Japan Earthquake Relief: Giving Wisely, Helping Effectively

Peter's recommendations for donations can be found here.Peter Dybing is First Officer of Covenant of the Goddess, is a National Incident team member with the US Forest Service and was on the ground helping folks shortly after the earthquake in Haiti last January. I've been in contact with him to help get a better idea of how to best show solidarity with the folks affected by the earthquake in Japan. He was kind enough to briefly share his thoughts on how to respond to this disaster: As … [Read more...]

Rogue Priest: Fame & The Heroic Life

PNC-Minnesota recently did a three part feature on the Temple of the River. Fantastic series and of interest to anyone looking to create infrastructure for their faith community.The priest of that temple, Drew Jacob, also keeps a blog: Rogue Priest. I've been perusing it over the past few days and I'm impressed. He talks about very old Pagan ideals in a fresh way. Two things he talks about are Fame and The Heroic Life, which are very related concepts.The Heroic Life was something that was … [Read more...]

Autism, Fundraising, Willy Wonka and Folk Music

Wired's Autism TestWired has an Autism test on their website. I found it when a friend took it and posted the results on Facebook. I decided to give it a whirl and was surprised by the results and intrigued by the questions. While the quiz isn't a medical opinion or diagnosis tool, it does offer interesting insight into the reality of people with Autism and Asperger's. Take a few minutes to take the quiz. I think you'll find it interesting. I did. My score was 29. What's yours?Circle … [Read more...]

Supporting Each Other

I'm tired and it isn't even 10 AM yet. It's been a long week. Without any other considerations I'd probably spend the weekend in bed with a book.Instead I'll be going to an initiation ritual with folks from church. Some of the people in my coven will be getting their first degree and it's a big deal for them. I want to be there to celebrate with them, to help out with the set up and clean up. As a neophyte I won't participate in ritual but hang out with the other neophytes and make sure the … [Read more...]

The Promise and Perils of Heathen Prison Ministry: An Interview with Gythia Jane Ruck

I have been involved with prison ministry for several years now. For many years prior to that, I’d resisted doing this type of work. It was the hard work and shining example of Heathen gythia (priest) Jane Ruck that inspired me and eventually encouraged me to move past my initial resistance. Jane’s work on behalf of incarcerated Heathens has been ground breaking and in light of the current battle between Patrick McCollum and the CA prison system, I sought Jane out and asked her a few questions ab … [Read more...]

The Last Great Initiation

I am not sure exactly how it happened, I don’t even remember talking about it before my name was listed, but with the recent death of a good friend of mine I found my name listed as the gravesite Officiating Minister. When I first began Seeking with a Coven many years ago I had never dreamed that one day I would be asked to perform the equivalent of last rites for a dear friend, student, and initiate; I am honored to have done so.I am ordained and have been elevated to third degree within the E … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Peter Dybing on Directionally Challenged Pagans

Some of us have had the experience of helping to set up a ritual site and the gentle amusement that comes with a group of directionally challenged Pagans debating witch direction is witch.  It also seems that the larger the gathering the more vocal the debate.  We, well known practitioners, unsure of the directions, each slightly embarrassed.While this situation has brought me much amusement, as a directionally challenged Pagan my self, it also serves as a great metaphor for our own Pagan p … [Read more...]

Terms of Service- A Little Polemic About Being a Godslave

I am a godatheow -  a godslave. Many of the spiritworkers and shamans that I know are also godslaves, in other words, outright owned by their Deities. It rather goes with the territory and I have found it to be one of the dominant paradigms of service in contemporary Heathenry and Paganism (though not the only paradigm. I suspect there are as many types of service as there are people serving). Lately, I’ve been asked over and over exactly what I mean when I say I am god-owned. To me and others in … [Read more...]

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