Hold Loosely But Practice Deeply

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Religious certainty is for fundamentalists and fools. Hold your beliefs lightly, but while you hold them, treat them as though they were true and explore them as deeply as you can. [Read more...]

Tell Me Who You Are, Not Who You Aren’t

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Too many of us define ourselves by what we’re not. That allows what we don’t want to set the ground rules and frame the conversation. Instead, let’s keep our eyes on what we want to become. [Read more...]

Proselytizing, Secrecy, and a Better Way

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We don’t proselytize, but we can make sure people know we’re here, and be ready to welcome those who respond to the same calls we heard earlier on our own spiritual journeys. [Read more...]

Celebrating Life, Preparing for Death

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While it is a waste to spend any of our precious hours worrying about an afterlife that may not even exist, humans have wondered what comes after death for at least as long as we’ve been human, and our generation is no exception. Fortunately, there are things we can do to prepare for the afterlife, no matter what it turns out to be. [Read more...]

You’re Doing It Wrong!

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Most of us are doing our religion right, at least most of the time. But there are a few things in the religious world that are a clear sign you’re doing it wrong – be mindful and avoid them. [Read more...]

Polytheism Redux


Both Poseidon and The Sea are beautiful and powerful and I worship both. But a religion based on relationships with Deities with human-like qualities will look and feel very different from a religion based on relationships with the Natural world. There is room for both in the Big Tent of Paganism and in the corner of polytheism. [Read more...]

Religious Buyer’s Remorse

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I’m thankful for the freedom and opportunity to explore virtually every religion ever known to humanity, but these seemingly unlimited options come with a cost. In an environment where we are truly free to choose, religious buyer’s remorse is inevitable. [Read more...]

Trusting the Gods

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The foundation of trust is not blind faith but the evidence of past performance. You can’t trust the gods to make everything OK, but you can trust them to be who and what they are. More importantly, you can trust your true will. [Read more...]