Religious Diversity Leadership Workshop 2014

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Last June, I had the privilege and the honor to attend the Religious Diversity Leadership Workshop at Hartford Seminary.  During the week long intensive program, I sat with around 30 individuals from a variety of faiths as we learned about each other and our communities, studied cases dealing with interfaith leadership, and in some moments simply discussed matters of the day as it pertains to religious and non-religious interaction.It was a wonderful experience which I wrote more about … [Read more...]

Not Politics

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"I ask you to keep doing what you are doing," said the governor. Here in South Carolina it is rare that a public official acknowledges any religions besides Christianity and sometimes Judaism.   But Governor Nikki Haley is no stranger to the minority experience, having grown up as a first-generation Indian-American in rural S.C. in a family which practiced the Sikh religion.  As she noted on a previous occasion, she has faced several challenges in her career: being female, being "ethnic" a … [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...]

Faith in the Public Square

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 Weeks ago, I read (and reviewed) the Os Guinness book The Global Public Square in which the author advocates not for a secular, or "naked" public square, but for one in which all faiths are allowed to express themselves equally and without fear of discrimination.  This past weekend, a conversation relating to the public square could be found on the Wild Hunt related to an article about the experience of religious minorities in Christian-dominated schools.  The conversation was, at t … [Read more...]

The Pagan Elephant

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A Heathen, a Jew, and a Baptist walk into bar...As many awesome jokes as I'm sure can come from that intro, believe it or not, this is the story of my life. I am a practicing Heathen who loves to pore over the Eddas and the Sagas, as well as being an active Rune reader. My wife is a devout Jew, who hopes to someday become a Reconstructionist Rabbi. Our roommate is a conservative Baptist, who is known for going to church/ church functions multiple times a week. Welcome to my household, my … [Read more...]

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...]

A Thousand Years from Now

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I want to start the year off on a positive, forward-looking note and imagine what our work here will produce in the distant future. There's this fantasy that tumbles around in my head from time to time of a world in which Pagan temples of various sorts are common. Because it's my fantasy, the temple takes the shape of one to honor the gods of Ancient Greece and there's a sanctuary with altars and various statues, office space for the priests and priestesses, a daycare, and a small library. We … [Read more...]

Sharing the Journey

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On the 26th of January I am going to be speaking about the beliefs and practices of Wicca at our monthly Diversity Dinner here in Huntsville.  The people who attend these informal potluck dinners come from a variety of different religious faiths.  What draws them together is the sincere desire to better understand the teachings of other religions so as to create tolerance and accord among those of different faiths. One of the things which creates discord and violence around the world is r … [Read more...]


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