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Witches, Witch hunts, Interfaith Discussion,

Witches come out to play
By Mara Pattison-Sowden, Star News Group, Australia, 19th January 2010
"Mrs Yeoman is part of the western suburbs’ largest pagan group, which has been running for five years.

People travel from all over Melbourne to attend the monthly meetings in Werribee. Mrs Yeoman said growing up as an army brat she was exposed to, and fascinated by, many different cultures and religions from Christianity to Hinduism and Buddhism.

She said her own understanding began with how science and belief could work together.

“It’s about working out where you sit in the world. I never quantified my beliefs until I was nearly 30,” she said.

The 43-year-old said regardless of what she believes, “it’s about connecting with the energy of nature.”"
Witch hunters are still with us
Matthew Claxton, Langley Advance, January 15, 2010
"There have always been two kinds of witches.

The first are the people who perform folk magic in virtually every pre-modern society in recorded history. In England, right up into the 19th century, they were most often known as cunning men or wise women. They usually combined a number of duties, starting with having some rudimentary medical knowledge. They would also likely tell fortunes, sell love spells, and possibly offer curses on the side. They were an accepted part of daily village life.

Then there were the witches as imagined by the Inquisition and various witch-finders in the 16th and 17th centuries. These were far more exciting than a village herbalist with a pack of tarot cards.
But of course, the witch hunters never went away. It was apparently George Orwell who first used the phrase "witch hunt" to describe a search for scapegoats. He was talking about the Spanish Civil War, during which all sides murdered their opponents, and sometimes their allies.
Unfortunately, it seems it isn't a matter of putting witch hunts behind us. It's about trying to predict who will be the next target of the hunters."
Interfaith arts event aims to bring forth ‘Winter’s Light’
by Rick Hellman, The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, 15 January 2010 12:00
"Winter’s Light Jan. 23
The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council presents “Winter’s Light,” a multi-faith evening of storytelling, music, dance and the arts.
The event takes place Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Goppert Theater at Avila University, 11901 Wornall Road. There is a $10-per-person suggested donation. Youth are welcome free of charge.
The schedule is as follows:
6:30 p.m. — Doors open, art displays, refreshments
7:15 p.m. — Children’s story on the stage
7:30 p.m. — Program begins
Reception to follow
For more information, call (913) 548-2973, or visit
In addition to Galex, the other artists featured here Jan. 23 will include storytellers Caroline Baughman, a practitioner of Paganism; Rev. Cara Hawkins, American Indian spirituality; and Karta Purkh Khalsa, Sikhism. Sonnenschein said there will also be some Sufi dance, Hindu music and more."
Series to explore tough questions
Stuart Armstrong,, The University of Victoria's Independent Newspaper, Jan 20, 2010
""Several diverse faiths will come together over the next month to debate where religion fits into some of the most contentious issues in our society.

The Interfaith office is holding a series of public discussions with representatives from the Christian, Jewish, Baha’I, Wiccan, Muslim, Hindu and Buddist faiths, as well as different First Nations faiths. The representatives will debate the religious issues implicated within freedom of speech, environmental policy and people’s sex lives.

Reverend Lucy Reid, UVic’s Anglican Chaplain and priest at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Saanich, says that one of the aims of the series will be to dispel stereotypes about theological debate.

“Whenever we have these seminars there are … people who are surprised that all priests aren’t all conservative, and that a number of them express progressive views on faith – that we are not at all dogmatic and moralizing,” she said.
Moral dilemma: what will replace the church as our compass?
January 19, 2010 , Jason Walsh and Lenny Antonelli of the The Irish Times ask five academics:
"If, following church scandals, the public is looking for common moral ground, where might they find it?"
Tags: australia, canada, interfaith discussion, ireland, morality, witch hunts, witches

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