When I started along on the Wiccan path 36 years ago, there were few public Wiccan temples. They are still rare but starting to be more common. I was, at that point, very strongly in the no organization is good organization camp but over the years I’ve made a 180. I shifted when I realized that most people who are called to Wicca’s goddesses and gods and approach to the spirit in the world are not called to the demanding… Read more

Although the ideas are simple it should be difficult to join a coven, difficult to qualify for Initiation, but simple to participate in it once in. Participation in Temple activities, which are basically an Outer Court version of the teachings and rituals, must be even more approachable. This doesn’t mean that we do not speak of profound or important things, but that we do so through the simplest language and with the most direct means possible and that we consider… Read more

May we go forward as the conscious voice, eyes and hands of the spirits of this place. May we build together in harmony and may what we bring from our Ancestors and from their homelands enrich this new homeland. May we return to the Earth what we receive from Her, may this earth feed us and receive our bodies on death. May we make love often and may we love even more often. May the waters of the ocean receive the sunset, may we see the beauty of this place, and may we always add to its beauty. May we achieve what we desire. May we desire the right things. May our passion for justice awaken, and may we make a good and a just peace with the descendants of the original peoples of this land, our sisters and brothers. Read more

I believe that we all have a general sense of what is undoubtedly Wiccan, what may be Wiccan, what’s probably not Wiccan and what’s not Wiccan (although it may be perfectly valid for those who like that sort of thing). If we accept that Wicca has a set of beliefs and practices which are typically Wiccan (although some will be found elsewhere), the questions are – what are they? And which beliefs and practices that are not Wiccan are acceptable in Wiccan practice, and why? And what reasonable set of criteria can be used to make these distinctions? If, for the purposes of making it possible to build a Wiccan religious community, we accept the value of making these distinctions, this is really where we must begin. Read more

When people think of the Afro-Diasporic faiths in the United States (Vodoun, Santeria, Lukumi, Macumba, and others) we usually think of them as ethnic religions, Latinx and African American, (particularly with the rise of identity politics and concern about appropriation). Not as religions that attract converts in a serious way from the white American majority. Read more

We choose what to include in our body of lore, based on what we already believe and do. Our choices are not arbitrary, although they are not frozen, either. Read more

Being a chaplain has been the principal form that my service as a public clergy person has taken over the past four years since I was appointed. People often ask me what I do as a chaplain, what it’s like being the Wiccan chaplain, and so on. So, I’ll try to talk about it here. Read more

There was a time, not that long ago, when a common set of reference points anchored our whole culture. There was a common store of stories, myths, and songs as well as ideas about religion that were close to universally known. The Wicca-based religious movement also has an accumulated body of lore, including stories, history, rituals, songs, dances, myths and theology. Because of the belief that older ways and ideas are somehow more ‘authentic’ we don’t prize our own creativity or acknowledge our folklore processes enough – we are creating based on what we inherited and our creations are real and true. Read more

Activist, Organizer, Priest, Theologian, Mead-maker, public Witch, Temple-planter, Elder. Introducing myself to the Patheos community. Read more

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