It’s Purim!

March 1, 2018

Today is Purim in the Jewish tradition! I like to think of Purim as Jewish Mardi Gras with a bit of Rocky Horror Picture Show thrown in for good measure — part carnival/part audience participation. The main activity on Purim is reading the entire Biblical book of Esther. It tells the story of Esther, a […]

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Serve 2 Unite Takes on Violence Fearlessly: Taking Love 2 the World

February 17, 2016

“We defy hate and violence with peace and love. We bring people together. We celebrate the positive global human qualities that everyone shares, and no one can stop us. Arno Michaelis, Co-founder, Serve2Unite When faced with dreadful acts of hate-driven violence, it can be difficult to muster an appropriate response. We stare into our screens, […]

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Teaching Faith Traditions: Ned and the World’s Religions

January 13, 2016

Many published books are available to help you introduce the world’s faith traditions to your kids. The vast majority focus on one particular tradition (e.g., Judaism, Buddhism, Islam) or one holiday within a tradition (e.g., Holi, Ramadan, Hanukkah). A few share information about several religions in a single volume. While all are age-appropriate and kid-friendly, many of these […]

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A Tibetan Buddhist New Year’s Message

January 6, 2016

Today’s blog post is a New Year’s message offered by Dorje Lopon Dr. Hun Lye, founder and spiritual leader of Urban Dharma in Asheville, NC. It was originally posted to their e-mail list on Jan. 1. I really enjoyed reading it, and he graciously agreed to let me re-post it here. Happy Epiphany! Merry Orthodox […]

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Taste Buds and Interfaith Bridge-Building

December 30, 2015

I had so many posts go out during this year’s holiday season, I haven’t had time to share them all here. This one focuses on holiday food ideas to share with your kids. It was first published by the Interfaith Observer on Dec. 15 for their holiday edition. The article includes recipe ideas for Kwanzaa, which runs from […]

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Reading Mary alongside Maryam

December 23, 2015

My blog post for this week was published yesterday on the Christian Century site. Click here for the link. I’ve also pasted it below (for your convenience)! We were seated on chairs arranged in a circle in the aptly named Hospitality Room, men and women from Iran, Indonesia, Egypt, Japan, and the U.S. We were reading […]

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Winter Holidays Bring Light

December 16, 2015

This week’s blog post was published last Friday on Multicultural Kid Blogs. It focuses on some of the light-related holidays that happen this time of the year — Diwali, Hanukkah, and Solstice — and how you can share them with your kids. Diwali and Hanukkah are officially over; the Solstice arrives on December 21/22. Luckily, […]

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Growing Up Interfaith in Ahmedabad

December 9, 2015

Those who work with children know their immense capacity to live from a place of love. This is especially true when they are placed in an environment of exploration, sharing, and listening. Reena Ginwala of the Samvedana Trust creates just such an environment when working with underserved kids in Ahmedabad, a city of about 7 million […]

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Best Hanukkah Videos for Kids

December 4, 2015

Happy Hanukkah! And many thanks to Multicultural Kid Blogs for letting me be part of this amazing Hanukkah series! Our theme for this Advent season at Jubilee Community Church is Lights which means we get to teach the kids about the various light-related holidays celebrated around the world at this time of the year — Hanukkah, Solstice, […]

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Creating an Interfaith Curriculum for Kids

December 2, 2015

This week’s blog post is Part II of the three-part series on Faith Seeker Kids being published by the Network of Biblical Storytellers. The NBS is an ecumenical, inclusive, and welcoming group of pastors, Christian educators, and laity dedicated to studying and performing the sacred stories of the biblical tradition. This second article highlighting Faith Seeker Kids was […]

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