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Kaur and Archuleta: A Sikh, a Mormon, and a dozen Interfaith University Graduates …

  • 29th May 201629/05/16
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I was honored to deliver the address to the graduating class at Chapman University’s recent Baccalaureate service. After the service, Gail Sterns, the Dean of Wallace All Faiths Chapel at the University, wrote this wonderful article: If I had been a Christian, I would be a preacher, she said to me. You are – you have found your way! I replied. Valarie Kaur is easily one of the best speakers I have ever heard, and I am a preacher. With great care, Valarie called and emailed students the week prior to her address so she could answer their questions when she spoke at our Baccalaureate […]

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The Compassion Collective Takes Back Mother’s Day 2016

  • 11th May 201611/05/16
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Take back Mother’s Day with the Compassion Collective. Mother’s Day wasn’t created to honor the kind of love that stays home and hoards our blessings. It was created to honor the kind of love that marches out and serves. I’ve teamed up with five stellar authors — Glennon Doyle Melton, Brené Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert, Rob Bell, and Cheryl Strayed — and invite you to join us. On any given night in Europe, tens of thousands of refugee children are cold, hungry, and alone. As they’ve fled war, they’ve lost their parents—temporarily or forever. On any given night in the United States, […]

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Global Program Scholar-In-Residence: Serve with Courage, Forgiveness, Love

  • 23rd April 201623/04/16
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Read the original post, from the Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, here. Seniors in the Program for Global Citizenship presented their innovative Capstone Projects Tuesday night, Elizabeth Kendrick ’16 spoke of her Global experience, and Scholar-in-Residence Valarie Kaur capped off two days on campus with an inspirational Global Citizenship Lecture in the Fine Arts Building. Kaur, a multitalented worker for social justice, is an author, MSNBC commentator, civil rights lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, and young mother, but she does not let her roles define her. And in her talk, “The Hot Winds of the World Cannot Touch You,” she encouraged students pursuing the path of global service to resist letting others define them, too. “What has always worked for […]

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Beyond ‘Us and Them’ – Harvard Divinity School

  • 8th April 20168/04/16
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I was honored to receive the Peter J. Gomes STB ’68 Memorial Award this week from my alma mater, Harvard Divinity School. Here is the wonderful article that Harvard posted: When Valarie Kaur, MTS ’07, visited the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, after a white supremacist shot six people there in August of 2012, she found none of the recriminations and finger-pointing that characterized the politics of gun violence in the United States. Instead, she joined the community in responding to the hate crime with love, solidarity, and resolve. “I witnessed courage that astounded me,” she says. “The Sikh […]

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“Love Conquers All” – Faith Leaders Challenge Trump via Upworthy

  • 7th February 20167/02/16
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This post originally appeared on Upworthy.  by Isabel Evans Donald Trump called for an end to all Muslim immigration into the United States and it was pretty scary. That’s old news by now. But the cool part you might not have heard about? As a response, a group of faith leaders from lots of different religions united in support of Muslims. On Dec. 9, 2015, those faith leaders published an open letter to the American Muslim community pledging solidarity, love, and support to Muslims “with our voices, our actions, and our bodies.” The organizers of the letter included folks from many different religious groups: […]

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These Religious Leaders Say ‘Revolutionary Love’ Is The Antidote To Bigotry

  • 18th December 201518/12/15
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This article was originally posted on The Huffington Post. by Antonia Blumberg Muslim Americans have found themselves at the center of ugly debate in the political arena as of late. At a time when religious literacy and dialogue could be our saving grace against the divisive rhetoric of terrorists, some have chosen fear and hatred, instead.But in the wake of Donald Trump’s call for a “complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the U.S., a group of religious leaders released a statement of solidaritywith the Muslim community in the United States on Dec. 9. “In place of such dangerous rhetoric,” the statement reads. “we offer instead ‘revolutionary love’ for our Muslim brothers and […]

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Amid Anti-Muslim Hate, Sign This Letter of Support to the Muslim Community

  • 9th December 20159/12/15
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Sign our letter of solidarity with the Muslim community in America. The letter says: America is not America without Muslims. As people of faith and moral conscience, we promise to defend our Muslim brothers and sisters from attack, to speak up when they are maligned, and to support them with our voices, our actions, and our bodies. We’re going to send this letter and a copy of the signatories to the media, as well as to as many mosques and Muslim community centers as possible.  Together, thousands of us can speak up and battle hate with love. This moment calls for […]

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VIDEO: “Revolutionary Love

  • 16th October 201516/10/15
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Here is my address on “revolutionary love” at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. It is directed to a particular audience, but I am thinking of centering my book on its core message. If you watch, tell me: what most speaks to you? What does revolutionary love look like in your life? It would be so helpful to hear! In my own life, I have seen this kind of revolutionary love change the world around us and within us. It is the love of Guru Nanak founder of the Sikh‬ faith and Mai Bhago the first Sikh woman warrior, Rana Sodhi who lost […]

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Global Rally for Humanity is Anti-American

  • 10th October 201510/10/15
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URGENT: This weekend, hateful protests are planned at Muslim community centers & mosques in 20 cities in America in a coordinated effort called “Global Rally for Humanity.” If you’re a Sikh or Muslim American, you’ve likely received an email urging us to be cautious and vigilant against the threat of hate violence. Simply, it’s a frightening moment. I don’t want to see bloodshed this weekend. I choose to believe that our public solidarity and love can overwhelm and prevent hate. What can you do? Stand with us. Please tweet, post and share this urgent article (below) by Congressman Keith Ellison […]

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A Pope for People of All Faiths

  • 28th September 201528/09/15
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My reflection on the Pope’s historic U.S. visit alongside faith leaders I love and respect: A Pope for People of All Faiths by FaithSource at Auburn Seminary Originally published on OnFaith.  A single image from Pope Francis’ visit to America is seared in my mind. At an interfaith service at the 9/11 Memorial, the pope paused on stage when he met Gunisha Kaur — a fellow Sikh woman who has fought tirelessly for human rights and is now carrying her first child. The pope lowered his head, lifted his palms, and offered a blessing for her baby. The symbolic power of that […]

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