The Immaculate Conception: A Common Misconception

Henry Ossawa Tanner [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

When I defended my master's thesis on feminist Mariology (the study of the Virgin Mary), my panel included a United Church of Christ minister and historian, an Eastern Orthodox Christian and expert on religious education, a Roman Catholic priest of the Franciscan order, and Rosemary Radford Ruether, feminist theologian and thorn in the side of the Roman Catholic Church. The opportunity to study with Rosemary was one of the reasons I chose to attend the Graduate Theological Union; it was a huge … [Read more...]

Divine Discomfort

The road to Lavasa, seen through rain streaked glass, by Ashwini Sukhdeve, via Wikimedia Commons

I'm writing this while sick. I'm close to not being able to get out of bed. I need to heal and rest because I've got choir concerts at the end of the week. Adam has wrested the most important household tasks from my stubborn little fist. Gods, I'm stubborn.Some things can be let go of, to make more space for other things, to allow for some healing rest. You know what I have let go of? I didn't do my Sunday observances. Or my Monday ones. And I'm skipping my Tuesday puja too.I took … [Read more...]

Gratitude for Mentors and Guides

I am grateful for the many people who shine their light on my path. For all its solitary nature, witchcraft isn't something we just pick up on our own. Sure, we come to this path as individuals and we are the only ones who can do the work, but we aren't alone.I learn so much from my friends and fellow bloggers, both online and off. The discussions we have help me articulate ideas, feel less crazy, and inspire me to try new techniques or keep sticking with old ones. However, nothing replaces … [Read more...]

Homesick, or Learning to Love a “New” Place

Gastineau Pumphouse in Winter, by Gillfoto, Wikimedia Commons.

I grew up and became an adult in Juneau, Alaska. I've written a lot about my love for my homeland. The concept of Place shapes how I view the world and interact with it. Now I live in Olympia, Washington, a state where for many years I considered "Alaska-lite." I now see how derogatory and misguided that thinking was. It's not fair to compare the two states. One of the very things I assumed was better - Alaska's remoteness, its difficult wildness - is not actually better. Accessible wild places … [Read more...]

Community Complex

Portland graff. I love art of all kinds.

Last week I posted about a few things that made me 'falsely nostalgic' for my Christian past.  In spite of a few rude, hilarious, and insistent comments that I must actually be seeking Jesus, I don't miss being a Christian. My post talked about some of the things I didn't miss and a few things that were quite positive for me. I am highly critical of Christianity, but I certainly don't hate it.The conclusion at the end of my piece was that I miss community. This seemed to resonate the most … [Read more...]

What I Miss About Being A Christian

Theotokos of Vladimir

It might seem odd to write a piece about what I miss about being Christian on the heels of my first post over at Polytheist.com. It might seem odd that I am thrown into fits of nostalgia just from seeing a dude carrying a guitar walk out from a church. Occasionally I'll pass a beautiful church and wonder when services are, as if I might go (I never do). Sometimes I miss getting lost in a beautiful liturgy, feeling elevated by the chants or singing and the incense. Sometimes I miss the order, the … [Read more...]

Announcing Polytheist.com!

polytheistdotcom

It with much pleasure that I announce the commencement of Polytheist.com, a new online hub of writings devoted to the variety of spiritual practices that make up this messy thing known as polytheism.This site was the brainchild of the Anomalous Thracian and his desire to promote polytheist discussion. The first round of authors were released this week, with more to come later in the month. I may be biased, but the quality of authors thus far is impressive, and I am honored to be among them. … [Read more...]


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