Come as you are to my circle

I saw a sign outside a Christian church: “Come as you are”. I thought about my small town childhood: about getting up on Sunday mornings to get ready for Sunday school, about the weeks when Sunday school was cancelled and we had to sit stiffly in pews instead of colouring, and about tea and cookies…

Come as you are to my circle was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

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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

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

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

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