To Those Who Say Interfaith is a Waste of Time

When I hear many people talk about “interfaith” work it seems that their understanding of the topic is confined to the idea that it involves trying to teach each other about our different religious beliefs in hopes that we can convince each other that we aren’t strange and scary. It is this limited understanding which, I believe, leads to the sort of comments I frequently hear from Pagans and others that interfaith work is a waste of time and effort since we will never change peoples’ opinions o … [Read more...]

The Whole Community

Women of Faith of Rutherford County at Kymari House

I haven't been writing all that much here lately, partly because life happens and partly because much of what I had to say was beginning to take a negative tone. I don't like to dwell on the negative because it's important to me to put things that are beautiful and positive out into the world.Being critical and bitter is easy; being genuinely positive is much harder.As our May activity, Women of Faith helped put together a yard sale to benefit Kymari House, a local non-profit that … [Read more...]

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 is heavily active in his church (a non-denominational, but strongly Evangelical organization).  He posted a question about the use of language in prayer - specifically, why many Christians use antiquated w … [Read more...]

The Problem with Proselytization

Assimilation is not just something that happens in Star Trek.

I wrote some time back about how it is imperative for me to be courteous to those who come to my door. This is part of my upbringing as well as a moral obligation stemming from my religious convictions. By and large, I see proselytization efforts as futile and mostly harmless, but the practice has certain assumptions at its core that can lead to behaviors and attitudes that can be quite harmful to those of us in the minority. The assumptions are as follows:There is one true way. Because … [Read more...]

What is a Sacred Place?

And just what is a sacred place? What do you see when you hear those words? Standing stones raised by ancient peoples upon a windy plain? Dark caverns where the ancient Mother was first honored? Towering pyramids? Ruined temples to forgotten deities? Perhaps you think of the dim vastness of a famous cathedral, candles flickering in front of the Torah, or images of the pilgrimage to Mecca. Or maybe the sacred is a small church on a village green, or the many-pillared splendor of a Hindu … [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...]


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