What do Gerald Gardner and Mary Baker Eddy have in common?

Not Gerald Gardner (note lack of beard) Some upstart priestess blogger I found wandering about

This month, Women of Faith discussed our perspectives on women in the workplace as it relates to our religious paths. Our discussion primarily boiled down to a woman's choice to work outside the home or to stay at home and by and large, we agreed that a woman has the right to choose her occupation. We have a bit of a sampling bias, all of us being strong-willed women, so this came as no surprise. Methodist Cindy and UU Jill told us about their respective organizations' statements on fair labor … [Read more...]

The Linguists’ Principle of Charity

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I’m still slowly reading my way through Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. Our city discussion group has held two monthly meetings, but yesterday I was reading Step Eight - How We Should Speak. There it was that I learned of something from the field of linguistics, called the principle of charity. The principle says that when someone says something to us which seems strange, we should pause, assume that they hold some piece of truth which might be useful to us, and accept tha … [Read more...]

The Global Public Square

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The Global Public Square: Religious Freedom and the Making of a World Safe for Diversity (paperback, kindle) is a book that starts and ends on high notes, but there are some dissonant chords in the middle.  When I first heard that this book was going to be available as an option within our book club here at Patheos, I wondered how an idea that seems so obvious to me could necessitate 212 pages to cover.  And, unfortunately, after reading the book, I think the answer is:  it doesn't.The book d … [Read more...]

What I Meant to Say Was…I’m Not Interested

Wild Garden: Pagans in the Growing Interfaith Landscape

I know, I know. This is going to sound harsh. But after two decades of hoeing a tough row in the interfaith fields, I have finally gotten to a place where I can follow Nancy Reagan's advice and Just Say No.I initially entered this rough-plowed field out of a sense of self-preservation. As a minority religionist in a culture where the majority doesn't seem to mind throwing its weight around, I thought that if people in other religions actually knew someone who was Wiccan, they'd mellow a bit. … [Read more...]

On Common Ground is Powerful New Resource

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The Pluralism Project of Harvard University has released On Common Ground, a comprehensive online resource, this permutation replacing the former published book versions. Here you will find a world of information on religions, the religious landscape of America, essays on interfaith topics.I found the Essays section quite interesting, addressing some real-life issues that many of us have faced (or will, in time).“From Diversity to Pluralism” - about why diversity in our communities is not … [Read more...]

No More Borders – The Challenge of Interfaith Chaplaincy

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   From The Mountains.... To the Prairies....             To the Oceans, White with Foam We are one nation, Undivided... Or are we??? Some of our Brothers and Sisters live on the edges.    I am the Homeless. I am just like you.  I suffer, I  love.  I get lonely and cold at night I am an   American.I am of the First Nations.  They took my land, they took my children, they took my freedom.  But they could not take my humanity.  I am the First American.I am the Elderly.  Some … [Read more...]

Evangelism?

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Are you still here?  Did those few black letters, put together to form a word with which society associates so much meaning, make you shiver at the mere sight and want to close the page?I know how you feel.However, dear reader, I’m here to tell you that not only did my old attachment to this word--evangelism--get smacked down, it got redefined.  Revised.  Edited, and re-written within the concepts of my brain-waves.  I learned the other day that I too, am an Evangelist.  For the first tim … [Read more...]

Them and Us Part III: Common Ground

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Oppositional culture. I was very struck by this phrase when I first ran across it years ago in Sabina Magliocco’s Witching Culture: Folklore and Neo-Paganism in America (an excellent read, by the way). It’s a term that’s used in education, but here I recognize it as an apt label for a rut that often trips up us Pagans. We define ourselves as what we are not, grasping for ways to articulate who we are while  simultaneously over-anxious to distance ourselves from that which makes us skittish - most … [Read more...]


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