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[16 Sep 2010 | One Comment | ]
True Values Are Never At Risk

Minna Salami
I’m not religious but I believe religion has enriched my life.
I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria in what might be considered a typical African family home. It was a two story house with a three-bedroom flat on the top floor, and another similar flat on ground level. In the back compound there were two one-bedroom flats, one which with time became an office. All spaces were connected by what I considered a massive spiral staircase in the centre of an even more massive …

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[2 Sep 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Unheard Voices in the “Ground Zero Mosque” Debate

Peace X Peace Community Members
“Respect is a two way street, not something you can just move to another location.”
It’s difficult to turn on the news or listen to the radio without hearing some reference to, or full-fledged debate about, the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” in New York City. Talk-show commentators offer sound bites on religious freedom, Islam, and/or terrorism (depending on where you’re tuned in to) while street protesters shout about “hallowed ground.”
What is rarely heard amidst the uproar are nuanced responses, marked by respect, compassion …

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[1 Sep 2010 | 13 Comments | ]
Town in America’s Heartland Honors World-Renowned Muslim Hero

Kathy Garms
“Elkader’s founders had no way of knowing in 1846, when they named a new settlement on the banks of the Turkey River in northeast Iowa after a widely admired Arab freedom fighter, that they were setting the stage for international learning experiences.”
Who could imagine that a small rural town in America’s heartland – Elkader, Iowa – would be remembering a 19th century world-renowned Muslim hero? Yet, that has become reality through the bonding of a tiny dot on a map and a book. Thanks to John Kiser’s biography, Commander of the …

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[18 Aug 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Interfaith Dialogue: getting past ourselves

by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Being human requires us to be valiant because we work against the odds. We are large by virtue of that, despite being small, we keep trying. We search, we want, we need. We ache to feel connected to something grander than ourselves that feels true and, hopefully, kind. And, if we find it, we hold tenaciously to it, and call it “sacred.”
Our “sacred beliefs”—spiritual, existential, or just plain mundane—give us a framework for the …