I Saw Two Americas Sunday: From a Mormon Church to the Chicago Pride Parade

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My 13-year-old daughter turned to me at one point and said, “One day I will tell my kids that I remember when gays and lesbians won the right to be married.” I glowed. It was one of those moments when I really felt like a good parent. [Read more...]

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Church is no substitute for religion, Part 3: Why we need Pagan shrines not “temples”

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It’s somewhat surprising, given the degree of theological and ritual innovation in the Pagan community, that we don’t think very far outside the box when it comes to places of worship. We Pagans might benefit from shifting from church/community center model to a shrine model of public religiosity. Here are 3 ways Pagans can offer the experience of “churchless religion” to people. [Read more...]

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Church is no substitute for religion, Part 2: The Spirituality Gap

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“Religion” is about symbol, myth, and ritual, while “church” is about community, morality/ethics, and ideology/politics. Here in the West, it seems we’ve gotten the church cart before the “horse” of religion. Potlucks and creeds are the outgrowth of religion, not the cause of it. [Read more...]

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Church is no substitute for religion, Part 1: The Sunday Assembly and Religionless Church

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The Sunday Assembly wants to be “all the best parts of church but without the religion”, but I think they’ve got it backwards. What I am longing for is not “church without religion”, but “religion without church”. And I don’t think it’s just me. In fact, I wonder if maybe the growing numbers of “Nones” aren’t looking for the same thing. [Read more...]

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Pagans in the Pews: Why I go to the Mormon church

I go to the Mormon church about once a month.  Honestly, it is a painful experience for me.  First, it’s boring (to me … just attached that qualifier to everything I say here).  There is no real discussion.  The questions and the answers are prefabricated, as they must be in any religion which claims to [Read More...]

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