Pantheacon is Priceless (assuming one can afford it)

I don’t even want to tally up how much Pantheacon cost this year, after plane tickets, hotel, food, and conference fees. Not to mention missed work. But it was a priceless experience for me. [Read more…]

Borrowing Lent for Pagans: Creating Space

My 12-year old daughter came home from school yesterday and said she wanted to give up something for Lent.  Her friend is Catholic and my daughter liked the idea of giving something up until Easter.  I wanted to encourage this in my daughter, both because I want her to explore other religious practices and because [Read More…]

It’s 5 a.m. at Pantheacon

“Of course, it had to die,” I think, “How else to fit it into the palm of my hand?” And I have this knife, after all. What else am I to do with it? Am I not born to cut and slide and peel? Am I not my father’s son? [Read more…]

Mistakes I’ve made (on both sides): Atheists and Theists under the Big Tent of Paganism

Theists and atheists have always disagreed and they always will. And that goes for theistic Pagans and atheistic Pagans too. I’ve been on both sides of the argument — which means I’ve made mistakes on both sides. [Read more…]

See you at Pantheacon!

I am honored to be on two panels at Pantheacon this year, one official and one “off the books”. The first is the Patheos Pagan Bloggers panel entitled “The Good, The Bad, & The Blogging”.  It’s first thing on Friday, at 1:30 p.m., right after the opening ritual.  I will be sharing the panel with [Read More…]

What Pagans can teach the Mormon church about repentance

In the Mormon church and in the Covenant of the Goddess, I see similar evidence of what might be called “apostasy”, in the form of institutional blindness to privilege (whether it be white privilege or hetero privilege) — but there is a critical difference in the respective responses of these two organizations. Ironically, it was the Pagan organization that was more willing to “repent” and move toward real “restoration”. It was the Pagan organization that at least tried to embody the nominally “Christian” principles which the Mormon church has hypocritically eschewed. [Read more…]