This turned out to be a good move as 76 people of a variety of faiths ended up joining in, which was far too large a number for the stuffy room. It was a joy to reach our arms to the vault of blue, and to open to each other as we danced the qualities of air, fire, water, earth and spirit. Jews, Christians, New Thought practitioners, Pagans and Hindus all danced together, happily, culminating in a joyous spiral dance. A Lutheran minister from India was so excited, he asked if we would be doing this every morning, and when I told him no, proffered his card, saying I must come to visit India. I was asked several times throughout the day if we would be dancing again. Perhaps next Parliament.
I skipped the Paganism panel because the room was already packed and I thought it might be best to visit some other faiths. The Sikhs were not set up yet, so I wandered into a New Thought presentation. I have many thoughts about the New Thought movement and contemporary Paganism – including some important theological parallels and frustrations in critical thinking or lack thereof – but they will have to wait until I have a larger swathe of time at my disposal. For now, it is off to a discussion of “Democracy and Diversity in Global Perspective” which includes a wide array of speakers: Anwar Ibrahim, Pal Aluwalia, Bishop Peter Elliott, Dr. M. Din Syamsuddin, Rabbi David Saperstein and Professor Barbara McGraw. Then I’m helping out with a ritual for peace organized by Angie Buchanan, Deirdre Arthen and Andras Corben-Arthen.
Tonight, the local Pagan community, spearheaded by Reclaiming, is hosting our Community Night. It should be a fun time.