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: #8 Learn Old Skills

Resilient communities are those can better withstand the shock of environmental change and economic collapse. One part of building resilience is re-skilling. We have lost many of the skills that our grandparents took for granted half a century ago — but we can relearn them. [Read more…]

The Awkward Adolescence of the Polytheist Movement: Defining Community at the Edges

The contemporary Polytheist movement is in its adolescence, and like every adolescence, it’s awkward and accompanied by a lot of exclamatory rhetoric … but it will be outgrown. Of course, just as there are adolescents who are wise beyond their years and more mature than their parents, there are also parts of the Polytheist movement which are like this. I suspect they are made up of people who are more concerned with cultivating a rich cultural center than with building walls at the boundaries. [Read more…]

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #12 Build Community

One thing you can do to honor the Earth this Earth Day is to help build communities that are local, sustainable, and resilient. Communities are created by doing things together. Small communities can find alternative, extra-economic ways of doing what we need done … by doing them together. [Read more…]

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #18 Organize Your Community

One thing you can do to honor the Earth this Earth Day is to become an ecological voice in your community. Start by talking with your family and friends. Make it personal. Don’t rant. Talk about what matters to you. Talk about what in your life is threatened by the climate crisis. And when they are ready, talk with them about taking action. [Read more…]

“How Do You Like Them Apples?” On Gods and Metaphors

I have noticed — especially recently — that rigidity of definitions tends to correspond to other forms of rigidity. As a result, hard polytheistic communities seem to be more prone to fracturing than other polytheistic communities. The gods we choose tend to be reflections of ourselves in some ways. If we see the gods as “separate” and “individual,” like billiard balls, then we may well find ourselves smashing against the hard edges of those around us. But if we see the gods as part of us and us as part of them, inseparable and interpenetrating, then we may find ourselves experiencing a deeper sense of communion with one another. [Read more…]