Fear and Compassion: Moving Beyond the 9/11 Era

In March of this year, when Congressman Peter King (R-NY) held hearings about the professed increasing “radicalization of Muslim-Americans”, I was living in the West Bank. I first heard about the hearings through Al Jazeera’s English TV program. An Al Jazeera correspondent interviewed a woman who said that she is afraid of radical Islam, andContinue reading “Fear and Compassion: Moving Beyond the 9/11 Era”

Improving Open Space: Greenways and Better Parks

A policy paper by Adrian Dahlin. By improving parks and implementing greenways around urban streams, we can create a network of natural space that will support greater biodiversity, protect urban habitat, preserve water resources, and provide vital ecosystem services. Urban streams are perhaps the natural habitat most vulnerable in the face of development. Increased runoffContinue reading “Improving Open Space: Greenways and Better Parks”

The Other Side of the Fence: Israeli Settlements In Perspective

“I’d prefer you call it a village, not a settlement,” our host requested.  “I think if you just call us ‘settlers’ it’s kind of dehumanizing,” he explained. A few minutes earlier, this American-Israeli father had invited a group of 15 American students and adults into his home.  He lives in the village of Efrat, whichContinue reading “The Other Side of the Fence: Israeli Settlements In Perspective”

Racial Injustice and God

On February 17th, 2010 Anne C. Bailey walked into the room asking, “Is God part of the problem or part of the solution?” and I walked out with an answer.  That answer begins with one concept: as worshippers the world over will tell you, God is love. Two kinds of people among us will addressContinue reading “Racial Injustice and God”