I Saw Two Americas Sunday: From a Mormon Church to the Chicago Pride Parade

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My 13-year-old daughter turned to me at one point and said, “One day I will tell my kids that I remember when gays and lesbians won the right to be married.” I glowed. It was one of those moments when I really felt like a good parent. [Read more...]

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What Pagans can teach the Mormon church about repentance

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In the Mormon church and in the Covenant of the Goddess, I see similar evidence of what might be called “apostasy”, in the form of institutional blindness to privilege (whether it be white privilege or hetero privilege) — but there is a critical difference in the respective responses of these two organizations. Ironically, it was the Pagan organization that was more willing to “repent” and move toward real “restoration”. It was the Pagan organization that at least tried to embody the nominally “Christian” principles which the Mormon church has hypocritically eschewed. [Read more...]

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Why this Pagan cares about the LDS Ordain Women movement

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Change is coming. It’s not going to come as quickly or as completely as I want, but it is happening right now. And we Pagans have played and continue to play a role in that change. [Read more...]

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Finding the Pagan Goddess in a Mormon temple

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Mormons believe in a Heavenly Mother, but are not allowed to pray to or even speak about her. It’s very strange to have a part of your dogma that is taboo to speak about. And it was painful for me, to have the possibility of communion with the Divine Feminine open and shut to me in one movement. [Read more...]

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Being the Allergic Pagan: My lover’s quarrel with the world

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The irony of being a Pagan with seasonal allergies symbolizes an essential conflict at the core of my psyche, a conflict between the desire for communion with nature on the one hand and the desire to transcend nature on the other. [Read more...]

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Not leaving the Church alone: Sunstone Kirtland Conference

I don’t often write about Mormonism here, and when I do it’s usually as a leaping off point to talk about Paganism or Jungianism.  For those of you who don’t know, I was raised Mormon and left the Mormon Church formally by having my name withdrawn from the Church roles in 2001.  I now infrequently [Read More...]

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