Aniruddha Bose
article - July 15, 2021
From the 26th of November, 2020, a farmers protest has been in existence on the outskirts of Delhi, India’s capital city. For the past eight months, farmers in the tens of thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands, have been fighting three laws that threaten the future of agriculture in the country.
Calvin Taylor
article - July 1, 2021
The Fellows are activists, artists, and thought leaders who created compelling media pieces that are published on Interfaith America.
Priyana Kalita
- June 29, 2021
I, with the support of Geneva, came up with this idea to create a platform wholly dedicated to immigrant experiences and to create space for what immigrants want to express. I felt a scarcity of such a place, and an enormous need for it to exist, as immigrants continued to face so much injustice during the pandemic.
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin
article - June 17, 2021
I find discomfort celebrating Juneteenth which is the honoring of the day/s that the formerly enslaved found out that they were no longer owned by someone else.
Multiple Authors
article - June 17, 2021
Dr. Eboo Patel, Founder, and President of IFYC offered this comment as we remember Juneteenth this year: “Slavery and racism are amongst America’s original sins. Juneteenth marks an important step towards redemption, and so we observe it as a sacred day of remembrance and reflection.” 
The Rev. Frederick A. Davie 
- June 11, 2021
Interfaith coalitions have long taken up racial justice causes, most famously in the civil rights movements of the '60s, Yet, interfaith organizations themselves have often not taken racial equity work seriously.
Alejandra Molina
article - June 9, 2021
While pursuing a master’s degree in Buddhist studies, Han decided to focus her thesis on documenting the nuances of Asian American Buddhists, a community that seemed almost nonexistent, she wrote.
Kanika A.M. Jones
article - June 9, 2021
I hear my sisters and brothers calling out in cacophony, “Aint I a Human?” When Sojourner Truth considered the ways in which white women were revered and protected; when she witnessed the ways their gentility and femininity were affirmed and nurtured; when she experienced the contrast in how she was treated relative to those who shared her gender but not her color, she was compelled to ask, “Aint I a Woman?”
Multiple authors
- June 4, 2021
Fred Davie joins Alia Bilal, Anthea Butler, Adam Russell Taylor and Eric Lewis Williams in a conversation that gets to the heart of how interfaith cooperation can be a part of accountability, justice, and reconciliation in America’s next chapter.
Sandra Lawson
article - June 2, 2021
"Over the years, people have asked if I was 'called' to be a rabbi, and the truth is I don't know, but what I do know is I did listen to an inner voice which I now believe was a holy voice. That holy voice led me to listen even when I doubted..."
Peter Smith
article - June 1, 2021
Six congregations gathered to mark the centennial of the massacre and to honor the persistence of the Black church tradition in Greenwood.
Kanika Magee
article - May 20, 2021
At this time of year, I am particularly struck by the language we use in the academy. Our concept of Commencement is especially meaningful as it marks the physical end of a journey but in language simultaneously marks a new beginning.
Tasmiha Khan
- May 14, 2021
Studies show that Black communities are severely impacted by COVID-19 and police violence, but Black Muslims are often erased from the picture.
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin
article - April 30, 2021
It is in this spirit respeaking memory and finding time to etch it into the future that I offer the following exercise. It is designed to do with your friends or folks – preferably three or more. Take some time with it. Use it as a catalyst to...
Sandra Lawson
article - April 29, 2021
Rabbi Sandra Lawson offers religious literacy education in this piece focused on Lag BaOmer, the day of celebration during the otherwise solemn period of the 49 days between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot.
Jasmine Whaley and Usra Ghazi
article - April 27, 2021
The past four years have devastated communities across the United States with issues including police violence, climate change and environmental degradation, racism, anti-Semitism  anti-Muslim bigotry, and political upheaval.
Shaunesse' Jacobs
article - April 27, 2021
"No matter the memory, the ability to grow older and look back on life is a privilege. And it’s heartbreaking and disturbing that as a nation we’ve witnessed so many children robbed of that privilege because they were killed by the state."
Musa al-Gharbi
article - April 27, 2021
Musa explores and analyzes data related to the growing irreligiosity and declining religious affiliation in America.
Nathan Stanton
article - April 26, 2021
I noticed this year the Christian holiday Easter or Resurrection Sunday fell on the same day Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4th. What people outside of the black community don’t realize is when an innocent life is lost it connects us...
Casey Smith, Luis Andres Henao
- April 21, 2021
While the motive for last week’s rampage remains under investigation, leaders and members of the Sikh community say they feel a collective trauma and believe more must be done to combat the bigotry, bias and violence they have suffered for decades.
RNS Staff
- April 21, 2021
"While we are delighted by the jury’s verdict, we are mindful that there’s still a lot of work ahead of us. Our criminal justice system remains deeply flawed." - Bishop T.D. Jakes, author and Dallas megachurch pastor
Anna Del Castillo
video - April 21, 2021
Anna, Racial Equity Media Fellow and Dean's Fellow at Harvard Divinity School (HDS), interviews Charlotte Zelle, a 3rd-year M.Div candidate at HDS, about how faith leaders can both prevent and respond to issues of intimate partner violence.
Musa al-Gharbi
article - April 16, 2021
Musa writes an insightful analysis of data at the intersection of race and religion. He writes: "non-Black Americans seem to be fleeing religion because it’s become too political. Blacks seem to be leaving because it’s not political enough."
Don Abram
article - April 6, 2021
'Montero' is the anthem of a Black gay man roaring back from years of self-hate caused by anti-LGBTQ+ theologies. As a queer child of the Black church, it’s an anthem that resonates with me.
Raja G. Bhattar
article - April 1, 2021
Higher Ed Leader Raja G. Bhattar writes and performs a beautiful poem that was inspired recently, after attending my first all Desi/South Asian meditation retreat.
Rabbi Sandra Lawson
article - March 31, 2021
"In my mind, COVID represents Mitzrayim, the narrow place, our place of enslavement, the place of trauma and pain. As more of us are vaccinated and we move toward freedom, we find ourselves at the edge of the sea thinking about our past, our pain..."
Cornel West and Frederick A. Davie
- March 31, 2021
We who carry in our DNA the legacy of liberation from oppression must help advance the freedom and equality for our LGBTQ siblings.
Yonat Shimron
- March 28, 2021
Twitty's family's experience of emancipation connects him to the Jewish Passover traditio
Eboo Patel
article - March 25, 2021
There would be no Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which enabled my parents to immigrate to the U.S., were there not first the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Nathan Stanton
article - March 24, 2021
In his third installment of "Master Peace," Nathan tells the story of Benjamin- a character who is treated like "an Urban Mistake" but became "an Urban Mystic."
Esau McCaulley
article - March 23, 2021
But alongside the ever-present reality of anti-Black racism, another sickness that stalks this republic returned. Due in part to the racist rhetoric surrounding the COVID-19 virus, anti-Asian racism surged during the pandemic.
Katelyn Beaty
article - March 19, 2021
According to The Wall Street Journal, he targeted these businesses “in retaliation” for feeding what he called his sex addiction.
Shaunesse' Jacobs
article - March 19, 2021
Naming is also a liberative act of justice. Naming oppressive acts, conditions, and systems brings to light the existing communal suffering. This naming makes the unseen seen and demands restorative responses"
Luis Andres Henao, Mariam Fam And Jessie Wardarski
article - March 19, 2021
While the motive behind Tuesday's rampage remains under investigation, some see it as a wake-up call to stand up against a rise in violence against the community.
Multiple Authors
article - March 19, 2021
With Kamala Harris’s candidacy, many started opening up public conversations about racism, and specifically anti-Black racism, within immigrant religious communities.
Roxanne Stone
article - March 18, 2021
Robert Aaron Long, 21, has been arrested in connection with the killings of four women at a spa in Cherokee County, Georgia, and four additional women in two other spas in northeast Atlanta, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Raymond Chang
article - March 18, 2021
With more than 12,000 signatures, and pastors from small congregations to nationally recognized ones preaching about the rise in violence against Asian Americans, I believed the church could potentially help prevent some of the incidents we would see
Jack Jenkins
article - March 17, 2021
In addition to raising $100 million for descendants and racial reconciliation efforts, the initiative maintains a longer-term goal of raising $1 billion, according to America Magazine.
Sara Trumm
article - March 16, 2021
The program contained voices of wisdom and history emerged alongside the words of motivation and comfort for the here and now.
Don Abram
- March 8, 2021
Without the fervent belief that things could be different, there would be no reason to embody rage. Without a clear vision of a more just world, rage would be futile.
Anna Del Castillo
video - March 2, 2021
Anna sits with Antonio De Loera-Brust, Mexican-American farmworker advocate, to talk about the impact of COVID-19 on the farmworker community, the failure of the U.S. government to protect them, and his vision for the future of farmworker rights.
Sandra Lawson
video - March 1, 2021
Modah Ani is said immediately upon rising essentially before we get out of bed and should be the first words we utter every morning. When we recite Modah Ani we are essentially thanking God for giving us another day. We wake up grateful instead of...
Associated Press
article - March 1, 2021
"The incident comes amid a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans."
Raja G. Bhattar
article - February 25, 2021
Raja writes about the usefulness or appropriateness of the term "BIPOC" - Black, Indigenous, People of Color- in discourse about race and justice, and how it relates to and reflects the politics of race and racism in the United States.
Nathan Stanton
article - February 25, 2021
The river has been important since the dawn of civilization and has served as a commercial hub and lifeline for countless peoples over many millennia. Yet there has always seemed to be a justice that was out of reach for some.
Musa al-Gharbi
article - February 23, 2021
Higher education remains highly unequal and racial divides persist. How can these realities be explained in a context defined by wokeness?
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin
article - February 23, 2021
There are so many forces that pull people apart from one another. Institutions and systems and ways of thinking that want us to feel separated, broken, helpless, and quick to capitalize on moments of weakness. The very thing that brings out...
Aaron Talley
- February 22, 2021
Do a quick Google or YouTube search for tarot, and you’ll find the two main things people tend to inquire about are love and money. Underlying these inquiries is a belief that a tarot reading can tell the future, which begs the question of whether...
Raymond Chang and Michelle Ami Reyes
article - February 22, 2021
Asian Americans are suffering under the weight of these mounting incidents. Many, including those in our own circles, have expressed concern about leaving their homes to perform everyday tasks.
Ashraf Khalil and Hilary Powell
article - February 22, 2021
"Black residents make up a little under half of Washington’s population, but constitute nearly three-fourths of the city's COVID-19 deaths."
Amina Mohamed
article - February 10, 2021
Being a teacher gives me a space to constantly reimagine, even while I wait for the rest of the world to catch up. Children have a way of thinking beyond the parameters and limitations set forth by society. When I think of destroying systems of...
Raja G. Bhattar
article - February 9, 2021
In the last few weeks, I’ve seen too many social media posts claiming outright disbelief at the attack on the U.S. capitol and the democratic process of counting electors. Why is this surprising to us? Is this not what James Baldwin was talking about
Kenji Kuramitsu
article - February 9, 2021
…Cone’s prescience is powerful – though the Trump Presidency was still nearly a year from its inauguration, Cone brought pastoral and prophetic sensitivity to his concern for the accelerating acts of white racial violence that have long...
Sandra Lawson
video - February 2, 2021
Kaddish is the Jewish prayer we say when we are in mourning. I wrote my version of this Kaddish during the summer of 2015. When it seemed to me that day after day, unarmed black people were killed. Many of them were killed by police...
Anna Del Castillo
video - February 1, 2021
Anna interviews Lesedi, a Black woman storyteller, scholar and practitioner. Lesedi discusses her experience launching her own podcast and highlights the urgency of sharing and listening to Black women’s voices.
Nathan Stanton
article - February 1, 2021
"The empire crucified Jesus and holds its actions as righteous and necessary. Instead of witnessing the crucifixion, we are organizing instruments of torture, deepening ghettos and excusing racism. Whiteness in its superiority cannot straddle both.."
Nathan Stanton
article - January 29, 2021
All Audra knew was there wasn’t much she could do to end the weight she’d carried since her mother had orchestrated a similar tumble from a similar apex only months ago. Yet we all know anyone who has lost someone has to wade for miles and miles...
Shaunesse' Jacobs
article - January 28, 2021
What does it look like to stare down a monster and take back the power you once gave it? I believe many communities across the country are asking some form of this question these days. Please bear with me as I attempt a creative analysis tying...
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin
article - January 14, 2021
...But if you follow the evidence from the very start and all throughout, President Trump has thrived in generating chaos and stirring up doubt. Was this a premeditated effort that was designed to create some larger future momentum?
Aaron Talley
article - January 13, 2021
I’ve been thinking about my death more than ever lately. Not suicidally, but quite frankly, it’s eventuality. I wish the world could understand what it means to be Black during the middle of a pandemic. Like pulling petals off a flower...
J.T. Snipes
article - January 13, 2021
On a predominately White campus that didn’t have its first Black student (Robert Gilbert) or Black faculty member (Vivienne Malone-Mayes) until the 1960s, Black bodies have always be situated as out of place
Nathan Stanton
article - January 12, 2021
While the spirit of the Capitol was very confrontational the spirit of the Lincoln Memorial was conciliatory. While the atmosphere of the Capitol felt hazardous the other was healing. I guess those “better angels of our nature” reside there with...
Mark Silk
article - January 11, 2021
But by the end of the 19th century, Atlanta's white Christian elite became intent on disenfranchising its Black residents and pushing the Jews out of its social clubs and corridors of power.
Musa al-Gharbi
- January 9, 2021
If higher education is going to help at all in the present moment, it won't be by reinforcing student and faculty tendencies to smugly disparage 'those people' as stupid, ignorant, racist, sexist, whatever.
Kanika Magee
article - January 7, 2021
"This underpinning of bigotry, rooted in hate and fear, fueled by the remarks of a racist and sexist President, fanned by the orchestrated support and glaring silence of those who should know better, led us slowly and calculatedly to January 6, 2021"
Sandra Lawson
video - January 5, 2021
"In the prayer we have the words ‘Ufros Aleinu Sukkat Shlomecha’ it’s a plea asking God to provide protection over us, to provide a shelter of peace. And with everything that has transpired in this last year, we could use some shelter."
Anna Del Castillo
article - January 5, 2021
"In my solitude, I reflect on what has been one of the most sorrowful, destructive, and isolating years in human history. On this last day of the year 2020, I think of the 1.8 million lives lost to COVID-19. Our planet lost 1.8 million vibrant..."
Kanika Magee
article - December 21, 2020
. Especially at this time and in these seasons, I am aware of so many for whom death has come too soon and for whom the sacred ritual of death has been interrupted or deemed impossible.
Multiple Authors
article - December 11, 2020
What if wearing a mask was a matter of ritual–a blessed commandment that reminds us of our service to one another? How is the collective consciousness of Islam shaped among Black Americans?
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin
article - December 7, 2020
When it is your time it is your time. There is no power that you can muster that will prevent death from calling on any of our souls. This has been a year of death. For me it was ushered in before the pandemic when my “Irish twin” sister Jehan passed
Nathan Stanton
article - December 7, 2020
A young woman used to the constriction of religious culture, begins a journey to answer a deep cry from within her soul. At once shedding past expectations and entering a world full of cathartic promise.
Anna Del Castillo
video - December 7, 2020
In a Zoom interview, Anna sat down with Walae Hayek to discuss how she turned her passion into action, the inspiration behind Arabs Against Oppression, and the vision she has for the future of her advocacy work.
Sandra Lawson
video - December 2, 2020
In Judaism, we offer a Mi Sheberach prayer for those who are ill or recovering from a sickness. I offer this song as a prayer for healing for all of us. Our country is sick. We are sick from an actual pandemic, and we are sick from a society that...
Kanika Magee
article - December 1, 2020
I have been deeply touched and inspired by what has resulted. Yet, I have been struck by the fact that what happened to George Floyd was actually stunning to people. For as long as I have been alive my community has lifted its chorus to condemn...
Teresa Mateus
article - November 30, 2020
"Is it a surprise, then, that the democracy we live into is so fragile? Maybe not. Is it so surprising that so many oath takers, with big pockets, big power to lose, would violate the ritual of oath giving for personal prosperity? Probably not."
Shaunesse' Jacobs
article - November 30, 2020
"...dictatorial rulers, corruption, voter suppression, police brutality, and innumerable unwarranted deaths. These are but a few descriptors that comprise “everyday” in 2020. What does an everyday God look like in a stretch of time that defies..."
Kenji Kuramitsu
article - November 23, 2020
"Undertaking this trip in the Trump era challenged me to think about our own narratives in a way that resisted the easy, decorative multiculturalism so ascendant during the Obama years..."
Raja G. Bhattar
article - November 23, 2020
As a queer and gender-fluid kid, I never felt comfortable being myself with family and found any excuse possible to avoid the performance required for me to look happy and “normal” as my mother used to say.
Musa al-Gharbi
article - November 16, 2020
"Religious people seem to lack faith in the Democratic Party. Critically, this is not just a weakness among Christians, but among believers of all stripes. These dynamics have persisted for more than a decade now, across multiple administrations..."
Emily McFarlan Miller
article - November 12, 2020
“You can’t just jump to hope,” the presiding bishop said afterward. “There’s a process you have to go through. There are no shortcuts to it.”
Kanika Magee
article - November 10, 2020
"Red. Blue. White. Democrat. Republican. Independent. Socialist. South. North. West. East. Protester. Rioter. Freedom Fighter. American. Voter. What are we really trying to say?"
Aaron Talley
article - November 10, 2020
"...In retrospect, that switch to the New Testament forecasted the role tarot plays in my life now. Though a bleak beginning, I was discovering that spirituality was something I would have to co-create with God for myself."
Amina Mohamed
article - November 9, 2020
"...In this journey, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on the state of education, what it means to be a classroom teacher, and more importantly: what radicalized me as a teacher?..."
Kenji Kuramitsu
article - November 9, 2020
"The inner lives of young people today abound in apparent paradox. The most wired generation on record is also the loneliest; desire for non-partisan political exchange is soaring even as opportunities to engage in it are shrinking..."
Raja G. Bhattar
article - November 5, 2020
How can we heal as a nation when we can’t listen to each other? How can we build communities when we can’t even exchange hugs or break bread together?
Simran Jeet Singh
- November 3, 2020
Addressing violence requires the voices of all who are affected by it. No group has the cultural expertise to do it alone.
Nathan Stanton
article - November 2, 2020
"So now we stand in the wake of and on the precipice of disease and disaster as a nation. No matter the choice for leader of the free world that is finalized, we’ll find our real comfort has officially deserted us."
Anna Del Castillo
article - October 30, 2020
Hip hop music, art, the movement for Black Lives, and faith-rooted activism are topics at the center of Azmera Hammouri-Davis’s work and witness.
Juhem Navarro-Rivera
article - October 30, 2020
In addition to their generally positive evaluation of Black Lives Matter, secular people agree with one of the root causes for the movement’s existence.
Sandra Lawson
article - October 29, 2020
This song is our rallying cry, to never give up, remember the struggle, and always strive to see each other as created in the image of God because when we do, we treat each other with love, dignity, and respect.
Adelle M. Banks
article - October 28, 2020
Leaders of the three coalitions held a Zoom call to highlight the statement and the work they are doing to acknowledge racial history and tensions in their cities and elsewhere in the country.
Shaunesse' Jacobs
article - October 28, 2020
Have you ever known you were indubitably correct on an important topic that people have debated for years? In the confidence of your accuracy, has someone ever presented a counterargument that made you complicit in wrongness?
Nathan Stanton
article - October 28, 2020
The following short story and poem are a part of a series of vignettes from Stanton that we will be publishing each month and are connected to a larger narrative called Master Peace.
Aysha Khan
article - October 27, 2020
Jackson’s work as an inside voting organizer was funded by Pillars of the Community, a faith-based criminal justice advocacy group led by Black Muslims in southeast San Diego. Leaders of the group say they want to see an America without prisons.
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin
article - October 22, 2020
May the Creator of the Universe unite our souls and helps us all to be more consistent – and able to be able to sit and consider each other’s perspectives as part of the journey that makes us whole.
Musa al-Gharbi
- October 9, 2020
Unfortunately, underlying this partisan consensus lies a stark reality: Muslims do face significant discrimination within the United States.
Paul Raushenbush & Robert Jones
article - August 17, 2020
We speak to Dr. Robert Jones about his new book “White Too Long” including his own experiences as a Southern white man raised in a Southern Baptist Church,
Arpan Chokshi
article - August 17, 2020
"Honest, uncomfortable conversations can be the catalyst that leads educators to commit to concrete actions to create anti-racist schools."
Carr Harkrader & J.T. Snipes
article - August 17, 2020
Dr. J.T. Snipes, who will be speaking at the upcoming ILI, tells us about his work around Black secular college students and his new book on remixing and re-imagining spirituality, religion, and higher education.
Multiple Authors
article - August 14, 2020
"More than ever, we believe that coalition-building and effective training for a new generation of leaders are the imperatives of the moment."
Silma Suba
article - July 24, 2020
"Black people are only brought in when it's time to talk about racial justice and even then, they are spoken over or receive pushback, and that's been difficult to experience and witness."
Mary Ellen Giess
article - July 23, 2020
The work of Gwendolyn Brooks – the commitment to citizenship, the commitment to equity, the commitment to artistry, and the commitment to education – is ongoing.  It is just as essential today as ever before in these disruptive times.
Parker Niles
article - July 9, 2020
"It is our job to educate ourselves, because anti-racist work, and interfaith work, must be intersectional. One dimension of that means understanding how religion fits into these systemic processes that perpetuate injustice. "
Silma Suba
article - July 8, 2020
50 years ago, members of the Black Student Union (BSU) marched on stage at the Memorial Auditorium at Stanford during a campuswide convention on White Racism in America and read aloud a list of demands for racial justice on campus.
Eboo Patel
article - July 6, 2020
"King took Gandhi’s lens into his own reading of the Bible and applied it the first chance he got, as leader of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. These were only the first few steps on King’s road as an interfaith leader."
Multiple Authors
video - June 29, 2020
Laurie Patton and Eboo are hosting a series of webinars on Interfaith Studies as a way to support faculty as they negotiate rapid changes in higher education and shifting campus environments. The first focusing on racial equity and interfaith work.
Silma Suba
article - June 23, 2020
Micheal Brown wants to create impactful change around racial justice at Stanford through advocacy and activism -- but for him, the fight to improve Black lives in America is not just limited within his campus walls, it is a lifetime commitment.
Eboo Patel
article - June 1, 2020
I got a call from my Dad this weekend and his voice was tight as he said "The knee was on his neck for nine minutes." I didn't know if it was overwhelming sadness or controlled rage.