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...]

A case of tree murder

Below is part of the transcript of the Rachel Maddow show from last Friday, July 6, 2012.  The story is about an Alabama man accused of “desecrating a venerable object”.  What interests me is that the “venerable object” in this case is a pair of live oak trees on the campus of Auburn University.  I [Read More...]

“Once more into the fray …”

Spoiler Alert: The following post contains movie spoilers.  If you have not seen  Liam Neeson’s The Grey and you plan to, then don’t read this yet. A few weeks ago, I watched the movie, The Grey, starring Liam Neeson.  Neeson is one of may favorite “man’s man” actors.  I’ve loved many of the roles he [Read More...]


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