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We Mourn for a Lost Hero

The great Nelson Mandela passed yesterday, moving on to the next life. Mandela, of course, was not only the first President of post-apartheid South Africa, but also an exceptional human rights hero whose work for economic and social justice, in the name of love, won him the Nobel Peace Prize.

A great deal has already been written, and will continue to be written, about Mandela's enormous personal achievements. Despite twenty-seven years in prison, Mandela emerged not broken, but made whole. He came out seeking peace instead of vengeance.

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Welcoming the Other

(This is the edited transcript of the speech Bishop Stalsett delivered at the General Assembly of Religion for Peace, Vienna 21 November 2013.)

At this 9th World Assembly of Religions for Peace, we are here to address the human and spiritual imperative to welcome the other. Our arena is multi-religious cooperation through both words and deeds. At a time of rising hostility towards the other, we want to use the positive energy of face-to-face interfaith dialogue to achieve important goals, like protecting basic human dignity, and achieving equal citizenship and shared well-being for ALL people.

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A Thanksgiving Letter from a Rabbi

Dear Friends;

At this holiday season, our thoughts are focused on the various meanings of the word "Turkey."

Rabbi Larry was blessed a few weeks ago with the opportunity to spend a week in Istanbul, Turkey. This came about through a special invitation from The Fountain, a journal centered on "Life, Knowledge, and Belief". It was a wonderful opportunity to learn from and talk with a variety of people from different religions, who are serious about their religion, and serious about improving the world. The Hebrew phrase is "Tikkun Olam" -repairing the world. It reflects that we all share the mission to use our ability in service to others and to leave the world a better place. Many of our Muslim friends use the term Hizmet (service) as the banner for their service to others.

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Conversations on Life, Knowledge, and Belief

November 5-7, 2013, Istanbul

During the first week of November 2013, nearly twenty scholars and thinkers gathered in Istanbul to celebrate The Fountain's 20th anniversary with the conference, "Conversations on Life, Knowledge, and Belief: Sipping from the Fountain of Hizmet."

Over three days, in beautiful venues all over Istanbul, the attendees engaged in invigorating, lively discussions about issues of interfaith dialogue, the role religion plays in cultivating peace, and the ways that science and religion can work together, instead of in opposition.

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Strength Through Diplomacy

"My mother wouldn't let me watch Gone with the Wind even if my life depended on it," my neighbor reminisces. We are taking a walk around the lake in our neighborhood. I am pushing a stroller where my son is soundly asleep. She is walking her dog. Her lively gait conceals her sixty five years. I love listening to her talk about her life, past and present. She is my little window into the insides of America. I am the foreigner who has just landed and is trying to makes sense of too many things at the same time.

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What is Next for Smartphones

Although it has been two decades since the first introduction of smartphones, there are already 1.5 billion smartphone users in the world out of 5 billion mobile phone users. Smartphones are changing every year, and becoming smarter and better with new sensors, powerful chips, and new capabilities. Newspapers and websites often start discussing rumors about an upcoming smartphone several months before its launch.

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