Walking away from Omelas

Light Walk in October by Hartwig HKD

Have you read Ursula Le Guin’s classic short story, The ones who walk away from Omelas?

Omelas is a privileged city, almost a utopia, apart from the one thing that enables its citizens to lead full, happy, and carefree lives – and that one thing is what makes many people walk away from Omelas.

Would you walk away from Omelas? Or would you consider that the bargain is justified? [Read more...]

Indigenous peoples

When they are ripped out of their environment, lifeways, and culture, they do not flourish. Look at the problems experienced by First Nations people in North America. Look at the alienation of Europeans who are divorced from our indigenous lifeways both by capitalism and barren forms of religion. The destruction of ancient pagan religions in Europe was a tragedy from which the European psyche has never recovered. As members of the contemporary Pagan revival, struggling to recover our ancestral ways from the wreck of history, we owe it to our relations, the indigenous peoples of the world, to help prevent such a tragedy for them. [Read more...]

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...]

The boy who was afraid of his own shadow

Boy on pine stairs by Leon Brooks

Tim was a boy who was afraid of his own shadow. It followed him around all the time, and it never said anything. It grew bigger and smaller seemingly at random. Sometimes Tim shouted “GO AWAY!” but it still clung tenaciously to his feet. [Read more...]

Call for Papers: Pagan Consent Culture – Building Communities of Empathy and Autonomy

Image adapted from "Hobbit Home" by shes_so_high. Originally posted on Flickr. CC license 2.0

Yvonne Aburrow and I are pleased to announce that we will be co-editing an anthology entitled Pagan Consent Culture: Building Communities of Empathy and Autonomy. Your contributions are invited. [Read more...]

Shapeshifting, Autism and The Little Mermaid

Wikimedia Commons Clonfert Cathedral Mermaid Galway

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

Surviving Climate Change Requires Collective Action

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Our desire that our groups or traditions be ideologically perfect will not serve us now. Whether we are ready to face it or not, we are in a life or death situation. It is time to embrace our imperfect allies, because that is all we have, and all we are. [Read more...]


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