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  • Blog
    Fri, 21 Mar 2014
    ArticleInsight in Memphis

    I didn't know how to believe it when I learned in elementary school that my city was the violent crime capital of the United States. Memphis. More rapes and murders per capita than New York City at a time when that was saying a lot. For my whole life, variations of that grim ranking have colored the world's view of the city I... more...

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    Fri, 21 Mar 2014
    ArticleSalaam Alekum at Peshawar Peace Rally: God’s...

    Rev. Dr. Titus Presler is the Principle of Edwardes College in Peshawar, one of the most conflict-affected areas in northern Pakistan. He is also a UPIC delegate who participated in our journey to Pakistan in April 2013. On September 22nd, 2013, there was a fatal bombing that took place at All Saint’s Church, the house of worship... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 21 Mar 2014
    ArticleFinding Our Values

    It is always fun getting to meet and know famous people. I suspect Mike McCurry knew he was famous, except he wasn’t the famous one, technically speaking. His boss was famous, Mike just happened to have been the press secretary and spokesperson for President Bill Clinton. There was a period of time during which I suspect that Mike... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 5 Mar 2014
    ArticleOut of the Weeds: TE’A and Insight Theatre –...

    In my last blog, I promised to come out of the weeds in my work with TE’A, to step away from the theoretical and aesthetic particulars of creating Insight theatre, so that I could clearly answer the questions at the heart of this work, what is TE’A and what is it trying to accomplish and how? I gave short and sweet answers... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 5 Mar 2014
    Silent No More: Denouncing “Christian” Voices...

    Christians around the world continue to use their faith to justify laws that discriminate against the LGBTQ community. On our blog, Marie Alford-Harkey, Deputy Director of the Religious Institute, shares why her Christian faith demands she speak out against these laws, which promote violence, discrimination, and misogyny. Read... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 4 Mar 2014
    ArticleThe Power of a Single Story

    When you hear the word – Pakistan – what automatically comes to mind?  Terrorists, Muslims, supporters of the Taliban, a country that hates America, dangerous, intolerant, violators of women’s rights, poverty, uneducated, poor infrastructure, corrupt politics, suicide bombers? If you are like many Americans, you... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 4 Mar 2014
    ArticleCastaways

    “Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip…six passengers set sail that day for a three hour tour…” Like Gilligan, my friends and I had literally gone on a three hour tour.  There we were, trapped on a Greek isle while the sea raged around the little tour boat and as ... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 24 Feb 2014
    ArticleThe Power of Sharing Experiences

    On January 10, 2014, while on my way to a doctor’s appointment, I experienced a life-changing accident. I posted a blog A Deeper Realization describing my misfortune, its impact and its repercussions during the process of recuperation. It seems it touched a chord, as my blog was greeted with numerous well wishes from many, many... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 24 Feb 2014
    ArticleRussia And The Olympics: It's Not A Game!

    The Reverend Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) will soon receive the 2014 Intersections Award for her pioneering work at the intersection of religion and LGBTQ equality. A regular blogger to Believe Out Loud, in her latest post, Rev. Wilson’s focus is on Russia, the Olympics and the lack of outcry... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 20 Feb 2014
    ArticleMarvel Madam Aagahi!

    Like many graphic novel aficionados of my generation, my inner child and I hopped, skipped and jumped our way down to our favorite childhood comic book store to get our hands on the new Ms. Marvel when it debuted on February 5th, 2014. Marvel just released the first issue about 16 year-old Pakistani-American Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms.... more...

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