Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Welcoming the stranger: What I learned from Jewish agencies

Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies attendees/Contributed photo

I recently attended the annual conference of the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies in San Diego. The event brought together hundreds of Jewish and non-Jewish human services professionals who work for Jewish organizations, most of which are akin to Spokane’s own Jewish Family Services agency, of which I am the director.

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Cultural advisers help Hollywood rework Muslim stereotypes

Melia Kreiling as Daliyah in "Tyrant" on FX. Photo courtesy of Kata Vermes/FX

Muslim characters are either terrorists or “good” Muslims trying to overcome “bad” Muslim plots. In either case, they “are still constrained by conflictual framing,” typically around themes such as terrorism, post-9/11 politics or overseas military intervention.

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Our Transition into a New Religious Axial Age

Flickr photo by Lauro Roger McAllister

We are living in an exciting age, an age of axial change, moving beyond the findings discovered in the Enlightenment, beyond the descent into reactionary capitalism and beyond fundamentalism into an age of globalized religion.

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