Brigid, saint and goddess

Saint Brigid of Kildare was born in the 5th century, a time when Ireland was transitioning from a country that practised ancient earth-based religion, to becoming a Christian one.
This transition between the two faith paths is written out in the traditions surrounding Brigid.
Before Brigid, there was a Celtic goddess with the same name. Part of the tribe of gods Tuath Dé, linked to the Celtic mother goddess Danu.
The two Brigids have become intertwined is because both their stories were mostly recorded by Christian monks. Let’s look at some of the similarities.

How do you become ‘Interfaith’?

Interfaith is not a religion. It does not have specific scripture or a prophet to follow. It doesn’t have congregations that gather every week in a temple of sorts. There is no baptism or ‘conversion’ to Interfaith. In fact, most ministers find being an Interfaith minister a very individual journey.
So how does one become ‘Interfaith’?

10 of my favourite spiritual poems

I have a great love for poetry. I therefore love the Sufi tradition of using poetry to express our relation to the divine.
In this post I share 10 of my favourity spiritual themed poems. I would love to hear about your favourite poem!

Mother Teresa (26 aug 2010 – 5 sep 1997)

“People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere…

Form and Essence

One of the most important lessons I learned in spirituality was around the concept of Form. Form, the outward expression of the philosophy behind any religion. Form can mean wearing orange robes, black robes, white robes. It can also mean honouring your ancestors through various ways such as visiting their grave, having a home altar…

The God of My Understanding

Since I started training as an Interfaith minister I have had a lot more conversations about God than ever before in my life. I like these conversations, because every single one of them helps me explore my understanding of what we tend to refer to as ‘God’. The most important question I have been asked…

Go Placidly Amid the Noise

I found this poem by Max Ehrmann on the wall of a church outside of Conna (co. Cork) last weekend. I love it, given the fact it was written in 1927 it couldn’t be more accurate for this present time. I often assume that the way this world is made of noise & haste is…

Breaking all the rules

This month has led me on the path of the Abrahamic traditions. Abrahamic traditions are those religions that trace their origin back to the figure Abraham. Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Eastern Monotheistic religions. Or, in my world, the religions of ‘right and wrong’. Rules are there to be broken. My favourite story to illustrate this,…

The God in Me greets the God in You

I, the fiery light of Wisdom, I ignite the beauty of the plains, I sparkle waters, I burn in the sun, and the moon, and the stars There are few words that come with more pre-conceived notions than the word God. I will tell you that I have plucked up all my courage in writing…