Thursday, December 12, 2013

Recent Travels

I just got back from Korea

While there I delivered a scholarly paper at the invitation of an Asan University, and then spent a day in meetings in Seorak

I did manage a bit of time with friends up the mountains

Just before that I was in Luxembourg and Slovakia (mostly for meetings and teaching)


Now I'm back preparing for the holidays, and trying to keep our projects moving forward


Saturday, November 30, 2013

On the Geneva, Iran Nuclear Accord

Give the Geneva Iran nuclear accord a chance
Despite the doubt and skepticism, there is strong reason to give the nuclear deal with Iran a chance.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Values in Knowledge Foundation and Inter Religious Federation for World Peace, Efforts in November, 2013

During the early weeks of November 2013, IRFWP director Frank Kaufmann spent time in Europe pursuing projects and relationships to advance the work of the Federation

Jean Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg

Alain Nacache, Chief Rabbi of Luxembourg

Here is a synopsis of the journey

Monday, August 26, 2013

Boko Haram, Brutal Violence in Northern Nigeria

New, more gory details have emerged in what was reported first as the killing of 35 Muslim worshipers and the wounding of 14 last week in the town of Dumba village in Borno State, Nigeria.

News of the tragedy was slow to emerge because area is remote and because internet and phone lines had been cut off by authorities in the attempt to disrupt the activities of the group Boko Haram, suspected of the perpetrating the massacre. It was the second such incident in this month.
This morning’s report now indicate that 44 victims had their throats slit, and the remaining victims had their eyes gouged out. The official of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), speaking on the condition of anonymity explained that the group adopted this method of killing as a strategy to avoid sound from gunfire which attracts security forces.

Click here to read the entire article

Thursday, August 22, 2013

New Articles on IRFWP site

Religions cooperate to help Kenyans

Fractious religious groups in this East African nation are uniting to tackle alcohol and drug abuse, amid concerns the substances could wipe out a cross section of the younger generation.From Sunday schools to Islamic madrassas, the groups are providing preventative education, public awareness and life skills training. Some also offer addicts rehabilitation and psychosocial support.

Why are interfaith groups struggling?

The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington is known as one of the country’s early multi-faith groups, and its executive director’s nickname is the “dean of American interfaith.” Yet as it approaches its 35th anniversary in November, the group is fighting for survival, down to two full-time staff members and facing more than $100,000 in debt.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

August, 2013 visit to India

I spent 10 days in India the beginning of August.

At first I presented a paper to the conference hosted by the Swami Narayan Sampraday at Akshardam in New Delhi

I then spent several days at the Radha Raman Temple Ashram in Vrindavan with Shri Shrivatsa Goswami and his family

I had a brief visit to a magnificent marble inlay gallery of Dinesh Chand Bansal near Mathura

Shrivatsa and I stopped at the tomb of Moghul emperor Akbar on the way back home

I briefly stopped at Gobind Sadan, founded by Baba Virsa Singh, to visit devotee and author Mary Pat Fischer

Here below are some images from my time

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Lectures at D.O.N.E - May, 2013

D.O.N.E (Development of New environments) is a European based youth leadership program.

Participants train themselves through service, spiritual regimen, seminars and education, and fiscal and life-style responsibility and self-sufficiency.

The program trains participants to forge and develop cross cultural competence and relationships through travel and interpersonal collaboration in all areas of training.

I have been blessed with the opportunity for the past many years to teach during the classroom education component of the program.  I teach on self-development, social harmony, environmental sensibility, and self-sufficiency.

This year my son Frone is in the program.

Here are a couple of shots taken at the end of our studies this year:

Just prior to my time teaching, the group toured Israel and Palestine on a peace and service mission.

Here is a lovely video of their travels in the Holy Land

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The most and least Christian states in America

A study measuring religious bodies in the United States called the, "2010 U.S. Religious Census: Religious Congregations; Membership Study (RCMS)" was recently released by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). The most comprehensive study of its kind, it provides detailed county-by-county information on congregations, members, adherents and attendance for 236 different faiths groups. (The survey differentiates between specific denominations within the same tradition.)
The researchers found Utah to be the most Christian* state with around 78 percent of population identifying as Christian adherents. The researchers found Maine to be the least Christian state with only about 27 percent identifying as Christian adherents.
most least christian state

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Symposium to Honor Pioneering Bible Scholar, Daniel Patte

On April 6 scholars gathered at Vanderbilt University to celebrate the illustrious career of New Testament Scholar, Professor Daniel Patte.

I was one of the presenters on this occasion. 

Here are some of the documents for the symposium

Here are some images from the weekend. 

The first of them are pictures of the Scaritt-Benett campus where the visiting scholars for the symposium was held.  Scaritt-Benett was once a United Methodist Seminary, and is now run by the denomination as a conference facility.

A couple of pictures are from a stroll around one evening, and the final ones are from the symposium itself

I published a popular article on the symposium as well

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pope washes feet of young Muslim woman prisoner in unprecedented twist on Maundy Thursday

Pope Francis continued his gleeful abandonment of tradition by washing the feet of a young Muslim woman prisoner in an unprecedented twist on the Holy Thursday tradition.


Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates aged 14 to 21, among them the two women, the second of whom was an Italian Catholic. Mr Greco said he hoped the ritual would be "a positive sign in their lives".

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mass for the beginning of the Petrine ministry of the bishop of Rome

Click on the image of the Vatican Website to read the sermon of Pope Francis

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In the Gospel we heard that "Joseph did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took Mary as his wife" (Mt 1:24). These words already point to the mission which God entrusts to Joseph: he is to be the custos, the protector. The protector of whom?

Read the entire, brief sermon here at the Vatican website

Monday, March 18, 2013

Orthodox patriarch to Rome for pope's installation

Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, headed Monday for the Vatican to attend Pope Francis' installation Mass -- the first time a patriarch from the Istanbul-based church is attending a papal investiture since the two branches of Christianity split nearly 1,000 years ago

Friday, March 15, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Choose your own pope – with our interactive Pontifficator | World news |

The Guardian continues its brilliant coverage of this important juncture in religious history - On this page you can study all about each papal candidate
This week, 115 cardinals will be secreted in the Sistine Chapel to select one of their number as the next head of the Catholic church. You can't get in to see them but you can use our interactive to explore their views on issues from contraception to relations with other faiths, peruse their CVs, and choose the man you think is best qualified for the job. Tap the pictures to read more about the candidates.

North Korean soldiers rush into the sea