How to Do Interfaith: Basics For Pagan Beginners, Part 1

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Someone asked me recently, however did you gain acceptance in South Carolina as a Pagan interfaith leader?  Honestly, the story is not much of a mystery, but I’ve learned some things along the way which you may find useful.1.  Show up.  Patrick McCollum was asked once what is the key to successfully building Pagan community.  His answer was, “Show up.”  If you want to be part of something, you have to be there when the action happens.  That may mean visiting religious services, meetings, disc … [Read more...]

Speaking for Others: Part One

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In the recent discussions that have gone on in the Pagan community about 'Wiccanate privilege', a large number have mentioned interfaith gatherings.  Some have asked for more Heathens and devotional polytheists to come to the table, and others have expressed frustration that their views are being misrepresented by Pagans who tend towards a duotheistic or monist worldview.  Now, this brings us to an interesting question - is it okay to talk about the beliefs of others (even if they fall under y … [Read more...]

The Pagan Collective

With apologies to Gene Roddenberry

In March, Rhyd Wildermuth and our fearless leader proposed a topic to which all interested parties on the Pagan channel could respond: Much of the current dialogue in the Pagan blogosphere is about carving out ways to explain and justify our personal experiences and beliefs in relation to other traditions, but without a clear vision of the place our own traditions and experiences might have in an ideal world. Will the Pagan movement become one tradition-heavy set of religions with several … [Read more...]

Religious Shop Talk

Formal Language in Ritual

Social media is such a wondrous tool.  I graduated from an Evangelical Lutheran high school, and so I still have a number of very conservative Christians on my friend's list.  This past week, I was able to have a discussion with a friend I haven't seen in years, who is a student of theology and is heavily active in his church (a non-denominational, but strongly Evangelical organization).  He posted a question about the use of language in prayer - specifically, why many Christians use antiquated w … [Read more...]

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...]

On Homogeneity

Word cloud from the RLDW 2012 by Dr. Lucinda Mosher, facilitator of the workshop.  Used with permission.

It's human nature to generalize, to assume.  And, doing so isn't always a bad thing.  You can likely assume that walking down dark alleys in dangerous places at night alone isn't going to be the best idea you've had.  But, when we start to generalize about populations, religious or otherwise, then we start to find ourselves making decisions based on expectations rather than reality.I Slay Dragons (on the Internet) I play video games, especially World of Warcraft.  I've been playing it for … [Read more...]

Down South Diversity

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The other day, I read a "you know you're a New Yorker/ Californian/Midwesterner/Southerner when..." post in my G+ stream that consisted primarily of mildly to moderately negative stereotypes. Needless to say, this is not a form of "humor" I enjoy. Not only do Southerners rarely have names like "Jim Bob" and "Billy Sue," but there is also a high degree of variation in dialect rather than a single "Southern" mode of speech. And I'm going to need y'uns to spell "y'all" correctly if you're going to … [Read more...]

Who Are We Kidding?

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All right, I admit it.  I am off on a bit of a rant this week.  At the moment I am feeling more than a bit frustrated.  Many of us are active in community interfaith work because we sincerely believe that it is important that we open honest discussions with people of other spiritual practices because understanding and openness can and will lead to better communities.  Since moving here to Huntsville, my husband and I have been active with both the Interfaith Mission Service and more recently wit … [Read more...]


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