Interfaith as a Pagan: Assumptions

One of the primary reasons that I became involved in interfaith work was to help others examine their assumptions with respect to Paganism. And, especially when I started attending events ten to fifteen years ago though less so now, people were largely surprised to learn that Paganism even existed. They were even more surprised to learn that a middle-class American Caucasian cis-gendered male (i.e. me) could be a Pagan and a polytheist. [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.  [Read More...]

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Interfaith as a Pagan: Un-quo the Status

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When faced with a monotheistic default, I’ve often been able to shake up an event–or as I’ve come to term it: to un-quo the status–by answering with a question of my own. For example, when presented with a topic like “Is God Benevolent?”, I’ll respond: which one? This is the second installment in my series on Interfaith activities as a Pagan and how Monotheistic defaults often frame such discussions and how I tend to operate in these cases. [Read more...]

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Interfaith as a Pagan: an Introduction

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A lot of interfaith events are structured around the three most common monotheistic faiths especially here in the United States where the overwhelming majority of our population is Christian. In this introduction to my Interfaith as a Pagan series, I give an overview of the topics I’ll be covering and why they’re important to consider both if you’re attending an interfaith event and if you’re organizing one. [Read more...]

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An End to a Faith-full Life

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We so often hear stories of situations where the different religions of the world exist in conflict with one another. But at that moment, in that church, surrounded by family and friends, I was reminded that, while we might be climbing different mountains, we are still human. We live, we laugh, we grieve, and we mourn together. [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 choice to live as a Pagan and a polytheist as an adult further complexifies my family’s religious landscape. My spirituality is layered with pieces of a Pagan and Jewish identities that I feel most notably at the Autumnal Equinox. [Read more...]

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Hosting the Conversation

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Patheos has an ambitious mission: to host the conversation on faith. That the Patheos team hasn’t tried to limit the conversation that we’re having is to be lauded. They know that there are going to be disagreements on the site, but they also know that to try and separate appropriate content from inappropriate would far worse. [Read more...]

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The Hobby Lobby Chills

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I worry that the eventual result of the SCOTUS decision in favor of Hobby Lobby will mean less religious freedom for us all, though probably even less of it for those faith and philosophical communities that remain largely misunderstood within American culture. [Read more...]

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