Ramadan and Remonstrance

June 29 2015 group

Saturday night Osireion members were guests at an iftar (fast-breaking at sundown during Ramadan) at one of the local mosques. There were many out of town and out of state guests there; it was good to see old friends and make some new ones. It’s an African-American mosque, as well, so it was good for us to have another opportunity to be with each other during this tender time. My husband could not join us as he is still coordinating Red Cross support of all the wakes, funerals and s … [Read more...]

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Making History at Solstice

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History has been happening so fast all around me the past week that I’ve barely had time to think, let alone write.  But I am in the eye of a powerful and awe-inspiring storm; good composition aside, here are some of the things I’ve heard, seen, done, or otherwise experienced.∙    The people of Charleston - really, all of South Carolina - did the opposite of what the shooter anticipated.  We came together, in love, in pride, in humility and compassion.∙    Many have commented on the b … [Read more...]

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Securing Our Future

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OK, I am going to do the unpardonable here. I am going to talk about politics for just a moment. It is, after all, election year. And elections are important because they have an impact on how our lives will be shaped during the coming years. I know, I know. We feel like we really don’t have much say in how our government runs and to an extent that’s true. But it is also true that if you don’t get out there and vote you have no voice whatsoever.For those of us in the interfaith commu … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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