All Hallows: candy and pomegranates, gravestones and red wine

The Wild Hunt arrived here in Chicago-land region this week.  We had one beautiful warm day, and then the wind came and the cold.  All the leaves were swept off the trees in one day.  Just in time for our family mid-Autumn celebration.  Not to mention that the days are getting noticeably darker, a process [Read More...]

“One needful thing”, Part 3: Letting go of the side of the pool

In Part 1, I traced the development of Unitarianism since the early 19th century to the present and argued that UUism has, since its inception, been characterized by what William Channing called a “too partial culture of the mind.”  In Part 2, I argued that the “one needful thing” for contemporary humanistic UUism is a [Read More...]

An infant dedication and second thoughts on Unitarian Universalism

Last week, I went to town on the excessive rationalism and the lack of “poetic enthusiasm” (William Ellery Channing) in the Unitarian Universalist church.  But as I sat in the service this past Sunday, I felt that I had been unfairly harsh last week. For the past year, we have had a young interim minister [Read More...]

New Family Summer Solstice Celebration

For various reasons, we held our family summer solstice celebration during the daytime this year.  Last year it was night time and I took advantage of the darkness.  We danced around a fire wearing homemade masks (and likely terrified any neighbors who happened to see us.)  I posted the outline of last year’s ritual here.  [Read More...]

The Challenges of Family Rituals

I’ve now posted all eight of my family seasonal celebrations: Winter Solstice (Yule) Myth: The Sun Child and Mother Night. Activity: We released lanterns with New Year’s wishes on the longest night. Lesson: In the darkest time of our lives, there is always hope. Mid-Winter (Brigid) Myth: Cerridwen’s Cauldron of Inspiration Activity: We melted snow [Read More...]

Soul-Centered Paganism

This post is Part 3 of a 3-part series on my evolving sense of Pagan identity.  In Part 1 of this series, I admitted to being guilty of a kind of Pagan fundamentalism in my conception of the Pagan community.  In Part 2, I envisioned a Pagan community consisting of (at least) three centers with [Read More...]


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