The Hobby Lobby Chills

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It's been a little over a week since the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made its decision in the so-called Hobby Lobby case which determined that closely-held corporations shall be afforded similar accommodations as religions non-profits were with respect to the contraceptive mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).  It should be stated that I disagree fully with this ruling but I sympathize with the basis of the argument:  that the Green family, … [Read more...]

Cherry Hill Seminary Stands Behind Student Embroiled in Controversy

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For Immediate Release on June 27, 2014 COLUMBIA - Cherry Hill Seminary supports Master of Divinity student Carol Kirk and her husband Blake Kirk as they unexpectedly find themselves in the midst of a media flurry over Blake’s removal from last night’s Huntsville, Alabama, City Council agenda. Widespread publicity over council’s decision to “uninvite” Blake from delivering an opening invocation as he did in January of this year took the Kirks by surprise yesterday when they were … [Read more...]

What About the Children?

Patheos issued a great writing prompt last year; how do we pass on our faith to our children? As half of an interfaith marriage, both members of minority religious communities, let me take this opportunity to express how insanely LOADED this question usually is. I have heard this question a hundred times, each colored with its own preexisting assumptions. More often than not when somebody close to me asks this question, it's more important to address the question they're NOT asking. When my … [Read more...]

When Tolerance Is Unacceptable

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You have two kinds of people in interfaith, says my friend Jack. Some people join up because they want to prove to everyone else that their religion is valid. The rest of us are interfaith junkies; we really love the whole scene, however quirky it may at times seem. I do take seriously my role in the first category because somebody has to stand up for Paganism. Whether I like it or not, people will judge me based on the only satanic-panic speaker they heard one time, so I might as well put my … [Read more...]

Distributed Ceremonies Successful Online

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It’s undeniable that the Internet has been instrumental in the growth of Paganism.  It provides the isolated access to the information they crave whether it be about Paganism or anything else.  Granted, it can be difficult to sift the good from the bad, but as time marches on, I think that we have found ways to share information about our traditions and practices that has had, for the most part, a positive influence on our community.  Similarly, we have had great success with podcasts and … [Read more...]

Interfaith Update

I'm winging it here.  Don't really have a blog to post this time, more of a update on the usual events that I've been doing for the past two years. While we at Interfaith WS have a lot going on (check out our May - June calendar of events), one event I must mention is the upcoming interfaith dialogue scheduled for mid-October set to take place at a neutral location.  This dialogue will focus mostly on an ecumenical conversation, occurring between an extremely conservative Christian and … [Read more...]

Greece v. Galloway: An Interfaith Opportunity

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In the town of Greece, NY, sectarian prayer has been opening monthly municipal meetings since 1999.  Members of that town sued it because those prayers were overwhelmingly Christian.  On May 5th, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decided that case determining that sectarian prayer held prior to such meetings was not prohibited by the Constitution of the United States. Before I continue, let me be clear:  I am not a lawyer, constitutional or otherwise.  But I do like … [Read more...]

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, … [Read more...]


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