Diverse communities are less racist

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The subjugation and oppression of Black and brown people is part of the dominionist, capitalist, exploitative approach that says that the Earth is there to be exploited and subjugated, and so are other people. it is part of the worldview that claims that industrialisation and mechanisation will lead to increased human happiness, whereas in fact it has led to destruction of habitats, eradication of indigenous people and their life-ways, oppression, and alienation – and the view that any culture that does not buy into the myth of progress and the cult of consumerism is somehow more primitive and less civilised than the over-consuming West. I cannot see how any of this can ever be part of Paganism, and yet there are many Pagans posting racist comments on blog-posts about systemic racism, Ferguson, and the Black Lives Matter protests. [Read more...]

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One Pagan in the Season of Advent, the Season of #Ferguson #MikeBrown #EricGarner

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Why have we been silent? [Read more...]

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Ten Pagan Writers I Am Grateful For In a Troubled Season

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Among all the thoughtful and passionate voices I have encountered this year, here are ten I am especially grateful for at the moment, in no particular order. [Read more...]

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My Three R’s: Running, wRiting, and Resiliency

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Don’t think it is easy to hit rock bottom, turn around and say, Okay, again, who am I and what am I supposed to be doing…and risk the answer. [Read more...]

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Anti-kink and transphobia have no place in Paganism

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It may not be your cup of tea, but at least make an effort to understand it before you write it off. In the BDSM community, there is a saying, “Your kink is not my kink, but that’s OK”. If only other communities were as accepting and welcoming of diversity as that. Generally speaking, the Pagan community is accepting and welcoming of diversity, including sexual orientation, polyamory, kink, and gender variance. Let’s keep it that way. [Read more...]

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Finding Our Differences: My Experience of the Polytheist Leadership Conference

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Guest post: Julian Betkowski shares his impressions of the recent Polytheist Leadership Conference in Fishkill, New York. [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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