Refugees Never Lose Longing for Home

Refugees Never Lose Longing for Home

I am a refugee. On Oct. 23,1983, I held hope, in the form of a plane ticket, in my hand. This paper was what was going to help me flee Beirut and get to the United States. That same morning, a yellow Mercedes truck entered the parking lot of Beirut International...
Pandemic Gave Mosque Unique Challenges

Pandemic Gave Mosque Unique Challenges

Preaching is difficult in an empty sanctuary. It’s even more difficult to get used to speaking to a screen and looking into a camera instead of faces. Seminary did not have a class on how to minister in a pandemic. Finding ways to connect to our faith communities...
We All Have Power to Bridge Divisions

We All Have Power to Bridge Divisions

A young Jewish girl timidly walked up to the mosque and asked to speak with the imam. I was dressed in gym clothes and a cap doing yard work around the Islamic center. I guess I did not look the part. “I am the imam,” I said, laughing. She handed me an envelope with...