Spotlight on: M. Macha NightMare

Together In Faith: Journey Into Inclusiveness

By Jason Michael

M. Macha NightMare is a priestess and witch, as well as an author, teacher and ritualist with a penchant for collaboration. A co-founder of Reclaiming Tradition Witchcraft, and an initiate of Faery/Feri Tradition, NightMare holds elder and ministerial credentials through The Covenant of the Goddess, the oldest and largest non-denominational organization of witches in the country. NightMare co-wrote "The Pagan Book of Living and Dying: Practical Rituals, Prayers, Blessings and Meditations on Crossing Over" with Starhawk, and is also the author of "Witchcraft and the Web: Weaving Pagan Traditions Online."

Between The Lines: What is faith?

M. Macha NightMare: Yikes, what a big question! I'd say that faith is the belief system that individuals and/or groups have arrived at for themselves that satisfy their desire to understand what it's all about, why we're here, alive in this life, on this planet. As such, faiths can be as varied as humanity itself is.

BTL: What role does faith play in politics?

NightMare: Too much, when you consider that the current administration is striving to set up a theocracy intended to govern all when we are not all alike, do not all believe and do the same things, do not all see the world in the same way. That said, however, in my personal faith tradition many of us believe that there is no distinction between our religion and politics, that they are interrelated. Therefore, we work in religious ways to foster change in accordance with how we'd like the world to be, i.e., one of peace and prosperity, of social justice and creativity, of clean air and water and plenty of wild lands and habitat for other creatures who share this world, of opportunity for all.

BTL: What is the message that you hope to bring to the Together In Faith conference?

NightMare: That gender is mutable, that divinity is within all, that we are stronger working together, that there are many things - social, political and environmental - on which we share common goals. Many small efforts can combine into one mighty movement.

Between The Lines is proud to be a sponsor of the American Friends Service Committee's Together In Faith conference. Scheduled for May 22, 2004, the conference is for people of all religions and spiritualities and aimed at creating LGBT-affirming communities. For more information, visit www.togetherinfaith.com

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