Monday, January 18, 2010

COG interfaith work mentioned in Tikkun Daily

The progressive Jewish blog site Tikkun Daily has a nice article about Pagans at The Parliament of the World's Religions, and it specifically mentions COG. However, there are some problems with the characterizations of COG's direct involvement.  Here is what the author - Nancy Vedder-Shults has to say:

"The Covenant of the Goddess (CoG) brought Raul Manani, an indigenous practitioner from Argentina — CoG has been especially involved in this work through their Lost and Endangered Religions Project (LERP) since the late 1990s"...(Cont.)...

I appreciate that we are being mentioned in a positive way, but the accuracy of her observations are a little less than correct.  The Lost & Endangered Religions Project (LERP) was started by Don Frew who is one of COG's National Interfaith Representatives, and we do support his work, but LERP is not specifically a COG project.  In fact it is a project of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio in San Francisco. The project's directors includes a number of important academics and scholars such as:

"Archana Venkatesan MA, PhD is Chief Research Coordinator in LERP’s South Asian division. She is a Professor at St. Lawrence University in the Religious Studies Department. She is also the main facilitator of LERP’s Araiyar Sevai Conservation Project.

Layne Little MA, PhD is the Director of LERP’s South Asian division. He is a Fulbright scholar and teaches in the Humanities & Social Sciences Department at Clarkson University, Potsdam NY.

Devesh Soneji PhD is the Director of The Mangala Initiative and Scholar Ambassador of the Devadasi Preservation Project. He is also an Assistant Professor of South Indian Religions at McGill University, Canada.

Hari Krishnan MA is the artist in residence at Wesleyan University CT. He is the co-founder of the Mangala Initiative and is the Performing Arts Director of the Lost & Endangered Religions Project. "

These folks are not affiliated with COG

Also, Raul Mamani was privately sponsored to attend the Parliament by a group of people including members of COG and the United Religions Initiative.