Faith without belief

In the “Believers And Doubters” episode of TED Radio Hour, Anne Graham Lotz talks about her father – Billy Graham – and how he differentiated between belief and faith. Basically, he took the controversial position that James 2:19 means that there is a difference between belief and faith, for even the demons believe in god.…

Faith without belief was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

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The problem of getting sh*t done

I used to work for a small business. It was a really small business; the kind where the owner and I shared a walk-in closet as an office and we didn’t have to make reservations for the company Christmas party. I was there for ten years, doing what needed to be done all day, every…

The problem of getting sh*t done was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Privately taking it seriously

I’ve been a vegetarian for about two decades. I keep my reasons for becoming and staying vegetarian quiet and I don’t talk about my vegetarianism much – I don’t want to be one of those vegetarians. Unfortunately, in an effort to be just “cool” about something that matters to me, I end up in uncomfortable…

Privately taking it seriously was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

An introvert’s guide to community-centred Paganism

I am a classic introvert, and a little socially anxious. I love “my people”, but I frequently find crowds and strangers overwhelming. After socializing, even with the people I love most, I need time alone to recharge. So of all the ways of being Pagan, it seems a contradiction that I identify most as a…

An introvert’s guide to community-centred Paganism was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Well, why not both?

“Jön Upsal’s Garden” put out a challenging question:   “… anyone who identifies as a pagan atheist, or humanistic pagan, or religious humanism, or whatever the heck they call themselves. Why do you include the word “pagan” in your self-identification?”   The post was mostly directed at The Allergic Pagan, who responded quite eloquently here,…

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Focus, if you please

“Can you just stop?” I want to say, “Stop with the giggling, with the chatting, with the side comments that have nothing to do with why we are here. Focus, damn it!”   Even the best ritual script doesn’t always survive contact with the ritual participants. I have had rituals flop due to a weak…

Focus, if you please was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Origins and inspirations

  I was saddened to hear of the passing of Margot Adler at the end of July. Her book, “Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today“, was one of my first introductions to Paganism. I read the original edition from my high school library and later bought the “revised…

Origins and inspirations was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

How being a priestess is like being a fitness instructor

  How being a priestess for a public ritual is like being a group fitness leader:   Some people will follow your lead, even to their own detriment… witness the person who never does cardio doing every burpee you do, even though they can’t breath anymore, or the person who will make a vow in…

How being a priestess is like being a fitness instructor was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic