On July 4th, the United States of America celebrated its 240th year of independence from Great Britain. My ancestors were enslaved until 1863. Unfortunately, the Emancipation Proclamation did not instantly guarantee African-Americans freedom. Still it was undeniably, an important and necessary step in the long, hard journey for liberation and equality. While African-Americans have made […]
…I let go of the law, And people become honest. I let go of economics, And people become prosperous. I let go of religion, And people become serene. I let go of all desire [for controlling, fixing, prohibiting, securing] for the common good, And the good becomes common as grass. The Tao te Ching, Stephen […]
This Guest Post was submitted by Chris Highland. Chris has been a Presbyterian Minister, Interfaith Chaplain, College Instructor, Shelter Director and Housing Manager. His ten published books include My Address is a River and Meditations of John Muir. He blogs at Secular Chaplain and his main site: www.chighland.com. Chris lives with his wife Carol, a Presbyterian […]
As befits the end of a seven-year cycle, this is a kind of “sabbatical” issue. Six scholars in the field of interreligious studies each respond to one of our previously published articles, using their response to reflect not only on the specific issues in that article but on the issues it raises for the field […]
A brief introduction to Issue 18 by Sue Fendrick, Editor-in-Chief of the JIRS.
Interreligious peacebuilding (IRPB) practitioners operate within the wider context of peace and conflict resolution, applying processes such as dialogue, peace education, conflict resolution, and reconciliation. As an emerging field, several lessons have arisen within IRPB highlighting how it can improve its effectiveness. Interfaith efforts in Israel/Palestine reflect several of these lessons. One main lesson is […]