About Holli Emore

Holli Emore is the founder and priestess of Osireion (www.osireion.com) and Executive Director of Cherry Hill Seminary (www.cherryhillseminary.org), where she previously served as Chair for the Board of Directors. Committed to building interfaith relationships, Holli is a member of the board of directors for the Interfaith Partners of South Carolina. Holli often teaches public groups about the rapidly-growing NeoPagan religions, and has served as a regional resource for law enforcement and victim services since 2004. Holli is the co-founder of the original Pagan Round Table (www.paganroundtable.org). Osireion is a Pagan tradition which draws its inspiration from the religions of ancient Egypt. You may find Holli’s 2012 book, Pool of Lotus, on Amazon or Lulu.

Ramadan and Remonstrance

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Saturday night Osireion members were guests at an iftar (fast-breaking at sundown during Ramadan) at one of the local mosques. There were many out of town and out of state guests there; it was good to see old friends and make some new ones. It’s an African-American mosque, as well, so it was good for us to have another opportunity to be with each other during this tender time. My husband could not join us as he is still coordinating Red Cross support of all the wakes, funerals and s … [Read more...]

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Making History at Solstice

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History has been happening so fast all around me the past week that I’ve barely had time to think, let alone write.  But I am in the eye of a powerful and awe-inspiring storm; good composition aside, here are some of the things I’ve heard, seen, done, or otherwise experienced.∙    The people of Charleston - really, all of South Carolina - did the opposite of what the shooter anticipated.  We came together, in love, in pride, in humility and compassion.∙    Many have commented on the b … [Read more...]

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Greatest Interfaith Gathering On Earth

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Because I love kaleidoscopes, merry-go-rounds, buffet brunches and the largest box of crayons. Because I love people, all kinds of people, and all the ways they express themselves religiously. I love the sounds of a choir, of temple bells, of chanting, drumming, and whispered prayer. I melt at the smells of incense, sage and spaghetti suppers. Religious architecture – from ancient to Gothic to sweat lodge – inspires me. And most of all, I value the freedom I have, both to practice my own spi … [Read more...]

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Golly What A Day

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I just love the new Google commercial that ends with the slogan, “Be together, not the same.” Could there be a better message for interfaith?Recently I mused in this column on my realization that for some of my interfaith friends, persuading others that we are all the same may sometimes be a survival issue. To use a distressingly-extreme example, recently terrorists methodically sorted students by religion at a college in Kenya, executing those of one religion, and sparing those of ano … [Read more...]

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Stirring it up: Interfaith News from SC

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So the interfaith panel at a local American Baptist college went well, even though a student introduced me to the auditorium as the director of Cherry Hill Cemetery! One member of the panel, a Baptist minister, was clearly feeling a bit uptight, but he was polite. The facilitator, a prominent member of our city theater community and much-loved for his portrayal of Frankenfurter in many productions of Rocky Horror Picture Show, put folks on the spot by asking about sexuality. Those are the times … [Read more...]

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Interfaith Harmony Month Notes

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This is the busiest time of the year for Interfaith Partners of South Carolina.  The governor made her proclamation for the third year in a row naming January S.C. Interfaith Harmony Month.  Then the first full week of February is World Interfaith Harmony Week, a project of the United Nations.  Here in S.C., we have a busy calendar of all kinds of events.  I have attended sabbath prayers at a synagogue, been present for Muslim prayers, participated in a multifaith panel held in the gallery of an … [Read more...]

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Peer Network

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(January 12, 2015) I’m on a cold, rainy drive back from the Washington, DC, area following the annual conference of the COMISS Network. It’s gloomy all up and down the East Coast today, but the warmth of the group I just left has left me smiling down the miles of I-95. Judy Harrow used to attend the COMISS meeting each year, and David Oringderff of Sacred Well Congregation has been a member for ten years. David is Chair of the Cherry Hill Seminary Department of Pastoral Care and Counseling. We al … [Read more...]

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Making Peace in 2015

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Taking a look back at religion in the news this year reinforces my commitment to interfaith work. The self-named Islamic State is definitely the most alarming source of a seemingly bottomless well of cruelty and violence. But religion-based conflict continues to span the globe, from kidnapped schoolgirls in Africa, to court battles with Hobby Lobby. Everything is not bad, but given the nature of media coverage, it’s easy to overlook the good news.Speaking of Hobby Lobby, although I disagree w … [Read more...]

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