Consent culture at Vancouver Pagan Pride Day

Last night, some members of Silver Spiral gathered to rehearse the ritual we’re presenting at Vancouver Pagan Pride Day (VPPD) on September 10th. Jamie Robyn and I had worked to create a very inclusive, accessible ritual that empowered the participants to participate. Our pre-ritual speeches include explicit permission to leave if needed, information on how…

Consent culture at Vancouver Pagan Pride Day was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Creating community isn’t growing a garden

This week, I attended an online conference for my day job. One of the themes was community building. I mentioned that my mantra for community building for my spiritual community is “work together, eat together, pray together” and I noted that you’d probably need an alternative to “pray” for a secular community. One of the…

Creating community isn’t growing a garden was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Community is messy, but if you catch the spoon in time, maybe less so

In criminology, there’s “the broken windows theory“. Based on my day job managing a coworking space and my other experiences with shared spaces, I propose a similar theory for coworking and other shared spaces: the Spoon Hypothesis*. If one spoon gets left in the communal kitchen sink, it will take less than half an hour…

Community is messy, but if you catch the spoon in time, maybe less so was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

The politics of a religion of stolen place

I write this post on unceded Coast Salish territory, the ancestral and traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. As an uninvited guest on this land, I benefit from this land, its resources, and colonialism. Though acknowledgement is not sufficient to redress those wrongs, it is important for me, as a descendant…

The politics of a religion of stolen place was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Our big questions – part 6: Our Pagan symposium

Last weekend, my spiritual family gathered around a dinner table to talk theology and eat and drink. It was the first Silver Spiral Pagan Symposium, as inspired by this post in “Under the Ancient Oaks”.   The Symposium was doubling as my birthday party, so my partner and I had hired a chef as a…

Our big questions – part 6: Our Pagan symposium 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