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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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Interfaith and the U.S. Armed Forces

Dr. Carl Evans of IPSC and Chaplain Mike Lembke, Dir. of the Center for World Religions

The military as an example of daily interfaith relations? Never having been a soldier, it had not occurred to me, but that’s one of the things I heard at a remarkable meeting this week at the U.S. Armed Forces Chaplains School and Center, here in Columbia, S.C., at Fort Jackson. The Chaplains School was hosting the annual meeting of Interfaith Partners of S.C., and “host” would be an understatement for the outstanding experience they provided. [Read more...]

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One Year Later

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One year ago, a gunman opened fire in a Sikh gurdwara killing six worshipers and then himself. Shortly thereafter, a group of people in the greater Boston area met at Trinity Church in Boston to stand together in solidarity with those who suffered this violence. [Read more...]

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Religious Leadership Diversity Workshop at Hartford Seminary: a Review

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

This week I offer a review of the 2013 Hartford Seminary’s Religious Leadership Diversity Workshop including both an overview of what I experienced and some personal reflection on what I valued within those experiences. [Read more...]

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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. 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!) Sikh leaders were most anxious that religious leaders from as many religions as possible be in attendance at the big ceremony on Saturday. I was honored to attend, and also to represent the Pagan community. [Read more...]

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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. Lots of people bring refreshments to share; I had a bottle of rosewater to take my hostess, whose name means “rose” in Persian and Urdu languages. I was a bit apprehensive about the meeting, however… [Read more...]

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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? [Read more...]

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