State of the Pagan Channel address

Patheos Pagan readers and bloggers, I am delighted to be serving you all as the new Managing Editor of the Pagan Channel. Patheos provides an important space for interfaith dialogue between Pagans and other religious practitioners, as well as among our own community. I look forward to great conversations about the role of Paganism in the twenty-first century, particularly as we contemplate the potential advantages and dangers of building infrastructure.

As I’m (ever so slowly) familiarizing myself with the software and back end of Patheos, I’ve also been getting to know our fabulous bloggers and columnists a bit better. Let me highlight some of our most recent offerings:

Kris Bradley’s Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom has great tips for raising Pagan kids, but her writing isn’t just for parents! This week, Mrs. B shares about her interest in American folk magic, including Hoo Doo, Pennsylvania Dutch Pow Wow, and Appalachian Conjure. Read her for a look at Paganism that is grounded in everyday domestic life.

Daughters of Eve is a group blog by Pagan women of color, led with intelligence and grace by Crystal Blanton. Crystal’s professional background in counseling gives her a great deal of insight into Pagan group dynamics, especially around identity, power, and living as an urban witch. Daughters of Eve also recently welcomed contributor Nadirah Adeye, a doula (birth assistant) who also offers classes on sacred and embodied sensuality. Join these articulate women for passionate and personal writing from an African American Pagan viewpoint.

Raise the Horns is the mouthpiece of Jason Mankey, a committed Pagan and devotee of the Horned God. Jason’s interests are omnivorous—his recent posts are on everything from the upcoming presidential election to Tori Amos–but his writing has a refreshing streak of practicality. Check out his discussion of what makes a good seasonal ritual.

In the column Queer I Stand, P. Sufenas Virius Lupus tackles queer spirituality from a Pagan perspective, but that’s not all—in his latest post, Sufenas wades into the debate over whether Paganism is an indigenous religion. Perhaps we’re not indigenous at all, but a Pagan diaspora! Check out this smart column that touches on cultural appropriation and much more.

In Including Paganism, old school scholar Aidan Kelly fills us in on the complex and varied history of our movement. History buffs will find much to consider and debate in Aidan’s detailed writing. Tune in to the latest installment, or loop back to consider his typology of Pagan groups.

Masery’s Staff of Asclepius highlights the unique situation of Pagans with disabilities, but the blog also addresses broader issues of Paganism and health: for example, when and whether to talk to your doctor about your religion. Check out this blog for the nitty-gritty of living out the belief that bodies are sacred.

Last but not least, Gus DiZerega writes Pointedly Pagan, a column that goes delightfully deep into both political and spiritual issues. Gus is a shamanic practitioner (having trained in Brazil) and a Gardnerian elder, and he has been active in interfaith work on behalf of the Pagan community. Read him for juicy insights on the impact of Paganism on American culture.

 

I also want to say a fond farewell to our bloggers who have recently gone on to independent projects. Jason Pitzl-Waters, Teo Bishop, and Star Foster all have beautiful new sites! All of us at the Pagan Channel wish them well in their new endeavors, and we hope there will be further opportunities for conversation and dialogue with them in the future. Our special gratitude also goes out to Star, whose hard work as Managing Editor built the Patheos Pagan Channel. Blessings to you, Star, and thank you so much for your contributions to our community!

All of the above is just a slice of what’s going on at the Patheos Pagan channel — future posts will highlight our many other excellent contributors. Subscribe to Agora to keep track of me I settle in as editor, follow the channel on Facebook or Twitter, or just sign up for the Patheos Pagan newsletter from the main channel page.

About Christine Kraemer

Christine Hoff Kraemer is Managing Editor of the Pagan Channel at Patheos.com. Christine holds a PhD in Religious and Theological Studies from Boston University. She has published widely on literature, popular culture, and Paganism and is the author of Seeking the Mystery: An Introduction to Pagan Theologies (Patheos Press, 2012) as well as Eros and Touch from a Pagan Perspective (Routledge, 2013). Christine is also an instructor at Cherry Hill Seminary, where she served for two years as chair of the Theology and Religious History department.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/paganswithdisabilities/ Tara “Masery” Miller

    Welcome to Patheos Christine.

  • kalimsaki

    I want to share this sentences From Risalei Nur collection by Said Nursi

     

    Be certain of this, that the highest aim of creation
    and its most important result are belief in God. The most exalted rank in
    humanity and its highest degree are the knowledge of God contained within
    belief in God. The most radiant happiness and sweetest bounty for jinn and
    human beings are the love of God contained within the knowledge of God. And the
    purest joy for the human spirit and the sheerest delight for man’s heart are
    the rapture of the spirit contained within the love of God. Indeed, all true happiness,
    pure joy, sweet bounties, and untroubled pleasure lie in knowledge of God and
    love of God; they cannot exist without them.

    One who knows and loves God Almighty is potentially
    able to receive endless bounties, happiness, lights, and mysteries. While one
    who does not truly know and love him is afflicted spiritually and materially by
    endless misery, pain, and fears. Even if such an impotent and miserable person
    owned the whole world, it would be worth nothing for him, for it would seem to
    him that he was living a fruitless life among the vagrant human race in a
    wretched world without owner or protector. Everyone may understand just how
    wretched and bewildered is man among the vagrant human race in this bewildering
    fleeting world if he does not know his Owner, if he does not discover his
    Master. But if he does discover and know Him, he will seek refuge in His mercy
    and will rely on His power. The desolate world will turn into a place of
    recreation and pleasure, it will become a place of trade for the hereafter. 


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