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Witness as Ministry: Serving God and Refugees in Beirut

Beirut, Lebanon has been wrecked by war and strife for many decades. More recently, there has been a flood of refugees from Syria and, in 2020, much of the city was leveled …

Jean Bouchebel: Retired From World Vision, but Not From Serving God and Refugees

This article was originally published by Christianity Today, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. When Jean Bouchebel retired at age 70, he was not ready to simply relax. …

The Women Sustaining Sufism—and an Activist—in Tunisia

Priyadarshini Sen reported from Tunisia as part of CRCC’s Global Project on Engaged Spirituality. On a hilltop overlooking western Tunis, the whitewashed shrine of Syeda Manouba—a Sufi saint of the 13th century …

Sameer: Leading the Peaceful Resistance Against Israeli Occupation

This radio documentary was produced by KALW’s The Spiritual Edge, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  To hear this and other profiles, subscribe to The Spiritual Edge podcast in …

Dr. Mohammed Elgazzar: Saving Lives Across the Battle Lines

This article was originally published in Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — the city of learned philosophers and a once-great library, named after …

The Moroccan School Training Women Imams To Combat Extremism

This article was originally published in Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. It supplements Priyadarshini Sen’s profile of Ahmed Toufiq.  RABAT, Morocco — Wearing an embroidered …

Jacques Mourad: The Syrian Catholic Priest Who Stayed

This article was originally published as the cover story of the March 2, 2020 issue of America Magazine, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  It became clear that …

Dean Issacharoff: A Former Israeli Soldier Questions His Country and Faith

This radio documentary was produced by KALW’s The Spiritual Edge, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. To hear this and other profiles, subscribe to The Spiritual Edge podcast …

Ahmed Toufiq: The Quiet Sufi Behinds Morocco’s Islamic Affairs

This article was originally published in Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  In the cavernous dining room of an artist-friend, Ahmed Toufiq quickly eats a fresh …

Badr Baabou: LGBTQ Activist in Tunisia

This article was originally published in Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  Every month, 39-year-old Badr Baabou visits the whitewashed Sufi shrine of Aisha Al-Manoubya …

Maggie Gobran: “Mama” to Thousands of Children in Egypt

Maggie Gobran is both a saint and a social entrepreneur. The daughter of an upper-middle-class family in Cairo’s Coptic Orthodox Christian community, Mama Maggie, as she is known, made the radical decision …

Haaretz: Young Evangelicals Less Supportive of Israel

Young evangelical Americans are increasingly diverging from their elders’ support for Israel, Haaretz reported about a new survey. Richard Flory, CRCC’s director of research and evaluation, explained in the article that the generational …

Hope and Fear in an Election Year: Lessons in Democracy from Egyptian Bloggers

On the night of Barack Obama’s election in 2008, I stood outside a dormitory at the University of Texas at Austin, debating two Egyptian bloggers about Obama’s win. About two months ago, …

Syria’s Children Are Our Children

A couple weeks before the picture went viral, I stood on the very shores where three-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s body was found. I was in Turkey for a wedding and spent four days …

Generation Change Connects Young Activists Across the Middle East and Africa

Post courtesy of the United States Institute of Peace. CRCC & USIP partner to run the Generation Change Fellowship Program. By Aubrey Cox Amid Yemen’s turmoil, a 27-year-old woman living in the …

What Lies Beneath USA’s Dig Is More Than Entertainment

There is an unholy secret hiding in Jerusalem. So says the website and promotional material for the USA Network Show: Dig. It airs this spring as a 10-part series that promises a …

Syria stains the world’s conscience

This commentary was originally published in The Financial Times. When Libya’s Muammer Gaddafi threatened to go street to street and house to house to snuff out his opponents, Barack Obama addressed Americans …

Searching for Islam’s New Narratives in our Own Back Yard

In the past few weeks, two familiar voices have reemerged to explain the violence and rage that erupted in Libya, Egypt, and across the Muslim world earlier this month. Ayaan Hirsi Ali …

Spiritual Sargasso Sea: A Long Weekend in Dubai

The New York Times recently ran a piece on the network of volunteers tracking the drift of flotsam in the Pacific from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last year. The …

Syria’s Stockholm syndrome and its sectarian war

This post originally appeared in The Financial Times. When I worked in Syria as a journalist from 2004 to 2007 I was surprised to learn how many backed the regime – including …