Guest Post: Drew Jacob “Temple Without a Song: a Report to the Community”

For seven years Temple of the River has been near to my heart. Most days, regardless of work or family obligations, I spent at least a little time thinking about or working for the Temple. As it grew, a lot of that time was spent working with students who stepped up to take over some of the work. It was never an easy project. But it was always worth it because we were building something that would help people.Temple of the River began as an experiment. It was founded in 2004 as the first … [Read more...]

Does “Paganism” Bring You Down? – UPDATED

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post!Drew Jacob seems to have touched on a hot topic this morning when he explained Why I'm Not Pagan: I haven’t referred to myself as Pagan in at least four years. I use the word polytheist instead, if I need to; it usually garners a lot of questions and those conversations lead to understanding. When I called myself Pagan people assumed they knew what I meant, and we ended up talking past each other. In fact, Drew posits that what … [Read more...]

Is Paganism an Expostmodern Tradition?

I love me some Drew Jacob, and you should totally check out his new column on Patheos, but his blog post today leaves me puzzled. He's talking about expostmodern religion and what it takes to survive as a spiritual community today.Sermons or other routine scheduled meetings will not be effective. Less people will want to commit to a physical meeting on a regular basis. Religious activities will need to be available through other media. Religions that make their services inclusive of … [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...]