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Visual Peacemaking: Building Bridges Through Photography

Our very own Andy Larsen, a photographer and peacemaker on our Seattle team, was recently featured on television for his work in building bridges through visual media. Check out his segment on Seatle's King 5 news.

American Conservatives, Islam, and Religious Realism in U.S. Foreign Policy

U.S. foreign policy should become more effective in advancing the institutions and habits of religious freedom. Doing so would aid the victims of religious persecution in Muslim-majority countries and advance American national security. How? Empirical studies (and common sense) indicate that more religious freedom in those countries will reduce violent religious extremism, including the terrorism that has reached our shores, while also increasing the chances for stable democracy and economic growth.

Peacemaking in Pakistan: Promoting Religious Freedom

A few months ago, Douglas Johnston called and asked if Peace Catalyst wanted to partner with ICRD. He asked me to recruit evangelical leaders who would meet with high-level Muslim leaders from Pakistan to dialogue about religious freedom. We have a two-point agenda: (1) to address the persecution of minorities in Pakistan, many of whom are Christians, and (2) to address the problem of Islamophobia in the U.S.

American Muslims: Challenges

In this, the second blog in a series of two, I would like to discuss some of the challenges the U.S. Muslim community faces in the coming years.

American Muslims: Attitudes

An extensive Gallup Poll published in 2011 reported that though they continue to experience some perceived bias, Muslim Americans are satisfied with their current lives and are more optimistic than other faith groups that things are getting better. In this blog I offer a brief synopsis of this 132-page document, singling out what I am guessing are some of its most startling findings.

Bob Roberts Jr., Glocalization & the Global Faith Forum

My mind was spinning with excitement as I read Glocalization: How Followers of Jesus Engage a Flat World by Bob Roberts Jr. Bob clearly understood the unique challenges of living out faith in a post-9/11, interconnected, pluralistic world. I had found someone serious about following Jesus and someone who at the same time understood the tectonic communicational shifts impacting our world.

Perfect Fear Casts Out Love... wait, that's wrong

Social distancing is a major problem these days. We seem more polarized, more ready to place the "other" in the dark camp on the opposite side of an issue, political viewpoint AND religious belief. Just last week I saw a simple encounter in the grocery store parking lot escalate to an altercation where strangers were yelling at each other and demonstrating with hand gestures. I do not think they were the least embarrassed by their behavior. They probably even felt justified.

Why "Both And" may be the most important book you'll read this year

I remember the first time I heard Rich Nathan speak on being a Both-And Christian. My heart was burning within me. I felt like the disciples did when Jesus walked them through the Old Testament after his death (Luke 24:13-35). Why was I so stirred? Because Rich was offering a paradigm, a way of looking at the Scripture, that was serious about the whole Bible.

We Need More Jesus in the World

A couple weeks ago I received an unexpected email. It was an invitation to a local interfaith meeting. Apparently this group wanted to plan their meetings and events for the next twelve months, and somehow they had acquired my email address. "Well," I thought, "why not show up to this meeting of people I do not know and see if a little light of Jesus could be injected into it?"

Pakistani Friends Seeking Peace

My friend Dr. Babar is a Pakistani physician and a leader in the local mosque. We were working together to organize a Pakistani Peace Feast at which we planned to get Christians and Muslims in the same room, sharing a meal around the same table, and talking about Pakistan. Martin, Babar said over the phone, the US State Department has eight Pakistani journalists visiting Louisville this week. Should we invite them to the Peace Feast?