The Greening of Paganism, Part 2

There is a presumption among many Pagans that Paganism is and always has been a “green” religion. In fact, Oberon Zell has called it “the Green Party at prayer.” But Paganism, like every religion, is a complex mixture of concepts and practices that can be used to either rationalize environmental neglect or encourage ecological harmony. Rather than characterizing Paganism, or any other religion, as “green” or “not green,” we might rather speak about the “greening of Paganism,” an ongoing, never-to-be-complete process. Read more

The Greening of Paganism, Part 1

There is a presumption among many Pagans that Paganism is and always has been a “green” religion. In fact, Oberon Zell has called it “the Green Party at prayer.” But Paganism, like every religion, is a complex mixture of concepts and practices that can be used to either rationalize environmental neglect or encourage ecological harmony. Rather than characterizing Paganism, or any other religion, as “green” or “not green,” we might rather speak about the “greening of Paganism,” an ongoing, never-to-be-complete process. Read more

Fiddling With The Gods While Rome Burns

What Beckett has been describing with increasing clarity over the past several years is a kind of Pagan Pietism, if not a Pagan fundamentalism, which advocates withdrawing from the world, giving up the fight for justice, and cultivating personal piety instead. Beckett delivers this message with the soothing assurance of a village priest — and with many a caveat that he can fall back on when challenged. But his destination is clear, and the place Beckett describes — a place of retreat and resignation — is not a place we Pagans should be following him. Read more

How are you working for change on Earth Day?

Earth Day is finally here! How are you working for change this Earth Day? Read more

Hear Diverse Voices Reading a Pagan Community Statement on the Environment

You can now listen to a compilation of voices of various ethnicities, nationalities, ages, and genders reading “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment.” There is also a Spanish language version. Read more

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #1 Share A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment

So you don’t want Earth Day (tomorrow) to go by unobserved. What can you do? Over the last 21 days, I have been offering practical and productive suggestions for how you can honor the Earth this Earth Day. A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment was published on Earth Day 2015. Since then, it has collected thousands of signatures from Pagans and Pagan allies around the world. It has been translated into 16 languages and has been signed by people from over 80… Read more

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #2 Take Care of Yourself

Take care of yourself. Don’t forget to breathe. Take time for your self. Beware of burnout. Drink lots of water. Pray. Keep coming back to that which sustains you, whether you call it “the Gods”, “God”, “the Goddess”, “the Ancestors”, “the Spirits of the Land”, or just “Spirit”. Read more

Update: Godless Paganism is now available on Amazon!

For everyone who was waiting for the paperback edition of Godless Paganism to become available on Amazon, your wait is over! Read more

The gods are “like warm apple pie”: The hidden meanings behind our metaphors

I don’t know what is going on with all the apple metaphors. First, John Beckett compared gods to apples.  I made the case that, if the gods are apples, they are a softer kind of apple than John likes.  Tom Swiss, Pat Mosley, and Yvonne Aburrow have all extended the metaphor in unique and entertaining ways. Now Beckett says the gods are more like apple pies.  He uses the metaphor of the “bakery of the gods” to express his concern… Read more

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #3 Face Your Death

We instinctively turn away from this truth. And we engage in myriad strategies, both individually and collectively, to distract ourselves from this reality. Conspicuous consumption is one of the many examples of what Ernest Becker calls “immortality projects,” the ways in which we “rage against the dying of the light.” Ironically, this consumption only hastens our deaths — both individually (obesity, drug addiction, etc.) and collectively (climate change, war over resources, etc.). One of the ways you can honor the Earth this Earth Day is to face your own death. Read more


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