Sermons from the MoundThe Future of Contemporary Paganism: Holding Paradox (Part One)
The challenge of contemporary Paganism's future is to maintain an apparent paradox: to meet the needs of a growing movement without losing the passion and alternative vision that drew so many converts to Pagan traditions.
Voodoo UniverseHow Anti-Pagan St. Patrick Became Voodoo’s Damballa !
In Voodoo inside out, upside down, and backwards are often all the same thing. It's this creative way of thinking that allies Ireland's St. Patrick with the Haitian Vodou God Damballa.
Pointedly PaganLooking to the future: Pagan religions in 50 Years
Amid this rich spiritual diversity most of us will come together in a deeper appreciation for this sacred earth within which we live, and for feminine values as necessary correctives to the one-sided masculine puffery that afflicts and distorts so much of our culture, secular and Christian alike. And that will be quite enough.
The Allergic Pagan“A mighty host respond”: Pagan unity through diversity
Is it possible to build a religious community around the idea of celebrating difference? Is it possible that what makes us "Pagan" is not what we have in common, but the ways we are different? Perhaps being "Pagan" means nothing more (and nothing less) than being one those who have gathered around this word, "Pagan", gathered together to celebrate not a single meaning, but to celebrate the diversity of what that word means to us.
Pagan RestorationInstitutions in Paganism: the Coin is for All
Counter culture, or up and coming? Are we a religion of individuals or do we have collective will? Will the Pagan community build institutions to project our Way though time, or are we just the florescence of our time, to be superseded as the individuals coalesce into a new and different form?
Under the Ancient OaksNot Her Priest
I wear many religious hats and fill many religious roles. One of them is priest. But in a polytheistic setting, not everyone needs to be a priest, and one need not be a priest of a deity to work with and for Her.
Pagan FamiliesRaising Our Daughters as Leaders
Paganism has a strong tradition of women in leadership; the best way to keep our tradition strong is to continue raising our young women to be experienced and capable leaders.
Raise the HornsStanding at the Crossroads (Me and the Blues)
There's no better place to contemplate the blues than at the crossroads. It's at the crossroads where magic, myth, music, hoodoo and Robert Johnson all come together.