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    Fri, 6 May 2016
    Continuing the Quest for Global Peace and Human...

    On the eve of the UN’s “High Level Conversation on Religions for Peace,” co-organized by the Government of Kazakhstan and featuring Foreign Minister H.E. Erlan Idrissov as one of the plenary speakers, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to the US, H.E. Kairat Umarov, convened a conversation among religious leaders to discuss... more...

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    Tue, 29 Mar 2016
    North 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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    Mon, 28 Mar 2016
    blogBreaking News: Bombing in Pakistan

    UPDATE: After sharing this blog with our Pakistani friends and UPIC delegates, we received an outpouring of heartfelt and insightful responses. Please read Junaid Ahmad's words at the end of the blog, as well as the comments below. ___________________________________ On March 27, the New York Times reported: A suicide bomber set... more...

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    Wed, 16 Mar 2016
    Pakistan 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
    Pay 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
    blogOf 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
    Super 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
    2016 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
    2016 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
    Transformational 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...