Twixt the Darkness and the Light

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb45/TN_Lark/British%20and%20Irish%20Isles%20-%202009/Flower3-Tremso-2009.jpgFor thousands of years we have marked the turning of the seasons, the progression of light to dark and back again. As with our ancestors and all that live on this planet we attune ourselves to this endless cycle and seek to find meaning in this gift of life. We now balance on the cusp of the Spring Equinox, moving again from darkness into the light and the promise of life. Here … [Read more...]

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To Those Who Say Interfaith is a Waste of Time

When I hear many people talk about “interfaith” work it seems that their understanding of the topic is confined to the idea that it involves trying to teach each other about our different religious beliefs in hopes that we can convince each other that we aren’t strange and scary. It is this limited understanding which, I believe, leads to the sort of comments I frequently hear from Pagans and others that interfaith work is a waste of time and effort since we will never change peoples’ opinions o … [Read more...]

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Out of the Dark

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"Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.” "Invictus" by William Ernest HenleyIn our wanderings through the strange world of interfaith we are seeking to understand and to celebrate the richness of our diversity, but I believe that the seeds of that understanding and celebration are rooted in a deeper appreciation of the human universality of our experience of life and of the s … [Read more...]

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Interfaith, Intrafaith, Multifaith–All in the Cornfields of Illinois

Last week, I spent some hot days and some rainy days at one of the longest running, largest pan-Pagan festivals in the country. It's called Pagan Spirit Gathering and I was invited to attend and do some teaching and speaking.The Earth religions community, as you probably know by now, is diverse in belief and practice. Any gathering of Pagans and Heathens will have lush variations in spiritual experience, in political opinion and in standards of dress. PSG is no exception there and, in … [Read more...]

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Laying on of Hands

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A couple of weeks ago, I was pleased and quite honored to be part of the ordination to the Episcopal priesthood of my friend Milly. It was at the Cathedral of All Souls which is, oddly enough, one of my church homes. The home of my heart (and blood, sweat and tears) is Mother Grove Goddess Temple. But All Souls and the UU Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley are also home to me. We have different ways of working and different ways of visioning the Divines (well, maybe we do) but we are all … [Read more...]

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Worth Celebrating

Where does the time go? Wasn't it only yesterday that we heard about a new web presence called Patheos?  And now Patheos is celebrating five years of delicious religious conversation.  I've loved sharing Patheos with my friends at Interfaith Partners of S.C.  Our Wild Garden Pagan interfaith column has been the icing on this birthday cake.  Congratulations, Patheos! - Holli EmoreIt was late in 2010 when I first heard of Patheos, and since then I've been an avid reader.  More recently, I've be … [Read more...]

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Approaching the Season of Balance

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With Imbolc and a polar vortex behind us, we are entering the early planting season here in the southern highlands of Appalachia. As we approach the Vernal Equinox--the quaint season of balance--I am acutely aware of the precarious balance in the human world, even as the natural world turns in its Wheel toward the start of the agricultural year.As happens a couple of times a year, this cool UU church in a neighboring town has asked me to do the service for them around the Equinox. My title … [Read more...]

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MLK Day and Your Average Wiccan Priestess

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 It's been a difficult couple of weeks in our little corner of the interfaith world. All of us who are mindful of the dear old Earth are conscious of the horror of West Virginia--a horror of carelessness compounded by the invisible world of classism that kept the eye of the nation on the governor of New Jersey when it should have been on the people and critters and waterways and corruption in West Virginia.Yes, we've sent water and held candlelight vigils and called the governor and … [Read more...]

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