Archives for June 2013

Back to the Garden

I came to interfaith work through self-interest and self-preservation. In the 1990s, my Wiccan spiritual community faced challenges that included direct threats of physical violence, protesters at public rituals who read Bible verses loudly enough to wake the Ancestors and shrines on private property desecrated by unknown perpetrators who were probably neighbors. [Read more…]

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MountainTop I

Back in February I received an invitation to an event called “MountainTop: Advancing a multifaith movement for justice” convening in Nashville, Tennessee, over three days in June. The invitation said this was a “summit of established and emerging leaders inspired by their faith, heritage or core values. … [to] work together to establish the multifaith movement as a platform that informs, invigorates and inspires other inclusive social change initiatives and promotes collaboration.” I accepted. [Read more…]

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Religious Leadership Diversity Workshop at Hartford Seminary: a Review

This week I offer a review of the 2013 Hartford Seminary’s Religious Leadership Diversity Workshop including both an overview of what I experienced and some personal reflection on what I valued within those experiences. [Read more…]

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And All God’s Children Said “Waheguru”

The Sikh Religious Society of South Carolina held the opening and dedication for their new gurdwara building. It was a lovely affair marked by the beginning of sung prayers (kirtan) on Friday at noon, and lasting until sometime on Sunday. (I’m in awe of those musicians!) Sikh leaders were most anxious that religious leaders from as many religions as possible be in attendance at the big ceremony on Saturday. I was honored to attend, and also to represent the Pagan community. [Read more…]

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My Long Strange Journey to the World of Interfaith

Sadly, the greatest resistance that I have encountered in doing interfaith chaplaincy has not come from my fellow chaplains or even from the administration of the hospital. When I spoke of my work at a Pagan coffee here in Huntsville many of my fellow Pagans were appalled that I would even attempt to work with “those Christians.” [Read more…]

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Interfaith work from a Pagan perspective

Last Tuesday night I sat with a group of people that I have come to respect and admire. You see, the third Tuesday is our monthly meeting we like to call “Interfaith Contemplatives.” The intent of this gathering is to offer the citizens of Winston-Salem the opportunity to sit with people of different faiths for 30 minutes of silence. [Read more…]

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Through the Brambles

Getting into interfaith work is not easy. Every time I was in front of a news camera or a crowd, saying that I’m a Pagan priestess and that I support religious freedom, I was afraid my eldest daughter would be harassed at school or I’d get a brick through my window. [Read more…]

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News Arboretum

Women of Many Faiths had its monthly meeting last night here in Columbia, SC. We loved being in the home of our Muslim friend Gul, who was hosting the meeting for the first time. Lots of people bring refreshments to share; I had a bottle of rosewater to take my hostess, whose name means “rose” in Persian and Urdu languages. I was a bit apprehensive about the meeting, however… [Read more…]

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