Polytheism, Politics, Discomfort, and Growth

Recently Rhyd Wildermuth, my co-conspirator behind the recent Many Gods West event, a conference for polytheists, posted about his experience of the conference. (I also have done so.) His piece provoked strong feelings - as most of his pieces do. In the comments of the piece and on his Facebook page, it is clear to me that people take issue with several things. Firstly, people take issue with Rhyd’s admission that some people thought Many Gods West (MGW) was an anti-capitalist gathering. S … [Read more...]

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We Were Born Wild

"Mama, we were born wild animals."My son, full of pterodactyl screeches and dragon roars, sits quietly in the car on his ride to school. He's telling his sisters about how mammals are wild animals, that humans are mammals, that in fact all of nature is wild.It's a deeply profound thought, if not entirely true. How domesticated we have become. How we domesticate everything we touch.Chickens are not wild. Very little is wild about our yards. Cows? Not wild. Not anymore.But … [Read more...]

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God is Not Either/Or, God/dess is Both/And

An inelegant Catholic priest over on Patheos' Catholic channel has listed Twelve Reasons Why You Can't Call God "Mother."  You know I can't let that rest, especially because his reasons are dodgy on a variety of levels.I refuse to break down his argument piece by piece (who has time? not this non-Christian), but instead let me offer some thoughts from an unpublished doctoral paper of mine, which was to be the crux of my dissertation. This paper analyzed the works of Mark Miravalle and his … [Read more...]

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Ordeals and Austerities

Ordeals and austerities have a place in most religious traditions. They serve a variety of purposes: strengthening, purifying, humbling, initiating. The two are not the same though, and don't necessarily serve the same purposes.Ordeals are trials that one must go through. I see them as one time occurences. One can prepare for them, or sometimes an ordeal is upon us before we realize it. Ordeals take us into a place where we face our fears. This can be part of an initiation process or can be … [Read more...]

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Ferguson is Not an Isolated Injustice

Monday night's announcement of the Ferguson findings had me in tears on Tuesday. (Black teenager Michael Brown was shot on August 9 by white police office Darren Wilson. Wilson was not indicted by a grand jury.) I want to share some of the things I wrote yesterday.So, this might seem a callous comparison, but bear with me. That same morning we had the dishwasher repairman out. The kind repairman said that our model was a durable one; that new dishwashers are pretty, but are only designed to … [Read more...]

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Closing the Doors

The Doors! The Doors! In wisdom let us attend.In the Divine Liturgy of the Eastern Orthodox Church the above line is spoken loudly. It calls for the doors of the church to be closed, that no one else may enter. In times past this was the point when all the unbaptized had left the building, as communion was a sacred mystery reserved for those who were full members of the Church. This is no longer the case today, but the words are still chanted.These words came to mind today, as I have … [Read more...]

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Equinox Gratitude

It's the Equinox, but it's also a Sunday. Sundays are spacious but also involve preparing for the week to come. I meal plan, make sure the laundry is done, bathe the kids, and look ahead to what is needed for various activities on the calendar.I'm trying not to let the Regular Sunday overwhelm the Equinox; I want to feel the Wheel turning. And it is turning! Yesterday the gardeners came and harvested nearly the entire garden! Sixty pounds of tomatoes - and that was just one row of the … [Read more...]

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