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...]

Interfaith: Risks, Rewards, and Boundaries


I once heard a story* of an old rabbi who was preparing to attend an interfaith luncheon. His young assistant urged him not to go. “Rabbi, there are many closed-minded Christians in this group. They believe our religion is false and they will not treat you with the respect you deserve. Please don’t go.”The old rabbi smiled. “What can they do? They will try to convert me. They will fail. Then we’ll sit down, have lunch, and go about doing God’s work.”The questions of interfaith work and Pa … [Read more...]