Distributed Ceremonies Successful Online

Shea Morgan sitting behind an altar.

It’s undeniable that the Internet has been instrumental in the growth of Paganism.  It provides the isolated access to the information they crave whether it be about Paganism or anything else.  Granted, it can be difficult to sift the good from the bad, but as time marches on, I think that we have found ways to share information about our traditions and practices that has had, for the most part, a positive influence on our community.  Similarly, we have had great success with podcasts and … [Read more...]

MIC’s Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

Don Frew, Macha, Matt Whealton, Carol Hovis

What’s a Witch to do when her interfaith council’s 15th Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, which occurs on the first Thursday in May, falls on Beltane?  Well, she sings up the Sun with the Berkeley Morris Dancers at dawn, then hustles across the bridge to Tiburon with her Wiccan (Gardnerian, to be specific) interfaith colleague, Don Frew, to rendezvous with Matt Whealton, a practitioner of Kemetic religion from the Temple of Ra, at his first foray into interfaith activities. I … [Read more...]

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...]

A Call to Activism

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On the 8th of May we mark the 69th anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allied Forces. The horror and the tragedy of the rise of the Nazi party and the Nazi ideology in Germany is that so much of what happened might have been preventable if people had been willing to stand up and say “This is wrong!” when it was first noticed that the powers that be were imprisoning, killing, and discriminating against their own citizens. The Holocaust did not happen overnight, it happened in … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Greece v. Galloway: An Interfaith Opportunity

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In the town of Greece, NY, sectarian prayer has been opening monthly municipal meetings since 1999.  Members of that town sued it because those prayers were overwhelmingly Christian.  On May 5th, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decided that case determining that sectarian prayer held prior to such meetings was not prohibited by the Constitution of the United States. Before I continue, let me be clear:  I am not a lawyer, constitutional or otherwise.  But I do like … [Read more...]

How to Do Interfaith: Basics For Pagan Beginners, Part 2

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Interfaith got you curious?  Feel like moving from the wading pool to the deep end of the pool?  So what do you do next? Look for an existing interfaith group in your area.  You’d be surprised how many groups are already out there.  Sometimes they are languishing, needing new energy such as yours.  And then again, some groups call themselves interfaith, but are really a consortium of inter-denominational Christian ministers (more properly called ecumenical), or an alliance of Jews, … [Read more...]

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 Emore It was late in 2010 when I first heard of Patheos, and since then I've been an avid reader.  More recently, … [Read more...]


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