“Pagans Beating the Pope to the Punch”: 5,000 Pagans take a stand for the Earth

Five thousand people have already signed “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment” from 67 countries so far!  That just in the 5 weeks since the statement was published  at ecopagan.com on the Spring Equinox.  That’s half-way to to the goal of 10,000 signatures by Summer Solstice (or Winter Solstice if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere — and plenty of the signatories are). [Read More…]

“Pagans and the Pope Join their Voices to Save the Planet”

When Catholics talk about “paganism”, it never seems to me that they are really talking about us, but rather some bogeyman of their own imagining. And perhaps my own image of Catholicism is no more accurate than the Catholic image of Paganism — merely another convenient, but inaccurate “othering”. It can be difficult to see this sometimes, immersed as we are in our distinct paths. But when we suddenly find those paths intersecting, as they are at this moment, perhaps we can reconsider whether we — and all other life on Earth — would be better served by emphasizing our similarities, rather than our differences. [Read more…]

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

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…]

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

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…]

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

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…]

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

“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…]