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...]

The Hobby Lobby Chills

a male sillouhette with a flag standing in front of the words "Religious Freedom, Hobby Lobby."

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...]

Distributed Ceremonies Successful Online

Shea Morgan sitting behind an altar.

It’s undeniable that the Internet has been instrumental in the growth of Paganism.  It provides the isolated access to the information they crave whether it be about Paganism or anything else.  Granted, it can be difficult to sift the good from the bad, but as time marches on, I think that we have found ways to share information about our traditions and practices that has had, for the most part, a positive influence on our community.  Similarly, we have had great success with podcasts and audio r … [Read more...]

Greece v. Galloway: An Interfaith Opportunity

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In the town of Greece, NY, sectarian prayer has been opening monthly municipal meetings since 1999.  Members of that town sued it because those prayers were overwhelmingly Christian.  On May 5th, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decided that case determining that sectarian prayer held prior to such meetings was not prohibited by the Constitution of the United States.Before I continue, let me be clear:  I am not a lawyer, constitutional or otherwise.  But I do like lemonade, and … [Read more...]

Three Things I Think

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With a tip of the hat to John Beckett over at Under the Ancient Oaks here on the Pagan channel, I thought I'd share three somewhat disconnected things that happened to me recently.You mean sex is okay? Recently, an influential teacher in my life retired.  Actually, he had retired last year, but he was the drama teach for my high school and he remained for one more musical production.  To honor him, a whole bunch of us who had been in shows he put together over the last few decades t … [Read more...]

Asking the Right Question

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From time to time, the curators over at the Patheos Public Square send out writing prompts to all of us. Usually, they don't fit well within the overall topic of interfaith that we tend to stick to here at the Wild Garden so I, personally, haven't used them.  This time, though, I think there is a connection to be made.For the public square, we were asked to answer a question:  has capitalism failed?Unfortunately, I don't think the world deals in absolutes, so the answer can only be "yes a … [Read more...]

The Pagan Collective

With apologies to Gene Roddenberry

In March, Rhyd Wildermuth and our fearless leader proposed a topic to which all interested parties on the Pagan channel could respond: Much of the current dialogue in the Pagan blogosphere is about carving out ways to explain and justify our personal experiences and beliefs in relation to other traditions, but without a clear vision of the place our own traditions and experiences might have in an ideal world. Will the Pagan movement become one tradition-heavy set of religions with several … [Read more...]

On Homogeneity

Word cloud from the RLDW 2012 by Dr. Lucinda Mosher, facilitator of the workshop.  Used with permission.

It's human nature to generalize, to assume.  And, doing so isn't always a bad thing.  You can likely assume that walking down dark alleys in dangerous places at night alone isn't going to be the best idea you've had.  But, when we start to generalize about populations, religious or otherwise, then we start to find ourselves making decisions based on expectations rather than reality.I Slay Dragons (on the Internet) I play video games, especially World of Warcraft.  I've been playing it for … [Read more...]


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