Disability, abortion, and love

By Louise Docker from sydney, Australia (My heart in your hands) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Cory Ellen Gatrall  Pagan blogger Tara Miller recently wrote about her thoughts on the difficult question of the intersection of abortion rights and disability rights, asking “as the ability to detect disabilities in fetuses continues to advance, will women be more likely to have an abortion?” Gina Kolata also recently addressed a similar issue in her New York Times piece on the ethical debates over preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), in which she paraphrased ethicist David … [Read more...]

Maiden, Mother, Crone-ish?

By Steve Evans from India and USA (Sri Lanka) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Shellei Could there be a new archetype emerging? The grand-mama, or maybe the crone-ma? Cronemother? In different times, and in different cultures, families live/d in extended family homes and communities, where "it takes a village," or at least a large family to raise a child. In an extended family, a child can receive caregiving, nurturing, guidance, help with schoolwork--in other words "parenting" from many different family members--not just mom or dad. In our nuclear family oriented … [Read more...]

Mealtime Prayers: Connecting with the Earth

First Fruits

Growing a garden with my children has taught me a lot of things, but first and foremost it has taught me how important connecting with our food is.  It is the most important gift the earth gives to us - the gift of life.  But for many, especially children who sometimes don't even understand the concept intellectually, our food has become completely separated from the earth that grows and sustains it.  When my oldest was two, we watched an episode of Sesame Street together; it showed how milk … [Read more...]

When Interfaith Comes Home

Opening presents on Eid, an important Muslim holiday

Like many Pagan parents, I do not live in a solely Pagan household. When you factor in extended families, it becomes incredibly rare for a child's entire family to be Pagan. This can definitely create some issues, especially for those with families who don't accept Paganism as a legitimate and positive religion. I'd like to take some time to talk about my own experiences in an interfaith household, and one way to navigate the sometimes thorny issue of children growing up around multiple … [Read more...]

Pagan Tea Time at Pagan Families

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The many writers here at Pagan Families convened for a Google video chat this morning. It was both a business meeting and also a gathering to see each other face to face, catch glimpses of small children, and hear each others' voices. Seeing faces and hearing voices really does make this world-wide internet-based life feel warmer and more intimate! We talked about diversifying our posts and our voices. Things to look forward to on Pagan Families: more and more frequent posts; round robin … [Read more...]

Symbols of Protection

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If you're a parent, you know what it is to worry.  It's so hard to let our little ones go out into the world - to babysitters, to elementary school, to any of the numerous places they go on a daily basis where we can't watch over them.  It's supposed to be nice to have the break, but often I find myself spending more time stressing over how my children are doing than relaxing. Of course, I do my best in the mundane world to make sure my children are safe and happy; but there is a limit to … [Read more...]

Pagan Families Tea Time

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Who wants to have tea and chat? Christine Kraemer, the managing editor here at Patheos Pagan has put out an invitation for Pagan bloggers and blog commenters to find a way to communicate face-to-face: "During the month of February, if you write online, make a date to have a cup of tea (or food or drink of your choice) with another writer or commenter. Even better, be daring, and make it someone you’ve argued with... I invite you to take a risk: e-mail someone (or more than one!) whose … [Read more...]

From child to parent – growing up in a Pagan family

Raising the Maypole by Haxpett (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

  By  Hannah Johnston Most of us find Paganism as a teenager or adult, most of us come to the path through a personal epiphany or awakening. Yet for an increasing number of us, Paganism is the ground that we grow in – our community has been around long enough to foster a couple of generations of parents and children and so the numbers of Pagan families rises year on year. When I say to people that my family is Pagan, and that I was partly raised in a Pagan family, they go all … [Read more...]


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