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Moving Beyond Differences has now become part of Tanenbaum’s new (and improved) website. Come visit us at, and check out the rest of the site while you’re there!

Whole-Patient Care

Several months ago, I blogged about the ongoing debates surrounding health care reform and the questions President Obama’s bill raised about the relationship between religion and medical care. Read the rest of this entry »

Friday News Roundup: Oregon Allows Religious Garb for Teachers

What to wear and where to wear it? This week, Oregon becomes the 48th state to allow teachers to wear religious garb in classrooms, and a British judge says Sikhs should be able to wear their ceremonial daggers, or Kirpans, in public spaces. But first, a plug for Tanenbaum! Read the rest of this entry »

A to Z: Interview with Marc Gopin

Read this incredible interview of Marc Gopin, peacemaker and professor at George Mason University. This is seriously solid and important reading, especially given current perceptions of impasse in Israel and Palestine.

In the Jerusalem Post or at

Friday News Roundup: Updates from Roundups Past

This week saw headlines in many of the divisive topics we’ve been talking about for months. From burqas to crucifixes, faith healing to minarets, here’s the latest in religious diversity news. Read the rest of this entry »

Heavy Lifting

In the first 30 days of this new decade we’ve been doing some heavy lifting!  We’ve conducted trainings for 30 after school educators and over 100 employees of a major pharmaceuticals company.  We’ve shared with them why addressing religious diversity is a critical issue for the global community in education and in workplaces.  We’ve studied cases and curricula to teach new skills of respectful interaction and curiosity of differences.  We’ve given our better practices on addressing the complex issues of making learning environments and workplaces hospitable to people of all faiths, and no faith.  And for all the work we’ve done I want to acknowledge the people that we’ve worked with.

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Friday News Roundup: Tensions rise in Malaysia

Muslim/Christian violence is in the news again. Last week we wrote about the deadly conflict in Nigeria (read on for an update), and this week it’s the interethnic conflict in Malaysia.

Also, France approved a partial ban of burqas, and another Oregon faith healing case made headlines.

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Next stop: Selection Committee

24 individuals from 17 countries have been nominated for our Peacemakers in Action and Women’s Peace Initiative awards. During the last 9 weeks, staff  have reviewed, researched, collated, charted, researched again and ranked according to our five criteria. As of Friday, it will be up to our expert selection committeeRead the rest of this entry »

Friday News Roundup: Ongoing Violence in Nigeria

There were a few hard-to-miss-stories this week: the ongoing violence in Nigeria, the New York flight diverted to Philly after someone mistook a fellow passenger’s tefillin for a potential explosive device, the scripture-inscribed gun barrels.  There were also some lesser-picked up stories, like the religious schoolteacher whose actions are dividing his Ohio town. And there was – as always – a study.

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Friday News Roundup: Education Shakeup

From curriculum debates in Texas to dress code debates in Oregon, there was a lot going on in the world of religion and education this week. Along with the local news, a national coalition of organizations issued a joint statement on religion in the public sphere that implicates how religion should be taught. And as always, there’s a study. Read on!

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