Entries by Nicole Margaretten

Tanenbaum Peacemaker Father Sava Travels to the U.S.

Father Sava Janjic, a Tanenbaum Peacemaker in Action who has been tirelessly pursuing peace and reconciliation in Kosovo for decades, concluded his recent trip to the U.S. last week in Boston, where he presented at the Colloquium on Orthodox Christianity and Humanitarianism: Ideas and Action in the Contemporary World. The Colloquium was sponsored by the Greek […]

When Vaisakhi Is More Than a Holiday

Have you ever wished someone a happy Vaisakhi? Most people have no idea that the Pentagon is holding a major celebration to celebrate Vaisakhi. Or that Vaisakhi is the birthday of the world’s fifth largest religion. Why? Because the Sikh community as a whole, is often ignored in this country. The time has come to […]

The Unintended Consequences of Pamela Geller’s NYC Bus Ad

Pam Geller’s recent New York City bus ad depicts a man with a scarf wrapped around his head beside the quote, “Killing Jews is worship that brings us closer to Allah” attributed to Hamas MTV. A federal judge ruled that the ad, slated to run on NYC buses and already running in San Francisco and […]

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 […]

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’ […]