Hills of the Horizon: The Problem of Community

One of the tricky bits for a lot of people about the reconstructionist paganisms is that they were, in their original formats, the religions of an entire community. And, unfortunately, the odds are that if you’re specifically looking for a religious community comparable to what ancient people had, the answer is, “You don’t.” [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Seeking Community and Connection at Pagan Conferences

It’s worth looking at what draws people to Pagan conferences and events and what function they serve. Because, there are a lot of different Pagan events out there, and I’d go so far as to say that many of the conflicts in the Pagan community end up being connected to infighting around organizing those events. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Too Early A Death

Wednesday night I facilitated a memorial service for a Pagan community leader, David Quinn. I didn’t know David, but I had been scheduled to offer a chanting workshop for his group, Sacred Bridges CUUPs, in Des Moines, Iowa. Monday when I woke up I received a message that David had passed away Sunday night. [Read more…]

Socially Responsible Magic: Why We Need to Have the Hard Conversations

Over the last year or so, the Pagan community has engaged in hard conversations dealing with issues including consent culture, sex positivity, and racism. These are important conversations, but they are also hard; in part because of what they make each person realize about themselves and in part because we look at our community–and where we fit into it differently–as a result of them. But, while these conversations are hard, they are also necessary. [Read more…]

Socially Responsible Magic: The Question I Ask Myself Every Day

The question that shapes my spiritual practice and my daily work: who can I help? [Read more…]

Socially Responsible Magic: Straddling the Divide of Multiple Communities

We live in multiple communities, multiple subcultures. We need to be prepared for when those communities and subcultures intersect. [Read more…]

Socially Responsible Magic: Responsibility and Feet of Clay

We can’t expect the community to hold us accountable. We must hold ourselves accountable and use that to empower ourselves and our choices. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Wedding Magic

The ceremony itself, whether in a church, a park, or a family home, is an act of creating sacred space; the bubble that surrounds a wedding is much like the one that exists in a ritual circle, and as in formal magic, the intentions and energy of all people present combine to create the experience of the wedding. [Read more…]

Pagan Tea Time: Get Face to Face

If we want to build a strong Pagan intellectual culture, we need to know one another more deeply than words on a screen allow. During the month of February, consider speaking with a fellow writer or commenter face to face. [Read more…]

Gratitude Series on Patheos Pagan (Nov 2013)

Who or what makes us grateful for the Pagan movement? Patheos Pagan writers respond from the heart. [Read more…]