Checking in on the Cascadian Nones Vote

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Back in June I wrote about how a initiative in Washington state on the issue of same-sex marriage could see the first real test of a post-Christian majority at the ballot box. More than half of Washington's citizens don't belong to any formal religion, becoming part of the demographic known as "nones," and these "unchurched" have increasingly gotten more and more attention as their numbers swell. In addition, nones in the Pacific Northwest have their own special character according to the … [Read more...]

Cascadian “Nones” vs Conservative Christians in Washington

Gov. Chris Gregoire signing same-sex marriage law. Photo: Elaine Thompson/AP

Over the years I've written a lot about individuals who don't claim adherence to any religion, dubbed "nones" by journalists and researchers. This group has exploded to around 16% of the population in the United States, and defies easy categorization. What we do know is that their growth is most explosive among younger people, and that “nones” aren’t anti-religioun per se, simply against what they feel institutionalized religion has become (ie polarized and fixated on culture war issues). Now, th … [Read more...]

Away at FaerieCon West (Plus Some News Links)

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I'm in Seattle, Washington this weekend, part of the team that's putting on FaerieCon West, a transformational celebration of music, myth, fantasy, and, of course, faerie. While FaerieCon West, and events like it, are not explicitly Pagan, the openness and embrace of Pagan culture can’t be missed by anyone whose eyes are open to it.While there are many presentations and performances I'm looking forward to, I'm perhaps most excited about participating in a panel discussion with Jeet Kei Le … [Read more...]

Dr. Amy Hale on Seattle’s Esoteric Book Conference

William Kiesel of Ouroborous Press and Catamara Rosarium of Rosarium Blends.

[The following is a guest post by Dr. Amy Hale. Dr. Hale is an anthropologist specializing in contemporary Celtic cultures, with an emphasis on modern Cornwall and contemporary Esoteric culture and history. She recently attending the Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle and files this report. All the photos used in this post were provided by Anima Nocturna via EBC Administrator William J. Kiesel.]A couple of weekends ago, on the 10th and 11th of September, Seattle was again host to the Esote … [Read more...]


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