With holy celebrations on the horizon and many isolating, a multi-faith group launches livestream chats

A reverend, a rabbi and an imam serve in unity, confront the coronavirus crisis as one The year’s holiest month nears amid one of the most somber backdrops of our lifetimes. The coronavirus pandemic has caused, out of necessity, mandated isolation at a time when millions faithfully congregate in churches, synagogues, mosques and temples. Houses of worship likely will remain largely empty through Passover, Easter and perhaps all of Ramadan. But in North Texas, an unlikely trinity has united in

With holy celebrations on the horizon and many isolating, a multi-faith group launches livestream chats2020-06-30T14:29:03+00:00

Dallas ISD’s unprecedented bond election could transform historic inequities in the city

By George Mason and Byron Sanders Dallas Independent School District administrators and trustees are proposing an unprecedented bond election that could ask for as much as $3.7 billion, up to $40 million of which would be used to create social service hubs in and around schools that have been generationally impacted by discrimination. While we can speak only for ourselves, we are faith and education leaders who work in these schools and advocate for them. And we say, it’s time.

Dallas ISD’s unprecedented bond election could transform historic inequities in the city2020-06-30T14:37:16+00:00

How to pray, talk and act across faiths without betraying your own

I can’t pray in Jesus’ name, but I say “peace be upon him” when I hear it. For though he is one of Islam’s greatest prophets, referenced throughout the Quran and praised with lofty virtues, to pray in his name would be a violation to my faith’s tenets. In a recent conversation with two friends, a rabbi and a Baptist minister, the rabbi jokingly asked me, “Do you also hold your breath at times while a Christian minister prays, wondering

How to pray, talk and act across faiths without betraying your own2020-06-30T14:04:53+00:00

Leaders: Freedom of religion is not absolute

Coronavirus presents a rare example of how and when the free exercise of religion must be limited. By David Stern and George A. Mason Dallas Morning News April 25, 2020 Read Article

Leaders: Freedom of religion is not absolute2020-06-30T14:05:06+00:00

Letter to clergy colleagues in preparation for Mass Critical Care Guidelines

Dear Colleagues, These are challenging times for all. We hope and pray the Corona virus pandemic resolves soon, but we are worried that it may not. The physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals who care for us are worried that there could even come a time when they do not have enough life sustaining medical equipment to treat every patient who comes to them. They have been worried about this problem for years and have developed plans to help

Letter to clergy colleagues in preparation for Mass Critical Care Guidelines2020-07-02T17:24:42+00:00

Dallas faith North Texas has a plan if hospitals become overwhelmed with coronavirus

Mass critical care could force very tough decisions, which is why we have to flatten the curve. Dallas Morning News Editorial Here is Dallas’ most recent plea to citizens to distance socially, so that the mass critical care guidelines that were established won’t be as necessary. Rabbi Nancy Kasten served on the North Texas Mass Critical Care Task Force as a clergy voice. The three following opinions are written by faith leaders, including Kasten, plus Richie Butler and Freddy Haynes, friends

Dallas faith North Texas has a plan if hospitals become overwhelmed with coronavirus2020-05-21T23:19:27+00:00