called “most dangerous place on earth” because of “violent extremism” was a little miracle in practice —... more...

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    Wed, 16 Mar 2016
    ArticlePakistan and the US, Not So Different

    Last week some of my UPIC colleagues and I gave a “briefing” at the State Department about our recent trip to Pakistan. At the briefing, I had an exchange with a State Department official who had recently returned to Pakistan. “Are you hopeful?” he asked. “Indeed, I am,” I responded and then recounted... more...

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    Mon, 7 Mar 2016
    ArticleAuthenticity

    This week’s Service Together blog is from guest blogger Drew Pham. Drew served in the Army from 2009-2013 and deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 as a cavalry platoon leader with the 10th Mountain Division. He is the Project Coordinator at the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Teachers... more...

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    Mon, 7 Mar 2016
    ArticleThe Importance Of LGBTQ-Affirmation To A Grieving...

    At the time of my brother’s death in 2007, it was very important that our family be spared rejection by the church in a time of grief. Some people have said to me, “Well, you could’ve had Warren’s memorial service at our church.” But—their churches are not Open & Affirming. In the... more...

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    Mon, 7 Mar 2016
    ArticlePay It Forward

    I didn’t really see her. When I got to the checkout counter to pay for my morning coffee and bagel, she had already gone. My wife often comments that I am a “big picture” person and often overlook the details, even when they are important. Such was certainly the case on that cold morning. I couldn’t tell you a... more...

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    Mon, 7 Mar 2016
    ArticleAn Evening of Dance and Conversation

    As the Artistic Director of the Intersections Dance Collective, I have the unique privilege to help develop an approach to intercultural, interfaith and interdisciplinary dialogue through movement and choreographic expression. Our aim is to learn about and from others, and to share experiences and artistic practices. In this light, it... more...

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    Mon, 7 Mar 2016
    ArticleOf Shalom and Salaam

    The following article appeared  in the March 4, 2016 edition of Pakistan’s online paper, The Friday Times... “The Jewish community in Pakistan is almost non-existent and often lives in secrecy out of fear of anti-Semitic violence. But last month, an audience in Lahore packed into a room to hear a talk from Rabbi Reuven... more...

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