People Like Me

We know we all believe in the same god.
I sighed as a couple of friends around the table caught my eye with a knowing look. The new people at last week’s interfaith meeting were introducing themselves, and their use of this tired, inaccurate aphorism was, no doubt, their way of stating that they were in harmony with all the others present. [Read more…]

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Are You Listening To Me?

Pagans and other non-mainstream religions have so much to share with the world, if only they would hear us. However, dialogue is only monologue unless it works both ways. We can open dialogue with others by listening, by caring for them even when we disagree with them. Listening does not mean that we are giving up, or yielding our personal power, or agreeing with one word said. What it does mean is that we are willing to be changed. [Read more…]

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The Linguists’ Principle of Charity

So often I see Pagans trying to explain to others who are religiously-conservative just why our spirituality is valuable and beautiful and not wicked. Having been a hippie Jesus freak myself back in the day, I am well aware that this is a completely fruitless endeavor. Armstrong offers a much more amenable, and hopefully useful, tool for us to try. [Read more…]

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