Moving Beyond “Environmentalism”

Madeline Island 2014

The world is alive and aware and we are part of it. [Read more...]

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Embodiment and Woundedness: Owning Up to Being an Animal

When I stepped into the waters of Lake Superior, I recognized the sensation exactly: I’ve swum here before. [Read more...]

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Why I Dislike “-Ist”s but Love Raven Kaldera

Dealing with Deities

When I teach, I do my best to downplay my personal beliefs, since my aim is to help students think critically and encounter texts and ideas with minimal bias from me. Here’s the secret truth, though: of the maybe two dozen books and essays we look at in my introductory theology class, my favorite is Raven Kaldera’s Dealing with Deities. [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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The Future of Paganism (Part Two): What Pagans Can Learn from Pioneer Mormons

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For Pagans who are interested in growing community and wielding political power in the service of minority religious rights, Mormons could be our teachers—particularly if we focus on nineteenth-century Mormons and the practice of gathering. [Read more...]

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Erotic Ethics and Pagan Consent Culture

Christine Hoff Kraemer, 2011

In times of crisis, we often focus on what we DON’T want. But if we are to create a healthy consent culture, our vision of our erotic ethics must be framed in positive terms. What does a Pagan consent culture look like? [Read more...]

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The Future of Contemporary Paganism: Holding Paradox (Part One)

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The challenge of contemporary Paganism’s future is to maintain an apparent paradox: to meet the needs of a growing movement without losing the passion and alternative vision that drew so many converts to Pagan traditions. [Read more...]

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