Archives for September 2013

An Interfaith Summit on Child Poverty

This past Wednesday evening, I dressed in what passes for my business suit and went downtown to Trinity Episcopal Church to participate in an interfaith summit on child poverty in my county, which is Buncombe.  Yes, I know–and that is, in fact, where the word “bunkum” comes from. It was sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese [Read More…]

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Interfaith God Parenting

An interfaith god parenting relationship represents a role that I can imagine for myself far more easily than actually being a father. [Read more…]

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Military Chaplaincy – Interfaith at Risk

“As long as armies have existed, military chaplains have served alongside soldiers, providing for their spiritual needs, working to improve morale, and aiding the wounded.  The Bible tells of the early Israelites bringing their priests into battle with them.  Pagan priests accompanied the Roman legions during their conquests; as Christianity became the predominant religion of [Read More…]

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Atchison Blue: Peace, Humility, Poise

As a Pagan, I found Valente’s story to be soothing and peaceful. She reflects regularly on the connection of the Atchison sisters to the seasons – both liturgical and natural – each of these a wheel of the year with which many readers will be familiar. Never having so much as visited a Catholic worship service when my consulting work began, my visits with the nuns were a whole new world for me. As I would tell my friends back home, these women really do take vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience, serving the people that no one else want to bother with. No wonder the Catholics love the sisters! [Read more…]

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Are You Listening To Me?

Pagans and other non-mainstream religions have so much to share with the world, if only they would hear us. However, dialogue is only monologue unless it works both ways. We can open dialogue with others by listening, by caring for them even when we disagree with them. Listening does not mean that we are giving up, or yielding our personal power, or agreeing with one word said. What it does mean is that we are willing to be changed. [Read more…]

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The World Table

The World Table is a new social network among people who want to have interfaith conversation around topics like religion and politics in a civil environment — and there’s a rating system to help ensure that civility. [Read more…]

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The Future of interfaith

We must continue to evolve from the old paradigm, the old thought process that interfaith means to merge one’s faith in with another. It doesn’t. Interfaith is about respecting and acknowledging the fact that one’s faith is different from another’s. This is a GOOD thing, and it can only get better as we continue to learn and grow. [Read more…]

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