Passing on my Paganism

This is what Paganism does for me. It brings out the holiness of the everyday: the epiphany of the sunrise, the mystery in the act of eating, the transcendence of genuine encounter with another person, the miracle in a blade of grass. This is what I hope to teach my children, whether they call it Paganism or not. [Read more...]

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My Favorite Posts From July

There’s so much interesting blogging going on in our community. I want to highlight a few items from last month (in no particular order). [Read more...]

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Lughnasaywhat?

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I have issues with the Wheel of the Year. I have issues with the timing of the cross-quarters, with the meaning attached of several of the eight stations, and with the names of most of the days. Right, now I’m just going to focus on Lughnasadh, though. [Read more...]

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The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: When a friend turns to fundamentalism

Can we not have the "life, meaning, and beauty" without the "swindle of religious belief"? Can we not have the peace without the "illusion"? Can not my friend find salvation from suicide without resort to religious fundamentalism? [Read more...]

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The center cannot hold: UPG as a centrifugal force

Mormon pioneers

Personal gnosis is always potentially threatening to community. In order for a community like Paganism to survive, it must find a way to integrate personal gnosis with the communal identity. [Read more...]

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Losing My Religion: The illusion of choice in religious leave-taking

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It was out of necessity, not principle, that I left Mormonism. I count myself fortunate that other divine hands found me. [Read more...]

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