What People of Faith Can Do While Waiting for a Truce

What People of Faith Can Do While Waiting for a Truce

The Pope recently urged that an Easter truce be declared to end the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He hoped that it could lead to “real negotiations” to end the conflict. Even though Easter passed without a truce, it is time for religious leaders and people of faith to...
Ramadan: A Vaccine for the Heart

Ramadan: A Vaccine for the Heart

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which follows the lunar cycles throughout the year. Since Ramadan rotates throughout the year, sometimes sunset in the middle of the winter season is at 5 p.m. and in the summer it can be at 9 p.m. We still love it...
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...
Eid Mubarak: Good Faith Around a Table

Eid Mubarak: Good Faith Around a Table

My wife and I had the honor of breaking a daily fast during Ramadan with Muhammet and Zuleyha Ali Sezer. Muhammet is the executive director and CEO of both the Raindrop Turkish House of Oklahoma and Dialogue Institute of Oklahoma. He and his family graciously invited...
Look Back | How You Can Benefit by Observing Ramadan

Look Back | How You Can Benefit by Observing Ramadan

Editor’s note: This article first appeared on Aug. 26, 2009. At the time of publication, Damaj was president of the Virginia Muslim Coalition for Public Affairs and served on the board of Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and Richmond Habitat for Humanity....