On Homogeneity

Word cloud from the RLDW 2012 by Dr. Lucinda Mosher, facilitator of the workshop.  Used with permission.

It’s human nature to generalize, to assume. And, doing so isn’t always a bad thing. You can likely assume that walking down dark alleys in dangerous places at night alone isn’t going to be the best idea you’ve had. But, when we start to generalize about populations, religious or otherwise, then we start to find ourselves making decisions based on expectations rather than reality. [Read more...]

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Religious Diversity Leadership Workshop 2014

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Last year, I had the honor and the privilege to attend the Hartford Seminary religious diversity leadership workshop. This year, I’d like to help you do the same. [Read more...]

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Faith in the Public Square

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The idea of a perfectly secular public square seems as much of a pipe dream to me as that of a fully-inclusive, so called global, public square. Is there a middle ground we can find that might also be attainable? I hope so, and herein I begin an exploration of what that might look like. [Read more...]

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Travelling Together

Pagans are a pluralistic community, and that means we feel the tension between the institutional and the grassroots. Finding the balance between these forces is difficult, but there are others with whom we can work as we try and grow our community. [Read more...]

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Winter Holidays, Interfaith Memories

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My childhood memories from the winter holidays are a mix of Chanukah and Christmas. Join me as I walk down memory lane for a moment and let me know in the comments what your favorite memories are from the Winter holidays! [Read more...]

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The More Beautiful World

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The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible by Charles Eisenstein is more than a simple collection of words and pages; it’s a disruptive phenomenon. Reading it acts as a mirror forcing us to see our selves in a new light and reevaluate choices we’ve made and why we’ve made them. [Read more...]

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Halloween: an Interfaith Teachable Moment

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For Pagans, the month of October has often been a moment where we take a deep breath and prepare to see members of our extended community drug into the limelight by the media, usually in fairly sensational ways and while these sorts of situations sometimes leave us shaking our collective heads, they do represent an opportunity for some interfaith engagement. [Read more...]

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On Disagreements and Discrimination

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In interfaith, it’s all too easy to see another’s point of view during a conversation. This is, I think, a skill that must be honed; it’s not something that always comes naturally. So, when I struggle to see things from another’s point of view, I often find myself returning to the problem until I find a reconciliation. For the last few months, I’ve been engaged—largely silently—in such a struggle around the question of religious discrimination especially as it relates to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate and various impacts of marriage equality. [Read more...]

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