Book Review (OT): Goddess Calling

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“Any woman who has birthed or raised a child, had a book published, started an organization, manifested a temple – they all know the strength, courage and determination women possess…” –Karen Tate, Goddess Calling I've been a huge fan of Karen Tate's radio show Voices of the Sacred Feminine for several years. The voice of Karen and her versatile, diverse, talented, inspirational guests keep me company every week on my commute to teach at a military base.Goddess Calling sounds just like Kare … [Read more...]

Our Top 5 Posts #Patheos5Yrs

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This week Patheos is celebrating its 5th birthday and later this month Pagan Families will be 3 years old. In honor of these milestones, here are the 5 most popular Pagan Families posts (by page view) since we joined the Patheos family.5. Advocating for Pagan Children in the Public School System by Aurora Lightbringer. "Ultimately, here’s the bottom line: all students have the right to a safe, supportive and welcoming environment in which to learn."4. Symbols of Protection by Molly Khan. … [Read more...]

Pagan Families Flash Points: Let’s Talk About Sex

Last month we launched our new round robin series: Pagan Families Flash Points. We don't want to host a debate exactly, because the last thing we want to do is fan the flames of any mommy wars, but we are hoping to generate some useful friction around our different parenting philosophies and practices, to shed light on topics that are very dear to us and that we do get fired up about.Each month we'll share a topic that we'd love to see lively discussion on. Our regular contributors will … [Read more...]

Flash points: a family that’s open and inclusive

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By ChristinaI live in a big house with my husband and our two kids, my husband's girlfriend, her husband, their cats and dog, and a friend of ours.  That's family--or at least a big part of it.  Our housemates are the people who steal our baby when they go for a walk, and if the fish sauce is missing from the fridge, then they probably have that, too. Every week we split our farm share, and I don't think we could handle the whole thing on our own.  My husband and his girlfriend carpool home f … [Read more...]

Plant a Tree

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I live in Nebraska, the home of Arbor Day, and so we hear about it a lot!  Ours is coming up this Friday, but the date varies by state - you can find out yours here.  Growing up, my grandmother and I would plant a tree on her land every year around this time.  There's something amazing about watching a tree grow taller and taller each year; after planting it, watering it, and caring for it carefully.  These days I don't have the land to plant one tree a year, but I still feel it's important to no … [Read more...]

March Link Round-Up: placenta-eating, water birth, spring equinox and more

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Welcome to the March link round-up, in which I compile some of the best links we've shared on Facebook (where Amy Louise Turnbull became our 5,000th liker!) and Twitter in the past month. Please leave a comment if we're missing something juicy here!We've been praying along with Faith Aloud's 40 Days of Prayer to Keep Abortion Safe and Legal.Pagan communities reeled at the news about Kenny Klein: "Kenny Klein, well known pagan musician and an amateur photographer, has been arrested in … [Read more...]

Ask Us: What symbol can I use to protect my home?

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Have you noticed we have an "Ask Us" button near the top of our main page? Got a question about Paganism and pregnancy or family life that you don’t see answered here yet?  We’d like to try to answer your question.  No question is too big or too small. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll look for someone who does (we know lots of parents, priest/esses, and birth professionals).  Your question and our answer may appear as a blog post so others can benefit from you asking.Well, we got a question … [Read more...]

What Makes a Family – Branches and Roots

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This month, Pagan Families is hosting a discussion on "what makes a family?", exploring the many different approaches to parenting and family in our community.  I have always loved the metaphor of the family tree.  I was raised with a strong sense of family; not just our own immediate circle, but great-aunts and uncles and cousins twice removed, playing with children whose last names branched out from ours three or four generations ago.  When I was in elementary school, a great aunt and uncle of … [Read more...]


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