Interfaith is a Two-way Street

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Safaa told us that, in her native language, she could tell us so much more about what Women of Faith means to her, but what she does say is perfectly clear. "This group is my life." Members of our local Islamic Center continue to be threatened, but when she's with us, she feels safe. We are safety. She tells us about the death threats and that it doesn't make any sense to her because she's been here since 1982. Her children were born and raised here. This is her home. Understandably, she's … [Read more...]

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Abortion: The Hardest Choice

I don't walk in her shoes, so I can't describe them to you.

Abortion is a hard subject to talk about. Coming up with theoretical situations to illustrate a standpoint is usually not helpful because doing so fails to express the complexity of the decision whether or not to end a pregnancy. This decision, more often than not, comes with other major life-changing events and it is not only a medical concern, but a deeply spiritual and difficult ethical decision. By the grace of Artemis, I have never been faced with a pregnancy that I considered ending and I … [Read more...]

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Late night ruminations from a pagan interfaither

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Just a quick note as I run from this interfaith meeting to that interfaith program, to this interfaith gathering to that interfaith service.  I like to think I sit here as an interfaith journalist, questioning people about their belief in God, Of the Almighty One, the All that Is. Or Yahweh. Or Allah.  Doing my best to walk as a neutral interfaith journalist, it has become clear to me, all over again, that interfaith action truly does provide a safe space for people to share their thoughts. I've … [Read more...]

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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...]

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The “Faith” aspect of Interfaith

The “Faith” aspect of InterfaithAt a recent interfaith board meeting, we were discussing the finer points of what it means to do interfaith work, most specifically, how do we as individuals and interfaith spokespersons reach out to the newly arrived group that call themselves Spiritual, But Not Religious (SBNR). To me, it was fairly obvious that we continue to do as we have done with other faith communities:  provide educational information about all the religions/faiths/non-faiths that are i … [Read more...]

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