Eating God: Considering Eucharistic Ritual

It's not unusual to see Pagans joking about the "cannibalism" of the Christian eucharist. While the concept of transubstantiation is unique to Christian worship, eucharistic ritual is not. What do you think those ancient sacrifices were about? Why do you think women baked cakes for the Queen of Heaven? And when the officiant blesses the cakes and ale/wine in a Wiccan ritual, isn't that a eucharistic style of worship as well?One of the most important things for a human to do in this life is … [Read more...]

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Beans, or Keeping Faith in Tough Times

Saying it's tough right now may be the understatement of the year. Every day I am reminded of stories my grandparents told of the Great Depression. It's rough out there. Everyone I know is struggling in some way.My friend, Cara Schulz, and I were discussing how dismal the economy is the other night. We were expressing our worry and feelings of helplessness. What brought it up was Cara's post on G+ that has garnered a lot of attention. Here is an excerpt: I've been reducing meat and … [Read more...]

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Morality on a Bun: Chick-fil-A is Anti-Gay

Here in the South we have a fast food joint called Chick-fil-A. Fried chicken, waffle fries and the best vanilla soft serve ice cream on the planet. They have cute commercials and ads featuring barely literate cows. Oh and they "don't accept homosexual couples."You see, the tasty chicken joint that's famously closed on Sunday has a charitable branch called the WinShape Foundation, which runs a retreat which expressly prohibits homosexual couples. Plus they often give money to anti-gay … [Read more...]

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Lo, A Turkey Cometh!

Many of us are already in holiday mode. Planning our holiday travel route, planning our holiday meals or checking ahead to see the Black Friday sales. I'm wondering what it means to eat turkey.Yes, I know there's the whole pilgrim mythos, but what do turkey's really mean? As an omnivore I eat salmon for wisdom, beef for strength, pork for creativity and chicken when I need to feel unemcumbered and clarified. I rarely eat lamb but when I do it's usually for celebration, however small and … [Read more...]

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