Let’s Not Paint All Muslims With the Same Brush

This post was inspired by a particular exchange with a friend online, but is intended for every one of my friends who is tempted to respond to the violence in Paris by blocking all Syrian refugees from coming to the US, screening immigrants by religion, or painting all Muslims with the same brush. Dear Friend, We recently had aContinue reading “Let’s Not Paint All Muslims With the Same Brush”

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”

Biogas: Bringing Small-Scale Renewable Energy to Rural Palestine

As our 12 American friends boarded a flight from Amman back to Boston, Ezra and I turned toward the West Bank, ready to implement the planned final stage of our journey. We had spent the last 11 weeks on a whirlwind travel study tour that brought us through Israel, Palestine, and Jordan studying peace andContinue reading “Biogas: Bringing Small-Scale Renewable Energy to Rural Palestine”

The Value of a Natural Moment

A couple of weeks ago, I got to hike through the beautiful desert of Wadi Rum in southern Jordan. My friends and I hiked through sand for eight hours the first day, slept under the full moon, and climbed a rock mountain the second day. At one point during the trip, our tour guide askedContinue reading “The Value of a Natural Moment”