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.
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.
Like my Unitarian Universalist faith, my family’s beliefs and holiday practices have always been a little eclectic. We UUs don’t really have any holidays unique to our faith. The closest, […]
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 […]
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.