Cherry Hill Seminary Graduates Present at Parliament of World’s Religions

For Immediate Release: October 13, 2021


Cherry Hill Seminary Graduates Present at Parliament of World’s Religions

A human need for support

Old notions of spiritual support or ministry have historically concentrated on one leader or location. Yet, even before the pandemic, traditional place-based spiritual communities and support services were subject to social changes. Most of these changes are the result of increased mobility, personal independence, generational change, and a growing number of people who identify as some variety of Pagan or who blend earth-based spirituality with one or more religious background.

Studies show that most Pagans are unaffiliated with a spiritual group, whether by choice or through lack of choice, but have the same human needs for support during life passages, crises, and personal growth.

Addressing Pagan spiritual support

Three graduates from Cherry Hill Seminary will present “The Changing Landscape of Spiritual Support for Contemporary Pagans” on Monday, October 18, 2021 at 3:45 PM Eastern US Time.

  • Carol Kirk, MDiv, a longtime Wiccan priestess and retired military nurse, will address wounded warriors and moral injury.
  • Professional hospital chaplain Wes Isley, MDiv, will share his experiences on the floor during COVID.
  • Holli Emore, MDiv, will speak about engage collaborative networks, cultivating horizontal leadership in our communities and providing compassionate spiritual support.

Parliament of the World’s Religions

The Parliament of the World’s Religions (PoWR) is the world’s premier interfaith convening organization, and has featured Pagan involvement since 1993. It’s mission is to “cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities.”

Previous Parliaments have drawn thousands of participants from around the world for conferences in Chicago, South Africa, Spain, Australia, and Canada. The 2021 Parliament is virtual and anyone may attend, but registration is required. You can view the agenda here and filter the sessions by selecting “Paganism” under the “Tracks and Tags” feature.

Pagan Voices at PoWR:

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