How the world’s largest living thing made proto-Pagans out of my Mormon family

Pando, a clonal quaking aspen stand, that, according to some sources, is the oldest (80,000 years) and largest (106 acres, 13 million pounds) organism on Earth

We need to invite people to participate in simple rituals that will help them form a living bond with the earth. We Pagans can help people feel that. But first we have to let go of this idea that people will magically find their way to Paganism if it’s right for them. We need to get over our timidness and our excuses. We need to let go of the idea that sharing our faith is the same thing as pushing it on people. We have something the world desperately needs and, if there is such a thing as sin, then it is a sin for us to hide our faith in the closet. [Read more...]

Love, Earth, Body, Ritual: These are the threads of my emerging spiritual tapestry.

Celtic cross tapestry in my bedroom

Love, Earth, Body, Ritual: Over the next few months I’ll be writing about how I am attempting to weave these threads together into a meaningful spiritual practice. [Read more...]

How Vampires Led Me to Paganism

vampires do not sparkle

I just finished reading Margot Adler’s Vampires Are Us: Understanding Our Love Affair with the Immortal Dark Side. Adler’s fascination with vampires may seem strange to Pagans, but not me. In fact, vampires led me to Paganism. [Read more...]

Wonder and Death: Why only adults can really appreciate nature

My wife and I at Snow Lake

Driving through Glenwood Canyon along the Colorado River, knowing that this beauty existed long before me and will continue to be long after I am gone, fosters in me a sense of gratitude for the brief but magnificent opportunity that is my life. These are experiences that are lost on my children. They are lost on them because they do not yet know how fleeting life is. They do not really know yet that they will someday die. [Read more...]

The Sun Also Riseth: The limits of objectivity (UPDATED)

The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.  But the earth abideth for ever. – Ecclesiastes 1 So last night I was going through blog posts that I had saved up to read later and came across this one by Rua Lupa at No Unsacred Place: [Read More...]

The role of faith and hubris in Paganism

Last week I came across a word that, ten years ago, I would never have thought to see in a Pagan context: “faith”. In fact, I came across it several times: The first time I noticed it was after reading Christine Kraemer’s post “Opening a Pagan Theological Dialogue” at the Sermon in the Mound. Encouraging [Read More...]


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