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.

Blood Feud

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Blood feud. Bloodlust. Blood revenge. My friend Emad says that Americans will never understand conflict in the Middle East without grasping this basic concept. As I left the Parliament of the World’s Religions the shuttle driver and I chatted about how his Christian family fled to America from religious persecution in Iraq. Even though we had just spoken with approval of the calls for peace at the Parliament, the driver added, “But if someone were to kill my brother, then I have the right to go a … [Read more...]

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Bringing Home the Parliament

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Many have written about their profound experiences attending the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions. For me, it was a dream of many years come true. But in this column I want to pass on notes and ideas which I recorded that week. So please excuse the abbreviated and prosaic format; today I simply want to share.“Kill Them (Qu’Ran), Do Not Spare Them (Torah), and Cast Them Into Everlasting Fire (New Testament): Context of Difficult Religious TextsThe one big speaker I wanted to hear a … [Read more...]

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Compassion and Law Enforcement

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Just before the recent incident at Spring Valley High School between a student and a school resource officer, I attended a panel at the Parliament of the World’s Religions called “Compassion and Law Enforcement.” In light of renewed concern about such conflicts, I want to share the notes I made as an audience member. Panelists were Chief Steve Conrad of Louisville, Kentucky, Chief Devon Clunis of Winnipeg, Canada, and Chief Mike Brown of Salt Lake City, Utah. Below are some brief points – most ar … [Read more...]

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From An Equinox Guest

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Editor's Note: The following is a personal reflection shared with me by an interfaith friend who joined Temple Osireion on the autumn equinox for the public ceremony which we held under the century-old oaks of the S.C. State House grounds. My anonymous friend's comments are deeply poignant given the apocalypse of fear, shame and soul-searching we in South Carolina have experienced in the three months since a stranger stood up in a Bible study at Mother Emanuel AME and murdered nine people. It … [Read more...]

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Deborah Ann Light: A Life Well Lived

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Thank you to our interfaith friend Don Frew of the United Religions Initiative and the Interfaith Center of the Presidio for sharing this remembrance of Deborah Light, who passed from this life on July 21, 2015.Last year, Deborah Ann Light was one of the first persons to be awarded the Covenant of the Goddess’ Award of Honor for outstanding service to CoG and the greater Pagan and Heathen community. This award was very well deserved.In 1993, I was part of the group representing the C … [Read more...]

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Saving the World

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And finally, after 30 years of living in Columbia, I am holding my head a little higher. Even though the city wanted the Confederate flag gone for a long time, the State House island at the end of Main Street in downtown was a refuge for hardline bigots and the faint of heart. Unwilling martyers they, the Emanuel 9 murders accomplished what common sense could not. So what does this have to do with interfaith?Well, the second monthly local interfaith meetup was Wednesday night. I noted among … [Read more...]

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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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