Memories of Selma – All of Them

Today marks the beginning of the last – and ultimately successful – march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama led by Martin Luther King Jr. The march has been commemorated all month because it was a powerful turning point toward justice in the U.S. Personally, I believe that remembering this history – in all its various […]

2015 Women’s History Month

Women, Religion and the Workplace Experience Recently in the United States, some have asserted that the increasing complexity of women’s lives has contributed to a movement away from religion altogether. In a recent Huffington Post article, Phyllis Tickle, a Protestant Scholar and Atheist, called it “religiously imposed schizophrenia,” claiming that added workplace pressures simply don’t […]

Reflections on UCLA

Dear Friends, On Febuary 10th, Rachel Beyda, a talented campus leader, was interrogated about her Jewish identity and questioned whether it meant she was somehow unable – or unfit – to serve on UCLA’s Student Council Judical Board. The questions from students targeted Rachel for only one reason – that she is a Jew. “Given […]

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The Power of Poetry! Free Lessons from Tanenbaum

Dear Educators, March 21st is  World Poetry Day, a day established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to celebrate the role of poetry in enhancing cultural life throughout the world. Poetry provides an excellent way to explore issues related to religious diversity and identity. It gives students a means of communicating […]

Agree to (Respectfully) Disagree

Agree to (Respectfully) Disagree by Marisa Fasciano Overview: How to teach students to respectfully engage with peers of differing religious belief systems. Most educators would agree that it’s important for students to respect classmates with different religious or nonreligious beliefs. But what if the doctrine or practices of the belief system in question contradict students’ […]