The University of Chicago Center for the Study of Race and Gender recently held a workshop titled, “Community Engaged scholars: Balancing Scholarship and Activism.” As a graduate student, academic and someone who cares about justice in her community and beyond, this workshop was timely and beneficial. Four scholars presented and since I found their ideas […]
There are approximately ten weeks between the election and the inauguration of the next president. In the grand scheme of things, ten weeks is not a lot of time (and before 1933, Inauguration Day wasn’t until March), but this year, the weeks have inched by at an excruciating pace.
This week’s parsha, Vayechi (Gen. 47:28-50:26), is a parsha of endings. The patriarch Jacob/Israel, having reached the ripe old age of 147 years, recognizes that the time has come for him to die. He gathers together his children in order to bless them, but the blessings are anything but straightforward. Some counter the expectations […]
We are delighted to present this issue on interfaith/multifaith environmental activism and teachings, expertly curated by the Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith, a leading interfaith environmental organization. We at the JIRS are grateful to Fletcher, the folks at GreenFaith, and the many contributors to this issue for the wealth of perspectives we are […]
A brief introduction to Issue 19 by Sue Fendrick, Editor-in-Chief of the JIRS.
The twenty-four month period leading up to the Paris climate negotiations last December, also known as COP 21, represented, by almost any measure, a high water mark of the religious-environmental movement. Never before have religious groups around the world within such a concentrated period of time shown such a level of public support for environmental […]