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

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For 2015: Happy Bunny Fur Day!

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So many semantics, so many different interpretations of various meanings, it is sometimes hard to believe that people are even able to communicate!  No wonder so many wars have occurred in the name of religion/faith!The other day I was talking with a woman about about a compassionate topic.  During the conversation she shared that when someone posted "Happy Easter" on her news feed, she was offended.  It made me realize that while I don't really follow the whole Christian didactic philosophy … [Read more...]

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Three Things I Think

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With a tip of the hat to John Beckett over at Under the Ancient Oaks here on the Pagan channel, I thought I'd share three somewhat disconnected things that happened to me recently. You mean sex is okay? Recently, an influential teacher in my life retired.  Actually, he had retired last year, but he was the drama teach for my high school and he remained for one more musical production.  To honor him, a whole bunch of us who had been in shows he put together over the last few decades traveled b … [Read more...]

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Growing the Interfaith Garden

It is April now and here in the South that means that spring is all around us.  The redbuds and dogwoods are in bloom and the trees in the woods behind my house are covered in a pale green lace of tiny leaves.  As the earth has warmed I have been drawn more and more to get my fingers in the dirt.  I’ve been cleaning out the detritus of fall leaves, pruning the rose bushes, and planting new flowers and herbs for the coming season.  It is a fitting reminder that the promise of life renewed has been … [Read more...]

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A documentary to you and me, real life for others

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This month of April is well-known for recognizing and remembering the Holocaust. The monthly ‘Journeys’ lecture series that I attend, 1st Sunday of each month (at the stark hour of 8am), showed a documentary that honored one of the victims of the Holocaust.  I could go into lots of gritty detail about the significance of this 50 minute film, but that’s not what I want to point out here.What is important to share with you dear reader, is the diverse crowd that was in attendance for the showin … [Read more...]

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My Perspective on “Wiccanate Privilege”

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There’s been a lot of angst expressed over the notion of “Wiccanate privilege.”  Personally, I dislike the term.  I think that stating this dissatisfaction at the outset by the using the notion of “Wiccanate privilege,” or any other kind of privilege, sets up an oppositional stance when perhaps none was intended.  Or if it was intended to be derogatory or critical, I feel disappointed, even hurt. I’ve read most, but surely not all, of the discussions of this topic in the Pagan blogosphere.  Betw … [Read more...]

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The Value of Sacred Language

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I've been married now for almost a year, and my wife and I have been together for nearly three. During that time I've gotten to know the local Jewish community fairly well, and (being the Rabbi's son-in-law) I've gotten a unique kind of “behind the scenes” look at how Synagogues and the general community function. One of the biggest internal cultural movements I've noticed in modern Judaism is this drive to reclaim Hebrew as a sacred language and encourage everyone in the community to learn it. T … [Read more...]

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Commonality of Humanity

It’s amazing sometimes to sit with a retired minister of (choose your abrahamic faith). All these years I was under the impression that they had their act together – that they had all the answers and knew what life was all about. My eyebrows are raised in stock shock to recognize the complete opposite.I have learned that these ex-ministers that I now call friend are just as human as I am.  It makes me wonder though, if my new-found surprise is merely for the fact that I've yet had the oppo … [Read more...]

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