Why We Need A God/dess Who Does Not Look Like Us

It is important to recognize God in our own image, our own reflection — especially if we are female, queer, persons of color — and our culture tells us we are somehow less than divine because of it. But for those of us who are white, or who are male, or who are heterosexual, or who are cis-gendered, it is even more important for us to recognize God in the faces of those who are different from us. [Read more…]

Is There a Place for God in Paganism?

Choosing to say “God” instead of “Goddess” allows us to speak about divinity separately from gender, while also allowing us to tap into all the power and possibility that has been associated with that word for centuries. I’m not suggesting we choose one over the other. I’m suggesting we embrace all of these words: “gods”, “goddesses”, “Goddess”, and even “God”, each of them with their unique potential and their unique limitations. We Pagans know something about the infinite diversity of the divine, and we need all of the linguistic resources at our disposal to express it. So let us reclaim “God” from the monotheists and the patriarchs. Let us make “God” Pagan again. [Read more…]

Don’t Call Me A “Generic Pagan”

In the interest of an inclusivity that is never really achieved, planners of public Pagan rituals often default to a “Wiccanate” ritual format that is familiar, but also tired. The lack of creativity and ritual innovation at many public Pagan events is largely responsible for the appellation “generic”; it is “generic” because it is bland and boring. This is what makes the phrase “generic Paganism” so offensive. Not all so-called “generic Pagans” are Wiccanate. [Read more…]

Shape God, Shape Change, Shape Gun Control Legislation

Join us on Zoom on Saturday June 18 @ 6 pm ET/ 5pm CT/ 4pm MT/ 3pm PT for a Rite of Remembrance in honor of those who died in the Orlando massacre. Just follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/895295606 [Read more…]

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…]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X