A report released earlier this year by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations hopes to improve awareness about the sourcing and ethical harvesting of some wild plants, three of wh
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By Pamela D. Toler | In the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries, the kingdom of Dahomey in West Africa, in what is now the Republic of Benin, employed troops of trained full-time women soldie
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Sunday, September 25, 10:30 a.m. We Belong To Love Why is the so-called “heresy” of universalism so compelling that it continues to emerge in conservative Christian contexts? Join us this Sunday, Sept
My father James William Ford was born in New Jersey today, the 21st of September, in 1919. I don’t know all that much about his life before he married my mother. Some years ago my spouse Jan and I
On the International Day of Peace, let us recommit ourselves to the work of justice and equity.
What is a sacred story? Sacred stories are stories that we find compelling. Stories that we lean into. Stories that we find meaningful. Stories that we can listen to, read, watch or tell over and ove
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Shaya French We don’t need to understand why someone sets a boundary to respect it. Continue reading "Some Kinds of Help"
“Whenever you find tears in your eyes, especially unexpected tears, it is well to pay the closest attention. They are not only telling you something about the secret of who you are, but more often tha
Today we have four questions: on worship, practice in difficult situations, spirits from pop culture, and comparing different Pagan traditions.
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This is another one of the calendar poems inspired by random , or not so random, coincidences of dates , usually discovered as I am in a mad scramble for a blog entry topic. It first appeared in 201
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It turns out private equity firms are buying up hospice providers. And it turns out the for-profit hospices do not, in general, provide as much care for dying patients as the nonprofit hospices, accor
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While this year's list for Banned Books Week is dominated by books that contain LGBTQ+ subject matter, the list also includes titles that involve Witchcraft. Continue reading Banned books include regu
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When I was 8 or 9 years old, I used to write short stories. I imagined a collection of stories called, “The Adventures of Judy.” However, as a kid, I thought the sound of cooing parents (“Ahhhhh…”) wa
JB, a friend from high school, has been living in London for a number of years. His essay titled “The Mood in London” published by nonprofit news organization Who What Why helps explain to us Yanks wh
I find myself recalling the American Zen Master Kyogen Carlson, who died eight years ago, yesterday. Kyogen was one of the senior Zen teachers in North America, respected and loved across the co
I never belonged to any group during my childhood. My mom is Puerto Rican. My father is a first generation Mexican-American. You would think that I would have a rich Latin heritage, but I don’t. My m
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When I write the word awesome, I always want to accentuate the letters “awe.” When I experience something as ‘awesome,’ what I am feeling first and foremost is the awe and wonder of whatever I am enga
We're beginning our fall semester in style with music from King Cabbage, billed as Oklahoma's only brass band, and a Louisiana-inspired boil for dinner. We'll have activities for the whole family, so
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A sermon reflecting on the nature of religious dissent in the 21st century United States.
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