East Coast Gathering 2013

The OBOD East Coast Gathering was four days immersed in Druidry, celebrating who we are and learning what we can become. In the woods of Pennsylvania, we saw what is possible when we work with the currents of Nature and with each other. [Read more…]

Nine Things I Think

Nine Things I Think: Monsters, Greek Religion, two Pagan gatherings, an upcoming class I’m co-leading, and the best t-shirts I’ve ever found. [Read more…]

Tribalism: The Good, The Bad, and The Future

Who can practice a religion that is rooted in the experiences of a specific group of people? The answer to that question suggests a helpful approach for dealing with an uncertain future. [Read more…]

Purpose and Will

My belief we’re here for a purpose doesn’t flow from my Pagan religion. It comes from something before that, from some deep intuition. It’s part of my core being, and it whispers “there’s more.” [Read more…]

Trusting the Gods

The foundation of trust is not blind faith but the evidence of past performance. You can’t trust the gods to make everything OK, but you can trust them to be who and what they are. More importantly, you can trust your true will. [Read more…]

Philosophy and Institutions

There are lots of Pagan institutions that are doing the work of spreading and refining Pagan ideas. Are they enough? For now, it’s enough to recognize that institutions aren’t the enemy, they’re a necessity. [Read more…]

Blocked

I’ve got lots of thoughts on Syria and why we should stay out, but the brilliant essay I wanted to write just isn’t coming. Something is blocking it. So I’m going to spend the weekend in deep introspection, but I’m going to pause every so often and say a prayer for the people of Syria, and a prayer for the leaders of the United States of America. [Read more…]

The Open Bookshelf

Full bookshelves make me feel wealthy in a way that has little to do with the monetary cost of the books or the shelves. But too much of a good thing is still too much, and a full bookshelf says “I don’t have room to learn anything more.” [Read more…]