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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’

  • 8th April 20168/04/16
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I was so 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 […]

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Love conquers all — even candidates with swoopy hair who call people names.

  • 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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The Women Who Won Net Neutrality

  • 22nd September 201522/09/15
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I am moved to be on this list, but even more proud to see my boss, Stanford Professor Barbara van Schewick, at the top – for having “a bigger impact than entire institutions.” She is extraordinary. I am so glad that Marvin shared the work of the many women who have fought over the past year and a half for an open internet: Please read and then share this article to shine a light on the many incredible women leading technology and social change. The Women Who Won Net Neutrality By Marvin Ammori You can read the original post at Slate.com. Earlier this month, Politico Magazine listed […]

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A Brutal Hate Crime in Chicago

  • 14th September 201514/09/15
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A brutal hate crime on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary has once again shaken the Sikh community. Last week, Inderjit Singh Mukker, a Sikh father was beaten in Chicago as a man called him “terrorist” and “bin Laden.” This happened in the suburb of Darien where my husband grew up. Our first reaction was sadness and overwhelming fatigue. Tomorrow marks the 14-year anniversary of the first post-9/11 hate crime murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi, whose story we tell in our film Divided We Fall. Now as new parents, we wonder what has changed in fourteen years. Hate crimes are […]

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