Prayers I Can Pray

I no longer ask you for either happiness or paradise;
all I ask of You is to listen and let me be aware of Your listening.
I no longer ask You to resolve my questions,
only to receive them and make them part of You.
I no longer ask You for either rest or wisdom,
I only ask You not to close me to gratitude. [Read more…]

Cherish Our Polytheists: The balkanization of our community and what is at stake

Each time someone withdraws from Paganism, we lose not only their company, but also their voice. They withdraw not only from our community, but also from our conversation. And we lose some of the diversity of opinion that is essential to a healthy marketplace of ideas. [Read more…]

A Defiant Worship: What Shark Week teaches me about God/dess

In the end, we all must surrender to God/dess. But in the meantime, let our worship be defiance. Let us kneel in acknowledgment of all that we cannot change, and then stand in recognition of all that we can. We earn the right to bow our heads to God/dess only after we have fought the good fight with Her. To me, Paganism is not a religion of consolation — it is a religion of action, a religion of struggle, a religion of defiance! [Read more…]

Passing on my Paganism

This is what Paganism does for me. It brings out the holiness of the everyday: the epiphany of the sunrise, the mystery in the act of eating, the transcendence of genuine encounter with another person, the miracle in a blade of grass. This is what I hope to teach my children, whether they call it Paganism or not. [Read more…]

My Defining Moment

“God is dead. […] And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? […] What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent?” — Nietzsche, The Gay Science Over at Patheos, bloggers are being asked to write [Read More…]

Panentheism: The Dancer and the Dance

 How can we know the dancer from the dance? — W.B. Yeats Theism, Pantheism, and Panetheism In his latest effort to tell the Pagan world why everyone is wrong and he is right, Sam Webster has taken aim an panentheism, the belief that God is both transcendent and immanent.   Webster dispatches panentheism in one paragraph [Read More…]


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