Archive: Faith Community Building
According to the Biblical story of the Exodus, Sinai, and the Wilderness, Pharaoh turned workers into slaves, immigrants into pariahs, and tormented the earth until it rebelled in ecological disasters -- the Plagues. He used his domestic police -- overseers -- to harass and punish dissidents and workers, and his horse-chariot army to subjugate an empire. Yet -- or therefore -- inspired by YHWH, the Breathing-Spirit of the World -- a band of runaway slaves created a whole new form of community. Today, what institutions are behaving like Pharaoh, and how do we create new communities that celebrate the intertwining of many different human cultures with each other and the Earth? What could be the role of a transformed and transformative Judaism in that process, alongside other religious and spiritual communities?
By Arthur Waskow | November 3, 2010; 03:09 PM ET | Comments (3)
"We intend to live the wisdom that God revealed to the Prophet, peace be upon him: That God created the human race as one family, through a single couple, to become many cultures and communities -- not so that we would hate and despise one another but so that we would come to know and understand each other. (Quran 49:13)"
By Arthur Waskow | August 23, 2010; 03:29 PM ET | Comments (0)
To oppose this project because Islam is involved and Muslims are sponsors of it is a violation of the religious freedom guaranteed and protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution - period.
By Welton Gaddy | August 17, 2010; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (2)
As I reflect on Memorial Day today my heart is full of gratitude for America's diverse men and women who made this country strong, and for the many who have died in its service. Some immigrants and many the progeny of immigrants.......My life has been touched in many ways by the people who served and are serving in the armed forced and by the annual Memorial Day Parade we celebrate in our town, Livingston, N.J.
By Anju Bhargava | May 31, 2010; 12:49 PM ET | Comments (0)
At over 2.2 million, Hindus in America now form the fifth largest religious group, after Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism. However Hindus are often mischaracterized in textbooks and academia and are not well understood by the majority.
By Anju Bhargava | May 2, 2010; 11:23 PM ET | Comments (1)