Happy Holi-Day

Saturday night I went to the Hindu Holi festival at the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago with my wife and kids. It was great. I was amazed by how friendly and welcoming everyone was. There were probably only 10 white faces there, including the four of us, and hundreds of Indians. People were throwing colored [Read More...]

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What is it that rules outside man’s self?: The gods as “other”

I recently had an online discussion with Rua Lupa following her guest post at Humanistic Paganism.  Her question was whether a truly humanistic paganism would not be better off without gods — or god-talk.  After much back-and-forth and the help of other contributors to the Comments discussion, I came to appreciate that (at least one [Read More...]

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An Incarnational Mysticism

In Pilgram at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard describes a mystical experience in nature: “When her doctor took her bandages off and led her into the garden, the girl who was no longer blind saw ‘the tree with the lights in it.’ … one day I was walking along Tinker Creek thinking of nothing at all [Read More...]

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Spring(?)

Here in the Midwest we have had an unusually warm winter.  In fact, with only a couple days of actual snow accumulation, we really haven’t had a winter at all.   Then I walked outside this morning, the sun was shining, it was around 65 degrees, and the birds were chirping.  It felt like the world [Read More...]

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Pantheacon 2012 (Part 3): Rituals

I attended many rituals over over the 3 day Pantheacon event.  I want to talk about each of them briefly and then talk a little about what it is like to attend so many rituals in such a short period. Day 1: Friday (starting the in the afternoon) Opening Ritual by Glenn Turner The first [Read More...]

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Pantheacon 2012 (Part 2): Three ways of identifying as Pagan

“Am I Pagan?”  Oh my god!  Am I really writing about this again?  This happens every time I have any significant contact with the Pagan community.  Maybe that should tell me something. This Pantheacon had a panel discussion about the question of Pagan identity.  The moderator started the discussion by describing the Drew Jacob controversy [Read More...]

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