Something I learned from public school was that not everybody has the same opportunities as you, and some people have more opportunities. I learned about different cultures of my friends who are not from the Unites States, and I also learned to become friends with people I normally wouldn’t be friends with.
Join the DC Faith Leaders Summit Twitter Chat (#DCFAITH) next Thursday, Feb 7th at 3:00pm. The #DCFaith Twitter Chat will be a pre-conference chat to get the interfaith community on twitter engaged around challenges and successes of interfaith dialogue, interfaith organizing and engaging youth/young adults.
And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbor that which thou choosest for thyself. ~ Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 30
This event is a dramatization where everyone participates in experiencing what hunger looks like in the world founded by UNICEF.
Around the world and within the US, human sex-trafficking is occurring. There are as many as 27 million slaves in the world. 200,000 are American children. We have those who suffer from poverty, unfairly neglected by the government and unable to receive minimal housing, food, and education. Those who suffer from ailments not covered under their health benefits.
Twenty percent of the U.S. population under the age of 30 is now identifying as religiously unaffiliated- and some of those adults are theists (nones). This fact suggests that faith communities are unable to maintain relationships with their estranged youth communities.
I myself am an atheist as well as a Unitarian Universalist, and I found Faitheist incredibly inspiring, both as a manifesto for atheist interfaith work, and as a human story of changing belief and perspective. I often find myself agreeing with many New Atheist critiques of mainstream religion, as well as pluralistic messages of interfaith understanding and engagement, and Faitheist helped me resolve the conflicted feelings about religion and interfaith work I still, to a certain degree, hold.
When I stumbled onto the video above about Hayward Demison III’s story of suffering a heart attack while playing a high-school football game- it reminded that I don’t have it so bad. Hayward had every excuse to quit, and even after he decided to take the risk and persevere, he had every excuse to not challenge himself.
For as long as I can remember I’ve known about the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Young and impressionable, I believed Palestine was the “bad guy” and Israel was the “good guy”, trying to return to reclaim its rightful homeland. As the years have passed, I’ve become aware that history is no one-dimensional, black/white slab, but rather a multidimensional, multicolored prism which changes in appearance depending on the light.
The American Friends Service Committee is hosting it’s third annual youth film festival. The theme this year is if you had all the power, what would you do with a trillion dollars?