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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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    Tue, 1 Mar 2016
    ArticleSuper Tuesday

    In Presidential politics, today is Super Tuesday. Eleven states hold primaries or caucuses that will go a long way towards selecting the nominees for both political parties who will face each other in the general election in November.  To say this has been an unusual primary season is an understatement. Volumes could be written,... more...

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    Tue, 23 Feb 2016
    ArticleOn Ability

    I never liked the term disabled. Every time I write it, or speak it aloud, I cringe a little. Dis, a prefix of Latin origin, means apart, asunder, or away; its implication is negative and oppositional. Therefore, to be disabled is to be the opposite of abled, which is to say the opposite of normal. This function of language creates a... more...

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    Tue, 23 Feb 2016
    Article2016 UPIC Pakistan Trip: Returning from Pakistan

    A week ago, I awoke before dawn to the local Imam’s call to the Fajr, or morning prayer common throughout the Muslim majority world. I was in Pakistan, reflecting on how our UPIC (US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium) effort has grown over the four years since our first trip to Oman. I felt both gratitude and humility for the... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 22 Feb 2016
    ArticleWhy These South Dakota Pastors Are Standing Up...

    Help us TELL GOVERNOR DAUGAARD: Christians Stand With Trans Students On behalf of a carload of clergy, representing four different Christian traditions, who left Sioux Falls at 3:00am to testify against H.B. 1008 last week, and on behalf of about a dozen clergy colleagues who couldn’t make the trip, I am asking Governor... more...

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    Mon, 22 Feb 2016
    ArticleArtist Fighting Cancer

    Last month, a close friend of mine was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer, and my life perspective hasn't been the same since. He's very young, and the thought of him having to fight such a challenging battle, let alone — God forbid — possibly losing this battle, reinforces the idea that life isn't fair,... more...

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    Tue, 16 Feb 2016
    ArticleAahang: The Sublime Music of Pakistan

    The Urdu word aahang (aahung) could be translated in English simply as “melody” (a word I quite like). But as explained to our UPIC group by LUMS (Lahore University of Management Sciences) student Monahil, aahang is a tightly knit ensemble producing beautiful music, but if even one instrument is missing, the song becomes... more...

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