So Long, and Thanks for All the Clicks

Dear Friends,I began blogging as a personal project during a time of transition in my life. At that time I had a 3 year old and a 4 month old. I was living in Wales and about to quit my PhD program. I wanted to go deeper into my own spiritual practices, develop writing that was not academically driven, and find out what "my own ashram" might look like. Through the discipline of writing and practice, through the connections woven from the world wide web of words, I feel that I have succeeded … [Read more...]

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Public Service Announcement

My blogging philosophy, like most of my interactions in "real life," is to not say anything about some one that I wouldn't say to their face. Occasionally it's necessary or prudent to say something to someone else, but even then I try to speak about my experience or my feelings about the person or situation. That is why I rarely weigh in on internet drama. Besides, by the time I get to it, the drama has usually died down.In my mind, blogging is supposed to be personal, informative, or part … [Read more...]

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Relational Polytheism

One of the key pieces of my evolving personal theology is relationship. This idea seems to be taking root and flowering in the work of other Polytheist thinkers, too. People who identify with other practices, traditions, and labels will also understand the concept of relationship, as no one tradition holds the copyright to such a concept. In this piece I'd like to outline my ideas on this topic.THEORYMy thoughts around sacred relationality began by studying Christian theology, … [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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Paganism 101

Yesterday I had the privilege of presenting Paganism to 18 Christian college students. Dr. Jennifer McKinney, of Seattle Pacific University (SPU), contacted me and asked if I would be a guest speaker on Paganism in the New Religious Movements section of her Sociology of Religions class. Dr. McKinney is the sort of amazing, brilliant person that makes me wish I hadn't left academia. Of course I said yes!Although I could give the presentation anytime this month, I scheduled my talk for … [Read more...]

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The Vocabulary of Spiritual Practice, Part 2

I apologize for leaving you hanging. I have been laid out with strep throat! Let's get back to our regularly scheduled blogging, shall we?I recently posted about some terminology and I'd like to finish off exploring a few more words related to my practice.DevotionWhat do we mean when we talk about devotion? This word is used exclusively in the context of relationship. I've never heard anyone use it outside of this context. The nature of the devotions may be different from person to … [Read more...]

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May the First

For many Pagans the first of May is Beltane. In the past I never celebrated this holiday that much. I came into my own as a Pagan living in the San Francisco Bay Area and I struggled to feel the rhythms of the Land there and the turnings of the Wheel. Beltane made more sense when I lived in Wales, especially as that Land is rife with the Fey. And then we moved again, this time to Washington State. I had no standard practice for this holiday and so I let it slide. But no more. This day is full to … [Read more...]

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