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.

Altars across religions and time

One of the things that is similar across many religions and spiritual movements is the use of altars. Altars have been used since very early times. Especially in earlier polytheistic societies such as Mesopotamia, over 2000 deities could have an altar dedicated to them in urban areas. In early Judaism, altars made of carved rock…

About Heaven

“I lifted up my eyes to see the Heaven. I saw it not. I closed my eyes to feel the Heaven. I felt it not. I thought of God. To my widest surprise, God said that I am not only the Heaven but His Heaven.” ~ Sri Chinmoy Heaven, Nirvana, Walhalla, Utopia, Samsara, Shamayim, Jannah,…

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’?

Do we not have enough religion to love each other?

“We have enough religion to hate, but not enough to love one another” This Jonathan Swift quote is often used to make the point that religion is no good, as it is just spreading fear and because of that fear: hatred. Another a quote by Jonathan Swift: “If a man would register all his opinions…

Are you a Villain?

This blog is about villains. We all love to hate them.
From very early days, and in nearly all religions and spiritual movements there is good and evil.

Celebrant or Minister what’s the difference?

Nowadays there are many courses in Ireland that will teach you how to become a celebrant. Some of them even give you the right to perform legal ceremonies. So, what is the difference between becoming a celebrant and becoming an interfaith minister? In this blog, I will try and explain the main differences from my…

Cogito Ergo Sum

Cogito Ergo Sum, Descartes said it, I can only be sure that I exists within my own thinking reality. There is no proof anything else exists. From that perspective, atheists definitely have a point. Being an avid philosopher and having a keen interest in psychology, my starting point towards my own spirituality will always be…

Why choose a separation ceremony?

There are many reasons why relationships end. The person with whom you once shared ‘the happiest day of your life’, with whom you declared your love for each other in front of the people you hold dear, with whom you build a home and a life, that person might one day no longer be the…

The Perennial Philosophy

The Perennial Philosophy is a book written by Aldous Huxley, author of ‘Brave new World’, amongst other works. It was published shortly after WWII in 1946. It’s one of the first modern ‘interfaith’ books. Aldous Huxley brings forward the point that all religions share the same metaphysical truth. This truth is more important to each…