Accessibility in the absence of perfect trust

My partner sometimes tells a story of the early days of our relationship. I actually don’t remember the conversation, per se, but it is part of the structure of our life together. As the story goes, I sat him down and offered him a simple agreement: we will both agree to say what we mean…

Accessibility in the absence of perfect trust was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

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Too many architects; not enough builders

My partner works in construction – in inspections to be more specific – and he sometimes speaks disparagingly of architects. They are artists, but sometimes fall so much in love with their beautiful vision that they neglect the practical (like electrical panels) and the efficient (like preferring all glass). And the world needs people to…

Too many architects; not enough builders was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Link roundup: accessible Paganism

As Paganism matures, we have to address a huge range of accessibility issues for our religion: physical accessibility for Pagans with mobility issues, assistance for Pagan parents, audiobooks for Pagans who are blind, sign language interpreters for deaf Pagans, inclusivity for LGBTQ Pagans, a welcoming atmosphere for Pagans of colour, accommodations for Pagans with allergies,…

Link roundup: accessible Paganism 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

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