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Pragmatism and Outcomes-Oriented Religion

people composting in a gardenAt an urban farm where I currently intern, there are Muslim, Christian, Hindu, and non-religious people working alongside me. Our cosmologies are very different. Our ethics are the same: the earth is sacred and worth humans' efforts to relate to it and serve it better. Composting is a sacred act, regardless of whether we do it because the earth is god or because the earth belongs to god(s).

I’ve watched a lot of debates about cosmology and the nature of the Divine Mystery: between religions and within the Pagan umbrella.  It holds its own allure, I suppose, but I have never understood why people become so vehement about […]

The Limits of Language

Cement and glass towers reaching toward the sky.Watt's Towers, Los Angeles (Kimberly Kirner 2017)

I sat in the crowded, small auditorium as Gregory Cajete, a Tewa author and professor at University of New Mexico, tried to help us understand a reconciliation between Western science and indigenous integrated science-religion.  In the question and answer session […]