Tanenbaum.org https://tanenbaum.org Combating Religious Prejudice Mon, 18 Jan 2021 14:10:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://tanenbaum.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/cropped-FaviconLogo-1-32x32.png Tanenbaum.org https://tanenbaum.org 32 32 Beloved Tanenbaum Community, a Formula for Justice – Thank you Dr. King https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2021/01/beloved-tanenbaum-community/ Mon, 18 Jan 2021 14:07:40 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=18556 Dear Tanenbaum Community – In August 1967, three years after the passage of The Civil Rights Act and just shy of eight months before his assassination, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the presidential address at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s national conference. Dr. King, addressing the question of where do we go […]

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Dear Tanenbaum Community –

In August 1967, three years after the passage of The Civil Rights Act and just shy of eight months before his assassination, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the presidential address at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s national conference. Dr. King, addressing the question of where do we go from here, contextualizes power as — ­­

The ability to achieve purpose. It is the strength required to bring about social, political, or economic change… [T]he concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites… What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and amnesiac. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.

Today, we see an ongoing and intentional absence of justice in the racial inequities that continue in neighborhoods, housing access, school parity, health care, voting precincts, workplaces, and at every step in the criminal justice system. We see it in the media, pop culture, the halls of Congress, and how we choose to teach history in schools. Dr. King believed that the end result of non-violent action to confront the injustices of society would be the Beloved Community.

The realization of the Beloved Community requires that we continue to demand justice for all, based in a common love for one another. And no, it’s not easy. King reminds us that as we continue to seek justice, we are not without power. And that seeking justice is an act of love in and of itself.

We must commit ourselves to build upon King’s foundation, and that of so many who came before him, worked with him, and followed in his footsteps. Below are a handful of resources, to help bend the arc of history towards justice.

Act:

Watch:

  • The Beloved Community: Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood. In the Beloved Community, international disputes will be resolved by peaceful conflict-resolution and reconciliation of adversaries, instead of military power. Love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred. Peace with justice will prevail over war and military conflict.
  • A Path Forward: Confronting Hate in America (Video): Tanenbaum’s Combating Extremism Campaign collaborated with Arno Michaelis, a former leader in the skinhead movement and now a peacebuilder, who pushed former white supremacist Ken Parker to meet his first Jew. Arno introduced Ken to Tamara Meyer, a Jewish Holocaust Educator, and to race relations expert Daryl Davis. And they videotaped Ken “break bread with a Jew,” —something he previously vowed never to do, relinquish all of his KKK memorabilia to Daryl, and discuss his regrets.

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  • Calls and Prayers for Peace and Justice: Read calls and prayers for peace and justice from many of the world’s great religions and philosophical traditions. They echo common threads that connect us, regardless of our different beliefs or lack of belief.

Annually, we reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King as a moral, spiritual, and intellectual leader. We discuss how far we have come, and we think about how far we have to go and the challenges we’ve yet to face. But, this must be our daily work. It must be our daily mission to build justice and promote respect for and in every community. We must expand our movements. They must connect us all.

Thank you for being a part of our community.

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No More Surprises https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2021/01/no-more-surprises/ Thu, 07 Jan 2021 23:06:22 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=18534 Dear Tanenbaum Community – Crosses, Shofars, and Christian flags were carried into the halls of Congress yesterday, as we witnessed Christian white supremacy at its purest and most dangerous. So what does it mean when the followers of someone who preached about “turning the other cheek” and “loving thy neighbor” stage an armed coup of […]

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Dear Tanenbaum Community –

Crosses, Shofars, and Christian flags were carried into the halls of Congress yesterday, as we witnessed Christian white supremacy at its purest and most dangerous. So what does it mean when the followers of someone who preached about “turning the other cheek” and “loving thy neighbor” stage an armed coup of an entire branch of government to disrupt the democratic process?

Many are “stunned” and “shocked” at the events which unfolded on the steps and in the halls of our Capitol yesterday, but we need to stop being surprised that white supremacists are among the most violent elements in America, so we can actually address and end the brutality.

While Christianity itself is not reducible to what happened yesterday in the nation’s capital, this invasion does add a chapter to the history of white Christian supremacy in the United States. Many faith leaders from around the world condemned these events and called for an end to the violence. However, this display of white power, and cultural and religious misappropriation is not without precedent. These practices have histories rooted in this country’s founding.

If we want to create a world that promotes justice and builds respect for all people, including those whose religious beliefs differ from our own, then we have to understand where these tactics come from, how they function, and why they still exist.

Below are resources to help better understand the ways in which white Christian privilege is impacting the ongoing events of the day:

Privilege, Race and Religion Tanenbaum Webinar Series

  • Mark Fowler with Dr. Khyati Joshi: Professor of education at Fairleigh Dickinson University, discusses Christian privilege, normativity, and hegemony in the United States.
  • Mark Fowler with Robert P. Jones: Ph.D., CEO and Founder, Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) explores the relationship between American Christianity and white supremacy. Drawing on compelling historical analysis and Dr. Jones’ own research, this conversation illustrates the ways in which the long and fraught intersection of race and religion in the U.S. continues to shape the present.

White Supremacy: An Overview: A comprehensive fact sheet about the varied white supremacist movements and groups.

Religious & Spiritual Approaches to Anti-Racism: Religious and spiritual communities are actively engaged in anti-racism work. This fact sheet highlights organizations and initiatives working to move the needle toward justice.

We have to interrogate the structures that maintain white Christian supremacy in our houses of worship, in our schools, in our communities, in our homes, in our workplaces, in our health care systems, and most importantly, in ourselves. Our democracy needs us not to be surprised by the events of yesterday.

In solidarity,

Rev. Mark Fowler

 


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Building Respect in 2021 https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2021/01/respect-2021/ Mon, 04 Jan 2021 16:14:30 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=18510 Friends – Thank you for being a part of the Tanenbaum community. I hope you continue to join us as we move into 2021 with great commitment, energy, expectation, and anticipation. We welcome your partnership in our work to promote justice and build respect for religious difference. There are many ways to engage in this […]

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Peacemaker in Action Imam Muhammad Ashafa (Nigeria) with Comedian Chuck Nice and Peacemaker in Action Pastor James Wuye (Nigeria)

Friends –

Thank you for being a part of the Tanenbaum community.

I hope you continue to join us as we move into 2021 with great commitment, energy, expectation, and anticipation.

We welcome your partnership in our work to promote justice and build respect for religious difference.

There are many ways to engage in this work with us. Please contact Nancy Wolfe, nwolfe@tanenbaum.org, for opportunities to become further involved.

And as always, please consider a gift to support the work ahead. Click here to donate online.

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum

 


 

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Check out our 2020 Year in Review! https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2020/12/year-in-review/ Wed, 30 Dec 2020 21:48:03 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=18513 Friends – Another year has come and gone, albeit in a much-changed fashion. It has been a hard year. And despite all the hardship, Tanenbaum did not slow or falter in its work and pursuit of justice and respect for all.  Please take a moment to see what we accomplished with your support. Our year […]

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Friends –

Another year has come and gone, albeit in a much-changed fashion. It has been a hard year. And despite all the hardship, Tanenbaum did not slow or falter in its work and pursuit of justice and respect for all. 

Please take a moment to see what we accomplished with your support. Our year in review is here.

And as we move into the new year with great hope, please consider a gift to support the work ahead.

Click here to donate online. And remember to check with your employer…matching programs can double your gift!

Thank you for being a part of the Tanenbaum community. We will continue to do great things together in 2021!

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum

 


 

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Conscience Objections: New online learning modules! https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2020/12/conscience-objections/ Thu, 17 Dec 2020 18:45:26 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=18481 In May, during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, two doctors, brothers who follow the Sikh faith, made the difficult decision to shave their religiously significant beards, called kesh, or the practice of keeping uncut hair, in order to accommodate the PPE (personal protective equipment) stocked by their hospital. At Tanenbaum, we believe that […]

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In May, during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, two doctors, brothers who follow the Sikh faith, made the difficult decision to shave their religiously significant beards, called kesh, or the practice of keeping uncut hair, in order to accommodate the PPE (personal protective equipment) stocked by their hospital. At Tanenbaum, we believe that providers should not have to make the decision between honoring their faith practices and providing the best care for their patients, when accommodation may very well be available.

Instead, we recognize this dilemma as an issue dictated by personal conscience, or one of the three types of objections covered in our online learning modules on “conscience rules”. Conscience rules can be understood as areas within patient care where a provider’s conscience may impact the care they are capable of providing. In order to better prepare and avoid situations like the one faced by the Sikh doctors, Tanenbaum’s Health Care program has created three online learning modules to help health care providers understand and navigate situations where their conscience or the conscience of their employees may become salient.

In these learning modules, we explore the three types of conscience objections: personal preference, personal conscience and professional integrity. In order to understand how these distinct objection styles function in real-life situations, we offer numerous case studies to practice with.

  • Personal Conscience: As previously mentioned, the moral dilemma faced by the Sikh brothers and the absence of PPE options at their hospital is an issue of personal conscience because their choice involves a life or death situation and is influenced by their moral/religious convictions.
  • Professional Integrity: A family that identifies as Jehovah’s Witnesses refuses a blood transfusion for their child. The doctor feels that they would be failing their patient (the child) if they do not meet their immediate medical needs and administer the transfusion. How should the doctor navigate this issue? What are the next steps?
  • Personal Preference: A doctor does not want to prescribe PrEP for their patient who requests it because they feel as if it will lead to what they believe is morally unacceptable sexual behavior. Why is personal preference different from personal conscience? How should the doctor respond to this issue?

After working your way through the three learning modules, health care providers will have a better grasp on situations where conscience may arise and they will be better prepared to navigate those situations, so the beliefs of providers can be respected without sacrificing the quality of patient care.

Links to all of Tanenbaum’s online modules can be found here.

If you are interested in learning more about Tanenbaum Trigger Topics, you can find the fact sheet explaining the 15 Trigger Topics, or areas of patient care where religion may become salient, here.

For more information about Tanenbaum’s Health Care Membership, please click here.

Special thanks to the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation for supporting the creation of these modules.

 


 

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Our Inclusion Journey Continues https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2020/12/our-inclusion-journey/ Tue, 08 Dec 2020 19:03:59 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=18475 Friends, Defining “workplace” in 2020 has been challenging and ever-evolving, to say the least. Dining rooms, cars, city parks are our new offices. Zoom and other platforms are the world’s conference rooms. Throughout this difficult year Tanenbaum found the demand for our workplace programs greater than ever. So we developed innovative ways to offer training […]

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Friends,

Defining “workplace” in 2020 has been challenging and ever-evolving, to say the least. Dining rooms, cars, city parks are our new offices. Zoom and other platforms are the world’s conference rooms.

Throughout this difficult year Tanenbaum found the demand for our workplace programs greater than ever. So we developed innovative ways to offer training and resources, keeping our offerings relevant and accessible. The need to understand and include people of all faiths and none is as important as it ever was.

This year, we’ve seen our Corporate Membership program grow with additions from global leaders Sanofi, Mitre, Amazon, Eli Lilly, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Edward Jones Investments.

And our trainings and presentations took a virtual turn, allowing us to reach further and greater audiences with topics like Best Practices in Religious Diversity During a Pandemic, Allyship and Responding to Xenophobia and Bias, Intersectionality of LGBTQA+ Identity and Privilege, Race, and Religion in the U.S.

Learn more about the importance of our workplace efforts from our friend Celeste Warren, Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Center of Excellence, Merck, and give today to help continue this important work.

Double your gift! Does your employer participate in a corporate matching program? Please contact Nancy Wolfe at nwolfe@tanenbaum.org if you need our help with this.

Thank you for supporting Tanenbaum!

Warm regards,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum

 


 

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Updated Hanukkah fact sheet – and a song! https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2020/12/hanukkah-fact-sheet/ Tue, 08 Dec 2020 18:50:47 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=18473 Dear Friends, It was brought to our attention there was an error on our fact sheet about Hanukkah, which is right around the corner.  While we try to avoid such mistakes, we also wanted to respond to it quickly. I’m happy to share our updated Hanukkah fact sheet with the corrected start date of the evening of […]

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Dear Friends,

It was brought to our attention there was an error on our fact sheet about Hanukkah, which is right around the corner.  While we try to avoid such mistakes, we also wanted to respond to it quickly. I’m happy to share our updated Hanukkah fact sheet with the corrected start date of the evening of December 10th. You can also find other holiday-specific resources for upcoming days including ChristmasKwanzaaand more.

However, I must say that the timing is wonderful, because I’m thrilled to share something else pertaining to Hanukkah. I’m delighted to celebrate our long time Corporate Leader Disney with their recent holiday bop “Puppy for Hannukah” by well-loved Hamilton star Daveed Diggs.

As you can imagine, the Internet is already buzzing about this song — both for its content as well as what it means to them. There are many pressures that would tell us to check our religious identity at the workplace door. There are voices that say we have to choose between different sides of ourselves. Like all of you, we at Tanenbaum know that simply is not the truth — that there are ways to fully incorporate our diverse identities, religious and otherwise.

In addition to passing on our updated resources, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to hopefully add some brightness to your days as we wind down 2020 and draw closer to the Festival of Lights.

Warm regards,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum

 


 

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Join us at PeaceCon 2020! https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2020/12/peacecon-2020/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 23:47:40 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=18458 Join Tanenbaum CEO, Mark Fowler, alongside Jean-Marie Navetta of PFLAG, and Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins of WCAPS as they explore Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Peacebuilding workplace! Tune in on Monday, Dec. 7 at 12:30 PM EST for this collaboration between two of Tanenbaum’s Programs, Conflict Resolution & Peacebuilding and Workplace by registering for PeaceCon […]

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Join Tanenbaum CEO, Mark Fowler, alongside Jean-Marie Navetta of PFLAG, and Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins of WCAPS as they explore Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Peacebuilding workplace!

Tune in on Monday, Dec. 7 at 12:30 PM EST for this collaboration between two of Tanenbaum’s Programs, Conflict Resolution & Peacebuilding and Workplace by registering for PeaceCon here.

PeaceCon 2020 will be the most global, virtual peacebuilding event of the year and will feature diverse voices from around the world.

Workshop – Building an Inclusive Peace: In the Field and in the Office

We’ve seen many companies answer the call for change. We’ve seen many U.S.-based nonprofits pledge to “do better” as organizations who work in non-U.S. contexts. As some of the U.S. wakes up to decades of systemic oppression, this session will help U.S.-based non-profits use intersectional approaches to honoring all identities. Rev. Mark Fowler of Tanenbaum, Amb. Bonnie Jenkins of WCAPS, and Jean-Marie Navetta of PFLAG will share practical frameworks for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) conversations and actions in your workplace. This workshop will equip attendees with practical and applicable Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) knowledge.

https://events.bizzabo.com/PeaceCon2020/agenda/session/419315

 


 

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Give the Gift of Peace https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2020/12/the-gift-of-peace/ Tue, 01 Dec 2020 18:46:53 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=18449   This Giving Tuesday, give the gift of peace. Tanenbaum puts peace into practice through programs that build respect for religious differences in schools, workplaces, health care facilities, and in regions in tremendous conflict. Hear about Tanenbaum from Dr. Azza Karam, Secretary General, Religions for Peace, and give today to help make peace possible.   […]

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This Giving Tuesday, give the gift of peace.

Tanenbaum puts peace into practice through programs that build respect for religious differences in schools, workplaces, health care facilities, and in regions in tremendous conflict.

Hear about Tanenbaum from Dr. Azza Karam, Secretary General, Religions for Peace, and give today to help make peace possible.

 


 

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Preparing for the Winter Holidays in 2020 https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2020/11/preparing-for-the-winter-holidays-in-2020/ Mon, 16 Nov 2020 15:47:06 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=18435 Dear Friends, As we have come to expect from each calendar year, we have reached the winter holiday season. As with all other aspects of 2020, the holiday season feels a bit different this year. For many of us, it may continue to be a time of joy, thankfulness, and togetherness with family. For many […]

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Dear Friends,

As we have come to expect from each calendar year, we have reached the winter holiday season. As with all other aspects of 2020, the holiday season feels a bit different this year. For many of us, it may continue to be a time of joy, thankfulness, and togetherness with family. For many of us, however, it may also be a time of stress, loneliness, and anxiety. While these dual realities are not unique to 2020, the intensity around these feelings and experiences might be.

How do we acknowledge and hold space for both the challenging emotions and the joyful ones? How do we support one another through this? How do we show up to work and follow through with daily responsibilities amidst all of this?

In presenting these questions, we do not profess to have all of the answers. We do, however, appreciate the power of acknowledging the variety of experiences people are going through when planning workplace events or activities. In-person holiday parties might not be realistic this year, but we can support one another through other end-of-year efforts. With this in mind, Tanenbaum has compiled a list of some (virtual) possibilities to consider in celebration of community, end of year, and the holiday season.

  • Virtual games, such as trivia or a scavenger hunt
  • Invite an outside speaker to support your team
  • Ugly holiday sweaters for a day or a meeting
  • Send a gift box or recipes to colleagues
  • Come together for a day of wellness
  • Coordinate a secret snowflake
  • Volunteer (remotely) together
  • Host a virtual holiday party
  • Hold a talent show

Keep in mind the Tanenbaum resources available to share with one another during this time of year. We have holiday fact sheets on our Workplace Resources page, including specific resources for Hannukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.

While 2020 continues to provide ongoing challenges for many of us, the power of community and appreciation of the little things remains no less important. With the winter holiday season nearly here and 2021 around the corner, we wish you and yours peace and wellbeing throughout it all.

Be well,

Workplace Program Team

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