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Jan
30
2018
(Reflections from 2/21 planning meeting, shared by Charles Gabriel. From Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings) "When you touch someone who authentically represents a tradition, you not only touch his or her tradition, you also touch your own. This quality is essential for dialogue. When participants are willing to learn from each other, dialogue takes place just by being together. When those who represent a spiritual tradition embody the essence of their tradition, just the way they... + read more
Mar
08
2017
[This article has also been published on the Huffington Post.] Last week I paid my respects at Mt. Carmel cemetery in Philadelphia, a Jewish cemetery that recently, like others in St. Louis and Rochester, was severely vandalized. Seeing gravestone after gravestone—estimates now say more than 500—toppled with such brute force was sobering. But one thing it wasn’t was news. News—as the word implies—refers to the new, and bigotry in all its many guises is a... + read more
Mar
05
2017
The members of the Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation join our voices with the many other Interfaith organizations, religious groups and individuals who decry the desecration of gravestones in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery.  This hateful act is not reflective of the Philadelphia we know and love and we hope that the perpetrator(s) will soon be identified and brought to justice.   We recognize that this vandalism is just one symptom of the far larger... + read more
Feb
02
2017
In airports across the country thousands of people gathered this past weekend to express disapproval of the Executive Order banning entrance into the United States from seven different Muslim countries. Representatives of the Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation were among the protestors at the Philadelphia International Airport.   The Peace Walk Steering Committee unanimously supported participation in the protest... + read more
Feb
01
2017
 I’ve heard a lot of different things about the heroin epidemic in the streets of Kensington. Over 40 dead so far; 11 died in one weekend; the figure no one knows – the number of OD’s prevented by having the police down there carrying the death-preventive substance called Narcon. But someone told me some of the cops are tired of bringing back the same person over and over. There is a lot of talk and inquisitiveness about why would people buy drugs they knew were... + read more

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