Twixt the Darkness and the Light

For 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 [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, [Read More…]

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Out of the Dark

“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 Henley In our wanderings through the strange world of interfaith we are seeking to understand and to celebrate the richness of our diversity, but I believe [Read More…]

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

Interfaith is good work, hard work, and in my opinion, necessary work. But it feels good to gather with people who may not believe and practice exactly as I do but who still afford me the courtesy of hospitality and listening ears. For ten days at Pagan Spirit Gathering, I could set aside my flight-or-fight siege mentality and enjoy the fireside with others who are more-or-less like-minded. [Read more…]

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Laying on of Hands

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 [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 [Read More…]

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Approaching the Season of Balance

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. [Read more…]

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MLK Day and Your Average Wiccan Priestess

There is a huge ambivalence in this community–and I suspect in others–between traditional African-American Christians and people who self-identify as Wiccan, Pagan or, heaven forbid, witches. It is deeply cultural and entrenched, and will require a concerted effort on both sides to come to a place of reconciliation. [Read more…]

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