Two Prayer Breakfasts, Two Visions of America

President Obama at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast.

Today the political elite of the United States engaged in an annual tradition, the National Prayer Breakfast, attended by every president since Eisenhower, and held up by supporters as a peace-making, problem-solving moment of unity."The purpose of the National Prayer Breakfast, which will be held for the 60th time on Thursday, is to attempt to bridge political and even religious differences through what is called “the spirit of Jesus of Nazareth” in order that leaders consider a Higher A … [Read more...]

Modern Paganism’s Role in Interfaith

Swami Vivekananda at the 1893 Parliament

While the concept of interfaith, constructive interaction between representatives of different religions, is truly ancient, its modern conception was largely birthed by the 1893 World's Parliament of Religions (re-dubbed the Parliament of the World's Religions in more recent times) where representatives of "Eastern" religions (Hinduism, Taoism, Jainism, Buddhism) created lasting contacts with representatives from the "Western" traditions of Christianity and Judaism. The star of that parliament … [Read more...]

Assisi III: Too Much and Not Enough

Large interfaith gatherings can often be fraught with long-simmering tensions, just ask the folks who put on the Parliament for the World's Religions, but it is generally thought that the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. That getting leaders and clergy of the major religions in the same room to find common ground and common understanding will bring dividends of lasting peace (or at least bring about greater tolerance). Yesterday, in Assisi, Italy the Catholic Church sponsored a massive inte … [Read more...]

Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans out there, sometimes more than I can write about in-depth in any given week. So The Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up.The Seattle Times reports on the passing of Brian Fairbrother, a well-known and liked barista, who was also a member of the local Pagan community. Fairbrother defined himself as an "urban Pagan," and commissioned the "Sacred Shrine of Caffeina, Goddess of the Waking Day" near his … [Read more...]


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