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

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

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

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

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)

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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Pagan prayer

A prayer can be nothing more than time taken to set an intention for the day, or to contemplate the day’s events before going to sleep. It can be time spent communing with a deity, or holding others that you care about in your awareness and wishing them well. It can take place at your personal altar, or just in your head. It can be spoken or unspoken, formal or informal, and involve stillness or movement. It can involve descending into your own depths to find a connection with all-that-is; or it can be reaching out to a deity or spirit of place. [Read more…]

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Wiccanate Privilege and Polytheist Wiccans

We should dismantle Wiccanate privilege as soon as possible. Let’s have devotional polytheism, liturgical Paganism, Wiccan (rather than Wiccan-flavoured) ritual, revived Eleusinian mysteries, Heathen blots, Druid rituals… And let’s not have assumptions about what Pagans believe. [Read more…]

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