Community Building: Research and Donations

Professional Folklorist Calls for Interviews with Polytheists about FaithBy now you've noticed I like to promote research within the Pagan community. Any chance we have to learn more about our theology/theaology, practices, customs, or views is an important one. These opportunities show us how much we have in common and we can learn new ideas from those who speak up and share their diversity.Wendi Wilkerson is a Pagan polytheist and folklorist. This December she earned a Ph.D. from the … [Read more...]

America Is Not Broke

For full details about the Madison Movement please read the Staff of Asclepius post "US and UK Unite to Uncut Social Benefits" www.patheos.com/community/paganswithdisabilities/2011/02/25/saturday-us-and-uk-citizens-unite-to-uncut-social-benefits/'America Is NOT Broke': Michael Moore Speaks in Madison, WI -- March 5, 2011Video by Riley MooreThe text of the speech is available at www.michaelmoore.com/words/mike-friends-blog/america-is-not-broke … [Read more...]

Community Linkage

Patheos "Service Is Power" By T. Thorn Coyle "Service is part of our religion. It doesn't have to be, but the more we include it, the stronger, healthier, and wiser we all become." www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Service-Is-Power-T-Thorn-Coyle-03-01-2011.htmlZach Anner, who has cerebral palsy, won his own show on the Oprah Winfrey NetworkNew York Times “Two Winners, Two Potential Shows” by Brian Stetler www … [Read more...]

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who reads the Staff of Asclepius. Monday's post has been shared 78 times and counting. Since August the views have gone from one or two to fifteen - eighty per day. I would not be able to live my passion for writing and sharing information with the community if others weren't reading. Thank you.The Staff of Asclepius is my offering to the Pagan community. It’s a place to share how a spiritual and magical life gives us strength or peace through all of life’s joys and str … [Read more...]

Interview with Drake Spaeth, PsyD.: Pagan Minister, Psychologist, and Professor (Part 2)

You can read part one here. www.patheos.com/community/paganswithdisabilities/2011/02/28/interview-with-drake-spaeth-psyd-pagan-minister-psychologist-and-professor/(Update: I just discovered that today, March 1st, is Drake Spaeth's birthday.)Image: Drake Spaeth photo courtesy of www.spiritoftheearth.orgMasery: You recently attended The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Cultural Impact Conference. How often is this conference held and about how many people attended this … [Read more...]

Interview with Drake Spaeth, PsyD.: Pagan Minister, Psychologist, and Professor (Part 1)

Because of the Western world's economic downturn or crisis as it is sometimes called, there is a debate going on in the United States and the United Kingdom over health care budget cuts. These proposed cuts are disheartening for disabled and impaired Pagans. The good news is citizens aren't going to take it. www.patheos.com/community/paganswithdisabilities/2011/02/25/saturday-us-and-uk-citizens-unite-to-uncut-social-benefits/The other news is that important steps are being made toward better … [Read more...]

Saturday: US and UK Citizens Unite to Uncut Social Benefits

UPDATE: The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) has refused Gov. Walker's request to clear out the State Capitol. To show support for the peaceful protesters who clean up after themselves, they are asking WPPA members to come sleep among the protesters tonight. Read the full press release at http://www.thewheelerreport.com/releases/February11/0225/0225wppa.pdfThe Chant That Crossed The PondThe United Kingdom and the United States are in the midst of an economic downturn. Just as … [Read more...]

Community News Linkage

Disabilityscoop "Man With Cerebral Palsy Finalist In Oprah Network Contest" by Michelle Diament Zach Anner, who has cerebral palsy, is a finalist in a contest to host his own show on the Oprah Winfrey Network. He wants to create a travel show “for people who never thought they could travel.”As a side note: Redditors, members of the massive internet forum Reddit, held a campaign last summer to support Zach.Read more at www.disabilityscoop.com/2011/02/21/zach-anner-finalist/12367/Disaboom C … [Read more...]

Steps Toward Pagan Unity

The Standing Stone and Garden Gate podcast is hosted by Juni and Bren. The February 21, 2011 Episode “Reasonable Doubt” discusses Pagan unity in the opening segment. Listen to the podcast at stonegatepodshow.net/ Bren and Juni discuss Islam and how praying to Mecca creates a powerful sense of unity since members know millions of others are doing the same thing. Bren mentions that it is simple to become a Buddhist or Muslim. The new member simply says some words to a Buddhist priest, or recites pa … [Read more...]

American Pagans Want to Change Health Care Legislation to Do More

In January, the Associated Press conducted a health care law poll and spoke to 1001 Americans by telephone. For more information about the poll you can read the previous Staff of Asclepius post. www.patheos.com/community/paganswithdisabilities/2011/01/25/associated-press-january-2011-american-health-care-poll/Of the 1001 participants Religious affiliation: Protestant 25% Catholic 25% Mormon 1% Jewish 1% Muslim 1% Other 26% No religious denomination 19%Of the “Other” religion 87% were Chr … [Read more...]


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