Why do we need labels?

Labels

I have been asked twice recently why people need labels for sexual orientations and gender identities; one person commented, “aren’t we all just human beings?” People have also wondered if we need theological labels like ‘polytheist’, ‘pantheist’, ‘monist’ etc. To me this question is a bit like asking why we need names for things. [Read more...]

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Shapeshifting, Autism and The Little Mermaid

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The Little Mermaid was …autistic? [Read more...]

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A tangled web

A reintroduced northwestern wolf in Yellowstone National Park

Whenever I confront my personal ethical choices around sustainability and ecology, I realise that everything depends on everything else. One choice may be more sustainable than another, but it may have other deleterious effects. You fix one part of the ecosystem, another gets broken. You try to fix poverty by donating clothes to charity shops (thrift stores) and then discover you have undermined small-scale indigenous clothing manufacture. You buy fair trade goods and then discover that they have been shipped over vast distances. [Read more...]

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How to do interfaith dialogue

Selena Fox (Pagan) and George Hinger (Catholic)

Interfaih dialogue works best when the two groups in dialogue are willing to learn, respect, and listen. Religions are complicated and are situated in their particular cultural context; assumptions and over-simplifications are dangerous. [Read more...]

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Listening Is an Act of Dilation

Listening is a creative act. It’s a sacred act, to listen fully to another. We’re co-creative not just with our gods and gardens, but with each other. [Read more...]

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On the Nature of Green(s)

pantone greens

Recently I’ve been thinking again about Greens. [Read more...]

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Being Batty: Polytheism, Experience, and Monistic Reduction

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I assert that we make a profound mistake when we attempt to apologize all points of view, all traditions, and all experiences. The profundity and richness of the universe is a result of the majesty and breadth of our differences. Polytheism seeks to embrace those differences exactly as they are presented to us. –A guest post by Julian Betkowski. [Read more...]

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