Building Contemporary Indigenous Polytheism

Without a cultural context and foundation, a religious or spiritual practice is at best weakened and may cause far more harm than good. What is the cultural context for contemporary Western polytheism? [Read more…]

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A Pagan in Texas

There’s a lot that’s wrong with Texas and if you’d rather live somewhere else I completely understand. But I’m getting really annoyed with people who’ve never set foot in Texas talking about it like it was Saudi Arabia or North Korea. [Read more…]

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Why the Gods Come Before Politics

Good religion has both an internal focus and an external focus; an Otherworldly focus and a this-world focus. We need both. But inevitably, conflicts will arise between our religion and our politics, and choices must be made. As for me, the Gods always come first. [Read more…]

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Today Brexit, Tomorrow President Trump

Ordinary people are angry and frustrated and rightly so. But too many are blaming their problems on “them” and too many politicians are more than willing to exploit that anger and frustration for their own benefit. [Read more…]

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Tending the Temple

The Summerland stone circle exists because of James Stevens and his vision of a lasting Pagan community in North Texas. It is a temple, and we are honored to tend it. [Read more…]

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Wondering About Mental Illness

Our common definition of mental illness is far too broad and our understanding of ordinary human emotions and behavior is far too narrow. Our mainstream society has too many expectations for conformity and not nearly enough respect for personal boundaries. [Read more…]

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Go Make The World Better

If you yearn for a simple answer in the face of these tragedies, it means you’re human. If you believe you’ve found a simple answer, it means you’re wrong. The great problems of our world are complicated and deep seated. They defy simple solutions and they make liars of would-be saviors. [Read more…]

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UUs and Multifaith – Even Better Than You Think

UUA President Rev. Peter Morales says “the future of liberal religion is multifaith.” I’m in strong agreement with this idea, but I’m not sure he understands just how deep it can be if it’s done right. [Read more…]

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