The Power of Prayer

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When I wrote about my experience with the National Day of Prayer, I said “there is power in prayer.”  That phrase went directly to my fingers from my subconscious, a remnant from my Christian upbringing.  I recognized the source as soon as the words appeared on the screen and I considered changing them.  But I kept them, because “there is power in prayer” is as true for a polytheistic Pagan is it is for a monotheistic Christian. If we do not understand the power of prayer, it is … [Read more...]

Religious Diversity in Action

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Patheos is celebrating its 5-year anniversary and I’m happy to be a part of the site. Part of my happiness is practical.  I have a nice-looking blog maintained by the Patheos tech wizards.  My readership is three times what it was on Blogger, and while some of that growth would have happened anyway, much of it wouldn’t. I enjoy being part of the Pagan Channel.  While I knew several of the bloggers before coming to Patheos, I’ve gotten to know more, and quite a few are now friends … [Read more...]

The Four Hallows of the Tuatha De Danann

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When I first started leading public rituals, I grabbed every circle I could get my hands on.  I enjoyed composing and presenting ritual, I learned a lot preparing for them, and I got good feedback on them.  After a while, though, I realized there were other people who wanted – and in some cases, needed – to lead circles.  And my plate got so full with life I welcomed large stretches of following someone else’s scripts, or in some cases, simply showing up and participating.  These days, … [Read more...]

A Pagan at the National Day of Prayer

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The first Thursday in May is designated as the National Day of Prayer in the United States.  Calls for prayer from national leaders have been issued periodically since the days of George Washington, and in 1952 the National Day of Prayer became an annual event. Although official proclamations have been pluralistic (though with monotheistic assumptions), since the Reagan years the National Day of Prayer has primarily been associated with Evangelical Christians who organize large public events … [Read more...]

Walking With The Gods – An Interview

Walking With The Gods

What is polytheism?  Over the past year or so there have been many ideas put forward attempting to answer this question – I’ve contributed my own thoughts to the debate.  Rather than trying to define polytheism, Dr. W. D. Wilkerson interviewed 120 polytheists – Walking With The Gods is the result of those interviews.   This book says “here are some practicing polytheists – what they do, what they think, and what they believe.”  We can see the commonalities and the differences … [Read more...]

Dreams of Beltane

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Spring was never my favorite season, not while I was growing up, anyway. Yes, Spring meant the end of coats and the beginning of baseball, but it also meant the return of grass cutting and farm work.  And it meant the return of allergy season. Three Winters living in northern Indiana (the last one had 78 inches of snow) gave me an appreciation of Spring, but my love of Spring began when I became a Pagan. I knew about May Day, and I seem to recall a Maypole dance in first or second grade, … [Read more...]

Obligations of a CUUPS Leader

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I’ve been an officer in Denton CUUPS for ten years, I’m a member of the Board of Trustees of CUUPS National, and I have a visible presence on the internet.  So I get occasional e-mails asking how to start a CUUPS chapter or how to deal with difficult people in a host congregation.  But in a conversation this weekend, it occurred to me there’s an important question that is rarely asked:  what are you signing up for when you agree to serve as an elected officer or even as an informal … [Read more...]

Earth Day Is Worth Celebrating

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I wasn’t going to write on Earth Day this year.  I was going to point people to this excellent essay by Jason Pitzl-Waters on The Wild Hunt (which you should read anyway) and post here on the obligations of CUUPS leadership. And then a Facebook friend said something that boils down to “we pollute too much, we consume too much, and so we’re hypocrites if we talk about how much we love the Earth.”  The post on CUUPS leadership will have to wait till Thursday, because Earth Day is … [Read more...]