Peter Dybing Retires from Public Paganism

On Saturday, Peter Dybing, current president of Officers of Avalon, and former First Officer of the Covenant of the Goddess, announced that he was resigning from all, quote, "organizations, positions, posts and responsibilities in the Pagan community." In a statement posted to his blog, Dybing expressed a desire to return to anonymity, saying that his very public role was causing him to neglect his partner and engaging in behavior that he personally disapproved of."My commitments to community service have required that my partner Rebekah make great sacrifices in our relationship.  She is my rock, my lover and my best friend; she deserves more of my mindful attention and affect … [Read more...]

Pagan Community Notes: A Pagan Library in DC, A COG Council’s Uncertain Future, Z. Budapest Asserts Copyright, and More!

Pagan Community Notes is a companion to my usual Pagan News of Note series, more focused on news originating from within the Pagan community. I want to reinforce the idea that what happens to and within our organizations, groups, and events is news, and news-worthy. My hope is that more individuals, especially those working within Pagan organizations, get into the habit of sharing their news with the world. So lets get started!A Pagan Library Opens in Washington DC: PNC-Washington DC reports on the Open Hearth Foundation community center's launch of the OHF Pagan Library this past Saturday. PNC reporter Maria Aquila notes that this was "the culmination of over 10 years of effort of fundra … [Read more...]

Pagans and Indigenous Religions: “Nourishing the Balance of the Universe”

[The following is a guest post from Rachael Watcher, Public Information Officer at Covenant of the Goddess (COG), part of the Pagan Newswire Collective's Bay Area bureau, and a trustee of the North American Interfaith Network (NAIN).]On February 29th I begin a trip to Haridwar India to attend a conference produced in part by the International Center for Cultural Studies with participation from the Council of Elders of the Sacred Maya, the European Congress of Ethnic Religions and many others. It was being held from march third through seventh of this year on the university campus of Dev Sanskriti Vishwa Vidyalaya. Its theme of four this year was Nourishing the Balance of the Universe, … [Read more...]

Modern Paganism’s Role in Interfaith

While the concept of interfaith, constructive interaction between representatives of different religions, is truly ancient, its modern conception was largely birthed by the 1893 World's Parliament of Religions (re-dubbed the Parliament of the World's Religions in more recent times) where representatives of "Eastern" religions (Hinduism, Taoism, Jainism, Buddhism) created lasting contacts with representatives from the "Western" traditions of Christianity and Judaism. The star of that parliament was Swami Vivekananda, credited by many for bringing Yoga to America, who spoke to a rapturous audience of over 7000 about the end of religious fanaticism and intolerance."Sectarianism, b … [Read more...]


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