From An Equinox Guest

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Editor's Note: The following is a personal reflection shared with me by an interfaith friend who joined Temple Osireion on the autumn equinox for the public ceremony which we held under the century-old oaks of the S.C. State House grounds. My anonymous friend's comments are deeply poignant given the apocalypse of fear, shame and soul-searching we in South Carolina have experienced in the three months since a stranger stood up in a Bible study at Mother Emanuel AME and murdered nine people. It … [Read more...]

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What We All Want

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The light bulb came on for me this week.It was a big interfaith week for me here in South Carolina.  Last Sunday Interfaith Partners held our annual meeting, at which I gave a very brief report on something Cherry Hill Seminary students are doing.  Then Thursday I traveled to Aiken to meet with a fledgling group there.  Yesterday I popped by the big dedication festivities for a new Hindu (BAPS) temple in my own neighborhood.I love this stuff, love the people I meet, love the friends I’ve … [Read more...]

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How to Do Interfaith: Basics For Pagan Beginners, Part 1

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Someone asked me recently, however did you gain acceptance in South Carolina as a Pagan interfaith leader?  Honestly, the story is not much of a mystery, but I’ve learned some things along the way which you may find useful.1.  Show up.  Patrick McCollum was asked once what is the key to successfully building Pagan community.  His answer was, “Show up.”  If you want to be part of something, you have to be there when the action happens.  That may mean visiting religious services, meetings, disc … [Read more...]

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Not Politics

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"I ask you to keep doing what you are doing," said the governor. Here in South Carolina it is rare that a public official acknowledges any religions besides Christianity and sometimes Judaism.   But Governor Nikki Haley is no stranger to the minority experience, having grown up as a first-generation Indian-American in rural S.C. in a family which practiced the Sikh religion.  As she noted on a previous occasion, she has faced several challenges in her career: being female, being "ethnic" a … [Read more...]

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