Why Everyone Hates Donald Sterling But I Am Grateful For The Opportunity

Sterling is the most recent scapegoat for Americans around the issue of Black people in america, and that nasty word that many people have such a hard time saying….. RACISM. What actually happened was that Sterling’s incident placed a gigantic mirror in the face of society, reminding us of one of the things that many people want to ignore: that racism is alive and well in this day and age. [Read more…]

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My Hair Doesn’t Get Longer, It Gets Tighter: A Symbol of My Path

I have come to understand that my life is not getting less complicated, just like my hair doesn’t get any longer. The longer my hair grows, the tighter the curl becomes, and the shorter the strand appears in its natural state. It is only until you pull the curl out of its natural pattern that you can see how long it really is, and how complicated it has become. [Read more…]

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Beltane Dreams: The Return of Hope

As a social worker, I encounter what feels like the darkness all the time: poverty, hunger, grief, sadness, drug addiction, and homelessness. And when things are their hardest, I know in my being that the wheel will turn, and spring will come. It is that light that illuminates hope in the darkness. [Read more…]

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Everyday Celebration: Happy Earth Day to the Mother and Birthday to the Dad

The miracle of living is something I often think about. It is incredible to think of the mystery behind how we are, who we are, where we are, living here on the planet. [Read more…]

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Bringing the Divine With Me

I heard the whispers of the divine say that I should create a physical reminder of spiritual space in the places that I spend the most time, but this week it became clear that I missed something very important in this. I need to bring the divine into my spaces, not just at home, but especially at work. [Read more…]

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A Community Influx: The Journey to Redefine the Umbrella

This community is not the same as the one I entered a little over 11 years ago. The Pagan community is growing to include some of the very intricate differences among its practitioners. This makes me hopeful, hopeful in ways that I never really thought I would be able to see for the future of this community [Read more…]

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My Personal Top 10 Pagans That Worked as Change Agents for Social Justice in 2013

The more we speak, the more we are heard. The more we stand, the more we are seen. The more we give love, the more we learn to receive it back. And for all of those reasons, I want to give a personal thank you to the change agents on this list and everywhere that continue to do the work to make it a better world for us all. [Read more…]

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Kwanzaa in a Pagan Home: My Spiritual, Pride Practice

I am ending this year with pride and culture. I have been hesitant to start the practice of Kwanzaa in my home for some time, not because I did not believe in the value of its practice, but because of…. fear. It is the continuous fear of breaking away from overculture, even though I am Pagan, and a Black woman. [Read more…]

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Guest Post: Honoring Troublesome Ancestors by Cecily Joy Williams, M.Div.

There is no greater benefit to working with troublesome ancestors than learning who you really were, are, and will become by facing your wounds and fears and coming up on the other side. [Read more…]

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Changing Culture to Change the World: Honoring the Warrior Spirit of Nelson Mandela

A celebration of life is the gift that Mandela left, a gift he often was not able to enjoy for himself because he was too busy changing the world. [Read more…]

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