I blessed more than one dead baby this summer. When you are working as an intern chaplain on a hospital floor that includes the Labor and Delivery Unit and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), these are things that happen. The crying mothers. The tiny bodies, stillborn and premature and barely enough to cradle in […]
Tisha B’Av was coming. It was the beginning of July, on a fresh, hot morning in the Middlebury College Hillel. Tisha B’Av, the fast day in the Jewish calendar that commemorates the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and various other tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people, fell on a Sunday in the […]
Coexist. If you’re from the West, you’ve likely seen this word everywhere from bumper stickers to caps and from t-shirts to key-chains. But what exactly does it mean? How can a devout member of one religion really have peaceful relations with someone from another? I recently completed an online 6 month certificate course through Harvard […]
We are delighted to present this issue on interfaith/multifaith environmental activism and teachings, expertly curated by the Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith, a leading interfaith environmental organization. We at the JIRS are grateful to Fletcher, the folks at GreenFaith, and the many contributors to this issue for the wealth of perspectives we are […]
A brief introduction to Issue 19 by Sue Fendrick, Editor-in-Chief of the JIRS.
The twenty-four month period leading up to the Paris climate negotiations last December, also known as COP 21, represented, by almost any measure, a high water mark of the religious-environmental movement. Never before have religious groups around the world within such a concentrated period of time shown such a level of public support for environmental […]