Autumnal Introspection

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I grew up in a household that practiced portions of two religions: Judaism and Christianity. My choice to live as a Pagan and a polytheist as an adult further complexifies my family’s religious landscape. My spirituality is layered with pieces of a Pagan and Jewish identities that I feel most notably at the Autumnal Equinox. [Read more...]

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Abortion: The Hardest Choice

I don't walk in her shoes, so I can't describe them to you.

I’m not going to argue ethics here because I don’t feel comfortable telling any woman what is appropriate for her in her situation. It’s too complex. There are too many variables. My very own Pagan ethics, which may differ from your Pagan ethics, tell me that one of the hardest choices a woman might ever have to make in her life should remain with her and no one else. [Read more...]

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Hosting the Conversation

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Patheos has an ambitious mission: to host the conversation on faith. That the Patheos team hasn’t tried to limit the conversation that we’re having is to be lauded. They know that there are going to be disagreements on the site, but they also know that to try and separate appropriate content from inappropriate would far worse. [Read more...]

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Here I Stand!

My husband and I looked in our hearts and we decided that we are called upon by our Gods to speak out, not just for ourselves, but to preserve the Constitutional rights of all Americans. We don’t know where our stance will take us, but we are in this fight now, and we will not give up until it is over. Our Gods will accept no less. [Read more...]

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The Hobby Lobby Chills

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I worry that the eventual result of the SCOTUS decision in favor of Hobby Lobby will mean less religious freedom for us all, though probably even less of it for those faith and philosophical communities that remain largely misunderstood within American culture. [Read more...]

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What About the Children?

My wife and I met exactly two years to the day before our wedding, and had known each other for about twenty minutes before the topic of future children came up as a tangent of a seriously FASCINATING discussion on religion. Twenty minutes into the rest of our lives, and she made it abundantly clear that her future children would be raised Jewish. So how can I pass on my faith to my children, when I already swore to my wife that I would raise them in the manner of her ancestors? [Read more...]

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Distributed Ceremonies Successful Online

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It’s undeniable that the Internet has been instrumental in the growth of Paganism. It provides the isolated access to the information they crave whether it be about Paganism or anything else. The low-bar of entry to the online realms has been a boon to us (and others) who might lack the resources (financial and otherwise) to break into more traditional forms of media like television and radio. Shea Morgan in St. Louis, Missouri has taken things a step further crafting rituals to be formed separately but still as a part of a single community. [Read more...]

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Greece v. Galloway: An Interfaith Opportunity

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In its decisions in the case of Greece v. Galloway, the Supreme Court of the United States handed us all a bunch of lemons. Who wants lemonade? [Read more...]

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