Religious Diversity in Action

Patheos is celebrating its 5-year anniversary and I’m happy to be a part of the site.

Part of my happiness is practical.  I have a nice-looking blog maintained by the Patheos tech wizards.  My readership is three times what it was on Blogger, and while some of that growth would have happened anyway, much of it wouldn’t.

I enjoy being part of the Pagan Channel.  While I knew several of the bloggers before coming to Patheos, I’ve gotten to know more, and quite a few are now friends I’ve met outside of our internet presence.  We’re doing some good writing here, helping to present Paganism to newcomers (whether they feel a call to become Pagan or if they’re just curious) and helping to form and refine the beliefs and practices of a religion that for all its ancient roots is really quite new.

From a spiritual standpoint, I like being part of a multi-faith religious website.  As I said about the National Day of Prayer, we best honor our religious diversity when we practice our own religions deeply while honoring the beliefs and practices of our friends and neighbors.

The vast majority of Patheos bloggers across all the channels are people who are practicing their religions deeply.  If I want to know what Catholics think about something, I can browse the Catholic channel and find someone writing about most any current issue or event – not the official position of the Vatican, but what ordinary Catholics think.  I can do the same thing with Buddhists and Muslims and atheists, as well as my fellow Pagans.

We live in the most religiously diverse culture in the history of the world.  Ignoring the beliefs and practices of our neighbors is a recipe for needless strife.  We don’t have to agree on matters of religion, but we do have to get along with each other.

So happy 5th anniversary Patheos, and thanks again for making a spot for me.

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About John Beckett

I grew up in Tennessee with the woods right outside my back door. Wandering through them gave me a sense of connection to Nature and to a certain Forest God. I’m a Druid graduate of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, the Coordinating Officer of the Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans and a former Vice President of CUUPS Continental. I’ve been writing, speaking, teaching, and leading public rituals for the past eleven years. I live in the Dallas – Fort Worth area and I earn my keep as an engineer.

  • yewtree

    I am glad that you read the other channels too. I find them very interesting. I love the writings of Rabbi Rami, for instance.

    It is a pity that there isn’t a UU channel. Various UUs are on the various channels (e.g. spirituality, Buddhist, Pagan), but I think a UU channel would be good.

    • David Pollard

      There is a blog on the Spirituality Channel called “UU Collective” which seems to be several ministers associated with the UU Church of the Larger Fellowship. You can find them at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/uucollective/ I believe there’s also one (or possibly two) who post on the Buddhist Channel.

      • yewtree

        Hi David. Yes, I have seen them. I still think there should be a UU channel. The UU and Unitarian voice is distinctive enough that it deserves its own channel. I would love to see Andrew Brown’s blog “CAUTE” have a wider audience, for example.
        http://andrewjbrown.blogspot.co.uk/

        I don’t know how difficult it would be for Patheos to aggregate blogs in more than one channel, e.g. Monkey Mind could be in the Buddhist channel and the UU channel, and Under the Ancient Oaks could be in the Pagan channel and the UU channel.

        • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/ John Beckett

          I’d be OK with cross listing my blog on a UU channel, but Under the Ancient Oaks is primarily Pagan. It belongs here.

          • yewtree

            Of course it belongs here. It is mostly about Pagan concepts and experiences. It feels Pagan. As a regular reader, I totally agree.


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