“10,000 Pagans Raise Their Voices For Environmental Action”: Help make this a reality

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Help us get 10,000 signatures for “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment” by Summer Solstice this year (June 21) when the Pope’s environmental encyclical will be published. [Read more...]

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More than BNPs: Who has signed “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment”?

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Even more than “Big Name Pagans” like Starhawk, I am excited to see the nearly 2000 other signatories of “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment”. These are Pagans who share a deep concern for the Earth and feel a religious responsibility to help transform our relationship with the more-than-human world. As cool as it is that Starhawk is number 812, I wondered who the people were who were numbers 811 and 813. So I reached out to them and they graciously granted me short interviews. [Read more...]

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The Draft Pagan Community Statement on the Environment is available for public comment

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UPDATE In honor of Earth Day, the statement has been published at ecopagan.com where you can add your signature. The statement represents the beginning of a conversation, not the final word. Join us in our call to all people to rise to this historic moment in order to protect all life on Earth by signing the statement. You can sign on your on behalf [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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An atheist Pagan, an animist, and a devotional polytheist walk into a ritual …

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We have to accept that we can define words for ourselves, but not for others. And we have to be willing to hold hands and circle with someone who may have a very different interpretation of what is going on. [Read more...]

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Branches of the Deep Ecology Tree: Neo-Animism and Bioregionalism: Reuniting human and nature

Neo-animism represents a challenge to Western discourse which divides the world into subjects and objects, culture and nature. Neo-animism breaks down the conceptual barrier between the “cultural” (i.e., human) and the “natural” (i.e., other-than-human). Thus animists are those who encounter other-than-human beings as cultural persons. Neo-animism is not about the projection of consciousness or agency onto “inanimate” objects (the concept of “projection” presumes a subject-object dualism), but about respect and reciprocity within a community that transcends the subject-object dichotomy. [Read more...]

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