Things I Wish I’d Said to a Young Evangelical

It’s happened to all of us. Someone offends you and you walk away in anger – after you get home you think of the perfect witty comeback. A friend is hurting and you feel useless – a week later you think of what you could have done to help. Sometimes we can’t think of what to do or say, while other times we don’t feel like we should do or say anything. I found myself in that situation yesterday at… Read more

Wands

When I was asked for something for the Denton UU Silent Auction it didn’t take long to figure out what it would be. I don’t have many crafty skills, but I do make wands. So at the Silent Auction during the Murder Mystery Dinner Event on April 21, you’ll have the opportunity to bid on two wands made in two very different styles.Fancy yourself a wizard? Disappointed your letter from Hogwarts never arrived? Or maybe you just like a simple,… Read more

Fighting Fires and Building Systems

In the past week or so I’ve seen several Pagan bloggers and other writers saying our first religious priority should be personal growth and empowerment. Other say our first priority should be honoring and serving our gods and goddesses, while still others say it should be creating ecstatic religious experiences, caring for the Earth, caring for our fellow humans, or building lasting religious institutions.All these writers were passionately advocating for their views, some calmly and some with an evangelistic zeal…. Read more

A Pagan Looks at Easter

We live in a time and place where Christianity is deeply embedded in our culture. Even if we are happily committed to Paganism and to the old gods and goddesses – and I am – at some point we have to stop ignoring the religious elephant in the room and figure out what we believe about Jesus. Not whether we accept the religious propositions of orthodox Christianity (we don’t, or we wouldn’t be Pagans), but who and what Jesus is… Read more

Asteroids, Extinction, and Other Religious Issues

artwork by Don Davis, NASAcrossposted with No Unsacred Place According to a story on Space.com, a “bus-size asteroid” came within 96,000 miles of Earth early on Sunday morning. It posed no threat – even if it had collided with Earth it would have burned up in the atmosphere.That’s usually the case with asteroids that come near Earth – but not always. Some asteroids are big enough to alter the course of life. Scientific celebrity Neil deGrasse Tyson (and that’s not… Read more

Game of Thrones

Yeah, I know – two entertainment-themed posts in a little over a week is a bit much for somebody who says he doesn’t pay attention to popular culture. But there are exceptions, and “Game of Thrones” is one of them. As with The Hunger Games, I haven’t read the books – most of my reading is non-fiction. But the promos for the HBO series looked good and I figured I’d give it a try. Although I was expecting more magic… Read more

Seduced by “The Occult”

Lisa Mladinich, a Catholic blogger on Patheos, posted a story earlier this week titled “Killing Us Softly: Seduced by the Occult.” To summarize, her 14-month-old daughter started “scrawling all over her papers with a black crayon.” This concerned Ms. Mladinich. The daughter stopped after attending Mass, but started again after Ms. Mladinich visited her massage therapist, who it turned out had been receiving Reiki treatments. Ms. Mladinich drew the conclusion that demons (or perhaps the Devil himself – she isn’t… Read more

The Annunciation and True Polytheism

Yesterday, Niki Whiting posted an essay on The Annunciation, the Christian feast commemorating the visit of the angel Gabriel to Mary, telling her she would be the virgin mother of Jesus. Though Niki found she couldn’t remain in Christianity and has found a home in Paganism, she has done extensive study on Mary and feels a particular closeness to her.The essay (Niki calls it a homily and I think that term describes it nicely) is good and it makes a… Read more

The Hunger Games

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger GamesI don’t pay a lot of attention to popular culture, but it’s been pretty hard to miss the commotion around this weekend’s premiere of The Hunger Games. It looked interesting and Cathy wanted to see it (although neither of us have read the book) so we went this afternoon. We weren’t the only ones – the theater we were in was packed for a mid-afternoon showing.I’m not going to summarize the story… Read more

Learning Tarot

Denton CUUPS had our first Introduction to Tarot class last night. We have quite a few true beginners and this was the first time I’ve been in a Tarot class in five years – it was a good reminder of what it takes to truly learn Tarot. Or perhaps I should say, what it took for me to learn Tarot.All of the experts I’ve consulted have told me the same thing: messages come through the cards, not from the cards…. Read more

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