On Turning 40

Last day of my 30s. This is how I roll.

Tomorrow I turn 40.I know, women are not supposed to speak their age. Keep the mystery alive or some such nonsense. Whatever. I'm proud to be the age I am. Normally, birthdays aren't a big deal for me, but this year? This year feels like a milestone.Ten years ago, right around my 30th birthday, I graduated from the Graduate Theological Union with my master's degree in religious studies. This year I'm watching my 1 year old scoot around the weed-ridden yard chasing after her older … [Read more...]

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

Tanner's Annunciation

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 not this non-Christian), but instead let me offer some thoughts from an unpublished doctoral paper of mine, which was to be the crux of my dissertation.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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Shinto Blessings

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Yesterday Rhyd Wildermuth, PSVL, and I went to the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of North America in Granite Falls, WA. This is one of the only official Shinto Shrines in North America. Please take a moment to look through the Shrine's website to learn more about it's history and to look at the pictures.I know a little bit about Shinto and feel quite an affinity with the Shinto animist world view and many of its practices. However, I had never been to a Shinto Shrine and what I experienced was … [Read more...]

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“Paganism is Not Political”: A Rebuttal

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Last week I posted a resource list for more information on Paganism. In the list I included a link to Gods & Radicals, a relatively new website for Pagan anti-Capitalism. A certain colleague who shall remain unnamed told me "Paganism isn't political," a statement with which I whole-heartedly disagree.Here's why: The personal is the political.No, there is no political litmus test a person must pass to be Pagan. I know Pagans who are Libertarian, politically conservative, Democrat, … [Read more...]

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What is Paganism? A Resource List

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Yesterday I gave a presentation on Paganism at Seattle Pacific University. This is an annotated version of the hand out I gave the students. The list the student got did not have commentary, and the links were written out. Here, I've hyper-linked. I figured it might be helpful for others.One very important note: this list primarily reflects me, my biases, and my experience with Paganism. There are SO MANY books and websites out there. My aim was to inform, on a general level, college aged … [Read more...]

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Paganism 101

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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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Playing Catch Up

Blackberry, comfrey and morning glory. All over the yard. All over.

In late winter I promised that I would write less. I keep forgetting this promise and instead, getting down on myself for not writing "enough." Here is what is happening in between the posts:Family life is busy, as usual. The baby is over a year old and is mobile. She needs more attention. The four year old is out of preschool. She is bright, needing more stimulation. She is also a little lonely with Mama writing all the time and big brother at school. She needs more attention.We … [Read more...]

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