Faith & Prayer
Women in Religion: Second-Class Believers?
A member of the Project Conversion Facebook page (affectionately called the “Congregation“) recently wrote: “It is a fact that many women are verbally and physically abused yet many religions put the man over the woman and/or make it a sin for the woman to leave “wedlock”. How can those be reconciled?“ Thanks for asking such…
Faith by Fear: Converting in Fear of the Unknown.
The past can be a dangerous place. Often magnified by the lens of the present, mole hills indeed become mountains and insignificant creatures become history’s monsters. Like quicksand or a Chinese finger trap, our past sinks its hooks into us the more we struggle with its hold on our lives and perspectives. “Man…cannot learn to…
Is There a God? Reflections from the Unaffiliated.
“Is there a God? If so, what’s he/she/it like?” “What do you believe about the divine?” “Is God one essence displaying itself in many forms?“ I get these perennial questions now and then and I assume it’s because of my recent immersion into 12 faith systems from around the world. It seems that I am…
Attending Baha’i Study Circle: A Trip Down Memory Lane
My phone rang around 4:30 yesterday afternoon, just as I had finished washing a sink full of dishes. I looked at the caller I.D. and smiled. I tapped the “answer” button and said, “Allah’u’Abha!” It was my Baha’i Mentor from February of 2011, Dr. McCormick. She still gets tickled by the fact that I remember…
How Project Conversion Email Reaffirms My Purpose in Life
The email around here since Project Conversion began in January of 2011 is an interesting place. A veritable Cracker-Jack box of emotionally laced messages, I never know what surprise will emerge each day. Sometimes people inform me that I’m heading toward hell and so take it upon themselves to save me. Others simply insist that…
Mothers: Doing More Than Just the Laundry Since…
Moms are kind of a big deal, so it’s no surprise that cultures around the world celebrate the blessing of motherhood in various ways.
Falling Off the Wagon: Taking a Hit of Hate.
There are folks close to me with substance abuse problems. Painkillers, alcohol, you name it, and their addiction is a cage they both cling to and abhor. I see their lives collapsing around them as the addiction burns relationships, jobs, and any semblance of humanity left inside them to the ground. They seem helpless as…
Have Our Holy Places Become Obsolete?
Is there a place you go where it feels like the entire cosmos channels through your body? Where the hair on the back of your neck stands just as your feet touch down on its surface? I had not one, but two such places during my journey last year. And now they’re gone.
The Universe Lines Up: Vesak and Huge Moon Esbat
It’s not often the religion nerd and science freak in me gets some love on the same day, but here we are. Today is a unique alignment of two events: Vesak, or Buddha Day, when many Buddhists all over the world celebrate the life and awakening of the Buddha, and it’s also the night of…
Why Christians and Other Members of Faith Should Support Gay Rights
Oh snap, it’s on. I love my home state of North Carolina, however just because I’m enamored by my swampy homeland, doesn’t mean we always agree. The North Carolina Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (“Amendment One”) is up for vote in just a few days (May 8th), and it’s effectively dividing the state. Odd thing is, same-sex…
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