So, you’ve decided that you can afford the risks of being openly Pagan and you still want to enter the world of interfaith work. Where do you go next?
We’re allowed to disagree, we’re allowed to be curious, we’re allowed to have opinions, and we don’t have to be the same. We come together because we are different and we depart from each other strengthened with knowledge and a very real sense of community. [Read more…]
One of the primary reasons that I became involved in interfaith work was to help others examine their assumptions with respect to Paganism. And, especially when I started attending events ten to fifteen years ago though less so now, people were largely surprised to learn that Paganism even existed. They were even more surprised to learn that a middle-class American Caucasian cis-gendered male (i.e. me) could be a Pagan and a polytheist. [Read more…]
I choose to act as a member of Women of Faith because I know that the same thing that my Muslim neighbors are experiencing now could happen to any of us. There could be a brick through my window as easily as Safaa’s and the best protection we all have is the light of understanding. [Read more…]
When faced with a monotheistic default, I’ve often been able to shake up an event–or as I’ve come to term it: to un-quo the status–by answering with a question of my own. For example, when presented with a topic like “Is God Benevolent?”, I’ll respond: which one? This is the second installment in my series on Interfaith activities as a Pagan and how Monotheistic defaults often frame such discussions and how I tend to operate in these cases. [Read more…]
A lot of interfaith events are structured around the three most common monotheistic faiths especially here in the United States where the overwhelming majority of our population is Christian. In this introduction to my Interfaith as a Pagan series, I give an overview of the topics I’ll be covering and why they’re important to consider both if you’re attending an interfaith event and if you’re organizing one. [Read more…]
We so often hear stories of situations where the different religions of the world exist in conflict with one another. But at that moment, in that church, surrounded by family and friends, I was reminded that, while we might be climbing different mountains, we are still human. We live, we laugh, we grieve, and we mourn together. [Read more…]
Every year the Interfaith Mission Service (IMS) here in Huntsville sponsors a Hometown Pilgrimage with the express purpose of celebrating and embracing the religious diversity of the City of Huntsville. This year’s Hometown Pilgrimage is co-sponsored by the University of Alabama-Huntsville Office of Diversity and the City of Huntsville’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. The Hometown [Read More…]