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Spiritual Conversations

Where are you now in your spiritual journey? What was your religious background as a child? How was that experience? These are examples of questions that Christians are sometimes encouraged to ask strangers in order to begin a “spiritual conversation.”  A recent op-ed piece written by an international student in her university’s newspaper questioned the…

Relating as Peers

In the Hindu world, relationships matter. But as Alongsiders, what kinds of relationships can and should we have with our Hindu friends? Most of us belong to non-Hindu communities. For us, relating with Hindus requires crossing community and culture lines. But as outsiders, what posture should we take as we begin to make these relational…

Relationship Regrets From an Alongsider

How important are relationships to you? How many close friends do you have? How easily can you build relationships with people who are different than you? These are questions that have challenged and inspired me over the last several years. The longer I’ve come alongside Hindus, the more I continue to learn how important relationships…

Gathering, Giving and Guru-ing

Inside a Gujarati Hindu Temple Between 2 pm and 4 pm on any Sunday afternoon, a steady stream of cars approaches the 20-acre BAPS (Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan) temple complex in an eastern suburb of Los Angeles County. The cars, some of which have come from up to 50-75 miles away, are directed to a…