The Pagan Bubble

Religious “bubbles” have existed ever since religion became an organized thing and they persist for good reasons. Our Pagan bubble gives us safety and encouragement to explore our beliefs and practices in greater depth than the mainstream society will allow. It’s a good thing, so long as we don’t get stuck there. Read more

A Pagan Looks at Easter

Christianity is deeply embedded in our culture. Even if we are happily committed to Paganism and to the old goddesses and gods, at some point we will be asked what we believe about Jesus. These are my thoughts as a Pagan, a Druid, and a Unitarian Universalist. Read more

Pagan Groups: Seeking To Find

The myth of the solitary Witch In The Forest is romantic, but most of us are better off practicing and worshiping in a group. Solitary or not you still have to do the work, but it’s easier with friends. Read more

Interfaith: Risks, Rewards, and Boundaries

Like gay people who come out of the closet, Pagans who engage in interfaith work make the way easier for those who come after them. The risks of interfaith work are small and the benefits can be great. Read more

Reclaiming Your Sovereignty

Before the Great Battle of Magh Tuireadh, Figol the Druid blessed the warriors, saying “as to the men of Ireland, every breath they breathe will be an increase of strength and of bravery to them; and if they are seven years in the battle they will never be any way tired.” It is in that Druid tradition I offered this morning’s sermon at the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Read more

Pagan Wishes For The New Pope

It is not reasonable to expect the new pope to reform his church in the ways those of us on the liberal side of the religious spectrum would prefer. But I still offer my best wishes to Pope Francis. Though I am quite happy as a Pagan, a Druid, and a Unitarian Universalist, I’ve always had a soft spot for the Catholic church. Read more

Silence and the Limitations of Language

Were the religious experiences of our distant ancestors incomplete because they did not have language for interpretation? Or were they more complete because they were experienced with their whole beings and not forced into the limitations of language? And how does that tie into the importance of keeping silence? Read more

Do The Gods Change?

The Pagan Neoplatonists believed the gods were unchanging. The ancient stories and our own experience say they do change. But how do they change, and how can we avoid re-creating them in our own image? Read more

Iamblichus on Prayer

1700 years ago, Iamblichus wrote “extended practice of prayer nurtures our intellect, enlarges very greatly our soul’s receptivity to the gods, reveals to men the life of the gods, accustoms their eyes to the brightness of divine light, and gradually brings to perfection the capacity of our facilities for contact with the gods.” His ideas are still relevant to modern Pagans. Read more

Amanda Palmer and the Art of Asking

Singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer has a TED talk describing her hyper-successful crowdfunding project. It’s titled “The Art of Asking.” She’s right – the art of asking is important. But if you want big help for your project, you also need passion, reciprocity and connection. Read more

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