White Pagans responding to Black churches burning

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 "Strengthen our hearts for love and just action." This morning's Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) phone call for faith leaders against the current rash of burning of Black churches began with these words said in prayer.Strengthen our hearts for love and just action, because we need strength to look squarely at the fact that Black churches are being burned.Strengthen our hearts for love and just action, because white people have an important role to play in the st … [Read more...]

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Beltane for Kids

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Beltane - it's one of the biggest holidays of the Pagan year, rivaled only by Samhain.  And yet for many, it is one of the most difficult holidays to relate to.  The emphasis placed on  (hetero!)sexual activity and fertility can be alienating for many groups of people, including our own children.  This is not simply a morality issue - whether parents and guardians want their children exposed to sexual themes and imagery - though that certainly is one part of it.  The biggest issue with children a … [Read more...]

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Spell for Family Balance

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For a number of years we've had a family mantra: our family works in harmony to meet each member's needs. At times, I've felt like I'm repeating it through clenched teeth. At times, I have felt that none of our needs are being met well and at times I've felt like harmony is a distant, unattainable treasure. However, we keep using it and sometimes, sometimes it feels like we're there. I do not subscribe to the ideal of the self-sacrificing parent. I refuse to repeat the cliche that "everyone has … [Read more...]

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December Link Round-Up: News, Reading, and Opportunities

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First some blog business, then the link round-up:Since I haven't been able to track down the original winner of the free seat in Wild Mother Arts' new Natural Mama Circle, I narrowed the pool down to those people who followed the instructions and actually left an email address, generated a random number, and the new winner is: Sarah Hodgkins! I hope you enjoy the Circle, Sarah (check your email for details). In December we welcomed A Witch's Ashram to Patheos Pagan! We continue to sen … [Read more...]

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Manifest Divinity: A Review

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Manifest Divinity, by Lisa Spiral Besnett, is a short book that encourages us to open up to manifestations of the divine in our lives. It is a simply written and incredibly positive book. Besnett uses a variety of techniques to tap into the divine in the world, providing contexts and some recommendations and discussion (or journaling) questions for each style.I wanted to love this book, as I like the ideas Besnett presents and the categories she's developed. I think this book would be ideal … [Read more...]

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Group Ritual to Acknowledge Miscarriage

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This ritual is designed as a ceremony of healing and empowerment following miscarriage. It is based on a ritual that I had following my own miscarriages in 2010.Anyone who has experienced miscarriage and who would like to acknowledge the impact on her life is welcome. So too are those who would like to act as witnesses and keepers of sacred space for those who grieve. The simple altar is laid outdoors on the ground near an already dug hole (for planting a tree). It contains a small bowl, a … [Read more...]

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Wednesday Wisdom: Faith

"We're people who have enough faith in the future and enough stability in the present to bring children into the spiral of life or nurture children who are not born to us."-- Starhawk, Diane Baker, & Anne Hill, Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions "Part of what gives me continued faith in a body I doubted for so long is the milk that comes whenever it is needed."-- Francesca Lia Block, Guarding The Moon: A Mother's First Year  (I'm trying something new … [Read more...]

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November Link Round-Up

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I share a lot of fantastic links and such on our social media pages.  Here's a round-up of some of the highlights from November.  After I gathered them up, I realized that for some reason they all come in twos this month.Two informational posts: Via Not My Mother: A Memoir, "Learn more about why vaginas are incredible here" and practical advice on Witchcraft during pregnancy. Two interesting looking new books: The Mindful Way through Pregnancy and Red Medicine: Traditional Indigenous Rites … [Read more...]

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