Rewilding Our World

Yukon sled dogs

George Monbiot suggests “for more wonder, rewild the world.” But we’ve been taught the wild is something to be feared and controlled, something to drive out of ourselves and pretend we never had it in the first place. How can we rewild our lives? And what do we do when the wild shows up on our doorsteps uninvited? [Read more...]

A Poor Magician Is A Poor Magician

The Magician

Is a poor magician a poor magician? Is there any correlation between material wealth and spiritual depth? It depends… [Read more...]

Lessons From the Marathon

the start of the 2003 Dallas White Rock Marathon

The myth that inspired the modern marathon ended with the runner dropping dead. Yet every year, hundreds of thousands of ordinary people complete this supposedly impossible feat. It makes you wonder what else we think is impossible is merely improbable, awaiting only the proper application of science, art, and will to manifest it in this world. [Read more...]

What Do We Offer?

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What do you offer to the world? What does your group offer to the world? Is it what you’ve always done or what you feel like you must do? Or is it a deliberate decision that balances your strengths, skills, and resources? Does it consider not only what you need to receive, but also what you need to give? [Read more...]

Nature Religion?

sacred

The question of whether or not Paganism is a Nature religion is interesting and can be fun to debate. But the debate can distract us from more important matters. Regardless of your religion, if it does not include reverence for Nature then I propose your religion is at best inadequate and may be detrimental to your life and to all life on this planet. [Read more...]

Neither Within Nor Without

neither day nor night, neither land nor sea

There is great danger in transition zones, in times and places that are neither within nor without. But there is also great opportunity. Be aware of the risks and take advantage of the possibilities. [Read more...]

Know Your Theological Boundaries

geese flying north 02.23.13

Because theology is a speculative process dealing with highly subjective topics, we have great leeway in how we choose to construct our religious frameworks. We do not, however, have the leeway to construct a religious framework that violates the laws of Nature or contradicts established facts, and we should take great care in constructing a framework that contradicts the consensus of science, history or other academic disciplines. [Read more...]

Boundaries

a rather controversial boundary

We are discrete beings living in a continuous universe, so our brains evolved to classify things into a few categories. This helps us deal with them quickly and easily. Boundaries make things predictable and manageable. Our challenge is to draw boundaries that are helpful to us, our community and the world. [Read more...]


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