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Bridging Divides

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Listening, learning, and discovering shared purpose.

Interfaith Amigos: On 9/11, Getting Beyond Religious Hatred Interfaith Amigos: On 9/11, Getting Beyond Religious Hatred
by Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie, Sheikh Jamal Rahman
Brought together by the events of 9/11, three friends from different faiths reflect on what it will take to reach the other side of hatred.
Quotes from the Quran and from Rumi
by Sarah Van Gelder
Interested in what Muslim sacred texts actually say? Here's a short selection of quotes recommend by Jamal Rahman.
Eight Ways to Confront Extremism on 9/11 Eight Ways to Confront Extremism on 9/11
by Sarah van Gelder
How to further tolerance and healing on this September 11th, an especially important time to speak up.
The Little Mosque in Medina The Little Mosque in Medina
by Jamal Rahman
The current flap over the proposed Islamic center-cum-mosque in New York City offers a good opportunity to reflect on the nature and purpose of places of worship.
A Crisis of Democracy: Real Solutions to the BP Oil Spill A Crisis of Democracy: Real Solutions to the BP Oil Spill
by Brooke Jarvis
For Gulf residents, the BP oil spill has made the problem of unchecked corporate power painfully clear. Exxon Valdez survivor Riki Ott on why this may be the moment to overcome our political divides and take back our democracy.
Waging Peace from Afar: Divestment and Israeli Occupation Waging Peace from Afar: Divestment and Israeli Occupation
by Phyllis Bennis
A growing grassroots movement is using the techniques of the anti-apartheid movement to challenge U.S. support for Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.
Rejecting Arizona: States Say No to Anti-Immigrant Bills Rejecting Arizona: States Say No to Anti-Immigrant Bills
by Suman Raghunathan
Despite the hype, states are finding lots of reasons not to follow in Arizona's footsteps.
More Than A Mantra: “We’re All in This Together” More Than A Mantra: “We’re All in This Together”
by Margaret Wheatley
Even in this fractured time, we can find strength in solidarity.
Listening Across the Divide Listening Across the Divide
by Rabbi Ted Falcon
How do we work with others who believe that theirs is the Only Way?
When Numbers Aren’t Enough When Numbers Aren’t Enough
by Paul Loeb
Statistics rarely get under our skin, but stories do. Paul Loeb offers advice for catalyzing social change.
Common Ground in a Liquid City Common Ground in a Liquid City
by Sarah Kuck
Re-imagining our cities is the best chance we have to create prosperity, lower our carbon emissions, and save what’s left of the natural world.
Beyond the Blame Game Beyond the Blame Game
by Rabbi Ted Falcon
How can we step into the experience of the other and learn that true dialogue is possible only when blame is shared.
Hate Groups? Not in Our School Hate Groups? Not in Our School
When an anti-gay hate group decided to visit their school, the students of Gunn High drowned out their protest with a celebration of acceptance.
Perseverance: Lost in the Gulf of Mexico Perseverance: Lost in the Gulf of Mexico
by Margaret Wheatley
We need to surrender our need to blame, acknowledge that we are truly lost, and then reclaim our capacity to think together if we are to find a way to solutions.
A World of Oneness A World of Oneness
by Pastor Don Mackenzie
How relinquishing our innate pursuit of power and embracing compassion can lead to a more peaceful world.
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