Greatest Interfaith Gathering On Earth

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Because I love kaleidoscopes, merry-go-rounds, buffet brunches and the largest box of crayons. Because I love people, all kinds of people, and all the ways they express themselves religiously. I love the sounds of a choir, of temple bells, of chanting, drumming, and whispered prayer. I melt at the smells of incense, sage and spaghetti suppers. Religious architecture – from ancient to Gothic to sweat lodge – inspires me. And most of all, I value the freedom I have, both to practice my own spi … [Read more...]

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...]

Golly What A Day

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I just love the new Google commercial that ends with the slogan, “Be together, not the same.” Could there be a better message for interfaith?Recently I mused in this column on my realization that for some of my interfaith friends, persuading others that we are all the same may sometimes be a survival issue. To use a distressingly-extreme example, recently terrorists methodically sorted students by religion at a college in Kenya, executing those of one religion, and sparing those of ano … [Read more...]

Interfaith as a Pagan: Assumptions

After a brief hiatus, we return this week to my series discussing interfaith activities as a Pagan.  If you've missed the earlier articles, part one was an introduction to the topic while in the second part I discussed how organizers often frame an event within a monotheist default and how this can become an opportunity for those that don't fit the mold.  Today, I want to discuss the most common assumptions I face when I engage those unfamiliar with Paganism.We all make assumptions.  It … [Read more...]

Stirring it up: Interfaith News from SC

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So the interfaith panel at a local American Baptist college went well, even though a student introduced me to the auditorium as the director of Cherry Hill Cemetery! One member of the panel, a Baptist minister, was clearly feeling a bit uptight, but he was polite. The facilitator, a prominent member of our city theater community and much-loved for his portrayal of Frankenfurter in many productions of Rocky Horror Picture Show, put folks on the spot by asking about sexuality. Those are the times … [Read more...]

Interfaith is a Two-way Street

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Safaa told us that, in her native language, she could tell us so much more about what Women of Faith means to her, but what she does say is perfectly clear. "This group is my life." Members of our local Islamic Center continue to be threatened, but when she's with us, she feels safe. We are safety. She tells us about the death threats and that it doesn't make any sense to her because she's been here since 1982. Her children were born and raised here. This is her home. Understandably, she's … [Read more...]

Interfaith as a Pagan: Un-quo the Status

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In my last post, I introduced a series on my experiences as an Interfaith Pagan.  Today, that series continues.Let's be honest with each other for a moment:  we've all probably seen it.  I know Pagans who weren't even born in 1996 who've still seen The Craft.  I remember watching it on premium cable while I was in high school and I'm not ashamed to admit ... okay maybe I'm a little ashamed to admit ... that I own it on VHS, DVD, and I have the soundtrack.But, in case you're unfamiliar (an … [Read more...]

Interfaith as a Pagan: an Introduction

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A lot of interfaith events are structured like the image to the right.  Their goal is to find points of intersection, i.e. common ground, between the world's largest monotheistic faiths.  Let me be clear:  such an event is 100% interfaith and the world would stand to benefit from more dialog between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.Here's a question, though:  what are the top five world religious in terms of population?If your guess was (essentially) Christianity, Judaism, and Islam plus … [Read more...]


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