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    Mon, 24 Nov 2014
    blogUnexpected Threads

    In 2014, our US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium (UPIC) delegates went to Pakistan in an effort to help build bridges between our two countries. One of the young people we met, Shanzae Asif, an undergraduate Pakistani student, later came to New York as a summer intern for Intersections. While here, Shanzae had a chance meeting with... more...

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    Thu, 30 Oct 2014
    blogFive Years Down a New Path

    In 2009, the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson entering into what would ultimately become New York harbor, there was considerable hoopla surrounding “all things Dutch.” The leadership of the Collegiate Church, with Dutch antecedents, felt this was insufficient—bordering on unjust—as there was no comparable... more...

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    Mon, 6 Oct 2014
    blogUniform Justice

    Last Tuesday, I experienced Intersections’ staged reading of Uniform Justice, a play we produced in Memphis, TN after months of conversations between law enforcement personnel and members of a mostly African American community. In Memphis, like in Ferguson, MO, trust in the police force—and policing in general—has... more...

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    Fri, 19 Sep 2014
    blogGround Hero Program

    It was an echo of 9/11. On Sunday, along with veterans, civilians and first responders, I visited Ground Zero as part of the Military Resilience Project’s (MRP) “Ground Hero Program.” It was a privilege and a deeply powerful experience. This effort is an outgrowth of Intersections’ Veteran-Civilian Dialogues. Its... more...

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    Thu, 11 Sep 2014
    blogObama on ISIS—One Thing Is Clear

    Thoughtful people may disagree over President Obama’s approach to the crisis in Iraq and Syria prompted by the horrifically brutal behavior of ISIS. We can debate the question of the clear and present threat this group poses to the US homeland. On this tragic anniversary of 9/11,we can point out comparisons and contrasts to the... more...

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    Fri, 15 Aug 2014
    blogA Day’s Difference

    Americans (and, because of social media, people around the globe) have recoiled with horror, dismay and disgust at scenes from Ferguson, MO that have emerged this week in the wake of the tragic fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed, eighteen year-old African American. Just days before he was about to enter college, Brown was killed... more...

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    Thu, 31 Jul 2014
    blogPerfect Storm

    As you know, Intersections has been a driving force behind the US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium, an alliance of religious leaders, community organizers, scholars and students who have gathered together on several occasions to build relationships, alter stereotypes and develop and implement an action agenda that reduces the level of... more...

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    Wed, 30 Jul 2014
    blogTumultuous July

    After a relentless workload this spring here at Intersections, which began with a trip to Pakistan, included the most successful awards celebration in our history and a plunge into the arduous annual task of budgeting and year-end finances, two weeks off sounded more than enticing. Summer months invariably bring a slower pace, allowing... more...

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    Thu, 8 May 2014
    blogA Moral Imperative: Stand Together

    On Tuesday evening, May 13, on the eve marking the one- month anniversary of the wrongful abduction of 276 Nigerian School Girls, hundreds of New Yorkers joined the Collegiate Churches of New York in an Interreligious Call to Prayer, to #BringBackOurGirls. Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith leaders lead prayers and lifted their... more...

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    Fri, 25 Apr 2014
    blogUnwelcomed Reminders this Passover

    Passover has just concluded. Families have gathered, Seders shared, matzos broken, prayers sung, a history recited and remembered. Yet, for me and maybe for many, this Passover marked a time of special remembrance, beyond the Biblical narrative, challenging—for those who have ears to hear and eyes to see—Jews and non-Jews... more...