March 9, 2016 – News of Abrahamic Interest







Yoav Peck is an IAN partner, psychologist and prose poet. His report is fresh–both despairing and hopeful. The Huda in the story is Huda Abuarqoub, a West Bank Palestinian leader, a woman and an IAN veteran of several years.

The next article outlines an Israeli progressive think tank’s efforts to revive a creative approach to regional peacemaking. Mitvim president Nimrod Goren is also and IAN friend.

And back on the U.S. home front a Catholic bishop and Muslim founder of the Islamic Society of North America join forces to confront Islamophobia. 

We end with a Public Service Announcement.

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Stanford Univeristy – Associate Dean for Religious Life (Job Number:70223)

Description: The Office for Religious Life at Stanford University seeks to appoint an Associate Dean for Religious Life, starting in the summer of 2016. This is an exciting time to join the Office as we are in the middle of strategic planning for the next decade, and see extraordinary opportunities to develop our work on campus and serve a very wide range of constituencies. 

Reporting to the Dean for Religious Life (an Episcopal priest, who also serves on the faculty as Professor of Religious Studies), the Associate Dean will serve the campus community along with two other Associate Deans (an Episcopal priest, and a Rabbi), in the areas of pastoral care, education, multi-faith worship and spiritual well-being. The Associate Dean needs to be able to relate to all members of the campus – students, staff, faculty and alumni. S/he also needs to be intentionally open and thoughtful in working with those of faiths different from him/herself, and with those who describe themselves as ‘spiritual but not religious’ or as having no religious affiliation, which is the majority of the campus population. Our newest facility, the Windhover contemplative center, especially ‘speaks’ to these two constituencies. The holder of this position will preach and preside at multi-faith services in our Sunday morning University Public Worship, which takes place in Memorial Church at the heart of the campus. 

For additional information about our office please visit the following website: religiouslife.stanford.edu

Core Duties:

Participate in regular religious multi-faith services and academic ceremonies.
Provide strategic thinking and collaborate with colleagues and other university offices.
Provide thoughtful pastoral care for students, faculty, staff, alumni and other members of the university community regarding emotional, religious, educational, social, vocational and civic issues.
Console bereaved members of the community through attentive and sensitive pastoral care, including shaping appropriate and tailored memorial services. Consult and provide leadership to university students, faculty, staff, alumni and other members of the university community on issues of religious concern, such as grief and bereavement and other situations involving religious sensitivities.
Respond immediately and comprehensively to campus crises. Design, organize and implement highly visible communal ritual responses to crises in the world and in the community.
Write and deliver invocations and benedictions for significant university rites of passage including Opening Convocation and Commencement.
Prepare and coordinate classes, teach and mentor about religious issues, justice, ethics and values in both formal classrooms and informal settings.
Write, speak and keep current on social justice issues of concern to higher education and religion.
Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience: 
Master of Divinity (M.Div) or equivalent, and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Acute pastoral sensitivity and discretion.
Ordination or professional religious training in a recognized faith community. 
We wish to diversify our existing team, and therefore have a preference for appointing a Muslim who, in addition to the duties noted below in the job description and shared with the Dean and Associate Deans, will also be able to work alongside the Muslim student community, especially in the area of worship (for which our interfaith chapel is used), and partner with the Director of the Markaz Center in providing pastoral care and programming for that community.
Experience in a role of religious leadership. Thorough understanding and performance of ritual and ritual practices.
Demonstrated effectiveness in leading public worship (including religious teaching/preaching), in moderation of discussions, and in intelligent presentations of religious, spiritual and societal questions and challenges.
Enthusiasm and capacity for working imaginatively with people of diverse cultural backgrounds and religious traditions.
Demonstrated effectiveness in counsel, support, and inspiration of young adults.
Knowledge of multiple religious traditions.
Ability to work independently, complete assignments, accomplish administrative tasks, and exercise sound judgment in determining priorities.

Certifications and Licenses: 
Ordination or professional religious training, through an accredited institution.

Physical Requirements:

Frequently sitting.
Occasionally perform desk-based computer tasks, stand/walk, writing by hand, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.
Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat.

***Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Working Conditions:

May work evening and weekend hours.

Work Standards:

Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide. 

To Apply:   Applicants must submit an online application, resume, and cover letter describing your interest in this position.  Interested applicants should apply prior to April 4, 2016.

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

***The final candidate will need to successfully pass a background check to be considered for this position.

Joseph V. Montville
Chairman of the Board
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