Many have suggested to me that Jesus advocated the same food laws as Mohammed and Moses. The gospel of Mark, however, tells another story: The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (The … Continue reading Did the prophet Jesus consider any food forbidden?
As a moderator of the The Christian-Muslim Interfaith Bridge it shouldn't be any surprise that I'm interested in how we practically practice (yes, I know I'm verging on tautology) reconciliation between Muslims and Christians. Recently I came across these comments in Peace-Building by, between, and beyond Muslims and Evangelical Christians by Mohammed Abu-Nimer and David Augsburger (Editors): … Continue reading Practicing reconciliation between Muslims and Christians
The ace of cups has some fascinating imagery from a Christian perspective. This illustration comes from the Rider Waite Tarot. You will notice that the chalice has streams of living water flowing from it. That a white dove, representing the Holy Spirit, is descending upon it with a communion wafer, inscribed with a cross, in … Continue reading Meditations on the Tarot – The Ace of Cups
The image to your left is of the Ace of Cups in the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. If you reflect on the symbolism you may observe that the cup or chalice is being held by a divine hand, usually representative of God or one of God's angelic messengers. Above it is a dove, symbolic … Continue reading Jesus and the Tarot: The Ace of Cups
Sorry. Unless you're seen the cult scifi classic Solyent Green and have some familiarity with transubstantiation debates then you probably wont get this. But how could I resist?
Some of you may have noticed I recently started a new thread on ritual crafting and started by tentatively articulating how we run some of our home gatherings. Why did I call it ritual crafting? Well because I want to go way beyond talking about alternative worship. But before I get too deep into this … Continue reading Types of Ritual
Friends from a Pagan-Christian interfaith forum brough a Goth eucharistic gathering to my attention. St. Edward King and Martyr Church, an Anglican in Cambridge, holds a biweekly service in the evenings for people who identify themselves as Goth. This is how it is described: The service is candlelit with a specially written liturgy and uses a … Continue reading Goth Eucharist