Eboo Patel
article - October 15, 2020
And for Josh, the only way for America to achieve its higher purpose is if all Americans have a chance to achieve their higher purpose. And that has everything to do with the words ‘listening’ and ‘relationships’.
Silma Suba
article - October 8, 2020
Some are pieces of what they inherited, and others are bits and pieces of what they're experiencing.
Paul Raushenbush
article - October 8, 2020
The Jefferson Bible surely would've been seen as heretical or worse if he had let it become widely known. However, Jefferson had endured enough questions about his religious proclivities through the years that he knew to keep his scripture secret.
Silma Suba
article - October 5, 2020
While some campuses have begun implementing innovative virtual programs to see how they perform, others are navigating technological and financial challenges brought around by the pandemic.
Rebecca Russo & Joe Morrow
article - October 2, 2020
When repentance is so difficult for even these small sins, how can we possibly begin to understand what it means for our nation’s most grievous errors? How can we repent for our nation’s systemic anti-black racism...?
Multiple Authors
video - October 2, 2020
And if you believe in justice, how can you have a system that perpetuates so much injustice. If you believe in redemption, our system is just punitive it's not redemptive.
Paul Raushenbush
article - October 1, 2020
"No, the Internet is not bad.  But, very bad things can happen there, and the way it is being shaped by capitalistic interests on the one hand, and controlled by authoritarian interests on the other, pose grave threats to a democratic and pluralistic society."
Carr Harkrader
article - September 30, 2020
This moment offers a chance to go beyond bromides; the young leaders in my training space wanted to fundamentally create a new culture on campus and their community. They were looking towards interfaith skills to do just that.
Eboo Patel
article - September 29, 2020
America did not always live up to the ideals of our European Founders when it came to welcoming religious diversity.
Four years later, the Muslim ban is still in effect, now overwhelmingly targeting Africans. The courts may have ultimately failed us, but the courts were never the goal.
The year 2020, on the other hand, was breathtakingly, painfully real. It was a climax that was decades in the making, crystalizing a universe bending toward pandemic, racism, abuse of power, and violent individualism.
I have been grieving on and off. Sometimes my grief is far and between-- especially regarding the transition of my recently departed father.
There’s good reason to be concerned about the current moment in America with antisemitism rising and other forms of hatred and extremism on the rise as well.
From COVID-19, to the death of George Floyd, and the extremely polarizing nature of partisan politics, I can see more clearly that we should not take for granted the current state of our country.
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.
Their small prayer circle surrounded a Black Lives Matter sign, created to replace similar banners repeatedly stolen and destroyed by the far-right Proud Boys in December.
Comfortably intermingled with Christian rhetoric and these Christian icons were explicit symbols of white supremacy. Outside the Capitol, Trump supporters erected a large wooden gallows with a bright orange noose ominously dangling from the center.
As a research scientist whose work focuses on positive psychology among people facing challenges, I am deeply aware that if ever there were a time for a conversation about hope, it is now.
Eboo Patel
- January 15, 2021
It is reasonable to believe that King would support holding people accountable for crimes committed, but King also held a higher hope for at least some of those who were part of the mob.
Reshma Saujani
article - January 14, 2021
And so this Administration gives me hope that we can rebuild. Or, to use the President-elect’s own transition team slogan, that we can “build back better.”
Galen Carey
article - January 14, 2021
In too many cases, religious beliefs and commitments have been overshadowed, and even dominated by political and racial cleavages.
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
John Wood, Jr.
article - January 13, 2021
"The need to unite the American people is evident for most. But what is the foundation upon which unity can be pursued?"
Simran Jeet Singh
article - January 13, 2021
I believe that with darkness comes light, and with pain comes relief. Although the past four years have been extremely difficult, we have learned some lessons collectively that we must cherish going forward. Here are just a few of them.

Drew Kolber
article - January 6, 2021
The Sisterhood teaches that while it takes courage to confidently speak about and use the vernacular of a community other than one’s own, it is gravely important to push past the fear of being offensive and instead dive into dialogue.
Eboo Patel and Mary Ellen Giess
article - January 6, 2021
When there is no obvious or conclusive response, a range of diverse viewpoints – from different racial, ideological, religious, and class backgrounds – can shed light on new insights and collectively shape a path forward into a new era.
Alexis Grant
article - January 5, 2021
I suspect that my grandfathers’ religious and cultural backgrounds laid the foundation for their helping preferences in times of distress: as both sought meaning and comfort, one turned to religion while the other turned to secular support.
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..."
Religion News Service
article - January 4, 2021
But among our favorite histories, travelogues and memoirs below, there are as many solutions as there are jeremiads, and books as fun as they are enlightening.
Elana Schor
article - January 4, 2021
Also signing on are a handful of evangelicals who have criticized President Donald Trump despite his overwhelming popularity among white evangelical voters, including World Vision president emeritus Rich Stearns.
Yonat Shimron
article - January 4, 2021
We asked scholars, faith leaders, activists and other experts to reflect on some of the issues they've seen on the religious landscape this year and what they anticipate for 2021.
Phil Zuckerman
article - January 4, 2021
For years, both scholars and pundits have referred to the political impact of “values voters” in America. What that designation generally refers to are religious men and women whose scripturally based values coagulate around issues.
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.
Shauna Morin
article - January 7, 2021
To collaborate and problem solve with colleagues who think differently than you do, it’s important to possess a foundation of knowledge that will help you understand where they’re coming from.
Shauna Morin
article - January 6, 2021
IDEALS underscores why it is critical that we prioritize interfaith engagement now despite—and in some cases because of—our challenging circumstances.
Shakeer Abdullah
article - January 4, 2021
Infrastructures must be created to support the increased diversity in your organization.  Mission statements and action statements must be amended and created so that organizations can be held accountable for meaningful change.   
Multiple Authors
article - December 22, 2020
Faculty members Dr. Michael Burns, Dr. Barbara McGraw, and Joset Brown joined us for a conversation about the importance of interfaith excellence in business, STEM, and the health professions.
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?
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.
Silma Suba
article - November 23, 2020
This sentiment of pausing to take a breath and offering support, space, and resources for people to process and heal post-election is echoed across campuses around the nation.
Alejandra Molina
article - November 19, 2020
The original proponents of the curriculum worry that including additional faith and ethnic groups will “water down” a program intended to highlight the effects of systemic oppression of the four major ethnicities.
Multiple Authors
article - November 16, 2020
After months of protests against systemic racism, bitter partisan battles, and social distancing amidst an ongoing global pandemic, how can we heal?
Multiple authors
article - November 12, 2020
At a time when higher education is facing unprecedented challenges, some might wonder whether and how to make interfaith engagement a priority.
Shauna Morin
article - November 10, 2020
Through IDEALS we also saw students widely embracing interfaith friendships and sustaining those relationships over time—even, in some cases, despite deep disagreements.
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..."
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."
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.
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.
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.
Eboo Patel
article - May 26, 2020
Eboo speaks with Bob Boisture, the President of the Fetzer Institute, to learn what he means by the 'enlightenment cultural operating system' and how the current pandemic will alter the future of higher education.
Eboo Patel
article - May 20, 2020
Eboo spoke with Krista Tippett about how she's looking after herself & what she thinks the world will look post-Covid-19 - “There is an incredible opening to deep structural reformation, to how we live our lives & organize our societies.”
Eboo Patel
video - May 18, 2020
This Commencement Address was delivered on May 17, 2020 by Eboo Patel, in an online ceremony celebrating the 2020 graduating class of Berea College.
Eboo Patel
article - May 7, 2020
"Many colleges are going to change radically in the next couple of years. I’m hoping this is a moment in which interfaith and diversity work can elevate in significance and spread in reach."
Craig T. Kocher
article - May 1, 2020
Eboo spoke with Craig T. Kocher, Chaplain at the University of Richmond - “We are all ordinary people, bound together by extraordinary relationships."
Paul Raushenbush
podcast - April 30, 2020
Eboo Patel spoke with Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) President and founder, Robert P. Jones, to discuss whether this crisis will unite the country or amplify old tensions.
Eboo Patel
article - April 24, 2020
"You can’t replicate the dining hall to humanities class to religious student group to interfaith panel experience...but you can have students from all over the world in your class."
Eboo Patel
article - March 27, 2020
How do we support each other in this “new normal?” This was one of many questions that IFYC’s founder and president, Eboo Patel, discussed in our March 26 webinar about interfaith work during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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