Paganism: A New Vision of Family

Samhain has passed, Thanksgiving is looming and it's a season for drawing close to family. When a sizeable chunk of the Pagan community has some degree of difficulty interacting with their biological family, this time of year can be challenging.  Some of us are estranged from our families due to religious differences, some because there isn't any acceptance of our sexual orientation or lifestyle by our biological families, and some for other reasons, good reasons such as abuse.For those of us … [Read more...]

The Passing of Lord Merlin

Lord Merlin, aka David John White, was the elder high priest of the Ravenwood tradition for almost three decades and he died over a week ago, on Mabon. He led an extraordinary life, much like his wife Lady Sintana, and he died a year and a week after she passed from us. He was there by the Lady to bless the founding of my coven, and when I'm initiated this Saturday he will be a part of my lineage, my spiritual grandfather. Though I never met him, his passing fills me with sadness, and more than … [Read more...]

All Acts of Love

Civil rights is the defining issue of our age. My grandparents were born into a generation that for the first time had never lived in a country where women could not vote. Growing up in Atlanta in the 50's and 60's, racial equality shaped my parents worldview. My generation is fighting for civil rights still: the right to marry and the right to practice our faith.In my lifetime the Helms Amendment has died, the pentacle has appeared on the gravestones of the fallen in Arlington cemetery, … [Read more...]

The Children We Ignore

While the world is leaving the lights on for Caylee, plenty of other murdered children remain in the dark. They aren't white enough, middle-class enough, for the media to pay much attention to...Jadon Higganbothan was murdered by a cult leader, apparently for being "gay." His murder was certainly motivated by religious extremism. So many issues come to play in his murder: homeschooled children falling off the radar, racist doctrines, abusive polygamy and the apathy of modern … [Read more...]

Life, Liberty and the Institution of Marriage?

Yesterday I was reading Timothy Dalrymple's post on the gay marriage debate. Tim's a good fella but we don't agree on a whole lot. So it's not surprising when either of us disagree with something the other wrote. Yet something in his post made me do a double-take: But here’s the thing: no one ever claimed that the legal recognition of gay marriage is going to harm your marriage.  The claim is that it will harm the institution of marriage.  And, with all due respect, the institution of marriage is … [Read more...]

Much Ado About Gaga

Over on the Evangelical portal Karen Zacharias Spears weighed in on Lady Gaga, and I thought it all sounded a bit familiar: “Elvis can’t sing, can’t play the guitar, and can’t dance. Yet two thousand idiots per show yelp every time he opens his mouth, plucks a guitar string, or shakes his pelvis like any striptease babe in town.” -- Herb Rau, Miami Daily News, Aug. 4th, 1956"It is a frightening thing for a man to watch his women debase themselves... It’s hardly original but if any daughter of … [Read more...]

Steve Simon is My Hero

I had every intention of waxing eloquent on the AFA dedication of a Pagan chapel, but Rep. Simon has won my heart away.His entire speech was a "shame on you" to those who feel they must impose their religious values on the rest of us, and are not above compromising our legislative practices to do so. Those people will always be a threat to the virtuous and moral, and we will always need people like Steve Simon to call them on their duplicity.The type of  people who oppose same-sex marriage … [Read more...]

Beltaine & Stuff ‘Round the Web

You know, who knew there would come a day when there is too much going on regarding Paganism to effectively cover? Well, Jason Pitzl-Waters knew, that's who! I am always amazed and impressed when he has Wild Hunt posts covering multiple issues, and even more amazed that I have too much to possibly write about before Beltaine. So here's a smattering of cool things for you...Beltaine and Stuff on PatheosBeltaine is being featured on the home page of Patheos and a round-up of related links is … [Read more...]

Pagan Soup: What Pagans Can Accomplish & Goddessy Gaga

Pagans Supporting JapanIt's a good time to be Pagan. I'm very proud of our community. Peter Dybing's fundraising efforts for Doctors Without Borders have raised over $23,000 and this week is the home stretch to reach the $30,000 goal. I wouldn't have thought it possible that we could have raised so much so quickly. It's a beacon shining forth of what Pagans, Wiccans, Heathens, Recons and all the other fabulous folks who make up our communities can accomplish together. Please contribute what … [Read more...]