Cycles of Cultural Destruction

When we talk about cycles of domestic violence, there are many things that we have learned to help families end the violence. Have we developed a theory of healing for nations? How can we hope to end the violence against cultures if we don’t? [Read more...]

Beauty In Other People’s Faith

Quilts rest on the backs of pews at Peace Lutheran Church in Colfax, Washington, USA, before a special service to bless them and send them out to people in need.

“God’s Work, Our Hands” the quilting volunteers’ t-shirts read. And it is God’s work: they are serving the greater good, and I am grateful that they exist.
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Getting clear about my place: the uses of withdrawal

The view to the east from our house.

The body, sex and pleasure are all sacred, and it is vital not to exclude any aspect of our humanity from our spiritual development. However, I do think there is a place for withdrawal, even in immanence-based spiritual paths. My sense of my own space and place in the world is stronger, more rooted, and much, much calmer for my time of withdrawal. It’s not a part of everyone’s path, but it has its place, and we should be careful not to dismiss it too glibly. [Read more...]

Naturalizing: Bringing Our Practice Home

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Much of North American paganism is influenced by imagined European ancestral practice, even when the landscape, weather patterns, and wildlife are significantly different. This week, Traci challenges us to naturalize, and put our practice where our bodies are! [Read more...]

Scent is a magic carpet

Mischa and his enormous nose, when he was just a few months old.

As Marcel Proust found, our sense of smell is directly linked to memory, and a simple scent can take us to a very different place and time. [Read more...]

Connecting with the sound of place

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Sound is often neglected as a way of relating sensually to place. Elinor explores why that might be, and what we’re missing out on. [Read more...]

Returning To America : Place As Cultural Experience

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This week Traci shares her thoughts on returning to America, and experiencing the culture and sense of place found in the American city of Boston. [Read more...]


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