We stand in solidarity with our Muslim siblings around the world after the horrendous white nationalist terrorist shooting in New Zealand on Friday afternoon.
We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community in New Zealand, with all our Kiwi friends and with all our Muslim sisters and brothers around the world in this time of mourning. The violence unleashed in Christchurch strikes at the heart of our faith commitments and our humanity. At this time, we recall the verse in the Qur’an that states, “Give glad tidings to the patient, to those who, when calamity strikes, Say: ‘We belong to God, and to Him we shall return.’ Upon them descend blessings from God and mercy.” We pledge not only our prayers but our active support to the families of the victims and to their community in whatever way we can be of help.
This was not an isolated incident. We remember those killed at the Pittsburgh synagogue and at the Charleston African-American church attacks, like this one, driven by religious, racial, and ethnic hatred that is unacceptable in any community. We say “No!” not only to violence but to the hatred and bigotry that foster such violence. No one should fear for their safety at their house of worship. No one should fear violence, or hatred, or disrespect on account of their religious, racial, or ethnic identity.
These incidents do not happen in a vacuum. They are the fruit of attitudes of intolerance and prejudice that are deeply rooted in society, attitudes that have been fostered over the last several years by elected officials and other people of influence. In particular, we must call attention to, and speak out against, political efforts to exploit social division and sow fear. Policies like separating families through the Muslim travel ban, taking children from their families at the US border, or dehumanizing refugees all feed the hate that erupts into violence and into less visible but also deeply hurtful acts of dehumanization and bigotry. We need to call on our elected officials to commit themselves to oppose hate speech and hate violence in every form and to reject policies that spring from it and feed it.
At this moment of horror and grief, we must also call on our sisters and brothers in our religious communities and on all our fellow citizens to demonstrate acts of solidarity with our Muslim sisters and brothers, and we must pledge ourselves not only to speak out but also to educate about and foster encounters among the diverse people that make up our countries and our world, so that we may root out the seeds of hatred and xenophobia that give rise to such horrors as we have just experienced. May this event spur us on to ever greater efforts to promote human solidarity.
Please see and share these two statements from our partners at the Interfaith Peace Project, led by Father Thomas Bonacci and the San Francisco Interfaith Council, let by Rev. Michael Pappas.
What is it? PantheaCon is a gathering of Pagans, Heathens and Polytheists and anyone else would like to join us. We gather at the Double Tree Hotel in San Jose, California over Presidents' Day weekend. Around 2,500 people come together from all over the world, to attend and give workshops, presentations, rituals, hospitality rooms where you can learn about the myriad of Pagan, Heathen and Polytheist spiritual traditions, and general opportunity to meet new people and let your hair down and be. Of course there are plenty of opportunities to take something special home from the Vendors' room.
Details about cost, schedule, who's presenting, etc can be found at pantheacon.com.
Covenant of the Goddess will be there! We run a Hospitality Suite along with our sister organizations. Look out for Tree of Trads suite. Come see us and learn more about the Covenant.
This year's theme Unity, Respect for our Diversity, and Connecting Webs to Heal the Earth What are we doing to heal our mother, our selves? What are we Willing to do for the Earth and for our Community?
This year we especially want to emphasize that PantheaCon is a Safe Space for all. We tolerate no harassment of anyone by others. This is called Pax Templi where differences of opinion are set aside for the duration of the Sacred Space.
Compassion and condolences to our Jewish sisters, brothers, friends and relations. We join you in grieving for the loss of those killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We stand by you. We support you.
It is deeply saddening that in this century that we continue to need to be vigilant and determined to stand up for those who are marginalized and made scapegoat. It is horrific that such hatred is still made manifest in the world, a hatred stemmed from fear.
We light our candles and send out love and peace to our Jewish friends especially those who have lost a loved one.
What is remembered lives,
What is remembered lives,
What is remembered lives.
Video about the Interfaith Contingent of Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice
This day is Nature's second harvest. Light and dark of are of equal length. Find balance.
Ceres and Pan
A Mabon altar
These are photos of the march itself.
30,000 people marched down Market Street in San Francisco.
We were there! Covenant of the Goddess as well as Fellowship of the Spiral Path, Reclaiming, Order of the Bards, Ovates and Druids, Hrafnar, etc. marched with the Interfaith Contingent.
We were there at the post-march Resource Fair in Civic Center Plaza.
Members of Felllowship of the Spiral Path, Hrafnar and Covenant of the Goddess - Shirin, Mary, Meghan, Anna and Kitty - staffed a booth at Civic Park at the end of the March. There were banners, maps of Diana Paxson’s ‘Goddess of the Waters’, numerous pamphlets and general information. Thanks go to all those who helped – including Dave.
Interfaith Service held before the March
Indigenous Peoples started and ended the service. Interfaith Power and Light as well as the faith traditions, Christian, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Pagan were there. Everyone spoke, prayed, chanted and sang about the sacredness of Nature.
If you had ever thought, 'I should join something environmental' then THIS is the one.
Embarcadero SF to Civic Center.
There will be a huge Interfaith contingent and it would be super great to see a specific Pagan Contingent.
Interfaith service at 9:15 before the march.
For more information go to https://ca.riseforclimate.org/faith/
and sign up you or your group.
Hope to see you there!