A Guide to Politics at Patheos Pagan

If you are writing a blog here at Patheos, you are a Pagan leader, whether you like it or not. You have been given a platform, and consequently, you have a responsibility to others in our community. We must speak out. By all means, write about the gods and write about magic. But also write about what the gods and magic mean in the context of today’s political reality. [Read more…]

Pantheacon is Priceless (assuming one can afford it)

I don’t even want to tally up how much Pantheacon cost this year, after plane tickets, hotel, food, and conference fees. Not to mention missed work. But it was a priceless experience for me. [Read more…]

See you at Pantheacon!

I am honored to be on two panels at Pantheacon this year, one official and one “off the books”. The first is the Patheos Pagan Bloggers panel entitled “The Good, The Bad, & The Blogging”.  It’s first thing on Friday, at 1:30 p.m., right after the opening ritual.  I will be sharing the panel with [Read More…]

My god may be blind, but I’m not: Why theists don’t have a corner on religious experience

Some atheists have had experiences which are very similar, if not identical, to those of theists — they have just come to different conclusions about those experiences. Don’t believe me? Read on. [Read more…]

Non-Violent Writing: Selma and the “Pagan” question

How are we to respond when other claim the exclusive right to use certain words? I think, at the very least, we must avoid making the same mistake. We must avoid returning rhetorical violence for rhetorical violence. We must at least try to practice non-violence writing and speaking. [Read more…]

An atheist Pagan, an animist, and a devotional polytheist walk into a ritual …

We have to accept that we can define words for ourselves, but not for others. And we have to be willing to hold hands and circle with someone who may have a very different interpretation of what is going on. [Read more…]