The Inevitability of Scripture

Star Foster at Patheos has a new article titled “The Inevitability of Scripture: The Challenge of Authority and the Promise of Tradition.” She makes a logical case that there will be Pagan scripture someday, but ultimately I think she’s wrong.Her argument goes something like this: Pagans need the authority and consistency that only scripture gives, Pagans have already given authority to authors, eventually Pagans will select certain texts to “slowly form a set of scriptures and commentary, much … [Read more...]

Pagan Identity

Star Foster at Patheos has a blog entry titled “In Praise of Normal” where she says we need not be “outrageous” in order to be authentically Pagan. It’s generated some interesting comments on just what constitutes “normal” and what it means for the Pagan community.One of those comments refers to Fire Lyte’s “Project Pagan Enough,” which seems to be a well-intended riff on “can’t we all just get along?”And while I don’t know if it was inspired by Star’s blog or by synchronicity, Thorn Coyle addre … [Read more...]

Spiritual Practice Techniques: Writing

at the computer in Indiana

This is the third in an occasional series on spiritual practice techniques. I have practiced writing as a spiritual discipline for most of my life, far longer than I’ve been a Pagan or a Unitarian Universalist. I think this is the engineer in me coming through: I had issues to deal with or religious questions to consider and my first impulse was to define the problem as clearly and objectively as I could. It helped – some times more than others – but it always helped.Writing as a spiritual p … [Read more...]

Daily Spiritual Practice

David Pollard of Sacred Journey Fellowship recorded my Daily Spiritual Practice presentation at the North Texas Pagan Pride Day on September 11.  Now it's part of this month's CUUPS Podcast.  If you haven't made it to any of these classes, here's your chance to catch up from the convenience of your own computer.   You can download CUUPS Podcast #8 directly here.  The on-site player is playing #6 for some reason - you'll have to download it and play it on your own.  Or … [Read more...]

Kissing the Limitless

Books and their widespread availability have played a huge role in the growth of the modern Pagan movement. Most of us have learned far more from books than from either one-on-one or classroom instruction. But the vast majority of Pagan-themed books are geared toward beginners – there are precious few intermediate and advanced books on the market. Kissing the Limitless by T. Thorn Coyle is one of those precious few.This is a guidebook for spiritual transformation, a process that by definition … [Read more...]

What Really Happens When We Die?

My comments on "what really happens when we die?" are up on the Patheos website.  I'm one of four, the others being identified as Christian, Muslim, and Mormon.See it here:  Actually, there are 13 entries, including one Heathen.  My entry is first, and I missed the little "more" arrows on the sides of the pictures.    … [Read more...]

CUUPS Mabon Circle

The actual Autumn Equinox is Wednesday, September 22 at 10:09 PM CDT.  Many groups are celebrating today but we're holding our circle next Saturday.  If you're in the DFW area come by, say hello, and have an apple with us.Click on the image for a larger version of the flyer. … [Read more...]

The Future of Pagan Leadership

In Monday’s post on Pagan leadership I talked about the roles leaders fill. Today I want to talk about what future leadership is going to look like.Any leader has to begin with a vision. Who are you going to lead? Where are you going to lead them? Who and what do you serve? “I want to be a high priestess and run all the circles” is a vision. It’s a rather small vision, but it’s a vision. “I want to unite the whole world in worship of the Great Mother” is an improbably large vision, but it … [Read more...]