Pagan Interfaith, Pagan Ecumenicism, and Pagan Intrafaith

Diana Paxson leading Seidh ceremony at a Druid (ADF) gathering. Photo: ADF.

When we talk about Pagans and interfaith, there are many different layers to consider, and different challenges inherent in each one. Because modern Paganism is a movement, an umbrella term for a number of distinct faith traditions, we have to expend almost as much energy on building relationships with each other as we do with Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, or Buddhists. For modern Paganism as a movement to effectively interface with the rest of the world's religions, we have to be conscious … [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...]

Quick Notes: Protecting Sacred Lands, The Interfaith Observer, and Teenage Clergy

Photo courtesy of the BBC

A few quick news notes for you on this Sunday morning.Protecting Sacred Lands: The Environmental News Network reports that the Biodiversity Institute at the University of Oxford, in partnership with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) and World Database on Sacred Natural Sites (SANASI), is creating a world map that will display sacred and holy places, including forests in an attempt to raise awareness for biodiversity conservation.A team of scientists from the University … [Read more...]


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