"Let There Be Peace On Earth, And Let It Begin With...Religion?"
"You might think that the biggest player in world peace would be religion, yet you probably aren't thinking that is true. I had the chance to reflect on this when I attended an international conference sponsored by the International Association of Religious Freedom in Birmingham, England, this August. Not only was it stimulating to be among leaders from so many religions (at least the liberal wing of them), but our theme speaker was Karen Armstrong, whose new book directly confronts the issue of whether religion creates or subdues violence around the world. This is a tough, and tormenting, topic, but people of all faiths around the globe are being forced to confront it now. And so I will, too."