I was born in 1998 in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan when the Taliban controlled the country. My mother and I fled Afghanistan when I was an infant because of how dangerous it […]
While Paul Ryan described his position that is both personally and politically pro-life, Joe Biden’s position was more my style. As a women who may one day need safe access to abortion, and as an advocate for religious liberty, Biden’s answer hit home for me…
It’s not a socially acceptable conversation starter to just walk up to any person you’ve barely ever seen before and say, “Hi! My name is _________. What’s your current position on our involvement in Afghanistan?”
It seems to me that all too often, policies which in reality limit religious liberty are sold to the populous on the grounds of “freedom of religion” and voted or signed in to law without much more thought. In a state where, according to the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey, only 3% of the population is a part of a religion other than Christianity (fourteen percent identify as Nones and five percent refused to answer the survey), campaign rhetoric often focuses on which candidate is a “better” Christian, and doesn’t say much about policy.
I always hear the sentiment ‘why aren’t all the Muslims standing up and saying something’ either when something violent happens that includes a small handful of Muslim extremists – or […]
“We laugh often, to prevent us from crying” – in this Ted Ex video, the Interfaith Amigos highlight how compassion and humor can help us understand each others commonalities and differences.
As a Filipino-American, I was raised and culturally identify with Catholicism. Having grown up in Arizona, Guam and the Philippines — Christianity was the religion I was surrounded by and became intimately familiar with. Though a non-believer from an early age, I was curious about other faith traditions. So I declared Religious Studies my major in college and went on to study Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism and so forth.
I returned earlier this week from Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I co-led an interfaith leadership training for seventeen youth for LEADD, a project of the Interfaith Alliance which I coordinate. […]
1. Start an Interfaith Student Group in your high-school or neighborhood! Ask a friend to get help you get a student group started in your school Find a teacher to […]
Note* this blog post was originally published by me on the UUCAVA.org website. I’ve also added another introductory paragraph to clarify some of the UU lingo. My work as the […]