Epou theo: A Hellenic argument for interfaith work

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It seems to me that when you’re writing a set of commandments, the first thing you put down is going to be the most important thing that you want people to remember. The Delphic Maxims begin with “Epou theo,” which is usually translated as “Follow God.” [Read more...]

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A pagan visit to a Hindu Ashram Community

Even in this extremely peaceful community, I felt the same profound sense of not belonging (mostly by choice), as I would have at a Christian church; just on a different scale. For being a Pantheist-Naturalist type of Pagan, I wasn’t really interested in buying into the dharma of Satsang, or Hatha Yoga, or the ritual of listening to the daily lunch reading of a passage from the Bhagavad Gita. It was a great experience to add to my belt. [Read more...]

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Religious Shop Talk

Formal Language in Ritual

Social media is such a wondrous tool.  I graduated from an Evangelical Lutheran high school, and so I still have a number of very conservative Christians on my friend’s list.  This past week, I was able to have a discussion with a friend I haven’t seen in years, who is a student of theology and [Read More...]

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Late night ruminations from a pagan interfaither

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Just a quick note as I run from this interfaith meeting to that interfaith program, to this interfaith gathering to that interfaith service.  I like to think I sit here as an interfaith journalist, questioning people about their belief in God, Of the Almighty One, the All that Is. Or Yahweh. Or Allah.  Doing my [Read More...]

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Not Politics

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Tuesday evening Governor Haley and First Gentleman Michael hosted a reception at the Governor’s Mansion (“your” governor’s mansion, as she reminded several of us) for Interfaith Partners of S.C. The occasion was the Governor’s Proclamation of January 2014 as South Carolina Interfaith Harmony Month – yes, a little late because of the weather closings. [Read more...]

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Separation of religion and medicine?

Religion in the sick room

It hit me that we were sitting in a doctor’s office. Not a church. Not a synagogue. We were not in a place that had anything to do with worship whatsoever. So why was this Bible even in here? [Read more...]

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Why Interfaith? Why Now??

In view of the connection between religious differences and a history of warfare in the name of religion, the creation of an interfaith community is vital to the survival of our planet. [Read more...]

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On Disagreements and Discrimination

Streets signs at the intersection between Church St. and State St.

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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