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Interfaith Update

While we at Interfaith WS have a lot going on, one event I must mention is the upcoming interfaith dialogue scheduled for mid-October set to take place at a neutral location. This dialogue will focus mostly on an ecumenical conversation, occurring between an extremely conservative Christian and a very progressive Christian. There will be a moderator to keep a sacred container so that things ‘don’t get out of hand,’ but I’m still taking popcorn! [Read more…]

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For 2015: Happy Bunny Fur Day!

So many semantics, so many different interpretations of various meanings, it is sometimes hard to believe that people are even able to communicate!  No wonder so many wars have occurred in the name of religion/faith! The other day I was talking with a woman about about a compassionate topic.  During the conversation she shared that [Read More…]

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A documentary to you and me, real life for others

I learned during this month’s interfaith breakfast is that for a Jewish person watching a holocaust documentary – it is not at all like that horror movie I described. It’s personal. It’s real life for them. What I take for granted as an educational platform is a real life experience a Jewish person lives with every day. [Read more…]

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Commonality of Humanity

It’s amazing sometimes to sit with a retired minister of (choose your abrahamic faith). All these years I was under the impression that they had their act together – that they had all the answers and knew what life was all about. My eyebrows are raised in stock shock to recognize the complete opposite. I [Read More…]

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A pagan visit to a Hindu Ashram Community

Even in this extremely peaceful community, I felt the same profound sense of not belonging (mostly by choice), as I would have at a Christian church; just on a different scale. For being a Pantheist-Naturalist type of Pagan, I wasn’t really interested in buying into the dharma of Satsang, or Hatha Yoga, or the ritual of listening to the daily lunch reading of a passage from the Bhagavad Gita. It was a great experience to add to my belt. [Read more…]

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Late night ruminations from a pagan interfaither

Just a quick note as I run from this interfaith meeting to that interfaith program, to this interfaith gathering to that interfaith service.  I like to think I sit here as an interfaith journalist, questioning people about their belief in God, Of the Almighty One, the All that Is. Or Yahweh. Or Allah.  Doing my [Read More…]

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Faith in interfaith?

If we could all just take a step back from the religious dialogue for a moment, to merely reflect on how we feel about everything: each moment of the day, each interaction with another person, animal, or thing; each group activity, or each individual moment we find for ourselves, perhaps then we could experience the faith in that moment, and see that it has nothing to do with our religion. [Read more…]

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Separation of religion and medicine?

It hit me that we were sitting in a doctor’s office. Not a church. Not a synagogue. We were not in a place that had anything to do with worship whatsoever. So why was this Bible even in here? [Read more…]

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