Jummah Reflection: I Build Bridges

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. This week I’m thinking about “building bridges” – particularly in an interfaith context. A lot of people use this term to refer to all interfaith activities. But I want to be very clear: Building…

Announcing the Launch of the Digital Centership Conservatory

It is with a great deal of pride and excitement that I am announcing the launch of a new program for training and supporting individuals who lead public conversations online. The Digital Centership Conservatory is preparing to launch our first…

Jummah Reflection: Own Your Shit.

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. Yesterday at the Texas Conference for Women, I listened to Viola Davis deliver one of the most inspiring and beautiful talks I’ve ever heard. I wish every single person I know could have been…

Jummah Reflection:  I'm a Muslim

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. This morning I’m thinking about what it means to be a Muslim. I am coming up on 19 years in this tradition–almost half my life now, Alhamdolillah. I’m eternally grateful to Allah (SWT) for…

Jummah Reflection: You Should Feel Bad

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom, TGIF… and also, G’mar Hatima Tova to my Jewish friends, and to my Shia friends – may your observance of Ashura be filled with meaning. Every day is Ashura, every Heart is Karbala. Today marks an…

Enough is Enough: On the Oppressive Culture of American Mosques

Asalaamu-Alaikum wa’ Rahmatullah wa’Barakatohu. My friends, I have made a mistake. Since I embraced Islam 18 years ago, I’ve been at odds with the way Austin-area mosques have structured their common areas to partition men and women away from each…

Jummah Reflection: Discomfort Beats Delusion Any Day

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. Sometimes I envy those with righteous certainty, who wield their condescending dogmas like weapons. Those who never question their beliefs, or feel the need to constantly examine their own foundations for cracks. I used…

Jummah Reflection: Do you really want FREEDOM?

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF! This week I’m thinking about “freedom” and how few people really want it. Now, most people will say that they want “freedom” if you ask them outright, but the truth is that they only…

Last week I saw a provocative Facebook post that ended up generating a lot of conversation in my interfaith circles. It read, in part… Read Full Article Here.

Jummah Reflection | Proximity Is Not Peace

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. This week I wrote a piece for Tablet Magazine about the need to take our interfaith work to the next level. To go beyond the kumbaya-touchy-feely-hummus-and-holiday engagement. As my friend and colleague Rabbi Susan…