Fire Spinning

Although we had a lot of rain at the OBOD East Coast Gathering, Saturday night turned out very nice.  We had a roaring fire, songs, stories, jokes… and this performance by Alexis Hosea from New York.  It turned out surprisingly well for something shot by a rank amateur with a point & shoot camera. Enjoy… [Read more...]

Re-enchantment

Sharon Knight is the lead singer of Pandemonaeon and a Pagan in the Anderson Feri Tradition. Last week she wrote a piece for her blog titled “To Re-enchant The World” where she said To re-enchant the world implies that it has been disenchanted. The concept of disenchantment appears to have been coined by a turn-of-the-century [Read More...]

Immersion

crossposted with No Unsacred Place Every now and then we need to immerse ourselves in Nature. The idea of living in cities – much less in suburbs – is a very new phenomenon. Even after cities became commonplace – when “civilization” began – the majority of people still lived on the land. It wasn’t until [Read More...]

OBOD East Coast Gathering

I’m back from a wet but wonderful long weekend at the OBOD East Coast Gathering in Pennsylvania. We had rain, an Alban Elfed (Autumn Equinox) ritual, rain, Druid grade initiations, rain, Bardic grade initiations, rain, workshops by OBOD Modron Thea Worthington and Touchstone Editor Penny Billington, rain, workshops by various other participants (I led the [Read More...]

The Death Penalty

The death penalty is in the news again. The national and international attention is on Troy Davis, set to die tonight in Georgia for a murder of a police officer in 1989, even though seven of nine witnesses against him have recanted their testimony and the physical evidence is questionable. Texas (the capital punishment capital [Read More...]

Temples

Star Foster at Patheos has a new piece up on Ephesus, which is best known in the West as an early Christian site but which was known in antiquity for its massive Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The history in Star’s article is good but what grabbed my attention [Read More...]

How Much Is Enough?

My biggest criticism of the “spiritual but not religious” crowd is that too many of them use the label as an excuse for avoiding the hard work of spiritual practice and the accountability of religious community. But that criticism raises the question “how much is enough?” How much spiritual practice is enough? How much study [Read More...]

Evolution – The Great Story

I’ve never been very passionate about evolution. 10th grade biology plus some extra-curricular science reading convinced me it was an accurate explanation for the development of life. That allowed me to check that box on my “things I need to know” list and move onto other subjects I found more engaging. But over the past [Read More...]


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