What the New Pew Forum Survey Tells Us About Pagan Religions in U.S. Prisons

Yesterday the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released the findings of a 50-state survey of prison chaplains.  The survey, which was endorsed by the American Correctional Chaplains Association, interviewed 730 prison chaplains, and has a lot of interesting things to say about religion in the American prison system. At first glance, there are no major bombshell revelations to drive the news cycle, leading to initial headlines like "a lot of religion goes on behind bars." However, if you start digging into the data, especially the section on what chaplains think about the inmate's religious lives', there's a lot there that should be of concern to modern Pagans, particularly Pagans e … [Read more...]

Top Ten Pagan Stories of 2011 (Part Two)

[You can read part one of this entry, here.]05. Dominionism! The Reponse! Christians Behaving Badly! I don't revel in writing about extremism and anti-Pagan fervor within the politically and culturally dominant Christian religion(s), much preferring to instead highlight achievements and challenges within our interconnected communities. Still, even the most temperate of commentator would have to agree that this was the year when some ugly elements within Christianity inched ever closer to the mainstream, and, for a time, received some much-needed scrutiny from the mainstream press. There were three main and intertwining narratives, the Christian religious phenomenon known as Dominionism, t … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Pagan Chaplaincy at Occupy Wall Street

[The following is a guest post from Courtney Weber and Mary Caliendo. Mary Caliendo and Courtney Weber are Wiccan Priestesses living in New York City, who chaplain the Occupy Wall Street movement through the Support and Medic Working Groups. Mary can be reached at maryacaliendo@earthlink.net and Courtney can be reached at courtneyaweber@gmail.com. Courtney is also a contributor to the Pagan Newswire Collective's new blog documenting Pagan and Heathen involvement in the Occupy movement. I hope you'll join her, and the other contributors, there.]We are Wiccan Priestesses who have been Chaplaining at Occupy Wall Street.Courtney’s story:I became personally engaged with the movement fr … [Read more...]

Pagans find warm welcome at ‘Gateways to the Air Force’

[This is part one of a two-part story by Cara Schulz from PNC-Minnesota. With today being Veterans Day in the United States, I'm proud to run this important look into the experiences of Pagans in the Air Force.]When potential Military Members join the United States Air Force they usually enter through one of two Gateways To The Air Force.  Future officers attend college at Colorado Springs Air Force Academy and enlisted trainees go through Basic Military Training (BMT) at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas.  Both places not only educate and train service members in warfare techniques they also help assimilate individuals into the Air Force collective culture.  In the past, that cu … [Read more...]