Greatest Interfaith Gathering On Earth

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Because I love kaleidoscopes, merry-go-rounds, buffet brunches and the largest box of crayons. Because I love people, all kinds of people, and all the ways they express themselves religiously. I love the sounds of a choir, of temple bells, of chanting, drumming, and whispered prayer. I melt at the smells of incense, sage and spaghetti suppers. Religious architecture – from ancient to Gothic to sweat lodge – inspires me. And most of all, I value the freedom I have, both to practice my own spi … [Read more...]

Taking The Plunge

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PYLmom / Foter / CC BY" "Photo credit: Foter"Here in the Wild Garden you’ve been reading from many of us about our involvement in interfaith work in our communities. I’m sure that many of you have been thinking that this sort of work is fine for those who are spiritual leaders within the Pagan community or who are spokespersons for the many Pagan faiths. But I rather think that there are many who believe that they might enjoy being a part of the interfaith movement and the social justice … [Read more...]

Golly What A Day

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I just love the new Google commercial that ends with the slogan, “Be together, not the same.” Could there be a better message for interfaith?Recently I mused in this column on my realization that for some of my interfaith friends, persuading others that we are all the same may sometimes be a survival issue. To use a distressingly-extreme example, recently terrorists methodically sorted students by religion at a college in Kenya, executing those of one religion, and sparing those of ano … [Read more...]

This is Real Interfaith

...but this is for me.

I must admit that I really like talking about Paganisms and I find other religions interesting, even if they're quite different from my own. This month's meeting was essentially a trad-share. It's been a while since we did something like that, so we went around and shared our practices and beliefs and answered questions. Our speakers included one of the ladies Muslim Tasneem, Quaker Bonnie, Agnostic Sara, a Baha'i Marilyn, and me. Even though we've been together as a group for several years, I l … [Read more...]

Interfaith as a Pagan: Assumptions

After a brief hiatus, we return this week to my series discussing interfaith activities as a Pagan.  If you've missed the earlier articles, part one was an introduction to the topic while in the second part I discussed how organizers often frame an event within a monotheist default and how this can become an opportunity for those that don't fit the mold.  Today, I want to discuss the most common assumptions I face when I engage those unfamiliar with Paganism.We all make assumptions.  It … [Read more...]

Twixt the Darkness and the Light

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb45/TN_Lark/British%20and%20Irish%20Isles%20-%202009/Flower3-Tremso-2009.jpgFor thousands of years we have marked the turning of the seasons, the progression of light to dark and back again. As with our ancestors and all that live on this planet we attune ourselves to this endless cycle and seek to find meaning in this gift of life. We now balance on the cusp of the Spring Equinox, moving again from darkness into the light and the promise of life. Here … [Read more...]

Stirring it up: Interfaith News from SC

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So the interfaith panel at a local American Baptist college went well, even though a student introduced me to the auditorium as the director of Cherry Hill Cemetery! One member of the panel, a Baptist minister, was clearly feeling a bit uptight, but he was polite. The facilitator, a prominent member of our city theater community and much-loved for his portrayal of Frankenfurter in many productions of Rocky Horror Picture Show, put folks on the spot by asking about sexuality. Those are the times … [Read more...]

Interfaith as a Pagan: an Intermission

I hope that you're enjoying my series discussing my interfaith experiences as a Pagan.  If you're new to the series, you can read parts one and two.  Part three was scheduled for this week, but unfortunately my day job has handed me four projects to be completed by March 15, 27, 30, and April 2nd.  This, of course, happened on Monday.  My expectation of free evening times now thoroughly crushed, I'll return with part three of my series in two weeks after I apply some better time management to my … [Read more...]


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