Category Archives: International

Turkey and the Gülen Movement

News reports from Turkey have noted that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly blamed the Hizmet (“Service”) movement and its exiled leader Fethullah Gülen for being a “shadow” subversive organization, and the instigators of the recent attempted coup. Erdogan has … Continue reading

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Hashtag campaign: #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies

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Concern for those in the Gaza conflict

SiVIC, ING, and the Parliament of the World’s Religions – three organizations that I respect and work with – have issued statements of concern about the current situation in Gaza. In times of profound conflict, the relationships that have been … Continue reading

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Bishop McGrath sets vigil for peace in response to Pope’s call

Bishop Patrick J. McGrath of the Diocese of San Jose has responded to a call by Pope Francis I for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria by planning a vigil at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Saturday, … Continue reading

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Ramadan, a month of fasting and prayer

Muslims around the world are fasting during the month of Ramadan. They refrain from eating or drinking from sunup to sundown for the next month, and devote themselves to prayer, hospitality, and service. It is the tradition to break the … Continue reading

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Talking Back to Hate

I pledge to be a voice for respect and acceptance, and to take action with others in my school, workplace, home, community, or place of worship to create a more safe, accepting and inclusive environment. I will stay alert to … Continue reading

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Do One Thing for Diversity

Well, I missed it. The United Nations had declared yesterday, May 21, as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, and encouraged people around the world to “to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity … Continue reading

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