My mother sent me this article a few days ago.. Prayer Shaming and San Bernadino: Choosing Policy Over God "Prayer, it seems, is no longer a politically acceptable response to tragedy. Instead, we're being told to put our trust in something else." Ugh. This article sounds like a whiny baby wrote it. I feel exasperated writing this. … Continue reading Does prayer work?
I'm constantly discovering new answers to this question as "interfaith" can mean many things. Sometimes the word describe what happens when people of disparate religions come together for dialogue, hopefully for the sake of increased understanding and peace-building. For others, "interfaith" is a personal identifier, a way to explain a spiritual life that is rooted … Continue reading What does it mean to be an interfaith minister?
The emerging leaders session derailed a bit into of that intellectualism I mentioned before (believe me, I'm not an anti-intellectualist, I just think there's more to wisdom than the knowledge in our heads). After a well-intentioned but frustrating second session, I found myself in discussion with two other young people about why this had happened. … Continue reading Are we just a bunch of people talking about social action who simply happen to be people of faith?
I'm not sure what transpired at the previous Parliaments, but from the descriptions on the website (www.parliamentofreligions.org), it appears that social justice has become a greater and greater focus over the last 22 years (during this time, four Parliaments have been held before this one). Sure, you've got your information sessions, performances, demonstrations, etc. but all of … Continue reading Could this Parliament of World Religions be the tipping point for shifting the consciousness of humanity?
Wow, what a full two days it's been! I feel like I've been here for a week already. I have so many impressions upon my mind and my heart... so many small stories... even a few prayers answered. Too much to tell, too much to feel really. Interfaith Education and Dialogue The Parliament of World … Continue reading What happens at the Parliament of World Religions?
I am on this planet to help heal the world. By “healing” I don't mean simply repairing. I mean, imagine that your arms get cut off. Instead of just sewing up the wounds to scar over, your arms are replaced with wings. This is healing that isn't just filling a hole; it's planting new earth … Continue reading My Healing Manifesto
In a matter of days, I shall be ordained as an interfaith-interspiritual minister. This grants me the title of “Reverend.” The Reverend Chelsea MacMillan. Whoa. When I began seminary, I was pretty resistant to this word. Reverend. I thought it too Christian, too laden with baggage from myself and others. I was sure I would … Continue reading What does it mean to be a minister?