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Help Me to See More Fully

“We each see the world differently from where we stand,” Rev. Dr. Dwayne Walker of Little Rock AME Zion Church shared earlier tonight as we sat as a small circle of interfaith clergy and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police in prayer and song. God, help me to see...

The Syrian Refugees and Germany: Not Their Story but Our Story

Each of us had different reasons for taking part in the Central Conference of American Rabbis Mission to Berlin. Among them were: We cared about the refugee crisis and wanted to learn so that we could share the story, engage our congregants and communities with this...

What If Jonathan Ferrell were my son?

What if Jonathan Ferrell were my son? That’s what I thought about when I stopped by the court room on the first day of the Kerrick trial. Jonathan – a 24 year old former Florida A&M University football player, an aspiring engineer, engaged to a beautiful woman....

How do we respond to tragedy?

With silence… There aren’t words to respond to someone with semi-automatic guns in hand murdering innocent souls en masse. With identification… As President Obama stated, “An attack on any American is an attack on all Americans.” People lost their sons and daughters,...

Education is The Most Amazing Gift

A decade ago, Oprah stayed as a guest in President Nelson Mandela’s home in South Africa for more than a week. After days of reflecting on the ideal gift to get him as a token of her gratitude, she came up with the perfect present. So what do you get such a great man...

Words Whisper from the Grave

Hearing the Words and Celebrating the Work of a Holocaust Hero The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the...

Going Back to Egypt

[This homily was delivered at Charlotte’s Multi-faith Service Calling for the Repeal of HB2 on April 24, 2016 at Myers Park Baptist Church] We come together for a multi-faith service.   We all come from different faiths and some of us come from no formal religious...

Seeds of Change Sown in Charleston

[This homily was delivered at Charlotte’s Multi-faith Service Calling for the Repeal of HB2 on April 24, 2016 at Myers Park Baptist Church] We come together for a multi-faith service.   We all come from different faiths and some of us come from no formal religious...

Hebron: A City of Conflicting Narratives and Religious Passions

Genesis describes the purchase of property by our father Abraham for the burial of our mother Sarah. The legendary cave of Machpelah, acquired through negotiation with the Hittites, became the site not only of Sarah’s grave, but also of the reconciliation of Isaac and...

Thanksgiving: Make this Holiday Holy by Rabbi Judy Schindler

Thanks… for all I have Blessings too great to name and number freedom and food, shelter, love and life Giving… No material gifts are needed No shopping at malls is required for today’s celebration Just presence shared with those who matter most Joy of feeling blessed...

Pray for Faith by Rabbi Judy Schindler

Fear… of those filled with hate of violence of guns and terrorism. Faith… in the good in the “other” in the ability to uproot evil. Do not let fear close your hearts close your minds close your souls (or close your borders to refugees seeking sanctuary – for we were...