Guns or Religion? The Danger of Simple Answers

Clarity can be a scary thing sometimes … people who believe that killing others is justified can have a frightening clarity. As we work our way through the difficult questions in the following weeks and months, let us beware the simple answers. And let us embrace the complexity of our problems. Let us see those we disagree with, not as stereotyped one-dimensional opponents, but as fellow human beings with whom we must work out a way to live. Then maybe, just maybe, the means will become the ends, and we will just win our way through toward a peaceful and just future. [Read more…]

An Earthseed Solstice: Festival of the Teacher

Our teachers
Are all around us,.
All that we perceive,
All that we experience,
All that is given to us
or taken from us,
All that we love or hate,
need or fear
Will teach us—
If we will learn.
God is our first
and our last teacher.
God is our harshest teacher:
subtle,
demanding.
Learn or die. [Read more…]

I don’t often agree with polytheists, but when I do …

I don’t often agree with polytheists about religious matters, so I am excited when I come across a polytheist idea or practice that resonates with me. I recently came across two articles by polytheists who I usually find on the opposite end of the spectrum of any discussion I am in, but in this instance I found myself nodding my head vigorously. [Read more…]

Home is a Place You Have Never Been: Finding Eternity in Change

Is it possible that there is a kind of permanence to be found in the midst of change, a kind of peace in the heart of war, a kind of home to be found in homelessness? [Read more…]

Review of Godless Paganism at Endless Erring

“… Paganism articulates an alternative approach, one where deity is not necessarily dismissed as by the so-called “new atheists”, but is reinterpreted in a non-literal, non-anthropomorphic, often archetypal way. Amongst the many contributors are Wiccans, Druids, “Godlauss” Heathens, Humanistic Pagans, Naturalistic Pantheists and even one “Zen Pagan Taoist Atheist Discordian”, so the views expressed are [Read More…]

Why I Chose to Get Arrested (with photos): My Winding Path to Environmental Activism (Postscript)

“What are you going to wear to get arrested?” This was my wife’s question as I mentally prepared to be arrested as part of a non-violent direct action protesting the petroleum industry and demanding a just transition to renewable energy. A couple a years ago, I didn’t even recycle. Over the past 2 weeks, I’ve been describing my journey from there to here. It’s fitting, then, to conclude this series with a description of my recent arrest as part of Break Free Midwest. [Read more…]


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