Reasons for addressing God as Mother

Sophia icon, By Ждан Дементьев, Василий Новгородец. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

There has been quite a bit of hoo-hah recently as some Anglican women are campaigning for the phrase “God the Mother” to be included in the liturgy. In the Paganism and much of Judaism, the concept of a female aspect of divinity is uncontroversial. The name YHWH is widely recognised to contain both masculine and feminine elements. [Read more...]

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A bubble of complacency

Yarl's Wood immigration detention centre

One of the things that enables me to function more-or-less effectively is the notion that bad things won’t happen to me. I call this “the bubble of complacency”. The bubble is a sense that all is well, life is generally benevolent, and other people do not actively wish one harm, and that the arc of [Read More...]

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This is my home, the country where my heart is

Thistle, emblem of Scotland

Internationalism and global consciousness is a great thing, and clearly a great impulse for peace and sustainability; but it is only natural for humans to feel connected to their local and regional places, and love the landscape and culture of home. [Read more...]

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Combative Comments Interfere with Readers’ Critical Thinking

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A recent study suggests that allowing readers to be exposed to combative comments interferes with their ability to process new information and think critically about it. In fact, readers exposed to such comments tend to double down on their existing beliefs, i.e. their beliefs about the topic become more polarized than before, while their perceptions of the negative aspects of the topic being discussed increase. [Read more...]

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Consent Culture 101: Basic Practices and Teaching Games

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What is consent culture, and how do we build it? Here are some basic practices that Pagans can use for teaching consent culture to both children and adults. [Read more...]

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Now the green blade rises: a Pagan perspective on Easter

Vincent Van Gogh, Wheat Field (1889)

You can enjoy Easter on a mythical and mystical level. There’s no need to take it literally to enjoy the unfolding drama of the Mystery. We can witness the many stories of death and resurrection, and experience transformation ourselves, like participants in a mystery tradition. [Read more...]

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Silence equals complicity: making Pagan groups safe for everyone

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We are supposed to be a community that values women, that believes women are the embodiment of the Divine just as much as men, if not more so.

We are a community that celebrates all acts of love and pleasure. Well, let me tell you right now, anything less than enthusiastic consent is not an act of love and pleasure. Love and pleasure are sacred. Rape and abuse are the most horrible violations of the sacred integrity of the human body. [Read more...]

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