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Instructive examples on why interfaith work is a good idea

posted by Gus diZerega

I deeply believe the problems in our country are more of the heart than of the head. Here are some youtubes courtesy of John Morehead of the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy on Facebook. They speak more […]

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A Pagan in the Buckle: thoughts on my time at a Pentecostal service

posted by Gus diZerega

I have been slow in writing this post because I have wanted to do my experience justice.  In late November I crossed the country, stopping off in Lawrence Kansas for Thanksgiving with family before returning to California.  Starting from the […]

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Working with progressive Muslims

posted by Gus diZerega

One of my oldest friends is a woman who has been working with progressive Muslims in Denmark.  As many of my readers know, there has been far more friction in Denmark between right wing Muslims and the secular society to […]

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Pantheacon 2011: Contrasting Tolerance and Pluralism

posted by Gus diZerega

This isn’t quite the write-up I anticipated doing because I left my notes somewhere or other.  A drag, but maybe a blessing in disguise.  Now I have to search my memory about what impressed me most.  And a great deal […]

Egypt’s Grand Mufti on the Revolution

posted by Gus diZerega

Ali Gomaa, Egypt’s Grand Mufti has just made a statement that should raise the spirits of all who care for the well-being of the Egyptian people and a future of religious toleration and, even more, ultimate acceptance.  No, he did […]

Thousands of Muslims risk their lives defending Coptic Christians from terrorists

posted by Gus diZerega

One of the most depressing recent blots on the increasingly blotched American character was the ignorant and infantile outrage by so many over the “Ground Zero Mosque” (which was none of the above). To make their case they had to […]

People of the Earth Gathering

posted by Gus diZerega

The Saturday before Thanksgiving the United Religions Initiative’s People of the Earth   gathering took place in San Francisco’s Presidio.  This was the third in a series of meetings seeking to build mutual awareness and respect among the practitioners of many […]

Honoring the Pomo and what doing so can teach us all

posted by Gus diZerega

(Revised and deepened) This month has been Pomo Honoring Month  in Sebastopol, and yesterday I went to see Hinthel Gaahnula (Talking Indian) a film produced by James BlueWolf giving a narrative history of the Clear Lake Pomo from shortly before contact […]

My Talk at the Interfaith Observance at the Presidio

posted by Gus diZerega

I was asked to give a talk this afternoon, October 3, at the Interfaith Center at the Presidio chapel in San Francisco.  This was an annual gathering celebrating its founding, and this year’s topic was “Reclaiming the First Amendment,” a […]

Sometimes the Good Guys Win

posted by Gus diZerega

Yes indeed they sometimes do. And it’s a good example of the power of interfaith work.

Interfaith Fall Festivals . . . Spread the Word

posted by Gus diZerega

On Memorial Day I drove down to Marin County to meet with a number of representatives from other religions to discuss what we might be able to do together to promote a more sustainable relationship with the earth.  We were […]

Modern Pagans and Indigenous Religion

posted by Gus diZerega

During last year’s Parliament for World Religions a dispute arose over whether Pagans were properly considered indigenous religions.  One person prominent in our community insisted he qualified by virtue of his membership in a “FamTrad,” that is, a family held […]

This Blog’s Vision, Culture War, and an Undercover Atheist

posted by Gus diZerega

This blog is an active participant in the Culture War being waged in the US.  But I often find myself in a strange position, as many other Pagans likely do.  I frequently seem to shift sides.  I want to describe […]

Christians and Pagans: a Positive Story

posted by Gus diZerega

The wonderful Pagan singer, Celia, came to Sonoma County yesterday.  While readers of this blog know I admire her work, we had never met.  However she had emailed me she would be singing at a meeting of Catholics concerned with […]

Real Christians – A Pagan Perspective

posted by Gus diZerega

The question of who is or is not a “real Christian” has come up in this blog.  It’s my own fault, for I’ve tried to distinguish between Christianity and the devil worship that masquerades under its name in the religious […]

Atheists, Christians, and Pagans

posted by Gus diZerega

The recent plethora of books by militant atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens is beginning to generate a good deal of return fire from people writing within the Christian tradition, either as sophisticated adherents or writers […]

Answering a Critique of Earth Day and Environmentalism

posted by Gus diZerega

Earth Day is approaching, and while I want to honor it, today I was sent a link to an article that suggests honoring Earth day would be a mistake.  The author, Bradley Doucet, repeats standard attacks from various kinds of […]

Digging Deeper on Starhawk’s Call for Apologies

posted by Gus diZerega

When I was reading Starhawk’s argument  for why the Pope should apologize, for past crimes by the Catholic Church, I was bothered by a key paragraph  that raised other issues.  When I wrote my piece in response  to David Gibson’s […]

Starhawk and the Pope

posted by Gus diZerega

Starhawk called upon Pope Benedict to apologize to Witches and other Pagans for past Church actions against Pagans and women in today’s Washington Post.  In response David Gibson at Pontifications Blog   here at Beliefnet pointed out that she was behind […]

On Spiritual Experience

posted by Gus diZerega

When I blogged on Rowan’s suggestion, I was not sure what would happen.  I am delighted.  I’ve learned a lot.  (Thanks, Rowan!)   I was struck in particular with one comment made in a response to my last post, a […]

10 Words Not to Use With…

posted by Gus diZerega

Rowan Fairgrove sent me this fascinating article on 10 Words Not to Use With Muslims, advising President Obama on how he can avoid being misunderstood when addressing a Muslim audience.  Some suprised me.  She wonders whether  the same might hold […]

Genocide Prevention Ritual

posted by Gus diZerega

Given that even Fundamentalist Jews can endorse and presumably practice genocide, it is refreshing to see what Pagans are doing in this context.  April is Genocide Prevention Month  because it is the month when many genocidal events began.   An […]

The Perils of Pagan Clergy: Second Argument

posted by Gus diZerega

This is my second reason for being very skeptical about the interest on so many pagans’ part in our having a “clergy.” Words have enormous power.  We do not even need to go into a discussion of magick to see […]

Of Divine Love, Monism, Monotheism, and a Reply to Ali and others

posted by Gus diZerega

I spent yesterday flying back to California.  It’s weird to take off from Paris at 10 am, and arrive in San Francisco at 1 PM.  My body also thought it was weird and is still catching up.   One of […]

Better Babies Get AIDS than Promiscuous Mothers get treatment – Sen. Shultheis

posted by Gus diZerega

I had earlier blogged how religious zealot Rep. Scott Renfroe of Colorado argued that according to the Bible gays should be executed.  Later, in the comments, one reader who identified himself as a ‘Reverend’ applauded Renfroe’s words.  I quickly commented […]

A Wiccan’s Reply to a Mormon’s Query

posted by Gus diZerega

Dave Banack over at Mormon Inquiry   is wondering what the deeper spiritual meaning might be for the growing toleration of Wiccans and other NeoPagans in America today.  On the one hand, we demonstrably aren’t particularly dangerous to anyone, but on […]

Pantheacon Panel on International Interfaith

posted by Gus diZerega

The final panel I attended at Pantheacon was on  international interfaith work.  Its participants were an impressive group: Glen Turner, Starhawk, Don Frew, Selena Fox, Anastacia Nutt, Rachel Wachter, and EliSheva Nesher.  While present at the Con, Rowan Fairgrove was […]

Pantheacon Report: The Lost and Endangered Religions Project

posted by Gus diZerega

At Pantheacon Pagans deeply involved in interfaith affairs reported important achievements in two panels, one on the Lost and Endangered Religions Project (LERP) and the other on international interfaith work in general.  Both are doing great good for our spiritual […]

Report on Pagans and Interfaith

posted by Gus diZerega

I saw a number of wonderful sessions yesterday that might interest our larger community.  Too many to put a blog together before fatigue led me to bed.  One of particular importance was on Pagan involvement in interfaith work.  (Reports on […]

A Reply to Rabbi Hirschfield and Thanks to Paul Raushenbush

posted by Gus diZerega

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield has taken exception to my blog post on the Bible and abortion.  He calls it arrogant, and worse.  I sent him my reply, and am putting it here, below the fold.  He raises some issues that were […]

Are Wiccans Infiltrating Churches?

posted by Gus diZerega

This morning a friend of mine in Denmark wrote asking me what I thought of an article titled ‘Wicca Infiltrates the Churches,’ by Catherine Edwards.  Its author is quite alarmed at what she sees as unchristian influences seeking to undermine […]

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Instructive examples on why interfaith work is a good idea
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The controversy over Pink Slime - and what it means.
The controversy over pink slime is helping educate Americans to the fact that corporations are as beneficial to agriculture as they are to politics. Tom Laskawy put it pithily: “What pink slime represents is an open admission by the food ...

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How the "war on religion' backfired into a war on women
Here  is a really good article by Tina DuPuy on how the Republicans got themselves into such a mess with America's more intelligent women.  Left undiscussed is how the extreme pathological masculinity of both their deity and their leaders made ...

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