Happy Month of “Yes You May”!

To me, there has always been something a little naughty about May in general. Maybe it’s the vestigial memory of the free love of “greenwood marriages”. Maybe it’s because it’s National Masturbation Month. Or maybe it’s because my love for the 1967 film adaptation of “Camelot” in which Vanessa Redgrave sings, “The Lusty Month of May”. Whatever the reason, this Beltane, I wish you “tons of wicked little thoughts” and “divine mistakes”.
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Arbor Day: Earth Day for Procrastinators

If Earth Day snuck up on you or passed you by (it was Wednesday), don’t feel bad. It happens to a lot of people, even people who care deeply about the environment. If this is you, not to worry, because today is Arbor Day. It’s like Earth Day for procrastinators. Here are five things you can do today if you missed Earth Day. [Read more…]

Pagans Around the World Call for Environmental Action on Earth Day

In this time of accelerating environmental change, many of us feel a sense of urgency to help transform humanity’s relationship with the Earth.  This sense of urgency is what drew together a large group of diverse Pagans, including Pagan leaders, authors, artists, and bloggers from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia to draft “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment.”  [Read more…]

Putting Marx in his place: Why we need a change in spirit as much as a change in economics

Working toward a shift in consciousness is not sufficient by itself. But likewise, neither do I believe that changing our economic system will be sufficient by itself. A socialist economic system can be destructive to the ecosystem too, if there is not a corresponding change in consciousness. We must work toward change at all of these levels simultaneously. [Read more…]

Backfire and Backtracking: Update on Indiana’s Religious Discrimination Law

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more beautiful instance of the phenomenon known as a “backfire”. Ouch! That must hurt Indiana’s Republican supermajority. They hoped to send a message. The message was received and one was sent in return: “Take your bill and shove it!” [Read more…]

We are the Earth … aren’t we? (The power of the preposition)

The purpose of the Pagan Community Statement on the Environment is not to create some kind of Pagan Creed, but to make a statement about what being Pagan means for our relationship to the Earth and to offer our unique perspective on the causes of the environmental disaster we are facing. Which phrasing better accomplishes that purpose? “We are the Earth, the Earth is us.” OR “We are of the Earth, and the Earth is part of us.”? [Read more…]