As pride month comes to a close, I have been reflecting on my spiritual journey as a priestess in a tradition that supposedly does not welcome LGBTQ people. I was initiated into the Yoruba-Ifa religion 10 years ago. My introduction to this path began when I met Babalawo (a male Ifa priest) Olaoluwa 15 years […]
I recently attended an Iftar dinner at my synagogue, along with members of a Turkish Muslim interfaith institute. My rabbi gave a speech about how the Jewish and Islamic traditions understand the reasoning behind the dietary laws and their relation to fasting, as both a spiritual exercise and a mark of distinctiveness and separation […]
Who is welcome at your church? What makes you so sure? What evidence do you have to prove this? It was a typical Sunday as I made my way into the sanctuary, quickly found my place in the balcony, and prepared my heart for worship. I love my church dearly, but today I was preoccupied […]
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 […]