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    Tue, 29 Mar 2016
    blogNorth Carolina’s Anti-Trans Law

    On March 23, Republican state legislators in North Carolina convened a one-day legislative session to fast-track House Bill 2 with the explicit goal of overriding a local Charlotte ordinance that would have protected LGBT people from discrimination in housing and public accommodations. Sadly, the bill seemed to pass in a... more...

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    Wed, 16 Mar 2016
    blogPakistan 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
    blogPay 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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    Tue, 1 Mar 2016
    blogSuper 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
    blog2016 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...

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    Mon, 8 Feb 2016
    blog2016 UPIC Pakistan Trip: Deepening the Discovery

    I write to you from Pakistan, the first in a series of blogs we’ll be sending so that you may follow us, almost in real time, on our latest UPIC (US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium) journey. This is our fifth trip — four times to Pakistan and once to Oman — over the last half-decade, as we seek to build bridges of... more...

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    Thu, 4 Feb 2016
    blogTransformational Change Takes Time

    This month, a team of US delegates will be in Pakistan on behalf of our Global Peacemaking program’s UPIC (US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium) initiative. This will be our sixth UPIC trip (five to Pakistan; one to Oman), interspersed with several opportunities for Pakistanis to travel to the US. Our goals remain three-fold: to... more...

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    Tue, 19 Jan 2016
    blogCommunity Policing in Montclair

    Last week, I attended an enthusiastic community gathering in Montclair, NJ where Farid Johnson and Vieve Price announced the launch of “Phase 2” of our Community/Police Enrichment Training. Religious, cultural and community leaders were present and expressed their enthusiasm for this project, and their earnest desire that we... more...

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    Tue, 12 Jan 2016
    blogRemembering David Bowie

    And these children that you spit on As they try to change their worlds Are immune to your consultations They're quite aware of what they're going through             — David Bowie, “Changes” David Bowie died this week. He was always a hero of mine. I... more...

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    Tue, 8 Dec 2015

    There are moments in time when each of us must say something. This is such a moment. Intersections is an organization whose mandate is to bring people together across lines of difference in search of justice, reconciliation and peace. Heinous commentary currently making the rounds in the Republican Presidential primary, as espoused by... more...