The Necessity of Work

To say I have a complicated relationship with work would be an understatement.  The picture to the right is a scan of a Peanuts card I bought in the 3rd grade.  It is – I think – the oldest of the few childhood mementos I have kept.  At that point in my life – and [Read More...]

The King

I just finished listening to the new Wigglian Way podcast.  The Wigglian Way is one of the longest running Pagan podcasts – now in its 6th year, with 87 episodes.  It’s one of only a few I’m subscribed to – while it’s light-hearted and humorous, it has plenty of good content and very little of [Read More...]

The Tar Sands Pipeline

I’ve got a new piece up on No Unsacred Place about the proposed pipeline to bring oil from the Alberta tar sands to Gulf Coast refineries.  It’s an ugly project that I oppose, but the situation is complex and deserves some explanation and some thought. Go read it, and while you’re there check out some [Read More...]

Interfaith Service for 9/11

There will be an interfaith service of peace and hope on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at 6:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church of Denton.  I’m very happy the Denton County ministers who organized it (including DUUF’s Rev. Pam Wat) reached out to include as many faith groups as possible – [Read More...]

Unverified Personal Gnosis

I had an interesting conversation (if a couple of comments in a blog can be considered “conversation”) with Alison Lilly in regards to her most recent Dining With Druids podcast. Episode 9 is titled “Holy Personal Gnosis, Batman!” – Ali and her husband-to-be Jeff discussed what is sometimes called “Unverified Personal Gnosis” or UPG. UPG [Read More...]

The Book of Druidry

The Book of Druidry is a classic text by Ross Nichols (1902 – 1975), the founder of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. The book was written in segments by Nichols over the course of his life. He finished it just before he died, but the manuscript was thought to be lost until 1984 [Read More...]

Becoming a Druid

Do those of us who call ourselves Druids have a right to use the name? Without clearly recognized standards of preparation and achievement does the term have any meaning? Is the name so tightly attached to the priests, healers and advisors of the ancient Celtic world that it is now impossible to become a Druid? [Read More...]

The Sacred Earth

Sermon – The Sacred Earth The Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship August 21, 2011 Introduction One evening in a Buddhist monastery, a group of monks were cleaning up after dinner.  One of the monks was less than fully present – he seemed to just want to get finished, whether the dishes were clean or not.  Another [Read More...]