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...]

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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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Interfaith as a Pagan: Un-quo the Status

Still Image from The Craft Columbia Pictures, 1996

In my last post, I introduced a series on my experiences as an Interfaith Pagan.  Today, that series continues.Let's be honest with each other for a moment:  we've all probably seen it.  I know Pagans who weren't even born in 1996 who've still seen The Craft.  I remember watching it on premium cable while I was in high school and I'm not ashamed to admit ... okay maybe I'm a little ashamed to admit ... that I own it on VHS, DVD, and I have the soundtrack.But, in case you're unfamiliar (an … [Read more...]

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Interfaith as a Pagan: an Introduction

a Venn diagram showing intersections between circles labeld with a Christian cross, a Jewish start, and the Islamic crescent

A lot of interfaith events are structured like the image to the right.  Their goal is to find points of intersection, i.e. common ground, between the world's largest monotheistic faiths.  Let me be clear:  such an event is 100% interfaith and the world would stand to benefit from more dialog between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.Here's a question, though:  what are the top five world religious in terms of population?If your guess was (essentially) Christianity, Judaism, and Islam plus … [Read more...]

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An End to a Faith-full Life

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My maternal grandmother, whom we called Mammy, died on December 21.  I got the phone call only a few minutes before I was going to begin my Yule celebrations.  Somehow, I didn't feel "in the mood" after that.Rev. Sanders at Church of the Good Shepard in Alburtis, PA--where Mammy was a member of the choir for many years until her health prevented her from doing so--shared a side of my grandmother that I knew very little about:  her faith.Rev. Sanders shared some of his own memories of Ma … [Read more...]

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Autumnal Introspection

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I grew up in a household that practiced portions of two religions:  Judaism and Christianity.  My mother was Christian but converted to Judaism; my father is Jewish by birth.  But, just because my immediate family nominally had a single religious identity, my extended family remained multi-faith.  I remember fondly lighting the menorah and the tree at my maternal grandmother's house during years where Christmas and Hanukkah overlapped, for example.  My choice to live as a Pagan and a polytheist a … [Read more...]

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Hosting the Conversation

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Patheos has an ambitious mission:  to host the conversation on faith.  It's right there in the header on every page of the site.  In part, this it's a motto, a tagline, and a marketing tool to quickly help people understand what they're going to get when they visit the site.  But it can be more than that:  it's a reminder to all of us that this site is  meant to be a conversation and not a lecture.One could  learn more information about the various faith traditions represented by Patheos by v … [Read more...]

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The Hobby Lobby Chills

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It's been a little over a week since the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made its decision in the so-called Hobby Lobby case which determined that closely-held corporations shall be afforded similar accommodations as religious non-profits with respect to the contraceptive mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).  It should be stated that I disagree fully with this ruling but I sympathize with the basis of the argument,  that the Green family, the o … [Read more...]

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