Agreeing To Disagree

Different colours, by Gari

Arguments make some people uncomfortable. It is true that conflict can be divisive, but it can also be healthy, because it can help to clarify aims, goals, beliefs, and values. Trying to sweep conflict and arguments under the carpet and pretend they are not happening is counter-productive and just creates more conflict in the end. [Read More...]

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Spiritual Healing: Run Toward Your Fear (A Book Review: #PTCS by Reba Riley)

Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome

I’m not quite like Reba; I left Christianity gently with no hard feelings. But I relate to this: she finds her fear and runs straight for it. And I relate to this: for Reba, spiritual growth isn’t a luxury, but a matter of life and death. [Read more...]

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Creating a consent culture

By Laurel F from Seattle, WA (Tea) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Consent culture is the view that everyone has the right to enjoyable sex, which they have enthusiastically consented to, in full possession of the facts (STD status of sexual partner, relationship status of partner, likelihood of commitment). And that everyone has the right to say no to sex. Consent culture is sex-positive, sets boundaries, and promotes clear and shame-free communication about sex. [Read more...]

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Walking While Black: A Song

Protestors carrying placards at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in New York City 28 November 2014, 12:50:28 CC-BY-SA 2.0 Author: The All-Nite Images

Eric was walking down the street
Walking while Black, held his head high
Just trying to breathe, trying to pray,
Trying to get through another day. [Read more...]

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Polytheist Day of Protest and Remembrance

"Temple of Baal-Shamin, Palmyra" by Bernard Gagnon - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Temple_of_Baal-Shamin,_Palmyra.jpg#/media/File:Temple_of_Baal-Shamin,_Palmyra.jpg

I agree with and support the Polytheist Day of Protest and Remembrance, but I would like to see more emphasis within it on the people killed by DAESH, as well. I note that the call to action includes “and all the other horrors Daesh have committed” but that seems like only a nod to the people they have [Read More...]

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Many deities, one beloved

"Hestia tapestry". Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hestia_tapestry.jpg#/media/File:Hestia_tapestry.jpg

It is possible to be a monogamous polytheist, or a polyamorous monotheist. I am monogamous and polytheist. I regard being monogamous as similar to a sexual orientation. I always assumed that I was polyamorous and then discovered otherwise. I tried and failed to be polyamorous. I am definitely monogamous (and madly in love) and it is nothing to do with jealousy and everything to do with love. [Read more...]

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Pagans and politics

The Pnyx, where the Athenian parliament met. “Pnyx-berg2“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

What is the relationship between Paganism(s) and politics? Some have argued that Paganism is not political. Some have criticised the political style and presentation of the emerging polytheist movement. Some are uncomfortable with the politics around consent culture, racism, gender, and sexuality in Paganism and polytheism. [Read more...]

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