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 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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Fred Clark: Establishment and Free Exercise mutually supportive

Fred Clark, a Christian blogger famous for his deconstructions of the Left Behind series, has written some insightful posts over the years on the topic of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. He argues from a historically Baptist position why strict separation of church and state benefits – and is in fact necessary for – religion.

In Establishment, Fred explains why some religious people see a tension between the Establishment clause and the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious …

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Organizing a Political Event

Anne Hatzakis has a piece up on her blog about things to think about when organizing a political event, including some important points to take into account when organizing interfaith events in support of religious liberty.

She breaks it down into five steps:

Identifying the purpose of the event
Determining a date
Publicizing it, especially by coordinating with other local religious groups who might be interested in pursuing the same goal
Ensuring the event will comply with local laws and regulations
Managing the event to be sure attendees behave appropriately

One of …

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