Pagan War Widow’s Truck Vandalized, and other Pagan News of Note

Top Story: A local Nevada television station is reporting that Roberta Stewart, widow of Sgt. Patrick Stewart, had her truck vandalized. The Stewart's were at the heart of a campaign to grant Wiccan soldiers the right to have the pentacle engraved on their military tombstone or marker after ten years of stonewalling by the VA. While the act is attributed to local vandals, the report does explore the possibility that the brick thrown at her truck was connected to anti-Pagan sentiment. But there's another more remote, but more disturbing possibility: Roberta Stewart's very public dispute with the Veteran's Administration following her husband's death. Although the Army recognized Patrick Ste … [Read more...]

Pagan Chaplain Speaks Out on Native Sacred Lands, Heads to Amman, Jordan for Cross-Cultural Dialog Conference

Pagan chaplain and activist Patrick McCollum, who is involved in a high-profile case involving the rights of Pagans and religious minorities in California's prisons, participated at a demonstration in Vallejo, California to protect a Native American sacred gathering place and burial ground called Glen Cove (or Sogorea Te in Karkin Ohlone language). The City of Vallejo is working to develop the land into a recreational park, something that the local Native American community has been opposed to.Patrick McCollum with demonstrators.On July 12th, over 100 people converged on the steps of Vallejo City Hall to bring a strong and clear message to City Council, which was holding closed sessi … [Read more...]

Americanizing Hinduism and other Pagan News of Note

Top Story: The CNN Belief Blog has a story about Hinduism in America, and how some younger Hindus are trying to "forge a distinctly American Hindu identity that’s more tightly woven into the national fabric."“Our parents had to build everything from scratch to make a united Hindu community in this country,” said Tejas N. Dave, 17, a high school junior who volunteers with a project bringing yoga to unprivileged Americans. “Now we’re trying to reintegrate it back into society,” he said, “to make people realize that Hinduism is a religion and a way of life and a philosophy that’s not too different from what a lot of others believe. We’re all trying to make a better society.” Some young H … [Read more...]

The Future of Unitarian-Universalism and other Pagan News of Note

Top Story: The Religion News Service is featuring a story (alternate link) on the 50th anniversary of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), and whether the shrinking (162,800 members, down 1,400 from last year) creedless denomination can endure for another fifty years. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wezp1W2HKlU"For 50 years the UUA has conducted a virtually unprecedented experiment: advancing a religion without doctrine, hoping that welcoming communities and shared political causes, not creeds, will draw people to their pews. Leaders say its no-religious-questions-asked style positions the UUA to capitalize on liberalizing trends in American religion. But as the UUA turns 50 th … [Read more...]