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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