CUUPS Convocation 2016

Almost 80 CUUPS members and friends from around the country traveled to Salem, Massachusetts for a long weekend of rituals, workshops, keynote addresses, and the kind of conversations we can’t seem to have anywhere else. [Read more…]

Mission and Vision: What Your Chapter Can Learn From the 2014 Surveys

This is my keynote presentation from the CUUPS Convocation, condensed and reformatted for a blog post. [Read more…]

Resetting the Conversation on Purity

We have been unable to separate debate on polytheist concepts from our feelings about individual polytheists. Our discussion of the role of purity in polytheism has been derailed by impurities in our conversation. If I was a hipster I’d revel in the irony. [Read more…]

You Are What Your Record Says You Are

The AFA’s recent announcement drops all pretense, but their record has long shown they’re a racist organization. What does your record say you are? [Read more…]

A Service of Reconsecration

Yesterday, the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship held a Reconsecration ceremony following eight months of repairs and renovations on our building after the fires of last December. It’s good to be back! [Read more…]

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…]

Proudly Re-Paganing America

On the same day the Patheos editors put my post “Are We Bringing Sin Into Paganism?” on the front page, they also featured a post titled “The Re-Paganing of America and God’s Eternal Word.” It was much better than I expected, but its foundational assumptions are very wrong. [Read more…]

The Magic of Wild Places

My Paganism, my Druidry, and even my polytheism have roots in the wild. There is magic in wild places. [Read more…]

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…]

Many Gods West: Showing Up

I had a great time at the 2016 Many Gods West conference, but there were two significant differences between it and the first edition of Many Gods West last year. [Read more…]