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    Tue, 15 Nov 2016
    blogWhat to do about November 9?

    November 9 was a fateful day for Americans. After a tense and divisive election season, Hillary Clinton conceded and Donald Trump was named president-elect. While the historical context of this date in the United States is not yet known, November 9 has an ironic and iconic meaning for the people of another country: Germany. On November... more...

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    Wed, 19 Oct 2016
    blogFuture Energy Is As Much About Human Energy and...

    As I landed in Astana in the snowy early morning hours, I thought about how far I was from home in New York and wondered what I was doing here. I have been to Kazakhstan several times, have experienced the hospitality of the Kazakh people and developed significant relationships with many government and community leaders, but with all the... more...

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    Tue, 11 Oct 2016
    blogWhat Happens AFTER the Election?

    We didn't think it was possible, did we? But this past weekend proved we were wrong as our Presidential campaign descended to new lows. The tone of this campaign for the highest office in our land has become unconscionable. Sadly, the tone is set at the top. On Monday morning, the front page of the San Diego Union-Tribune had a... more...

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    Mon, 12 Sep 2016
    blogSeptember 11, 2001, plus fifteen years

    On Sunday, the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001, it was my sacred honor to participate in a “Faith Not Fear” interfaith gathering at Middle Collegiate Church. The event commemorated the confluence of the Muslim holy day Eid al-Adha (the Feast of the Sacrifice) with September 11 remembrances. Like everyone else in the... more...

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    Mon, 15 Aug 2016
    blogAn Incident in New York With Global Implications

    On Saturday afternoon, Imam Maulama Akonjee and his associate Thara Uddin were walking home from prayers at the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid when they were gunned down execution style. This tragic, senseless act cannot go unaddressed by those who care about the fabric of our city. Indeed, the interfaith community in New York City has responded... more...

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    Wed, 3 Aug 2016
    blogI support our President. Will the same be true...

    Last week, I watched President Obama’s speech at the Democratic Convention. I don’t agree with everything the President says, but I like the man. I feel a personal connection, maybe because I had the opportunity to meet with him on a number of occasions before he ran for President. While I was Communications Director at the... more...

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    Tue, 19 Jul 2016
    blogNo Vacation from Terror

    The timing seemed right. At the end of an intense programmatic year, and with literally months in planning, I was to spend a week on the island of Kauai—my favorite place in the whole world—on a family vacation. Despite our many accomplishments, the past year had been particularly grueling as many Intersections... more...

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    Mon, 27 Jun 2016
    blogBrexit and Houston

    It was a tough week for celebrating diversity. Not thirty days after the devastating news from the tragedy in Orlando, the headlines screamed about the Brexit vote in Britain, with its barely veiled deference to xenophobia, Islamophobia and political echoes in the US coupled with the Supreme Court’s “silent” ruling that... more...

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    Mon, 13 Jun 2016
    blogA Real-Time Intersection

    It was a beautiful Sunday morning, and I was to preach at Middle Collegiate Church, a place where LGBTQ individuals are not only welcomed and affirmed, but are integral to the congregation’s leadership. Middle is recognized as a beacon of hope and justice for the queer community throughout New York City and across the wider... more...

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    Fri, 6 May 2016
    blogContinuing the Quest for Global Peace and Human...

    On the eve of the UN’s “High Level Conversation on Religions for Peace,” co-organized by the Government of Kazakhstan and featuring Foreign Minister H.E. Erlan Idrissov as one of the plenary speakers, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to the US, H.E. Kairat Umarov, convened a conversation among religious leaders to discuss... more...

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