Yule

Dice players at Saturnalia - wall painting in Pompeii

The winter solstice is the point in the year when the day is at its shortest. The sun rises at its furthest south, and rises in roughly the same place for three days, hence the name “solstice”, meaning “Sun stands still”. The Anglo-Saxons called the festival Yule; the Old Norse word was jól. [Read more...]

Petition to Capitalize “Pagan” – Chicago Manual / AP Stylebook Letter

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In order to assure greater accuracy in 21st century journalism, 49 scholars and authors petition the AP and Chicago Stylebooks to capitalize “Pagan” and “Paganism” when speaking of the modern faiths and their adherents. [Read more...]

November Gratitude: Initiatory Communities

Seven Dancers (The Seventh Seal)

Out of all my experiences in Pagan groups, the one that has moved me the most deeply has been the practice of initiation. I am grateful beyond words for the initiatory communities who have so carefully nurtured my spiritual growth and allowed me to feel how deeply I am loved. [Read more...]

Eros and Touch from a Pagan Perspective – Signed Copies Available

Eros and Touch from a Pagan Perspective

I am pleased to announce the publication of my theology of touch, Eros and Touch from a Pagan Perspective: Divided for Love’s Sake, from Routledge! I hope it will be of interest to anyone studying contemporary Paganism, LGBT issues, and/or body theology. [Read more...]

Pagan sacraments

Handfasting by Gordon

A rite of passage is a ritual designed to make sacred a particular life event or transition from one stage of life to another. We might also call these rituals ‘sacraments’. Most Pagans presume that everything is already sacred, because deities are immanent in the world. Therefore, rituals of consecration are about creating extra sacredness, or reconnecting us with the deities, the community, or the natural world. [Read more...]

Occupy Spirituality: Reflections from a Once and Future Activist

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_Occupy Spirituality_ makes me feel old. But I know that there will be a future when my children are no longer small, and with my own needs and desires firmly in mind, I will again try to create communities of alternative values beyond my household and the circle of influence created by my job. For now, it’s been good to remember how brightly that inner activist fire can burn. [Read more...]

Pagan Theology: Recommended Resources

The Spell of the Sensuous

Looking for resources that explore the theoretical and theological bases for contemporary Pagan practice? Look no further: here’s an annotated list. [Read more...]


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