Religion & Human Rights: Collaboration

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That Bear


Source: Not quite certain, but I found it posted without credit or any noted restrictions at Paul @bingowings.
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The mere difference of disability

“How might it make a difference if you think a disability isn’t something bad in itself but it’s something different, a different way for a body to be?” Learn more, as Hilary Yancey, a doctoral student, reflects on her philosophy of teaching about disabilities while becoming a mom with a disability-affected child, forthcoming in her new book, Forgiving God:

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A Child’s Advice to the World

Seen on a Sunday School art board:

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Jewish art commemorates Sikh children in Delhi: response & resilience

If you’re in the Boston area this weekend, a play worth seeing (free but need to register):Kultar’s Mime is part of the Harvard University Pluralism Project’s new initiative, Communities Against Hate: Response and Resilience in Multireligious Boston.

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Healthcare in America: Coming to New York

Learned about Remote Area Medical, serving health care needs in the USA for free, from a friend’s dentist. Since 1985, they’ve worked in whatever states allow volunteer out-of-state physicians and dentists to offer their professional services free for weekend clinics that serve thousands who line up sometimes days in advance. This June, RAM will offer a clinic in Olean, New York. Learn more.

related (well, sort of): Thomas Merton in Olean and 2014 Merton conference

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We are human beings

In May 2011 we went to Gaza with musicians from the Berlin Staatskapelle, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Scala [of Milan], and the Orchestra de Paris…a concert organized by the United Nations…and the whole situation was very moving. And then, after the concert, a Palestinian NGO person thanked me profusely for coming…And he said it several times, so finally I asked him, “Why was it so important?”

He said to me, “Because we in Gaza feel the world has forgotten us. Some people remember us and they send us medicine and food, and we are very grateful for that. But then you would also do the same for animals. But you, by coming with these wonderful musicians, remind us that we are human beings.

BarenboimAtBrown(World-renowned pianist and concert maestro Daniel Barenboim, the Israeli co-founder [with Palestinian-American Edward W. Said] of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, speaking at Brown University in January 2013. View the full video of the Brown event here. More about the Gaza concert here. For more on West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, view the 2005 film, “The Ramallah Concert:  Knowledge is the Beginning” [YouTube: (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6) (Part 7)]; or read Elena Cheah’s An Orchestra Beyond Borders: Voices of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra [London: Verso, 2009]).

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