Hatred is the Poison of the Soul

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   “Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.” By Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller, 1955This month I find myself trapped between the events of 9/11 and a Samhain that seems more and more filled with the angry voices of both the living and the dead. Perhaps that is why Mabon with its call for balance and for letting go of that which is not helpful seemed especially poignant. There is so much hatred and fear in the world and it seeps into our souls like some … [Read more...]

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. As often as I refer to plural “gods” or say out loud that we are not all the same, I have come to accept that most people cannot hear that message. They d … [Read more...]

Autumnal Introspection

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I grew up in a household that practiced portions of two religions:  Judaism and Christianity.  My mother was Christian but converted to Judaism; my father is Jewish by birth.  But, just because my immediate family nominally had a single religious identity, my extended family remained multi-faith.  I remember fondly lighting the menorah and the tree at my maternal grandmother's house during years where Christmas and Hanukkah overlapped, for example.  My choice to live as a Pagan and a polytheist a … [Read more...]

Cynicism, Solidarity & Communitas

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Do Pagans have a basic misunderstanding of what is meant by the term “interfaith”?Comments to a recent Wild Hunt blog were disturbingly juxtaposed with evening news reports of horrible sectarian violence in the Middle East. A sampling:“Interfaith work is often just another way for other people to try and convert us” “No thank you. Pagans need to focus on Pagans and leave others to do their thing.” “I'm sure at those meetings it's rainbows and butterflies. When the rubber hits the road t … [Read more...]

Abortion: The Hardest Choice

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Abortion is a hard subject to talk about. Coming up with theoretical situations to illustrate a standpoint is usually not helpful because doing so fails to express the complexity of the decision whether or not to end a pregnancy. This decision, more often than not, comes with other major life-changing events and it is not only a medical concern, but a deeply spiritual and difficult ethical decision. By the grace of Artemis, I have never been faced with a pregnancy that I considered ending and I … [Read more...]

Same and Different

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Respect for our differences is our common ground. – Don FrewThis was just one nugget of wisdom gleaned during an interfaith panel at last week’s Covenant of the Goddess annual Leadership Workshop, “Standing On Common Ground,” held this year at the beautiful Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia. CoG interfaith representatives spoke from a panel during the morning session, and in the afternoon they were joined by community representatives of several faiths: Baha’i’, Unity, Buddhist, … [Read more...]

Hosting the Conversation

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Patheos has an ambitious mission:  to host the conversation on faith.  It's right there in the header on every page of the site.  In part, this it's a motto, a tagline, and a marketing tool to quickly help people understand what they're going to get when they visit the site.  But it can be more than that:  it's a reminder to all of us that this site is  meant to be a conversation and not a lecture.One could  learn more information about the various faith traditions represented by Patheos by v … [Read more...]

Here I Stand!

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I think most of us start out in our interfaith work with the expectation that our work will proceed smoothly and that we will find tolerance and acceptance in our relations with those of other faiths.  And for the most part that is probably the case.  At least those with whom we work are willing to respect those of other faiths than their own, and even offer their cooperation and support in projects that are aimed at improving their communities. But sometimes our best intentions go awry and we f … [Read more...]


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