“One needful thing”, Part 1: What’s missing from Unitarianism

This is a mutli-part series.  In this part, I discuss the history of Unitarianism, including the Transcendentalist revolt, the humanist revolution, and the search for a language of reverence. A few weeks ago, a married couple who are friends of mine joined the Unitarian Universalist congregation that I attend.  They have been attending for about [Read More...]

New post at Humanistic Paganism: Pagan ritual as an encounter with depth, part 1

Part 1 of my essay, “Pagan ritual as an encounter with depth”, is now up at Humanistic Paganism. In Part 1 I discuss the following question: “When the purpose of ritual is to listen to the unconscious, how can we consciously create ritual?”  Then in Part 2, which will be posted next week, I answer [Read More...]

Who’s in charge here? Grace, humility, and defiance of fate

I’ve been thinking about grace and humility lately. Last Sunday in the Spirit Circle discussion group at my local UU congregation, we were talking about who to credit/blame for the good/bad in our lives. The Christian in our group shared his belief that, whenever his life goes wrong, he knows he has done something wrong, [Read More...]

Depression as a friend (updated)

Hello darkness, my old friend I’ve come to talk with you again – “The Sound of Silence”, Simon and Garfunkel Let me preface this by saying that I have never suffered from long term depression, depression that lasted years — unless you count the years of misery that preceded my leaving the religion of my [Read More...]

Summer Solstice – Urban Style

Last month, Jason Pitzl-Waters posted this link at the Wild Hunt, but it was a little lost in the link roundup.  I think it is an excellent example of how paganism can thrive in an urban environment. Apparently it’s not just Pagans who take advantage of the Manhattan solstice, or as it is otherwise called, [Read More...]

Who do the gods sacrifice to?

I recently came across this review of Kimberley Christine Patton’s book, Religion of the Gods; Ritual, Paradox, and Reflexivity (2009).  In her book, Patton takes up the phenomenon of Classical depictions of the gods pouring libations and participating in sacrifices. The cultic action of the gods which is depicted most frequently is libations, but it [Read More...]


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