The Pagan Collective

With apologies to Gene Roddenberry

In March, Rhyd Wildermuth and our fearless leader proposed a topic to which all interested parties on the Pagan channel could respond: Much of the current dialogue in the Pagan blogosphere is about carving out ways to explain and justify our personal experiences and beliefs in relation to other traditions, but without a clear vision of the place our own traditions and experiences might have in an ideal world. Will the Pagan movement become one tradition-heavy set of religions with several … [Read more...]

On Homogeneity

Word cloud from the RLDW 2012 by Dr. Lucinda Mosher, facilitator of the workshop.  Used with permission.

It's human nature to generalize, to assume.  And, doing so isn't always a bad thing.  You can likely assume that walking down dark alleys in dangerous places at night alone isn't going to be the best idea you've had.  But, when we start to generalize about populations, religious or otherwise, then we start to find ourselves making decisions based on expectations rather than reality.I Slay Dragons (on the Internet) I play video games, especially World of Warcraft.  I've been playing it for … [Read more...]

Religious Diversity Leadership Workshop 2014

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Last June, I had the privilege and the honor to attend the Religious Diversity Leadership Workshop at Hartford Seminary.  During the week long intensive program, I sat with around 30 individuals from a variety of faiths as we learned about each other and our communities, studied cases dealing with interfaith leadership, and in some moments simply discussed matters of the day as it pertains to religious and non-religious interaction.It was a wonderful experience which I wrote more about … [Read more...]

Faith in the Public Square

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 Weeks ago, I read (and reviewed) the Os Guinness book The Global Public Square in which the author advocates not for a secular, or "naked" public square, but for one in which all faiths are allowed to express themselves equally and without fear of discrimination.  This past weekend, a conversation relating to the public square could be found on the Wild Hunt related to an article about the experience of religious minorities in Christian-dominated schools.  The conversation was, at t … [Read more...]

Travelling Together

This past weekend, the Wild Hunt ran a column entitled Institutions vs. Counterculture in Modern Paganism. I highly recommend reading it, it's both thoughtful and thought provoking.  But, in summary, it explores the tension in our community between the wild and the mystical and the more staid and sedate.  Some in the comments, myself included, proposed possible resolutions or middle grounds.  John Becket, another author here on the Patheos Pagan Channel, shared some of his thoughts in his essay, … [Read more...]

Winter Holidays, Interfaith Memories

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My childhood memories of the Winter holidays are a combination of Chanukah and Christmas.  My father's family is Jewish while my mother's is Christian, and despite the fact that my mother converted to Judaism prior to my birth, we still celebrated Christmas -- at least secular, family-based, gift-giving side of the holiday -- with her side of the family. Christmas Memories I have two pretty distinct memories of Christmas as a child.  One year, I was so excited I leaped into bed at my mother's m … [Read more...]

The More Beautiful World

cover image from the book depicting trees under a cloudy dawn sky

The book club here at Patheos provided me the opportunity to read and review a book entitled The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible and I leaped at the opportunity to check out a text published in North Atlantic Book's Sacred Activism series.Having read it, I found it to be more than a simple collection of words and pages; it's a disruptive phenomenon.  And, like all disruptions, it takes time to fully understand them and their ramifications.  Over the last few days as I read th … [Read more...]

Halloween: an Interfaith Teachable Moment

By Man vyi (Own work (own photo)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

During my education classes, we talked a lot about "teachable moments," times during which the teaching of a topic becomes easier or essential.  October is, in my mind, perfectly suited as an interfaith teachable moment for Pagans.Jason Mankey, over at Raise the Horns, offered his own reflections on Halloween and challenged other bloggers here at Patheos to share theirs.  For Pagans, the month of October has often been a moment where we take a deep breath and prepare to see members of our ex … [Read more...]


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