• blog
    Mon, 29 Apr 2013
    blogWhy We Gather

    (Abu Dhabi) I have a long layover in Abu Dhabi, time to share what happened just a few hours ago in Lahore as our UPIC delegates gathered in our final session. We were dog tired, but we were determined to create a concrete action plan for next steps in our ongoing effort to build mutual respect and understanding between the US and... more...

  • blog
    Fri, 26 Apr 2013
    blogCombating the Lust for Certainty

    (Lahore, Pakistan) We have moved to Lahore and the final two days of our US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium (UPIC) gathering. A relatively uneventful trip (one bag lost) and some interesting conversations onboard during our brief flight has led us to the campus of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), one of our sponsoring... more...

  • blog
    Thu, 25 Apr 2013
    blogHard News, Good News

    (Islamabad, Pakistan)  On the first full day of our UPIC gathering here in Islamabad, interfaith delegates from the US and Pakistan dug deep into issues that divide our two countries. The exchanges were always respectful, but at times, the content left me gasping for air as I considered the distance between our societies and the... more...

  • blog
    Wed, 24 Apr 2013
    blogWe Have Seen “The Other” and They Are Us

    (Islamabad, Pakistan) It was a simple thing, really; but somehow it seemed deeply profound. Delegates from Pakistan and the US had just registered for our UPIC conference and we were gathering for lunch in the hotel restaurant. I happened to sit with Shaykh Zavid Bhaiyat, dressed in sunnah, the traditional way that the prophet Mohammed... more...

  • blog
    Tue, 23 Apr 2013
    blogLife (and Death) Intervene at UPIC

    (Islamabad, Pakistan) As American delegates to the US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium (UPIC) began to depart on Sunday for Pakistan, I was once again reminded that life is complex, that we as individuals are ultimately not in control, and that we have many entanglements that challenge us and—if we are attentive—present us... more...

  • Article
    Tue, 5 Feb 2013
    Honoring our Veterans

    In November, Intersections held several programs that honored servicemen and women. Our involvements are more than superficial gestures that do little to deepen civilian engagement with those who serve. Rather, we plumb some of the deepest emotions in the human spirit that warfare inevitably evokes—loss, love, guilt, triumph,... more...

  • Article
    Tue, 22 Jan 2013
    ArticleKazakhstan – Intersections Dialogue Techniques...

    Astana, Kazakhstan: On October 18-19, 2012, Fred Johnson and Bob Chase traveled to Central Asia for the 20th Anniversary of the first World Conference of Spiritual Concord. They were among seventy delegates from two dozen countries (six from the US) who gathered to explore how spirituality and culture can influence policy-makers across... more...

  • Article
    Thu, 17 Jan 2013
    ArticleRibbons of Hope: The Journey Continues

    After spending the better part of a year in various locations around the city, both sacred and secular, the Ribbons of Hope panels were on display at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church near ground zero for a month-long commemoration of the eleventh anniversary of 9/11. Originally created to commemorate the 10th anniversary of... more...

  • blog
    Mon, 17 Dec 2012
    blogNewtown and Islamabad

    A week ago I was in Pakistan. Along with my colleague Eduardo Vargas, I was visiting the International Islamic University in Islamabad (IIU) and Lahore University for Management Sciences (LUMS), two prestigious institutions of higher education in Pakistan with whom Intersections is in partnership, preparing for a conference to take place... more...

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    Tue, 9 Oct 2012
    blogBaseball as Metaphor

    The other day, my Dad and I had a catch. There is nothing particularly remarkable in that. Except that my Dad is ninety. We’ve been having a catch for sixty years. How amazing is that? The simple rhythm of tossing the baseball back and forth opened the channels of communication between us (as simple rhythms often do). We... more...