Happy Diwali!

Lakshmi by Raja Ravi Varma

I would like to extend my best wishes on this Diwali to Hindus (and Indo-Pagans) worldwide. May the triumph of light over darkness bring more understanding, cooperation, and opportunities to our respective faith communities in the year to come. May the blessings of Lakshmi reach us all in these trying times. Diwali, the festival of lights, is a major Indian holiday representing a spiritual new year, and a triumph of good over evil. Depending on the region and tradition, this day … [Read more...]

Pagan Media Interviews Republican Presidential Hopeful Gary Johnson

Earlier this evening a live Google+ video interview/"hangout" with GOP Presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson and members of the Pagan media was held. Pagan media organizations participating in the Q&A with the former New Mexico Governor included Cara Schulz of PNC-Minnesota, Star Foster of Patheos.com, Devin Hunter of ModernWitch Podcast, David Salisbury of PNC-Washinton DC, Crystal Blanton of PNC-Bay Area, and myself. In addition, Ramesh Rao of the Hindu American Foundation also … [Read more...]

Saami Concerned Over Arctic Expansion and other Pagan News of Note

Nadezhda Lyashenko. Photo: David Greene/NPR

Top Story: In the second part of a six-part series on the geopolitical ramifications of global warming in the Arctic, NPR's Morning Edition focuses on Russia's aggressive push to claim waterways and resources becoming available as the Arctic ice melts. One group that is particularly concerned over the rush to claim the Arctic is the indigenous Saami people, a group native to the Kola Peninsula of Russia. NPR interviews traditional singer Nadezhda Lyashenko, who discusses the environmental … [Read more...]

Quick Notes: Protecting Sacred Lands, The Interfaith Observer, and Teenage Clergy

Photo courtesy of the BBC

A few quick news notes for you on this Sunday morning. Protecting Sacred Lands: The Environmental News Network reports that the Biodiversity Institute at the University of Oxford, in partnership with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) and World Database on Sacred Natural Sites (SANASI), is creating a world map that will display sacred and holy places, including forests in an attempt to raise awareness for biodiversity conservation. A team of scientists from the … [Read more...]


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