James Bianchi 1949 – 2015

James Bianchi, John Beckett, and Kimberly Kirner at the 2012 OBOD East Coast Gathering

James Bianchi was a good friend and a fine Druid who did great things for our community. He will be remembered. [Read more...]

OBOD Gulf Coast Gathering

Seven Sisters Oak

Last weekend was the inaugural OBOD Gulf Coast Gathering at Fontainebleau State Park on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana. About 40 Bards, Ovates, Druids, and guests participated in the camp, which carried the theme “making Druidry your own.” [Read more...]

In Praise of Communities of Convenience

Denton UU 04.07.14

The modern Western cult of the individual makes building homogeneous communities difficult. But humans are social animals – we need each other so much it’s worth forming and supporting imperfect, heterogeneous communities of convenience. [Read more...]

Why I’m An OBOD Druid

Awen pendant on black

There is no best Druid order, just different orders that fit individuals very well or not so well. If you feel called to Druidry, do some on-line investigation, read a few books, talk to some people who have first-hand experience, and make the best choice for you. This is why I’m an OBOD Druid. [Read more...]

East Coast Gathering 2014

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The 2014 OBOD East Coast Gathering reinforced a concept emphasized by another Druid order, the RDNA: “Nature is Good.” And so is a long weekend with your tribe, immersed in your tradition. [Read more...]

Nine Things I Think

woods, a creek, a train - yep, it's North Georgia

Nine Things I Think: Pagan Pride Day, CUUPS surveys, football players behaving badly (and criminally), future speaking engagements and more. [Read more...]

Druids: A Very Brief Introduction

Awen Flag at ECG 2013

Who were the ancient Druids? What’s a modern Druid? A full answer requires several books – here’s a very brief introduction to Druidry as I understand it and as I practice it. [Read more...]

Lessons From a First Ritual

hand bell

I wasn’t ready to lead a public ritual when I was asked to do it for the first time. Desire, reason, and the wisdom of my 9th grade history teacher helped me do it well. [Read more...]


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