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One of the first people killed in a hate crime after 9/11 was a family friend, Balbir Singh Sodhi. He was 52, a Sikh father who wore a turban and beard as part of his faith. He was the first of dozens of Sikhs and Muslims in America killed in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attack. But his murder barely made the evening news. I was 20 years old, afraid for both my country and community. The Sikh faith calls us to social action, even in times of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post. Today, after more than a year of national debate, the Open Internet Order goes into effect. The Order keeps the Internet an open and democratic space free from undue corporate control. Business leaders, start-up innovators, and economists widely praise the Order as win for the economic growth. But protecting the open Internet is not just sound policy -- it's a moral imperative. Today, I join twelve of America's top faith and moral leaders - Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Humanist - to celebrate

This piece original appeared in On Faith. Today, the Open Internet Order becomes effective. Adopted after a year of national debate, the order codifies “net neutrality” — the principle that keeps the Internet an open and democratic space. Specifically, it bans carriers like Comcast and Verizon from blocking and slowing down websites at will, or charging sites extra fees to reach people faster. Why are Americans of all faiths and beliefs celebrating? If carriers created “fast lanes” online, most faith and non-profit groups could not afford to be in them.