reflections on race, religion, history & social change

November 11, 2016

This Sunday, November 13, Interfaith Partners of South Carolina, a statewide non-profit that aims to promote “understanding and cooperation” among religious communities, will hold its annual conference in Florence, hosted by the local branch of the organization. I have...

June 27, 2016

This is the Israel/Palestine/Holy Land that I know!

Akko (or Acre) is an ancient city on the Bay of Haifa in what is today northern Israel. Its population is about two-thirds Jewish and one-third Arab, with Arabic-speaking Christians a small minority. The Old City, a UN...

May 7, 2016


Today in Banja Luka, the second city of Bosnia and Herzegovina and de facto capital of that country's Serb-dominated half, thousands of Bosnian Muslims and members of other faiths gathered to dedicate the reconstructed Ferhat Pasha Mosque, 23 years after it was blown...

December 30, 2015

As a matter of principle and a practical necessity, the Baha'is of South Carolina have been at the forefront of the interfaith movement for decades.


In fact, as my recent book recounts, South Carolina Baha'is in the early twentieth century consistenly pushed the bound...

September 25, 2015

My old friend William McCants, a fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy and director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution, has just published his second book, The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday...

September 4, 2015

I'm pleased to share my latest piece for the Good Men Project, which draws on my wife's and my personal experience living and working in Bosnia and Herzegovina during our first year of marriage. One of the great privileges of that year was to have been introduced to th...

June 24, 2015

I’m pleased to share this post from the blog of the Religious Freedom Project (RFP) at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, written by my colleague Naseem Kourosh, an attorney and policy advocate who is currently serving as the...

January 25, 2015

Tomorrow, Sunday, January 25, the Florence Branch of Interfaith Partners of South Carolina is hosting the second in a quarterly series of educational events about the diversity of religious communities in the Florence area. The event will take place from 2:30 to 5:00 p...

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