Archives for April 2012

Peter Dybing Resigns

Peter Dybing, from Pagan in Paradise Peter Dybing, former First Officer of the Covenant of the Goddess and one of the most prominent and public Pagans over the past few years, posted an entry on his blog yesterday saying: As of today April 28, 2012, I am resigning from all organizations, positions, posts and responsibilities [Read More…]

Welcome New Readers!

I’d like to take a moment to say “hail and welcome!” to all the new readers of Under the Ancient Oaks. Daily page views had been growing steadily but slowly over the first three years of this blog – so far this year they’ve more than tripled. Getting a link on the front page of [Read More…]

Earth Day and the Limitations of History

I know, I’m a day late with an Earth Day post. I spent yesterday attending an Earth Day service and tree planting ceremony at Denton UU, followed by a meeting with Denton CUUPS. Among other business, we got volunteers to lead all the circles for the rest of this year – I’m leading Winter Solstice, [Read More…]

Pagan Evangelism

Far from being an oxymoron, Pagan evangelism is a helpful and necessary step in our growth and maturity as a religion. I know, some of you are picking yourself up off the floor – or off the ceiling – after reading that.  Hear me out and see if you don’t agree in part if not [Read More…]

Defense Against the Proselytizing Arts

all the Truth and Authority you need is here As I mentioned in the previous post, on Saturday I attended a workshop led by Bryan Lankford titled “Counter Evangelism – Defending Yourself from the Army of God.” This was originally a six-hour workshop and Bryan had to cut it down to one hour for this [Read More…]

Things I Wish I’d Said to a Young Evangelical

It’s happened to all of us. Someone offends you and you walk away in anger – after you get home you think of the perfect witty comeback. A friend is hurting and you feel useless – a week later you think of what you could have done to help. Sometimes we can’t think of what [Read More…]


When I was asked for something for the Denton UU Silent Auction it didn’t take long to figure out what it would be. I don’t have many crafty skills, but I do make wands. So at the Silent Auction during the Murder Mystery Dinner Event on April 21, you’ll have the opportunity to bid on [Read More…]

Fighting Fires and Building Systems

In the past week or so I’ve seen several Pagan bloggers and other writers saying our first religious priority should be personal growth and empowerment. Other say our first priority should be honoring and serving our gods and goddesses, while still others say it should be creating ecstatic religious experiences, caring for the Earth, caring [Read More…]