Guns or Religion? The Danger of Simple Answers

Image: Kyle T. Webster In the wake of yet another tragic (and yet painfully predictable) incident of gun violence and religious zealotry, I recently found myself sharing the the grief and rage of a gay friend.  My friend, who is an atheist, was directing his outrage at religion, especially theistic religion, because of the role it played in this most recent mass murder.  While trying to console my friend, I also wanted to defend my co-religionists. ... 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. — The Book of the Living Earthseed is a fledgling Pagan tradition inspired by the science fiction of Octavia Butler, especially the... Read more

I don’t often agree with polytheists, but when I do …

I don’t often agree with polytheists about religious matters, so I am excited when I come across a polytheist idea or practice that resonates with me.  I recently came across two articles by polytheists who I usually find on the opposite end of the spectrum of any discussion I am in, but in this instance I found myself nodding my head vigorously. Public Altar Project The first article comes from Galina Krasskova (pause for effect), in which she describes a... Read more

Home is a Place You Have Never Been: Finding Eternity in Change

A lot of my writing about Earthseed tends to be pretty abstract — God and the Universe and such. I’ve been thinking lately about how I need to talk and write more about my lived experience of Earthseed. *** A few weeks ago, I had the chance to visit Louisville, Kentucky. I lived there for about 4 years, from Kindergarten through third grade — three of those years in one house on Fordham Lane. For years afterward, even now, I... Read more

Review of Godless Paganism at Endless Erring

“… Paganism articulates an alternative approach, one where deity is not necessarily dismissed as by the so-called “new atheists”, but is reinterpreted in a non-literal, non-anthropomorphic, often archetypal way. Amongst the many contributors are Wiccans, Druids, “Godlauss” Heathens, Humanistic Pagans, Naturalistic Pantheists and even one “Zen Pagan Taoist Atheist Discordian”, so the views expressed are wide-ranging and show that non-theistic pagans are not a monolith, and that non-theistic approaches exist in virtually every pagan path. …” [CLICK HERE TO READ... Read more

Why I Chose to Get Arrested (with photos): My Winding Path to Environmental Activism (Postscript)

“What are you going to wear to get arrested?” “My Gods & Radicals t-shirt, of course! … Wow, that’s a conversation I never thought I would have.” This was my wife’s question and my response earlier this month, as I mentally prepared to be arrested as part of a non-violent direct action protesting the petroleum industry and demanding a just transition to renewable energy earlier this month. A couple a years ago, I didn’t even recycle. Over the past 2... Read more

Paganism’s Promise: My Winding Path to Environmental Activism (Part 10/10)

Earlier in the summer, Patheos Pagan had invited its bloggers to answer the question, “Has Pagan Environmentalism Failed?” I continued to wrestle with that question for months after. I’ve decided that, whether or not there is time to prevent global catastrophe, I choose to act as if there is. And I believe that, if were are to going to really change things, we need to change our relationship with the Earth in a fundamental way. It seems to me that... Read more

We’re Already Living in a Tree: My Winding Path to Environmental Activism (Part 9/10)

Julia “Butterfly” Hill There were other experiences too that fall that contributed to this transformation, quotidian but no less significant. There was the smell of burning leaves on the crisp autumn air one day in particular. There was the taste of raspberries from my backyard and the last tomatoes from my garden when I came from work. There was the sound of wild geese flying south, “announcing my place in the family of things,” as Mary Oliver... Read more

Voices in the Wilderness: My Winding Path to Environmental Activism (Part 8/10)

Pres. Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir (right) in Yosemite in 1903 It was around this time that I realized that something was wrong with the website which I had been curating. It presented a very Self-centric view Neo-Paganism, and the absence of an earth-centered perspective was suddenly glaring to me. I started researching, looking for material to round out the site, and I discovered the writings of John Muir and Rachel Carson, the “father of... Read more

It Should Have Happened on a Mountaintop: My Winding Path to Environmental Activism (Part 7/10)

After all of that, what happened next really should have happened on a mountaintop or in a redwood forest. Instead, it happened in a movie theater, of all places. It wasn’t even a particularly good movie. I guess we don’t get to choose the time and place of our epiphanies. Of course, it didn’t happen in a vacuum. I had been primed for it by everything that had happened over the last year. The climax of the movie, Lucy, was... Read more