Faith Ed. Book Events & More as New Year Begins

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January 7, 2016

Happy New Year! Faith Ed. has now been out in the world for five months, and it’s been fascinating to speak to audiences of many faiths at churches, temples, bookstores, universities, and other venues. Many more events are in store for 2016. I’ll highlight just a few in today’s newsletter.

Florida-Bound: My Tampa event has been postponed, but I will be speaking Sunday, Jan. 17 at 4 p.m. at Books & Books, a Miami book store. Please come if you’re in the Miami area and let Florida … Continue reading

Faith Ed. Makes Radio Boston’s 2015 Best Books for Holiday Gifts

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Greetings, all. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Molid & Happy New Year, depending on which holiday you might be celebrating this time of year. Pictured above: My co-panelists at my Dec. 6 talk at Sacred Heart Church in Lexington before roughly 200 people. After I gave a talk, Imam Taymullah Abdur-Rahman, also Harvard University’s Muslim chaplain, and Monsignor Paul V. Garrity  and I spoke together about the prickly issue of teaching about religions in public schools.

Faith Ed. Makes Best Gifts List: Many thanks to author … Continue reading

Praying Coach Leads to Op-ed, Plus Events

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Faith Ed. is meant to take the conversation forward on religion and schools in America, but sometimes, I can’t help weighing in on the battle that has always divided us. What is prayer’s role in the schools?

The story of a football coach thinking it was his personal right to pray in the middle of the field right after each game set me off a little bit. But what really prompted me to write an op-ed for The Washington Post’s Acts of Faith blog was the interference of 47 lawmakers. They wrote … Continue reading

Washington Post Publishes Op-Ed Stemming from Faith Ed. & Decatur Book Fest Report

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Greetings to new and old subscribers! The photo you’re seeing is me from this past weekend’s Decatur Book Festival. I’m standing in the sales tent for Eagle Eye Books of Decatur about an hour before my talk to a crowd of 200. As fun as it was to see a huge pile of my books in one place, it was even nicer to see people buying ’em after my talk.

Recap of the Decatur Book Festival: For fun, I made a … Continue reading

Exploring Islam as Flash Point in Schools, Religion Debates & Other Faith Ed News

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booksonsaleGreetings to new and old subscribers! The launch of Faith Ed. is in full swing, and I’m enjoying the ride so far.

One of my latest articles stemming from Faith Ed has drawing a huge online following and impassioned commentary over at Religionandpolitics.org. It’s called “New Clash Over Religion in Schools: Communities Face Backlash on Lessons in Islam.” I’ll let you read the article and judge for yourself. The … Continue reading