Friday News Roundup: Educating the Educators


It’s a love-hate relationship in the world of religion and education today.

I KNOW that either Mark or Jessica will write more about both of these next week, but I had to bring you the articles themselves while they’re fresh.  Some people are getting it so right…and some people are getting it so wrong.

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Sikhs in the Spotlight

In the last week, the Sikh population of the United States has come under fire in several workplace environments.  Traditionally, Sikhs are required by their religion, among other things, to refrain from cutting their hair and to wear a turban and beard.  Yet again, this has become a hot button issue for two organizations requiring uniforms in the workplace: New York’s MTA and the U.S. MilitaryRead the rest of this entry »

Friday News Roundup: Link Love

istock_000003001750xsmallWeek after week I bring you news stories from largely traditional news sources – Pew, the Washington Post, the New York Times – but there’s a whole ‘nother world of news out there, a world that’s particularly close to my heart as a web geek: blogs.

This week, I thought I’d send a little link love out to some other blogs that consistently have interesting takes on what’s going on in the world.  Another voice, another perspective, a new way of thinking about what “news” is.  These blogs are some that I turn to again and again for fresh takes and good writing.

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Marc Gopin – To Make the Earth Whole

The Psalmist said three thousand years ago, “Seek peace and pursue it.” The rabbis of the Talmud added two thousand years ago, “Seek it in your own place, and pursue it to other places,” which I guess I understood to mean, “pursue it to other places that are the most risky that you can imagine.”

This passage from Rabbi Marc Gopin’s new book, To Make the Earth Whole, summarizes Gopin’s mind-frame during his January 2005 journey from Jerusalem to Damascus, a journey that would initiate a citizen diplomacy effort between partners in Syria and the United States over the course of several years. Read the rest of this entry »

Friday News Roundup: I’ll take a little bit of everything, please.

istock_000003001750xsmallIt’s another one of those weeks: tons of interesting stories, but not clustered around one media-frenzied topic.

What we got: some more reactions to Obama, a few interesting studies, some controversial news from the world of education, some more commentary on the ever-more-high-profile intersection of religion and medicine and a thought-provoking question about religion and dolls.  That’s right, dolls.  Take the jump.

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When life echoes art (and vice versa)

From the (virtual) pen of our Executive Vice President, Joyce:

I spend most of my time doing Tanenbaum work, but recently I took time to be with friends and pay a visit to Broadway to see a play that reminded me how the theater can engulf you and still remind you of your work.

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Summer Educator Training Course

We don’t usually use the blog to plug ourselves but we are just so excited!  Our summer intensive educator training course “Religion and Diversity Education: Cultivating Global Citizenship” is open!  We already have 8 participants who have registered since June 1st.  We are so excited to welcome our educators in July and look forward to meeting them soon.

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Friday News Roundup: Pushing Past the Headlines

istock_000003001750xsmallThe headline-dominator this week is, of course, President Obama’s speech in Cairo Thursday morning.

So what’s falling through the news cracks?  Some takes on Obama later but first, a slew of workplace discrimination news – lawsuits settled, new suits levied, new study findings released, new legislation passed, new complications to the AIG bailout.  Links below the jump.

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“To speak the truth as best I can”

Have you read President Obama’s speech from Cairo this morning?

“So long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, and who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity…I do so recognizing that change cannot happen overnight. No single speech can eradicate years of mistrust, nor can I answer in the time that I have all the complex questions that brought us to this point. But I am convinced that in order to move forward, we must say openly the things we hold in our hearts, and that too often are said only behind closed doors. There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other; to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek common ground.”

Regardless of where you come down on his politics, you should.  Full transcript here.

What did you think of it?

Media Madness

My last health care post focused on the case of Daniel Hauser, a thirteen year-old diagnosed with life-threatening Hodgkin’s lymphoma, whose personal and familial religious convictions stood in the way of medical treatment.  In the public sphere, debate swirled around issues of medicine, religion, and children’s welfare, with the drama being accented when mother and son took flight to Mexico in an attempt to skirt the Minnesota judicial system.  This hot topic story came to a slightly anti-climatic conclusion when the pair returned to the United States voluntarily, and chemotherapy treatment was consented to, and begun, shortly after. Read the rest of this entry »


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