New Visionary: Jim Burklo

Name:  Rev Jim Burklo
Profession:  Associate Dean, Religious Life, USC
Organization:  University of Southern California
Location:  Los Angeles
Why Interfaith?  “I grow deeper in my own faith as a progressive Christian by having intimate conversation with friends and colleagues of other faiths.”
How you can be a Partner:  Collaborating on interfaith programs for college, university, and high school students
Date submitted:  5-24-12

I’ve spent much of my career engaged in interfaith service, engagement, and dialogue.  I was the founder and director of the interfaith Urban Ministry of Palo Alto, CA, serving homeless and low-income people in the area south of San Francisco.  I am the coordinator for the Pluralism Sunday project of, through which churches worldwide celebrate world religious diversity in worship.  Now, at USC, I work for the interfaith center of the campus, where we host 90 religious clubs representing all the major and many lesser-known faiths of the world.

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  1. AnnonymousEvery time I see a video like this I am filled with a liltte disappointment because I know that year after year I would keep on seeing such gathering and protests and noting really is going to happen. Justice is what everyone desires but its just a thought that is in our mind. To show solidarity is good in a way that it binds us all with a common chord but we have to really take the next step forward to ensure that the we really fight in real sense for the cause that we stand for. The question I ask is that how big a difference would it make sitting miles away in a country that offers us all the luxuries of a developed economies and protesting. Are we not just taking part just to clear our conscience.? Greater causes need greater sacrifices. Lives of our gurus teach us that never be afraid when it comes to fight for a cause. A true sikh should never be afraid to make sacrifices when it comes to fighting injustice. We know that politicians would never be interested in ensuring that justice would be given but we have to make sure that they are pressurized enough to deliver justice. So why dont thousands of sikhs fly togehter to India and sit on a hunger strike till death to put enough pressure on the govt to ensure that speedy justice is done.? Are there enough Sikhs willing to make such kind of sacrifice? left

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