Interfaith Update

I'm winging it here.  Don't really have a blog to post this time, more of a update on the usual events that I've been doing for the past two years.While we at Interfaith WS have a lot going on (check out our May - June calendar of events), 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 … [Read more...]

For 2015: Happy Bunny Fur Day!

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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 when someone posted "Happy Easter" on her news feed, she was offended.  It made me realize that while I don't really follow the whole Christian didactic philosophy … [Read more...]

A documentary to you and me, real life for others

PetrGinz

This month of April is well-known for recognizing and remembering the Holocaust. The monthly ‘Journeys’ lecture series that I attend, 1st Sunday of each month (at the stark hour of 8am), showed a documentary that honored one of the victims of the Holocaust.  I could go into lots of gritty detail about the significance of this 50 minute film, but that’s not what I want to point out here.What is important to share with you dear reader, is the diverse crowd that was in attendance for the showin … [Read more...]

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 have learned that these ex-ministers that I now call friend are just as human as I am.  It makes me wonder though, if my new-found surprise is merely for the fact that I've yet had the oppo … [Read more...]

A pagan visit to a Hindu Ashram Community

Last weekend I went up to the Virginia mountains to become certified as a Laughing Yoga Leader.I am now trained in laughing exercises to use as a means to help people re-learn to laugh. :-) More on that in another post.  My focus for this blog is the center of which the two-day laughing yoga class was held: Yogaville, and the resulting observation that can only be heard from a neutral Pagan.Tell me, what does that word, Yogaville bring to mind for you?  Lots of people doing yoga? Healthy … [Read more...]

Late night ruminations from a pagan interfaither

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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 best to walk as a neutral interfaith journalist, it has become clear to me, all over again, that interfaith action truly does provide a safe space for people to share their thoughts. I've … [Read more...]

Faith in interfaith?

What is the deal with the word ‘faith’ in interfaith? As a board member of Interfaith W-S, when reaching out to the community, on an individual basis, to ask for a general opinion of how to invite interest among the Nones and Spiritual But Not Religious (SBNR) communities, a lot of the feedback received was that our initiative was going to be a hard one to achieve, as the word ‘faith’ is a part of our name.Apparently, the second half of the word interfaith raises some serious issue with what … [Read more...]

Separation of religion and medicine?

Religion in the sick room

 Last Friday I was sitting at the local urgent care type facility, waiting for the doc to come back with confirmation that my partner had the flu. I had finished catching up on all my emails (thanks to technology and a really smart phone). I immediately became bored (I try to not play games on my phone), and began perusing the sick room we were in. My girl was on the bed cot sleeping while we waited, and having looked through the many pamphlets on the wall, I turned to look at the … [Read more...]


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