Entries by Nicole Margaretten

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’ […]

Tanenbaum Peacemakers Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye Prepare Nigerians for Upcoming Elections

On February 7, 2015, exactly one week before Nigerians were set to head to the polls, Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission postponed the Presidential and legislative elections for seven weeks (until March 28th). Concerned that Boko Haram’s violent insurgency in the North would jeopardize the safety of voters around the country, the Commission’s Chairman, Attahiru […]

Join us at the Forum on Workplace Inclusion!

Dear Friends, I am pleased to share that for the 6th year in a row, I will be presenting on Tanenbaum’s behalf at the Forum on Workplace Inclusion (taking place March 17th-19th in Minneapolis). This year, I will be joined by several outstanding co-presenters for two exciting sessions: Faith-Based ERGs: The Next Wave – Exploring […]

An Oslo Synagogue – A Ring of Peace

Dear Friends, Over the weekend, 21 Coptic Christians were beheaded in Libya. And a horrific attack on a Shia mosque in Pakistan killed 19 people. Then, I got an email about Denmark – and the gunman who opened fire on a synagogue in Copenhagen. All I could think was – I just can’t stand it! […]

Ink, Leather, Grit – and The Church: Off the Beaten Path with Lauren Pond

The following images, captions and text are by Lauren Pond. Lauren is a photographer who specializes in documenting faith and religion in society – in order to build understanding among people. At Tanenbaum we combat religious prejudice through practical programs – and we celebrate the work of individuals who are dedicated to eliminating hatred, whether it be through the […]

Condolences and Caution

These are days of sorrow. In the past 48 hours, we learned that American ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller was confirmed dead, and now, that three Muslim students were murdered in North Carolina. To the families, friends and communities now reeling from these senseless and horrific deaths, we send our condolences. Kayla Mueller was targeted by […]

Teaching Diverse Beliefs in Homogenous Classrooms by Sara Wicht

Here are some suggestions for teaching about diverse beliefs—religious and nonreligious—in classrooms where that type of diversity might not be present. After our recent webinar, Religious Diversity in the Classroom: Applications for Elementary Educators, participants expressed concern about how to teach about a diversity of religious and nonreligious beliefs in a homogenous classroom. We feel […]