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Grove Harris
Grove Harris consults, speaks, and writes about religious diversity in America and the interfaith movement. Most recently she served as the Program Director for the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, orchestrating over 600 programs for the Parliament held in Melbourne, Australia, December 3-9, 2009. She has presented at the American Academy of Religion, Brandeis University, Harvard University, Union Theological Seminary, the North American Interfaith Network, and the Global Youth Leadership Institute. As a Peace Commissioner, she represented the City of Cambridge at the International Association of Peace Messenger Cities in Krusevac, Serbia. Grove was the Managing Director for the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, and earned her Masters in Divinity from Harvard.

Entries by Grove Harris

Possibility Pods on Winter Solstice 2014

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2013 | 12:17 PM

Winter solstice is a time to honor the dark, and also celebrate the returning light. I've written before, in 2010 about hope and the winter solstice and in 2012 about new alignments; this year I'm thinking about the power of possibility and abandoning hope. Remembering that...

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Celebrating Wicked: Samhain 2013

(26) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 10:07 AM


The 10th anniversary of mega-hit Broadway musical Wicked is in full swing this Samhain- perfect timing. As witches celebrate the high holiday, this show, through its pre-history of the wicked witch of the west, celebrates friendship and learning to see another way.

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Composting Our Way Into Renewal

(4) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Every spring is a time of renewal, of life surging forth for another round of growth. It is honored in religions, and in many regions of the world. I'm told that in Iran, 13 days are set aside for celebration. Perhaps this is part of the renewal we all need:...

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Winter Solstice 2012: Time for New Alignment

(5) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 7:42 AM

I approach this winter solstice in a kind of blindness. Some say that huge celestial alignments will birth an age of partnership. I'm all for it, and many people plan to celebrate.

The work of this moment is in darkness, and the preparation is about letting go....

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Samhain 2012: Acts Of Beauty And Compassion

(8) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 5:08 PM

I share this spell as a gift, for pondering or repeating. So far, I have found myself yelling it out loud in the face of the winds, rains and blowing sand of Hurricane Sandy.

A Samhain Spell/Prayer by Donald L. Engstrom-Reese

May all that is hidden be...

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Fall Equinox 2012: The Pathway of Sustainability

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2012 | 8:19 AM

Once again, the summer is winding down and fall approaches. The day of roughly equal light and dark comes, a point of balance on the wheel of the year and another time to weigh in on changes. Change is one of the few constants in life, along with the constant...

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Full Moon Lammas: A Time of Gratitude

(40) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 8:20 AM

This year's Lammas observance falls on a full moon -- a time of intensification of emotions, pulls of nature and illumination. Known as the first harvest in the agricultural cycle, this is a time for gratitude for what has already come to fruit (or vegetable). Then comes the exploration of...

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Summer Solstice 2012 At The Rio +20

(4) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 4:40 PM

This year I've left the summer solstice behind, and traveled to the winter solstice. At home in New England my friends have planted gardens weeks earlier than usual and are already harvesting.

I have left behind the longest day of the year, and traveled to Rio de Janeiro, where...

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Imbolc 2012: Embracing the Shadow

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 10:29 AM

This year's celebration of Imbolc begins the turn toward spring, although with 59 degree weather in Boston it's unclear whether we've had winter. With only six weeks of winter left, this is the time to set intentions and clear away the clutter, composting it in preparation for new...

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Solstice 2011: Occupy My Heart

(5) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 12:55 PM

This year the dark season is one of the busiest ever. In addition to honoring the dark, to snuggling into warm sweaters, to worrying about unseasonable warmth, and appreciating sharp cold, I add the Occupy opportunity. In my three main towns, Hyannis, Boston and New York, there are inspiring and...

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Samhain 2011: Celebrating our Ancestors and the Earth

(368) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 7:25 AM

In this week leading up to Samhain, there are dramatically high tides, a dark moon and cold coming after an unseasonably warm month. The darkness each night seems so early; the turning of the wheel is upon us. This is an excellent time of year to listen to the rustling...

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Summer Solstice -- Bring on Creative Alternatives

(48) Comments | Posted June 21, 2011 | 11:20 AM

Last year at this time I wrote on the spiritual meaning of the summer solstice,

"The solstice, sometimes called midsummer because by now farmers have long done their planting, is technically the first day of summer. It both ushers in the warmest season, and reminds that the season...
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May Day Delights: The Pagan Celebration of Beltane

(7) Comments | Posted April 30, 2011 | 10:37 PM

May Day (at least in the Northern hemisphere) heralds the delights of the coming warm season, with intoxicating fragrances of spring flowers and flowering trees to delight the senses. Warming days and shedding of coats signal more pleasures of the coming summer season. Time to celebrate, with a bit of...

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International Nowruz: Spring Equinox Celebrated at the United Nations

(3) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 11:10 AM

What festivities and what a feast! The vernal equinox is now considered a global holiday, part of the world's cultural heritage. The celebration at the United Nations included the ambassadors of more than 10 countries speaking to a full house in the General Assembly hall. Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, India, the...

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Imbolc 2011 -- The Spring Quarter Begins

(122) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 6:28 AM

Whatever the ground hog does or doesn't do, we're half-way there. Early February marks the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Spring, that glorious season of renewal, is starting now according to Pagan tradition. Despite the Northern Hemisphere's snow and cold, Pagans celebrate Imbolc and the returning...

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Spiritual Lessons On An Extraordinary Winter Solstice

(112) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 6:02 PM

Winter Solstice, Dec. 21, 2010 packs a celestial punch with a full moon and a full lunar eclipse, visible in the Americas if we're lucky enough to have a clear sky and energetic enough to be up. The eclipse will be visible after midnight EST, reaching it's maximum at 3:15...

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The Alchemy of Giving Thanks

(2) Comments | Posted November 25, 2010 | 10:09 AM

The secular holiday of Thanksgiving is generally an expression of thanks celebrated with family, friends or chosen community. The act of giving thanks is important; it has an alchemical power and with practice can be profoundly transformative.

Many religious and spiritual traditions encourage giving thanks including Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism,...

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Halloween and Samhain: Secular and Sacred Celebrations

(78) Comments | Posted October 30, 2010 | 6:20 PM

Halloween, or Samhain, is celebrated in many ways, some religious, some spiritual and many secular. It is a religious holiday that has entered the general American cultural ethos and is celebrated with trick-or-treating and costume parties. The vivid orange and black colors associated with the day bring to mind the...

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The Spiritual Meaning of the Summer Solstice

(621) Comments | Posted June 21, 2010 | 2:56 AM

Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, the shortest night, and a tipping point: from here on out the days get shorter and the nights get longer. The solstice, sometimes called midsummer because by now farmers have long done their planting, is technically the first day of summer. It...

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