If only the activists see your activism, does it mean anything?

Every year, I go to a big local literary festival. I typically buy tickets for six or more events over the course of a week and come home with a pile of new books. I’ve mentioned before that this particular festival includes a territory acknowledgement before each event. This is something that started a year…

If only the activists see your activism, does it mean anything? was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

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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

We’re not the centre of the universe

Three or four times a year, people find reason to blame the normal problems of modern life on Mercury going backwards in the sky – the dreaded so-called “Mercury retrograde”. People who are normally quite rational seem to buy into this superstition.   It is silly enough to believe that the movement of a planet…

We’re not the centre of the universe was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

My problem with “Pagan Pride”

I like the concept: a celebration of the diversity and beauty of our community. But, really, the name “Pagan Pride” is so unfortunate.   It seems like the originators of the Pagan Pride Project stumbled upon the name, and now we’re all stuck with it, despite the sometimes negative connotations of the word “pride” and…

My problem with “Pagan Pride” was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Becoming Pagan 101

We’re not generally a religion that tries to convert people, but we are sometimes called a religion of converts – even now, very few Pagans grew up in the faith. Pagan Pride Project events might be as close as we come to proselytizing, simply by virtue of being public and publicized events. We’re into Pagan…

Becoming Pagan 101 was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

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