Is Hell Dead?

Just in time for Easter, TIME magazine has a cover story asking “Is Hell Dead?” It’s inspired by and largely focuses on Evangelical pastor Rob Bell and his new book Love Wins. TIME does a fair job of presenting Bell’s case for Christian almost-Universalism as well as touching on traditional arguments for Hell. And now [Read More...]

CMA Beltane

my campsite at CMA Beltane I’m back from a 4-day weekend trip to the Council of Magickal Arts’ Beltane festival at Spirit Haven, CMA’s group-owned land near Flatonia, Texas. This was my first large Pagan festival – it was quite an experience. I don’t know how many people were there – I didn’t get an [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]

Magical Tools

Phaedra Bonewits I 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 [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 [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 [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 triad Lucinda Breeding of the Denton Record-Chronicle (better known as Cindy to Denton UUs) has a new column discussing the [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 [Read More...]