A Tragedy Creates Potential for a National Pagan Discussion on Health

David Grega (1984 - 2012) was an important figure in Pagan mass media and he was only twenty-seven. He passed recently due to heart failure. He was part of the Pagan Centered Podcast and the Texas branch of the Pagan Newswire Collective.Peter Dybing, charity coordinator and Pagan blogger, wrote his concerns about the state of our community's health. “One of the most valued principles within the Wicca community is that all bodies are sacred and beautiful. This is so engrained in our culture t … [Read more...]

The Pagan Community Is Preparing To Aid Members In Health Care Facilities

On March 8, I addressed the lack of trained Pagan clergy who could meet the needs of community members in health care facilities. "The Pagan Community Isn’t Ready to Aid Members In Health Care Facilities". Motivated by this need, I networked with Pagan clergy, writers, counselors, and professors to start the Pagan Health Care Resource Team. Our goal is to create an open health resource for Pagans and helping professions regarding the needs of Pagan clients. We are still deciding what online f … [Read more...]

Building A Magical Community

By MaseryFirst posted to the Witches Voice in 2008 under the Order of the Elodrym's profile which is no longer available. witchvox.comA yearning to belong is a natural drive to fulfill a need for understanding and security. Traditionally magickal and mystical groups gathered for the sole purpose of study of and initiation into the occult. The growing interest in magick and mysticism as a way of life is creating a need for a broader sense of community. In order to evolve as an esoteric … [Read more...]

The Pagan Community Isn't Ready to Aid Members In Health Care Facilities

There are around a million Pagans in the US and only a handful of Pagans who have experience or training for counseling in hospitals or hospice.As a person with chronic health issues, I've been to the emergency room many times. I'm grateful that only once I had to be admitted overnight and that turned out to be a week long stay in a stress unit. While I struggled with my inner turmoil, surrounded by free bibles and unable to go outside, I wished there was a Pagan clergy member or … [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...]

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...]

Interview with Charlton Hall, therapist and Chief Druid of the UOD Part 2

I had the opportunity to interview Charlton Hall, MMFT, LMFT, therapist and Chief Druid of the Universal Order of Druids about his survey, Pagan Perspectives on Marriage, mental illness in the Pagan community. If you are a Pagan and would like to participate visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/67JKXMGYou can read Part 1 at www.patheos.com/community/paganswithdisabilities/2011/02/01/interview-with-charlton-hall-therapist-and-chief-druid-of-the-uod/Part 2Masery: On your page at the Saluda … [Read more...]


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