Call for Writers Continues

A quick post this week.

We’ve been sort of on-vacation since the election and now American Thanksgiving is upon us.  We’ll get back to more regularly scheduled posts following that holiday.  Or, we will at least until the Winter holidays interrupt the progress of our normal routines.

Remember:  our call for writers continues!  We’ve gotten a few responses and we’re chatting with people about what they might bring to the project.  If you’re interested in working with us, click the link above and let us know!

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Your Voice. Your Vote. Your Move.

In lieu of a Faith Forum this weekend, I wrote a brief post about voting as an intentional, perhaps magical act, at the Pagan Activist blog.  My in-laws were in town and we’re battening down the hatches in light of Hurricane Sandy’s imminent arrival, too, so time was at a premium for me.

In other words, I’m taking the easier road this week and simply cross posting from that blog to this one:

We live in a pretty freaking awesome country.  Sure, it has its problems, not a …

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U.S. Air Force Academy hosts first Hindu service

The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, you may remember, created an outdoor circle for Pagans in 2010.  The academy continues to include religious minorities, hosting their first Hindu service in September.  I read about it this past weekend while learning more about the holiday of Navratri but didn’t want this lost at the bottom of last week’s Faith Forum.

It was officiated by members of the Sri Venkateswara Temple of Colorado for the holiday of Sri Ganesha Chaturthi, the observance of the birth of the god …

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Faith Forum: Breaking up is Hard to Do

(Author’s note:  I liked the way last week’s Faith Forum turned out, with a little more focus on and an exploration of a specific topic with a shorter list of links to other interesting news beneath it.  If you like that format, too, please let me know in the comments.)

Update: apparently, my formatting got lost between writing and publication.  I’ve edited the article to include handy things like line breaks and paragraphs.  Enjoy!

In Paganism, we see groups form and dissolve fairly regularly.  Certainly there are …

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Faith Forum: October 7 through October 13

The religious news was dominated by two stories this week.  The first is historically relevant but may not be of interest to you otherwise so we’ll be spending less time on it today.  On October 11th, 1962, Pope John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council, a three-year process which altered much about how the Catholic faith operated.  Everything from the direction faced by priests during the Mass to the language used during the ceremony was changed.  It was also after this council that the Catholic …

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Faith Forum: September 24, 2012 through October 8, 2012

Phew! It’s been a while since I’ve had a moment to come up for air and get a Faith Forum post together.  In the time since I last did so, I’ve sold my house and had one of the roughest work weeks in my career.  Enough of that, however, and on to some of the news!

The Flying Spaghetti Monster

It seems like we’ve heard a lot recently about legislating blasphemy, especially in the context of the Youtube video mocking the Prophet Muhammad and the violent …

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Faith Forum: September 16 to 24, 2012

Mea Culpa!  I forgot to post this on Sunday, so here’s a better-late-than-never Faith Forum with links to articles about faith from around the world that I found interesting during the last week (or so).

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released a 50-state survey regarding prison chaplains in the US.  I found it particularly interesting in light of the story discussed by Jason Pitzl-Waters at the Wild Hunt regarding the search for a Wiccan chaplain in British Columbia, Canada and the subsequent reversal by …

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Faith Forum: September 9 to 15, 2012

Greetings!  We’ve decided to try and produce some more regular columns here at Hail Columbia to keep you all informed about some of the stuff that we’re reading about on a regular basis.  I’ll be handling the Faith Forum focusing on stories about other religions and on interfaith efforts on the weekends and Lit will be focusing on matters of religious freedom and religious politics.

This was a big–and fairly negative–week in the world of religious interaction. The turmoil in the Middle East caused by an …

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9/11: A Pagan Reflection

Elsewhere on the web, you’ll find a variety of thoughts and reflections today on the events of 9/11/2001.  I remember that I was walking home from class and passed a housemate of mine who told me that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center towers.  I imagined a small plane, perhaps a Cesna, and was momentarily struck by the thought of such a horrible accident before I continued home.

The idea that it was a plan executed by religious extremists never entered my mind.

Now, …

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Responding to Violence

Tomorrow is the holiday of Eid ul-Fitr celebrated by Muslims to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.  On this day, Muslims throughout the world will pray and celebrate as they, collectively, break the fast that is the most recognized practice of Ramadan.  This year, though, the holiday has been marred by fear of potential violence.

Lost in the national coverage of November’s election, the Olympics, and the mass shootings that took place in Colorado, Wisconsin, and most recently in Texas, is a series …

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