If you haven’t already been there, go visit www.Patheos.com. I think the best way to describe this site is “Facebook meets the Library of Alexandria.” It’s a Web 2.0 social networking site embedded within an evolving, peer-reviewed library of articles about the world’s major wisdom traditions, covering beliefs, spiritual practices, ethics, history and organizational structure. Basically, all you need to know to get a basic understanding of major wisdom and religious traditions from the world over.
I contributed to the content for the Paganism section — the first major Pagan-oriented project I’ve worked on since 2004! It felt like old-home week. Even though I’m no longer a practicing Pagan, Patheos’ commitment to fair and objective exploration of all the world’s wisdom traditions gave me a structure in which I could write about nature-based spirituality in a congenial and balanced way. Of course, there are other contributors to Patheos’ Pagan pages who are current practitioners. Meanwhile, although I did not contribute any of the peer-reviewed content on Catholicism or Christianity in general, I’ve begun a few discussions on the Catholicism page, and it would be lovely if some of my blog readers popped in to contribute a thought or two.
When you set up your Patheos profile, send a friend request my way. My Patheos profile name is (of course) Anamchara. I’ve also created a group on Patheos for conversation on Christian Mysticism that needs members — how about you?