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Pagan News Beagle: Faithful Friday, May 13

The religious icons of motherhood are celebrated. The unique nature of American Buddhism is examined. And seven principles of interfaith communication and cooperation are described. It's Faithful Friday, our weekly segment on news about faiths and religious communities around the world! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Birth and death are constants in the human experience; everyone comes into contact with them. So it's little surprise then that mothers often play a very important role in religion. Over at The Huffington Post, Carol Kuruvilla gathers a list of many of the sacred mothers throughout the world's religions.

But although religion often honors mothers it doesn't always reward other women (or even mothers when they're not acting within that specific role). Gender discrimination within religion has a long and unfortunate history. Fortunately, that's changing. The New York Times takes a look at women who are fighting for an equal place in India's temples.

Religion frequently concerns itself with experiences outside of the ordinary but that doesn't mean the material world doesn't have its place in our spiritual lives. At Patheos, Judaic writer Gregory Eran Gronbacher outlines the importance of grounding religion in the world around us and how he does it within his own life.

When Buddhism first came to the United States, it was mostly among immigrants, reflecting the traditions of the countries from which those migrants came. Then, people began to convert to Buddhism. Decades later, some would have it that American Buddhism has become something unique and different, separate from its roots in Asia. For more information, read Karen Michel's take at PRI.

In a world filled with as many diverse faiths and religious experiences as ours, interfaith communication is essential to peaceful coexistence. But it doesn't always come easily. Over at, Jim Burklo shares a list of what he considers the most importance principles of interfaith engagement are.

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