Pagans at the Parliament



Officials of the Obama Administration meet with Select PWR Members, including Patrick McCollum

By Ed Hubbard

(PNC, Melbourne Australia) On December 8, 2009, The Obama Administration officials from the Justice and Faith-Based Initiative offices, met with select members of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. It was a small meeting of approx. 50 members from various faiths. Patrick McCollum, of Circle Sanctuary and one of the principal advocates of Pagan based ministry, was invited to partake and speak during this meeting. He was among religious and spiritual leaders from multiple faiths including Native American, Australian Aboriginals, as well as contingents from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhists communities.

According to Rev. McCollum, the meeting was about how the Obama Administration can advance Interfaith relations in the United States. After McCollum’s discussion, officials from the White House sought him out, to have him meet top officials of the administration to discuss how to limit discrimination and promote Interfaith education in the United States as well as internationally. Upon his return to the states, Patrick McCollum may be able to meet with members with the Justice department as well as the Offices of Faith Based Initiatives to discuss the many outstanding situations that are currently within the American court system.

This has been an advance forward for the Interfaith cause and for Pagans everywhere.

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7 Comments for Officials of the Obama Administration meet with Select PWR Members, including Patrick McCollum

Peg Aloi | December 8, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Great news. You might want to fix the spelling of Mr. McCollum’s name, however.

The Wild Hunt » Obama Administration Officials Meet With Patrick McCollum | December 8, 2009 at 4:37 pm

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Rev.Tracy Du Puy | December 8, 2009 at 10:08 pm

This is an excellent first step. New policy needs to set in regards to the many religions of this and other countries. Many of our families came to the “New Country” to be free of religious persecution. We need to make good on that promise. To create an environment where all people can safely and peacefully practice their spiritual beliefs is a truly American act.

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Kathy Nance | December 9, 2009 at 5:27 am

Did a blog post on this for the Post-Dispatch.

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