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How interfaith activism could change the world

The college campus is the quintessential setting for promoting religious tolerance and nurturing interfaith leaders, said Eboo Patel, Northeastern’s …

Are You a Pharisee?

Most Christians draw their understanding of the Pharisees from the New Testament. This is unfortunate, because many of the communities which shaped …

'Jews, Out of France!'

It is nothing short of chilling.<p>A video, taken on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, shows masses of French protesters marching down …

Riveting theater in Geneva; the pope's rabbi on Jewish/Catholic relations

John L. Allen Jr. All Things Catholic <b>All Things Catholic:</b> Geneva was the setting for a riveting bit of theater as two Vatican heavyweights sat before …

What do you preach to a church full of Jews on Christmas?

On Christmas Eve, thousands of Christians from around the world flocked to Bethlehem to celebrate at the traditional birthplace of Jesus. But a few miles up the road at a church in Jerusalem, something unexpected took place at Midnight Mass: the church became crowded with Jews.<p>Some might joke that …

Muslims and Jews sing, talk and protest their way to interfaith cooperation

A program inside a theater on Chicago’s North Side feels a little like a talent show, or maybe a family reunion. Performers step up from the audience …

Christianity Experiencing Renaissance in Israel; Relationship Between Christians and Jews Mandated, Says Consul General

LOS ANGELES – The consul general of Israel in Los Angeles believes that Christianity is experiencing a rapidly growing renaissance in Israel. With …

Interfaith in Prison

January 6, 2014 by Holli Emore<p>Today I talked by phone for a bit with a chaplain in an Alaska prison. One of the inmates had contacted Cherry Hill …

Fired Pastor Ryan Bell Receives Staggering Donations From Atheist Community, Led By Blogger Hemant Mehta

Former Seventh-day Adventist pastor Ryan Bell decided to critically examine his faith by embarking on a year-long journey to "try on" atheism, but his philosophical experiment has already led to some serious consequences. Since he began his year without God on January 1, 2014, he has been fired …

'Godless' Sarah Silverman Says She's 'Fascinated By Religion'

Comedian Sarah Silverman may have a rabbi for a sister, but she takes great delight in skewering religion in her stand-up routines. However, she also appreciates some aspects of it.<p>She told HuffPost Live:<p>I'm godless, but I'm fascinated by religion. I think there is a lot of beauty in religion. I …

What Pope Francis Can Teach the GOP

When the Catholic Church eclipses the Republican Party on social policy, it’s time to start looking skyward for frogs. Yesterday, when the Vatican …

Jewish-Muslim Outreach In Vienna, Courtesy Of New York Interfaith Activists Rabbi Marc Schneier And Imam Shamsi Ali

New York Rabbi Marc Schneier won a small but significant victory on a recent visit to Vienna – a promise from the head of Austria’s Islamic community to promote Holocaust education among the country’s half a million Muslims.<p>Invited to an interfaith lunch along with his years-long partner in …

Holocaust Survivor Leon Gersten Reunites With His Rescuer Czeslaw Polziec For Hanukkah And Thanksgiving

Leon Gersten survived the Holocaust because of Czeslaw Polzeic and his family. Yesterday, he was able to properly express his gratitude for the first time in 69 years, as the two men reunited at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City to celebrate Hanukkah and Thanksgiving together.<p>For over two …

A City In The Philippines Just Gave Us The Most Powerful Example Of Interfaith Cooperation

In September, Zamboanga City in the Philippines was ravaged by an armed conflict between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the local government. The battle created tension between local Christians and Muslims, but when the fighting ended, members of both religious groups joined forces …

Finding God In A Maximum Security Prison

<b>By Jordan G. Teicher</b><p>It was simple curiosity that guided photographer Serge J-F. Levy to New York’s Green Haven Correctional Facility in 2002. “Without having any personal predisposition to any religious activity but having a fascination with how people can work on their spirituality and healing …

Why 2014 Will Be The Year Of Mindful Living

Mindfulness, it seems, is having a moment. 2013 saw a significant spike of interest in holistic health and mindfulness practices like yoga and meditation (not to mention a number of celebrities and CEOs hopping on the mindfulness bandwagon) and it's a trend that will likely continue to gain …

The Gospel According to Feuding Academics

<b>The Jewish Gospels</b><i><br>By Daniel Boyarin</i><br>The New Press, 224 pages, $21.95<b><br>The Jewish Jesus: How Judaism and Christianity Shaped Each Other</b><i><br>By Peter …

Princeton University

Was Jesus ‘white’? Wrong question

‘And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised,” we read in the Gospel of Luke, “he was called Jesus.” For centuries, Jan. 1 was celebrated …

Church must repent of sin of anti-Semitism

An Anglican clergyman has called on the Church to repent of its anti-Semitism, which he described as a sin against the Holy Spirit.<p>The Reverend Simon …

Christians and Jews: A Roman Initiative

The Israeli ambassador to the Holy See, Zion Evrony, recently took the initiative to invite diplomatic colleagues and officials of the Holy See to …

Pope Francis: Gays, Abortion Too Much Of Catholic Church's Obsession

Pope Francis faulted the Roman Catholic church for focusing too much on gays, abortion and contraception, saying the church has become "obsessed" with those issues to the detriment of its larger mission to be "home for all," according to an extensive new interview published Thursday.<p>The church can …

50 Years Ago, Major Jewish Speaker and Sponsor for the Great March; Now, Not So Much

Fifty years ago, I was one of 240,000 marchers at the Great March for Jobs and Freedom.<p>Until Dr. King spoke, the most notable speech -- the one right before Dr. King's closing address -- was by Rabbi Joachim Prinz, head of the American Jewish Congress.<p>Rabbi Prinz said:<p>When I was the rabbi of the …

Civil Rights

The American Caliphate

Michael Coffman and Kate Mathieson are brave people. In an era of great peril, brought upon all of us by a sinister worldview originating in ancient …