A Pagan View of Compassion

representing Paganism at an interfaith exhibit, with Michi Harper

Cherry Hill Seminary Executive Director and fellow Patheos Pagan blogger Holli Emore is working in an interfaith group who has a goal to get their local city council to sign the Charter for Compassion.  The Charter is “a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but, more importantly, compassionate action to the center of religious, moral and political life.”  As part of this effort, she’s asking Pagans for their theological basis for compassion.  This is my attempt at an answ … [Read more...]

Amanda Palmer and the Art of Asking


“Punk cabaret” singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer has a TED talk that was released last week titled “The Art of Asking” where she challenges the music business to stop worrying about making people pay for music and instead find innovative ways to let them pay for it. Like most TED talks it’s quite interesting and I encourage you to watch it yourself.I like TED talks, though I’m not a regular viewer. I’ve seen quite a bit of criticism of them lately: they don’t allow rebuttal and dialogue, th … [Read more...]


a rather controversial boundary

Boundaries are a type of limit, but as I discussed in the last post, in practice they function very differently from other limits. While hard and soft limits are part of Natural reality and self-imposed limits appear to be so until we examine them, boundaries are entirely arbitrary human constructions. They draw lines between what is acceptable and what is not acceptable.Boundaries can be constructed by governments: national borders, speed limits, prohibitions against murder and rape, and … [Read more...]