Religious Leadership Diversity Workshop at Hartford Seminary: a Review

David Dashifen Kees and two other participants at the religious leadership diversity workshop 2013

As I mentioned briefly in my prior post, I spent the week of June 8 through June 14 at Hartford Seminary attending the Religious Leadership Diversity Workshop.  The workshop has been running for a few years, and the seminary works to bring together people of various faiths to try and create an experience for attendees that both allows for the sharing of personal stories and points of view and helps to educate them on various faiths and faith practices as well as multifaith chaplaincy, conflict … [Read more...]

And All God’s Children Said “Waheguru”

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The Sikh Religious Society of South Carolina held the opening and dedication for their new gurdwara building on June 16. It was a lovely affair marked by the beginning of sung prayers (kirtan) on Friday at noon, and lasting until sometime on Sunday. (I’m in awe of those musicians!) The new building is beautiful, the colorful saris and scarves to die for, and the langar meal afterwards was delicious, as always. Sikh leaders were most anxious that religious leaders from as many religions as pos … [Read more...]

My Long Strange Journey to the World of Interfaith

Wild Garden: Pagans in the Growing Interfaith Landscape

I am a relative newcomer to the world of interfaith work, but the idea of involving myself in this area of practice has been with me for a long time.  When I received my Third Degree initiation in the Oak, Ash, and Thorn Tradition of Wicca in 1996 my goal was to become active in interfaith work and start trying to build bridges of understanding with those of other religions.  Unfortunately for my stated purposes the Gods had other ideas and within three months of my initiation I was running a b … [Read more...]

Interfaith work from a Pagan perspective

Wild Garden: Pagans in the Growing Interfaith Landscape

Last Tuesday night I sat with a group of people that I have come to respect and admire.  You see, the third Tuesday is our monthly meeting we like to call “Interfaith Contemplatives.”  The intent of this gathering is to offer the citizens of Winston-Salem the opportunity to sit with people of different faiths for 30 minutes of silence.  Afterwards, should one feel called to do so (and most of us typically do feel so called), we share any reflections that came up for us during the silenc … [Read more...]

Through the Brambles

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I've written before on my Making Light blog about our local Women of Faith group here in Rutherford County, Tennessee, but I wanted to write a little bit about why and how I got into doing interfaith work. Now, I'm not what you might call a big-nosed-Pagan and what we're doing is not on the level of the big interfaith meetings that people like His Holiness the Dalai Lama attends. We're little and we're new, but our work does what those big meetings can't do. We reach people and congregations on … [Read more...]

News Arboretum

Wild Garden: Pagans in the Growing Interfaith Landscape

Women of Many Faiths had its monthly meeting last night here in Columbia, SC.  We loved being in the home of our Muslim friend Gul, who was hosting the meeting for the first time.  I always enjoy seeing what kind of art, books and bric-a-brac adorn the homes of my friends from other cultures.  Lots of people bring refreshments to share; since I don’t cook much any more, I had a bottle of rosewater to take my hostess, whose name means “rose” in Persian and Urdu languages.I was a bit apprehens … [Read more...]

Introducing: David Dashifen Kees

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For my first trick, I'm providing you all with a somewhat vanilla introductory post about myself.  Why? Because as you read this, I'm attending the Religious Leadership Diversity Workshop at Hartford Seminary and, therefore, I'm hoping that my second trick will be pretty awesome.  Also, we've never met and I figure it might be nice for you all to have a sense of who I am.  Finally, there's a snake at the end of this article.I was born into something of an interfaith family.  My mother's fam … [Read more...]

Of Turbans and Tribes

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Zinging around the Pagan blogosphere these days I find an extraordinary amount of navel-gazing going on. Are we polytheist or monotheist or agnostic? Are we a community? Do we have a theology and if so, what is it? Who are our elders and who should listen to them? Is belief naive? Is practice incomplete without belief? How do we define ourselves, or is that even necessary?Last weekend’s Gathering of Faiths interfaith festival in Columbia (SC) offered a refreshing perspective for the several d … [Read more...]


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