Under the Ancient Oaks – The Monthly Video Series

April 2018: The Importance of Fire in Ritual

March 2018: Daily Prayer For Pagans

February 2018: The Music of Melanie Gruben

January 2018: A Season of Contemplation

December 2017: Honoring Our Ancestors

November 2017: Devotion to Night

October 2017: Cernunnos

September 2017: Shrines

August 2017: Living a Good Life During Difficult Times

July 2017: Land Spirits

June 2017: Paganism and the Assumptions of Religion


Sermons and Stories

The Reformed Druids of North America
March 17, 2013

The true – and historical – story of the founding of the Reformed Druids of North America at Carleton College in 1963.


Reclaiming Your Sovereignty
March 17, 2013

The legend of King Arthur tells us “the land and the king are one.” Who is the king of your life? Who controls your sovereignty? Has it been stolen from you, or entrusted to someone not worthy of it?

We look at two very different religious views of sovereignty, why reclaiming our sovereignty is important, and how we can go about doing it.

The text of the sermon is here.


The Tale of Gwion Bach
February 5, 2012

The ancient Celtic story of Gwion Bach, who tended the Cauldron of Cerridwen for a year and a day and received the Awen, the elixir of wisdom and inspiration.


The 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible
with Jeff Harris
March 27, 2011

No other book in the English language has been as influential as the King James Bible. When we let go of our man-made doctrines about the Bible, we are free to let the Bible speak to us and learn from it. This service intersperses favorite readings with an exploration of the origins of the Bible and how religious liberals came to understand it as a human response to the Divine.


The Case For God
August 14, 2010

Many religious liberals are attracted to the New Atheists’ critique of fundamentalism and biblical literalism. Much of what they say makes good sense, and we love hearing them tell the fundamentalist emperors they have no clothes. At the same time, the New Atheists’ claim that “religion poisons everything” doesn’t match our own experiences of wonder and awe, and ignores the value of the loving communities we have built.

In this service inspired by Karen Armstrong’s book of the same title, we look at where we are, how we got here and how we can move forward in both faith and reason.

The text of the sermon is here.