Step Functions and Loads of Bricks

There’s a place for sequential, ordered learning and advancement. But life rarely works that way outside of structured institutions. We do the work day after day, year after year, and nothing happens. Then one day it hits us like the proverbial ton of bricks. [Read more…]

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Are We Bringing Sin Into Paganism?

Let’s be as pious and as pure as we can be. But at the end of the day, let’s put living virtuously and heroically ahead of following anyone’s rules. [Read more…]

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Seeking Unity, Fearing Orthodoxy

There is a core dilemma in contemporary liberal religion, a broad category that includes much of Paganism, Unitarian Universalism, and the spiritual but not religious. That dilemma is the desire for unity combined with the fear of orthodoxy. [Read more…]

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After The Tower, The Sun

I try to help us learn skills and practices that will help us survive and succeed, and I advocate for religions that promote virtues and enable connections. And occasionally, I try to remind us all that while we’re living in Tower Time, the Sun is coming. [Read more…]

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The Two Obligations of Good Religion

There are two obligations of good religion: to heal the world and to heal ourselves. To be focused on the world out there and the world within. To feed others and to remember that we need to eat too. The text from today’s Sunday service at Denton UU. [Read more…]

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Purity: Its Necessity and Its Abuses

Most Pagans and many polytheists cast circles, do house cleansings, and put up wards. We understand the necessity for purity, even if we don’t always take it as far as we should. But there are times when the concept of purity can be abused. [Read more…]

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An Introduction to Religious Experience

There is a great lack of understanding of religious experience in our contemporary Western society. This is not surprising. Religious experiences are messy, they’re subjective, and they don’t play by the rules of orthodoxy – they’re hard for religious leaders to control. [Read more…]

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Belief and the Experience of Awe

A psychological study says that awe-inspiring moments increase our tendency to believe in Gods and magic. While the study is based on non-theistic assumptions, its findings can be helpful to Pagans and other religious people. [Read more…]

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