How to Do Interfaith: Basics For Pagan Beginners, Part 2

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Interfaith got you curious?  Feel like moving from the wading pool to the deep end of the pool?  So what do you do next?Look for an existing interfaith group in your area.  You’d be surprised how many groups are already out there.  Sometimes they are languishing, needing new energy such as yours.  And then again, some groups call themselves interfaith, but are really a consortium of inter-denominational Christian ministers (more properly called ecumenical), or an alliance of Jews, Christ … [Read more...]

The Linguists’ Principle of Charity

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I’m still slowly reading my way through Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. Our city discussion group has held two monthly meetings, but yesterday I was reading Step Eight - How We Should Speak. There it was that I learned of something from the field of linguistics, called the principle of charity. The principle says that when someone says something to us which seems strange, we should pause, assume that they hold some piece of truth which might be useful to us, and accept tha … [Read more...]


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