Taking The Plunge

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PYLmom / Foter / CC BY" "Photo credit: Foter"Here in the Wild Garden you’ve been reading from many of us about our involvement in interfaith work in our communities. I’m sure that many of you have been thinking that this sort of work is fine for those who are spiritual leaders within the Pagan community or who are spokespersons for the many Pagan faiths. But I rather think that there are many who believe that they might enjoy being a part of the interfaith movement and the social justice … [Read more...]

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Hometown Pilgrimage – 2014

Every year the Interfaith Mission Service (IMS) here in Huntsville sponsors a Hometown Pilgrimage with the express purpose of celebrating and embracing the religious diversity of the City of Huntsville. This year's Hometown Pilgrimage is co-sponsored by the University of Alabama-Huntsville Office of Diversity and the City of Huntsville's Office of Multicultural Affairs. The Hometown Pilgrimage began on 2 September 2014 and runs until 2 November. This year the Pilgrimage has included a number of … [Read more...]

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A Call to Activism

On the 8th of May we mark the 69th anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allied Forces. The horror and the tragedy of the rise of the Nazi party and the Nazi ideology in Germany is that so much of what happened might have been preventable if people had been willing to stand up and say “This is wrong!” when it was first noticed that the powers that be were imprisoning, killing, and discriminating against their own citizens. The Holocaust did not happen overnight, it happened in a ser … [Read more...]

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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...]

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We Don’t Have a Golden Rule…and yet…

Years ago, when I was in a Cooperation Circle of the United Religions Initiative, there was an interfaith-y poster of how religions across the spectrum of spirituality had their own version of The Golden Rule--Do Unto Others As You Would Have Done Unto You. There were very similar mottos from lots of different creeds but my spiritual tradition doesn't have a thing like that, not really. We harken back to the ancient laws of hospitality and that could sort of pass.But not really.We spend … [Read more...]

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Who’s TRULY Being Compassionate?

Wild Garden: Pagans in the Growing Interfaith Landscape

Who’s TRULY being compassionate?As a pagan, I am sometimes surprised when I hear a generic Christian admonish an evangelical faith group for their 'so-called' acts of compassion. It makes me ask myself: to what extent can we as a human race call ourselves compassionate?The truest forms of compassion can be defined through too many variables, words, interpretations, and means of thought processes. What compassion is to one person, another person will undoubtedly have a completely d … [Read more...]

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Journeys: A Monthly Interfaith Breakfast

Wild Garden: Pagans in the Growing Interfaith Landscape

“Interfaith Winston-Salem is an all-volunteer educational group that brings together members of many faith traditions – religious and non-religious – to gain a greater understanding of and respect for each other’s traditions.” For a local community group, IF-WS has had a pretty good response in attendance of the various educational activities, least of all, our monthly gathering of an Interfaith Breakfast.  The first Sunday of each month, about 30 or so of us gathers at 8am to listen to the month … [Read more...]

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Patriotism

Parthenon

Pretty soon, we'll be coming up upon Panathenaia. It falls sort of nearish the 4th of July and I try to make it up to Nashville at least once a year around this time to visit the Parthenon. Last year, the eldest and I had a very nice picnic in Centennial Park after praying and knitting inside. This year, I will pray to her for guidance for my federal, state, and local governments in the hopes that she can lead them to wise decisions. This prayer to her isn't limited to once a year, of course. … [Read more...]

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