Are monism and polytheism a matter of temperament?

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It would be beneficial if we as a community would stop looking at one another as deficient because we perceive the divinity differently. It’s natural, when we discover something beautiful, to want to share it, and even to get frustrated when other’s can’t see it. But the fact is that our perceptions are selective. And by attending to one for of beauty, we necessarily cut ourselves off from other forms. The problem comes when we start insisting that our limited vision is all there is to see, rather than a piece of the puzzle. [Read more...]

An alternative conception of divine reciprocity

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I have a new post up at Humanistic Paganism entitled, “‘As the gods pour, so do mortals’: An alternative conception of divine reciprocity”.  Come over and check it out. [Read more...]

Why this Pagan cares about the LDS Ordain Women movement

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Change is coming. It’s not going to come as quickly or as completely as I want, but it is happening right now. And we Pagans have played and continue to play a role in that change. [Read more...]

Single File Spirituality: Community for Spiritual Introverts

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I need to let go of this abstract idea of what participation in a religious community should look like. Instead of thinking of community as a cocktail party — which is overwhelming for me — I need to think about community more in terms of individual relationships. [Read more...]

I miss you already Margot

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None of the recent deaths of prominent Pagans has struck me so hard as the death of Margot Adler. Here are some reflections on her life, and Margot’s own words on what death meant to her. [Read more...]

How the world’s largest living thing made proto-Pagans out of my Mormon family

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We need to invite people to participate in simple rituals that will help them form a living bond with the earth. We Pagans can help people feel that. But first we have to let go of this idea that people will magically find their way to Paganism if it’s right for them. We need to get over our timidness and our excuses. We need to let go of the idea that sharing our faith is the same thing as pushing it on people. We have something the world desperately needs and, if there is such a thing as sin, then it is a sin for us to hide our faith in the closet. [Read more...]


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