The Spirit of the Season

Midwinter celebrations have been a part of human life for thousands of years, well back into pre-history. The ability to hold multiple meanings for our seasonal celebrations is not a finite thing where my celebration takes away from another. Our ability to find spiritually meaningful ways to mark the winter holidays is infinite. [Read more…]

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A documentary to you and me, real life for others

I learned during this month’s interfaith breakfast is that for a Jewish person watching a holocaust documentary – it is not at all like that horror movie I described. It’s personal. It’s real life for them. What I take for granted as an educational platform is a real life experience a Jewish person lives with every day. [Read more…]

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Separation of religion and medicine?

It hit me that we were sitting in a doctor’s office. Not a church. Not a synagogue. We were not in a place that had anything to do with worship whatsoever. So why was this Bible even in here? [Read more…]

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Interfaith and the U.S. Armed Forces

The military as an example of daily interfaith relations? Never having been a soldier, it had not occurred to me, but that’s one of the things I heard at a remarkable meeting this week at the U.S. Armed Forces Chaplains School and Center, here in Columbia, S.C., at Fort Jackson. The Chaplains School was hosting the annual meeting of Interfaith Partners of S.C., and “host” would be an understatement for the outstanding experience they provided. [Read more…]

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They’ve Got My Back

Little white country church, a beautiful Sunday afternoon, friends, cookies and punch on the picnic tables outside, a harpist and flautist playing a pleasant half-hour prelude – this was the scene that greeted me when I arrived at Clayton Memorial UU in Newberry, S.C. on October 20 for a panel discussion called “Interfaith Perspectives on Compassion.” [Read more…]

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Of Turbans and Tribes

Zinging around the Pagan blogosphere these days I find an extraordinary amount of navel-gazing going on. Are we polytheist or monotheist or agnostic? Are we a community? Do we have a theology and if so, what is it? Who are our elders and who should listen to them? Is belief naive? Is practice incomplete without belief? How do we define ourselves, or is that even necessary? [Read more…]

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