Blood Feud

Blood feud. Bloodlust. Blood revenge. My friend Emad says that Americans will never understand conflict in the Middle East without grasping this basic concept. [Read more…]

Bringing Home the Parliament

Many have written about their profound experiences attending the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions. For me, it was a dream of many years come true. But in this column I want to pass on notes and ideas which I recorded that week. [Read more…]

Compassion and Law Enforcement

What if a city became a laboratory for compassionate practice? What if policing were compassionate? Driven by compassion? What would that look like? [Read more…]

From An Equinox Guest

I silently embraced that sweet, warm sense of calm and profound peace. I had joyously accepted the possibility of dying while protecting my Pagan friends from self-righteous religious bigotry. [Read more…]

Deborah Ann Light: A Life Well Lived

Everyone always wanted to give Deborah their love. She called forth the love in everyone she met. We could never have asked for a better ambassador to the religions of the world. I could never have asked for a more loving and caring friend. [Read more…]

Saving the World

And what is it we do? We make friends with each other, get to know each other, and demonstrate that the simple act of friendship can save the world. [Read more…]

Ramadan and Remonstrance

Unless you live here, you probably should trust the people who do. We are living our truth, walking into our talk, and we know how to tell our own story. I am proud to be here to witness the turning of the wheel to a new part of our history. [Read more…]

Making History at Solstice

The people of Charleston – really, all of South Carolina – did the opposite of what the shooter anticipated. We came together, in love, in pride, in humility, and compassion. [Read more…]

Securing Our Future

Politics can work to the benefit of the Pagan Community when we help to elect representatives who support religious tolerance and religious diversity. [Read more…]

Greatest Interfaith Gathering On Earth

I value the freedom I have, both to practice my own spirituality, as well as gather with others from religions around the world. [Read more…]