Pagan Priests, Pagan Ministers

Pompeii Basilica

Sam Webster had an interesting essay on Saturday’s Wild Hunt titled Ministry and Duty to Report. In it, he used the legal mandate for clergy to report suspected abuse to call for Pagan educational and accreditation institutions. Sam said: A minster … has a legally-mandated duty to report sexual abuse of minors, abuse of elders, as well as reporting responsibilities with respect to harm to self (suicide) and harm to others (assault, murder). This is founded on the presumption that the minister is … [Read more...]

A Rite of Herakles

Herakleia 25

Life in a CUUPS group is never boring. Or at least, it’s never boring when you have a collection of members from a variety of religious backgrounds and callings, representing all four Centers of Paganism, and with a desire to honor and express their traditions within the framework of UU Paganism.The Denton CUUPS Spring Equinox circle was led by our matriarch who trained in New Thought. I led Beltane – it should surprise no one that the Druid led a circle on the Four Hallows of the Tuatha De D … [Read more...]

A Meditation on Earth

back yard closeup

When you hear “Earth” what comes to mind? The ground on which we walk? The soil that nurtures plants and other life? This planet, the 3rd rock from the Sun? The living ecosystem of which we are a part?All these descriptions are correct, and the fact that they are all correct is worth contemplating. What is Earth? To The Earth A Hymn of OrpheusO Goddess, Earth, of Gods and men the source, Endu’d with fertile, all destroying force; All-parent, bounding, whose prolific pow’rs, Produce a … [Read more...]

Co-workers With the Gods

Athena Nashville 2010

This week the Patheos Conversations on Religious Trends moves to the Spirituality Channel. Their question asks “Is the Veil Thinning?” Here’s an excerpt from the full question. Many of those deeply interested in the spiritual life apart from particular religious traditions believe that the evolution of religion itself has been leading to a new age of god-awareness, an age of cosmic harmonizing between human consciousness and divine reality … many believe that the time is now; the veil is thinnin … [Read more...]

Portrait of Danu

Danu by Tesa

There is little we can say of the Goddess Danu with historical certainty. The stories we have say She is the mother of the Tuatha De Danann – the Children of the Goddess Danu. We know of Her primarily through analyses of Her name and comparisons of it with various place names, most notably the Danube River in Central Europe.When I wrote about Her last year, most of what I had to say was my own UPG (unverified personal gnosis), my own experience of Danu. I see Her as Mother Goddess and Lady o … [Read more...]

A Meditation on Water

Crete 2012

The four classical elements of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth are foundational to the Western Mystery Tradition and its many offshoots.  Even if that’s not your path, the elements remain a useful way to relate to life at a high level.  We’ve contemplated Air and Fire; today I invite you to join me in a meditation on the element of Water. To The Sea A Hymn of OrpheusTethys I call, with eyes cærulean bright, Hid in a veil obscure from human sight; Great Ocean’s empress, wand’ring thro’ the dee … [Read more...]

We’re Still Here and the Earth is Still Sacred

Dinosaur Valley 07.13.14 25

Editors' Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Pagan community here.Patheos is doing a series on important issues in individual religious communities.  For the Pagan Channel, our issue is environmentalism and climate change.  Here’s the question in its entirety: Has Pagan Environmentalism Failed?With the recent release of several large-scale studies showing that climate change may now be … [Read more...]

The Limits of Hospitality

the bird neither knows nor cares that one side of the river is Mexico and the other side is the United States

Good religions do more than provide us with inspirational experiences.  Good religions also provide a framework for identifying our core principles and values and for putting them into practice in our daily lives.Some religions do this with rules that specify what practitioners can’t do or what they must do.  We Pagans aren’t big on rules – I wasn’t big on rules before I became Pagan and I’m certainly not big on them now.  Rules are supposed to make things simple and predictable and to a cert … [Read more...]