What is Humanistic/Naturalistic Paganism?

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Humanistic Paganism and Naturalistic Paganism are both terms used to describe a unique Pagan path for those who are uncomfortable with or skeptical of the supernatural or metaphysical elements of contemporary Paganism. It is Paganism that is firmly rooted in the physical world. [Read more...]

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Call for a Pagan Community Statement on the Environment

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Where is our declaration on the environment? Where is our action plan on climate change? We’re too busy scattering the proverbial cats to notice that the ale for our “Cakes and Ale” is in styrofoam cups. In 1986, Isaac Bonewits told Margot Adler that, while many Neo-Pagans were very concerned about environmental matters, “Most Neo-Pagans are too loose and liberal to be fanatic about anything, including their own survival.” Little seems to have changed. Prove me wrong. Let’s start with a Pagan Community Statement on the Environment. Anybody interested? [Read more...]

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Single File Spirituality: Community for Spiritual Introverts

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I need to let go of this abstract idea of what participation in a religious community should look like. Instead of thinking of community as a cocktail party — which is overwhelming for me — I need to think about community more in terms of individual relationships. [Read more...]

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Who is Reading this Blog? (Survey)

Jason Mankey recently raised the question “Who are we writing for?”  This got me thinking. In the interest of getting to know my readers better, please answer the short 10-question survey below …   Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool. [Read more...]

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The baby is the bathwater: Why I haven’t joined the Unitarian church

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It seems to me that, in religious matters, we just can’t throw out the bathwater without throwing out the baby too. Perhaps, in some sense, the baby is the bathwater. Because religion is a human endeavor and we humans are mixed bag, it seems there is no separating the good and the bad — at least not entirely. I wonder if it’s really possible to have the enthusiasm, the passion, and self-transcendence without at least risking dogmatism, literalism, and intolerance. [Read more...]

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A Devotional Practice with the World at its Center

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I realized that devotional practice is not limited to deity-centered religion. There can be an earth-centered or nature-centered kind of devotion too. What I needed was to develop a devotional religious practice, not toward gods, but toward the world. I needed to embrace the world as my Beloved, as my waiting lover. The world is that Divine Other I have been seeking who can draw me out of my ego. And I need a religious practice that will affirm, encourage, and sustain this embrace. [Read more...]

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