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

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

Thoughtful consumption

My new washing machine arrived today. It is a thing of beauty, and so quiet compared to my old one that I actually watched it for several minutes before I reluctantly came to believe that it was actually running correctly. The clothing came out free of soap residue without an extra rinse cycle and were…

Thoughtful consumption was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

The value of consent

Many prominent Pagans are now talking about consent culture and how to make Pagan spaces safer. It particular, I would recommend Christine Kraemer’s Consent Culture 101: Basic Practices and Teaching Games, Yvonne Aburrow’s Silence equals complicity: making Pagan groups safe for everyone, Shauna Aura Knight’s Harassment and Boundaries, and especially Stasa Morgan-Appel’s Some Experiences with…

The value of consent was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Gathering together

I’ve had three showers and put all the clothing that went with me in the laundry, but I can still occasionally smell smoke from the sacred fire at the Gathering on my skin. The Gathering is in my pores.   This year was a cocoon year for us: we were small and compact, getting ready…

Gathering together was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Not your bird

There are two bald eagles perched majestically on the cross at the top of a beautiful steeple. They are posed picturesquely against the blue sky, seen only by those, like me, who stare at clouds.   Wandering through the side streets on a certain evening, I come across an awesome sight: hundreds of crows in…

Not your bird was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Link roundup: inspiration

Source: Hubblesite.org   Being a part of a diverse religious community of passionate people with strongly held opinions can be challenging. Sometimes it is really easy to get caught up in debates and drama and forget how powerful and beautiful our community can be. As organizers begin working on their local Pagan Pride Days, I…

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