Adapted and accessible

There’s an ideal image of a witches’ coven in ritual: A group in matching robes standing around an altar in the moonlight. The altar would be laid with a lovely cloth and be bright with candles with incense smoke curling around simple, beautiful, matching tools. The coven’s hands are held high and they are ready…

Adapted and accessible was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

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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

Our big questions – part 6: Our Pagan symposium

Last weekend, my spiritual family gathered around a dinner table to talk theology and eat and drink. It was the first Silver Spiral Pagan Symposium, as inspired by this post in “Under the Ancient Oaks”.   The Symposium was doubling as my birthday party, so my partner and I had hired a chef as a…

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Our big questions – part 5: Hacking our religion

I don’t care what you believe so much as how you behave and what you do; my Paganism is one of orthopraxy. My rituals are not based on beliefs but on what works to create feelings of connection and meaningful spiritual experiences for participants. I consider rituals to be spiritual art. I’m mostly OK with…

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Our big questions – part 4: circling from awkward to graceful (and back)

I listen to a lot of storytelling podcasts, so I’m afraid I don’t remember where I heard the story, but someone was talking about a horribly embarrassing situation and how one young person responded: “Awkward.” The storyteller, an older man, expressed admiration for a generation for whom the major value scale is graceful versus awkward,…

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Our big questions – part 3: ritual structure 2.0

Having decided that we wanted a ritual structure of our own and that we wanted to use our own words instead of those of other traditions as much as possible, my spiritual family, the Silver Spiral Collective, set out to revamp how we do what we do.   We started out on our email list.…

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Our big questions – part 2

As discussed in “Our big questions – part 1″, my spiritual family, the Silver Spiral Collective, has been having a series of formal conversations about faith and spirituality. It started with one conversation about each of our personal beliefs and practices, which led us realize that we wanted to have more conversations and start revising…

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Our big questions – part 1

At the Gathering for Life on Earth 2012, Robyn, Richard, and I ended up having a number of wonderful conversations with various members of the Pagan community and amongst ourselves, leading us towards the notion that it was time for our spiritual family, the Silver Spiral Collective, to have some more conversations about beliefs and…

Our big questions – part 1 was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic