Hope for the Pope: Catholic-Muslim relations in the new pontificate

Note: I'm very honored to host my first guest on the blog: Fr. Michael Calabria, a Franciscan friar.  Since we met in the fall, when he came to Georgetown to work on his doctoral dissertation in Qur'anic studies, I've considered him a good friend and the "Franciscan friar version of myself."  We wrote the following … Continue reading Hope for the Pope: Catholic-Muslim relations in the new pontificate

My talk at the Ignatian Family Teach-In

Last weekend, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to deliver the following speech at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice to an audience of over 1,000. Using my own experiences with Muslim-Christian dialogue and the documents of the Second Vatican Council, I argued that we as Catholics are called to engage in interreligious dialogue. … Continue reading My talk at the Ignatian Family Teach-In

A new narrative

The malicious and intentional spreading of an offensive, anti-Muslim video. The murder of an American ambassador. Protests around the world. Hate crimes against mosques in the U.S. All of these events seem to further solidify the already-entrenched narrative about Muslim-Christian relations—that Muslims and Christians are in a “clash of civilizations,” fundamentally at odds, and hell-bent … Continue reading A new narrative

Empty plane seats

This post goes along well with my last post “Returning to the river,” in that it expands on the importance of trusting in the divineness of our own imaginations. On each of my three flights to Amman during January, I had an empty seat next to me.  This made the plane rides relaxing and enjoyable, … Continue reading Empty plane seats