Archives for March 2011

Love Wins

Is Gandhi in hell? Is Hitler in heaven? Evangelical pastor Rob Bell’s new book Love Wins has caused quite a controversy in Christian circles. Some see it as a breath of fresh air while others simply call it heresy. I’ve been a universalist since before I understood the term, but I grew up in an [Read More…]

Joy in Religion – The Chocolate Ritual

The Chocolate Ritual.  More pictures on the Denton CUUPS Facebook page at I take my religion seriously. Though I attempt to sprinkle humor throughout my rituals, sermons, writings and practices, for the most part what I say and what I do is serious. My religion is important to me, and I want to give [Read More…]

Commitments Large and Small

Thorn Coyle has a new essay on her blog titled “Theologies of Justice” where she discusses some of the Catholics she’s worked with and their deep commitment to social justice. She references Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated 30 years ago in El Salvador, as well as priests and nuns who have gone to jail [Read More…]

Pascal’s Wager

In the most recent Standing Stone and Garden Gate podcast, Brendan Myers presents – and then refutes – Pascal’s Wager. As with all the podcasts Brendan and his partner Juniper do, this one is entertaining, enlightening, and well worth your time. I’m glad to see the professional philosopher tackle one of the most annoying attempts [Read More…]

The Faith of Spring

Spring is a season of faith. Not the kind of faith that asks us to believe that Ra spoke and the sun rose and the winds blew, nor the kind of faith that asks us to believe that beyond death there is peace and freedom and reunion with those who have gone before. There’s a [Read More…]

Full Moon

Full Moon Invocation adapted from Doreen Valientein Witchcraft For Tomorrow O Goddess of the Rounded Moon,The queen of all enchantments here,The wind is crying through the trees,As we invoke thee to appear. The cares of day departed are,The realm of night belongs to thee;And we in love and kinship joinWith all things that are wild [Read More…]

Saint Patrick’s Day

Ireland – photo from NASA I freely admit to some mixed feelings on Saint Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick is credited with converting Ireland to Christianity. As someone who wonders what the Western world would look like if monotheism hadn’t taken it over completely, I don’t see this as a good thing. Some have said that [Read More…]

Gods and Earthquakes

Star Foster at Patheos has a blog post from Saturday titled “When Bad Things Happen to Good Pagans” where she attempts to understand the earthquake in Japan. She asks why the gods of Shinto (the native religion of Japan) allowed this to happen… and she can’t find an answer. We live in a culture dominated [Read More…]