My Hopes For The Future of Paganism

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Long ago, Patheos did a series on the Future of Religion, including the Future of Paganism. It was fun. I miss doing series like that and sitting back to let other writers speak out. I didn't contribute to that series, but I'd like to contribute today. I don't have any predictions, or anything wise or brilliant to say. I just have my hopes and dreams and wishes.I hope Patheos Pagan keeps growing. I thought it was a good idea long before I ever considered being involved with Patheos, and … [Read more...]

Third Parties, Choices, and Our Place In Paganism (and the World)

Not a Wiccan gathering.

Last Friday I was at a rally for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson. I was supposed to be the PNC photographer for Nels Linde, but my haphazard packing meant I packed my camera, but not my SD card or USB cord, and this camera is apparently finicky about cords. So the lovely pics I took are trapped on my camera, as if it were simply a high-tech ViewMaster.However I got to enjoy Murphey's Midnight Rounders (even though the sound guy couldn't seem to keep their mics on), watch the … [Read more...]

Just Like The Christians: An Interview with the Emperor Julian

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[In the midst of a large Pagan convention a time machine appears and within it stands Julian the Philosopher, the last pagan emperor of the Roman Empire. Equipped with a babelfish he begins conversing with with the convention organizers, who are a bit miffed he landed in the midst of the reiki workshop. Quickly they realize they have a unique opportunity, install him in front of a podium in an auditorium for modern Pagans to ask him questions.] So what was paganism like back in your time?In … [Read more...]

Mishap, Magic, Minneapolis and Mabon

Yesterday I got to my bus stop on time only for no bus to arrive. And then the next bus didn't arrive. I waited in the sun for over an hour in high heels with no bench before a bus arrived, driven by a man more interested in reading his newspaper than keeping an eye on what was happening around him. As soon as I found a familiar neighborhood I bolted off the bus and dove into a sandwich shop to collect myself and fight back tears.No matter what you do, you will have a setback that makes it … [Read more...]

Christians Acting Like Christians: Dissecting Tim Dalrymple’s Comments on Paganism

Tim Dalrymple, who sometimes hangs with publicans and Pagans.

Tim Dalrymple is a good guy. If I were in the midst of paintball battle or organizing an interfaith event, I could do much worse than having Tim on my team. However, Tim is an evangelical Christian, and acts like one. His opinions and arguments are formed by Evangelical Christianity, and it also informs his actions. Which means in certain contexts, Tim is predictable. As am I. In a debate on same-sex marriage you could probably represent Tim and I with puppets repeating the "party line" of our … [Read more...]

The Problem of the Personal Experience

I agreed to edit a devotional anthology to Hephaistos a coon's age ago. Submissions poured in. And I couldn't do it. I feel pretty crappy about that. Today I turned all the material over to someone else to assemble into a devotional.The reason I couldn't do it is because I have very strong personal relationship with Hephaistos. And all of those submissions bore little relevance to my personal relationship to him. It was as if they were talking about someone else. None of them were "bad" or … [Read more...]

Archiving Our History Before We Lose It

Part of my journey to the midwest included a really fascinating chat with a friend over the decades of archives he is combing through from his parent's coven. The sheer number of documents he is dealing with is astounding. The proper cataloging and archiving of all this material will take a significant amount of time. As he showed me old newsletters and notes from the early 80's, I couldn't help but think about all the other boxes, file cabinets, trunks and drawers filled with important bits of … [Read more...]

Open Thread: The Lion and the Unicorn Tavern

Fado Irish Pub, Chicago

Once upon a time, long ago, in a land far, far away (Beliefnet forums circa 2000 CE) there was a magical tavern, whose name I no longer recall. Someone accused Pagans of worshiping "Stan," and thus Stan the bartender at the greatest tavern in Hel was born. People would come in, sit down, rest, grab a glass of refreshment and enjoy each other's company. Some folks took handbasket rides across the lake of fire, and I seem to recall someone petitioning for a NHL franchise in anticipation of the day … [Read more...]

The Importance of Online Community

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Online community gets dissed a lot. I know, because sometimes I'm the one doing the dissing. It is true that online community is limited in what it can do. It cannot give you a physical hug, let you take a bit of it's fettuccine alfredo, or bring a casserole to your house and sit with you as a palpable human presence as you grieve over a loved one. It doesn't give you a deeper sense of belonging to your geographic community and landscape. But it can still do amazing things.Ten years ago I … [Read more...]

Would Arranged Marriage Work For Pagan Communities?

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Many of you probably already hate this idea, just from the title. Let me save you some time: I know that you hate it and I know why you hate it. I already know that most Pagans do not share the views I'm expressing here, and I don't care. Now that that is out of the way...I've been thinking a lot about the concept of family and continuity in Pagan communities and culture. We tend to base our communities on people who are religiously similar to us, but who rarely have a deeper connection. It … [Read more...]


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