Pagan Community Notes: Sacred Paths Center, Maetreum of Cybele, Touchstone Advocacy, and More!

Happy May Day everyone! Pagan Community Notes is a series focused on news originating from within the Pagan community. Reinforcing 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!Sacred Paths Center Announces Closure: Sacred Paths Center, a Pagan community center serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul area (aka “Paganistan”), sent out an email today announcing their imminent closure. Executive Director Teisha Magee cited a lack of money, resources, and volunteers as reasons for … [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...]

A Journey Through Contemporary Pagan Studies

While covering last year's American Academy of Religion's Annual Meeting in San Francisco one recurring theme I noticed when attending the sessions for Contemporary Pagan Studies, and listening to more informal discussions, was how scholars could better interact and communicate with the Pagan community. Since many Pagan scholars are themselves Pagans, the disconnect between their work and the wider Pagan community, or worse, the misapplication or misunderstanding of their work, has been an ongoing concern. One of the reasons I wanted to start a Wild Hunt podcast was so I could have semi-informal chats with Pagan scholars about their work in order to humanize them, making their research and … [Read more...]

AAR: Coming Home

It's Tuesday morning and I'm at the San Francisco International airport awaiting my flight back to Oregon. There's so much I have to report on and write about concerning the American Academy of Religion’s Annual Meeting but it will have to wait until I'm back at my own desk with hours of uninterrupted writing time ahead of me. But rest assured, there's a lot to come, and many projects that are now gestating due to this meeting.  In the meantime, for today, I'd like to share a few more photos from the AAR to tide you over until I get home.There's more to come! So do stay tuned! I've spoken with several scholars this weekend, and I'm hoping to spotlight some of their voices and … [Read more...]


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