2019 Service

In addition to my work at home, I have service responsibilities to my Grove, and the ADF and Durham Pagan communities as a Priest. I have written a list (that has already been revised once) about my commitments to service in 2019. I present it below for accountability, though with my impending return to work... Continue Reading →

A Community Response to Climate Change

In response to my post about climate change from the Parliament, my new friend Ashley Price offered to share how her community is addressing these concerns, building a resilient network of initiatives and community resources. Perhaps her community will inspire yours also - join in the comments or on Facebook to discuss how you can... Continue Reading →

[PoWR] You and Me and “Community”

My Parliament experience was interrupted by a conflict in my home Pagan community, and since I moderate the Facebook group for our area, the parties in question involved me. Without going into too much detail for the sake of all parties, the conflict was over a bad review left about a business, and accusations that... Continue Reading →

[PoWR] The Promise of Inclusion

The tagline for this year’s Parliament was “The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change.” What does inclusion mean? How can a modern Pagan organization such as ADF ensure that we are doing our best to include and welcome all? What does this mean, in 2018, with our (supposed)... Continue Reading →

[PoWR] Honour Your Ancestors

Ancestral and indigenous traditions was one of the focal points of my Parliament experience. I wrote in my last post about Turtle Island Indigenous traditions, so now let's look at the Indigenous traditions of Europe. I was excited to see Inija Trinkuniene speak as part of the Priestesses panel, to attend her Sutartines workshop, and... Continue Reading →

[PoWR] Our Home on Native Land

This year at Parliament, we gave a great welcome to Indigenous ceremony - a sacred fire was lit and kept burning for the duration, the opening ceremonies gave primacy to Indigenous attendees and dance, and a great structure called the Lodge of Nations was erected with its own track of programming and an accreditation program.... Continue Reading →

Post-Parliament Reflections

“What do you think is the biggest misconception about Paganism today?” This is the question that began my Parliament, asked by a woman I didn't know who was borrowing my program book, just minutes after I had checked in. I stumbled through an answer, something about multiple paths, and I felt woefully underprepared for the... Continue Reading →

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