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

Well, why not both?

“Jön Upsal’s Garden” put out a challenging question:   “… anyone who identifies as a pagan atheist, or humanistic pagan, or religious humanism, or whatever the heck they call themselves. Why do you include the word “pagan” in your self-identification?”   The post was mostly directed at The Allergic Pagan, who responded quite eloquently here,…

Well, why not both? was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Responsible to the centres

This past weekend, I went to my 18th Gathering for Life on Earth. There were rituals, and swimming, and workshops, and feasting, but best of all, there were juicy conversations. One of my favourite people to talk to every year is a brilliant woman who runs a local Pagan choir and who does a sung…

Responsible to the centres was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Paganism is silly

Paganism is silly. All religion is. That’s OK; sex is silly too, and most of us need that. Sex can be physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally fulfilling. So can religion. The process of getting to either orgasm or spiritual ecstasy is messy and weird, and few people look good in the the midst of either,…

Paganism is silly was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Skeptical, not cynical

The flip side of the “so naive” story about believers is a story about non-believers: “so cynical”.   Exclamations of awe and wonder often refer to deity and divinity: Oh my god! Jesus! Heavens above! Praise god! Amen! Thank god!   When we see beauty so great that we lose words… When we receive a…

Skeptical, not cynical was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Paganism without faith

“I wished I could believe like that. It must be so comforting…”   There are all kinds of Pagans. I hang out with a lot of humanists and skeptics, and fewer mystics and believers, so I hear the above phrase a lot. I’ve said it a few times myself.   There’s something condescending in that,…

Paganism without faith was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Link roundup: types of Pagans

There is incredible diversity in this umbrella religion we call “Paganism” – to the extent that some doubt we can be called a single religion at all. I find the ways people classify the types of Pagans to be more interesting than a debate over who gets to use the term and who doesn’t.  …

Link roundup: types of Pagans 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