Conribute to Pagan Families

The success of Pagan Families will depend on readers such as yourself making contributions. Here are some ideas of genres and topics that we’d like to publish:

Genres:
Ritual scripts
Personal essays
Theological essays
Media reviews
Prayers
Chants
Visual art
Birth stories
Meditations
Childbirth preparation exercises
Sensitivity guides for birth professionals

Topics:
Conception
Pregnancy
Birth
Motherhood
Fatherhood
Pregnancy loss
Abortion
Postpartum

There’s so much territory for us to explore: How do Pagans name their babies?  How do Pagans change their ritual practice during pregnancy or when they have newborns?  How do Pagans communicate with their ob/gyns or midwives about their religious lives?  How do Pagans interpret pregnancy dreams?  How do Pagans ritually welcome new babies into their communities?  How do Pagans mourn a miscarried baby?  How do Pagans think about conception?

What else would you like to see covered by this site?  Leave a comment.  You just might inspire someone to make a submission on your topic.

About Sarah Whedon

Sarah Whedon is founding editor of Pagan Families, the author of Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year, and former Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious History at Cherry Hill Seminary. Sarah’s teaching, research, and advocacy work center around topics of spirituality, feminism, and reproduction. She makes her home in the Boston area with her partner and their children.

  • Jessica Thomas

    Would you guys consider adding adoption to the mix? I found my journey with my bio and adopted kids to be same in some ways but very different in others.

    • SarahWhedon

      Yes, absolutely! I can’t believe adoption isn’t already on there. Would you like to contribute something on the topic?

  • Heather Rene’e -Gemini-

    I absolutely love this idea, I am a mother of two children, both of which where born at home, (well kinda , my son was a rush to the midwifes house for an unexpected birth there since he decided he wanted to whoosh into the world in 23 minutes rather then 23 hours like his sister). I became an ordained Universalist last year on 10/10/2010, as well as now attending a school and working towards my PhD in Metaphysical Sciences. Both my children are now older, my son is ten and my daughter turned 13 last December. maybe I can give some insight on raising a teenager as a pagan mother. One other topic, something you hear few write on, so far my teenager has decided she was not pagan, she was baptised in a Christian faith which, im not going to lie, was difficult for me, perhaps something else I could add to the cauldron.

    Thanks in advance,
    Heather Rene’e

    • http://reproductiverites.wordpress.com/ SarahWhedon

      Thanks so much for your comment! If you have something to contribute as a parent or a minister please send it our way. There certainly are a lot of topics to explore if we were to expand to cover Pagan parenting. Sounds like you’d definitely have something to contribute then.


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