Israel may be a relatively new country, but the problems that prevent it from being a place of peace are ancient.
More racial diversity, greater economic inequality and wider polarization of politics separate contemporary America from any other era in the
Alexie Torres-Fleming’s mother had a dream at the turn of the millennium.
Just two weeks after joining the then-broken Atlanta Housing Authority, Carol R. Naughton found herself in the passenger seat of her boss’s car, surrounded by “drug boys” trying to block their path and demanding they turn around. The two were on their way to a meeting in the East Lake Meadows housing project, dubbed “Little Vietnam” by local authorities for its notorious violence, rampant crime and deep-seated poverty.
A national crisis is at hand, but Mary Lou Leary and William J. Hochul Jr. said there is no time or money to put off solving it another day. Even sitting inside a quiet community like Chautauqua, the urgency of opiates and opioid addictions and overdoses cannot be escaped.
One of the oldest cities in existence, Jerusalem straddles the line between antiquity and modernity. It is the beating heart of Abrahamic religions, and it means different things to all those who live there and come to visit.
Not many people know about the Baha’i religion. Some don’t know that it’s an Abrahamic religion — some don’t even know it exists — but Albert Lincoln thinks the religion’s hometown of Haifa, Israel, could serve as a model for peace and coexistence in the Middle East.
If Daniel Ferguson’s recent documentaries on two of the holiest sites in the world can teach anything, it’s that, with a shared purpose, mutual goals and establishing trust, people of different backgrounds can achieve anything — be it art or interfaith harmony.
Peace cannot be a piecemeal collection, Rabbi Michael Melchior said.
With fiery determination, a love for humanity at large and a simple message, Izzeldin Abuelaish delivered Monday’s Interfaith Lecture in the Hall of Philosophy titled “Preserving the Middle East Through Philanthropic Initiatives.”