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With an Honest Heart

With an Honest Heart

By Samantha Kirby, Tikkun Magazine….
My grandmother was many things: a piano teacher, a Chicagoan, a coffee aficionada — and a pioneer.
I added that last part after she passed away, when I learned that she had graduated from Northwestern University in 1944, about twenty years before NU removed its quota for Jewish admissions. By the time I was an undergraduate shivering through my years in Evanston, it was hard to believe that the campus, with its thriving Jewish community, had ever tried to restrict its number of Jewish students. I couldn’t imagine my grandmother walking the same streets as I had but feeling like a second-class student.

The “Interfaith” Blind Spot

The “Interfaith” Blind Spot

By Julie Ingersoll, Religion Dispatches
It’s “Interfaith Week” on my campus. And every year the leaders seek my participation in the form of my own involvement and/or academic credit for religious studies students who participate. Our “campus ministries” office exists to nurture the religious lives of students and, as I see it, the role of the academic study of religion is to study religion rather than to encourage (or discourage) participation in it.

Mary: A Bridge Between Islam and Christianity

Mary: A Bridge Between Islam and Christianity

In this atmosphere of tension, it may be prudent to attempt to find common ground between these two clashing Abrahamic traditions. Christianity and Islam are in some ways, intimately connected; sharing many sacred stories, devotion to one god, ethical standards, and scriptural figures. Illuminating commonalities between these two mega religions, whose adherents make up almost fifty percent of the world’s population, may be the first step in building an understanding and hopefully, a bridge between the two.