The Rights of Mother Earth

It matters what we believe.As above, so below. As within, so without.Bolivia is set to enact a law recognizing that Nature has inherent rights. From an article in the Guardian, these include “the right to life and to exist; the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration; the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted; and the right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered.”If such a law seems uni … [Read more...]

Magical Tools

Phaedra BonewitsI spent today at Sacred Journey UU Fellowship in a workshop on magical tools led by Phaedra Bonewits. Phaedra is perhaps best known as the widow of Isaac Bonewits, which is unfortunate since she has an impressive magical resume on her own – including a term as Vice President of the national CUUPS Board of Trustees. I have the usual assortment of magical tools. Some (like the athame I rarely use any more) I purchased in the early days of my Pagan and magical exploration, while o … [Read more...]

Is Easter a Big Deal?

Should Christians make a big deal out of Easter?  Should Pagans go all out for Beltane?  Are special holidays worth the trouble?   Here’s an interesting essay by Bruce Reyes-Chow, a Presbyterian minister who’s calling on his congregation to “Stop Making a Big Deal Out of Easter Worship.” He calls it “activity that ends up with people who are burned out and a worship service that looks nothing like the service that is held on a normal Sunday,” says that “we too often put on a ‘sho … [Read more...]

No Unsacred Place

If you really pay attention you may have noticed a change in the blog roll earlier today. The new addition is No Unsacred Place, a new blog on “Earth and Nature in Pagan Traditions.” It's part of the Pagan Newswire Collective and it will cover religion, spirituality and the environment from a Pagan perspective.I'll be blogging there once a week or so, plus I'll be writing a monthly column titled “The Sacred in Suburbia”. Suburbs have a rather bad reputation in Pagan, environmental and progres … [Read more...]

It Gets Better – Or Does It?

Three occasions for one to speak falsehood without excuse: to save the life of one who is innocent, to keep the peace among neighbours, and to preserve the Wise and their crafts – a Druid triadLucinda Breeding of the Denton Record-Chronicle (better known as Cindy to Denton UUs) has a new column discussing the “It Gets Better” campaign, which attempts to reduce LGBT youth suicides by telling the stories of people who have been through what they’ve been through and come out OK. Cindy is less than … [Read more...]

Hindu Polytheism

Here’s an interesting article on polytheism from a Hindu perspective by Ramdas Lamb, a Professor of Religion at the University of Hawaii. There has been a fair amount of Pagan-Hindu dialogue recently (including several panels at February’s Pantheacon) and I think it’s helpful to see how our views compare and contrast.Professor Lamb begins with the proposition that “No human has demonstrable or irrefutable proof for or against a belief in a divinity or a lack thereof.” Therefore “we should focus … [Read more...]

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 evangelical church and I wanted see for myself what Bell had to say “about heaven, hell, and the fate of every person who ever lived.” The book itself is concise and engaging. It’s a fast read – I fini … [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 it the respect and the depth it deserves.But every now and then even I have to loosen up.When we were planning our circle calendar late last year, Michi and … [Read more...]