Samhain at the Wren’s Nest

Our Samhain season this year is more complex than it has been previously, because of how the lunar and solar cycles intersect. In our hearth calendar, we observe the lunar months while celebrating solar holidays publicly, but this year for Samhain, our Three Nights of Samhain began last night -- on the same night as... 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 →

Dàir na Coille

Quietly, we stand outside and feel the darkness of the season around us. We have to use our imaginations a bit, because we're in a townhouse complex in the middle of the city, but it is dark enough and what snow remains is an insulating blanket pushing us to draw within. We hang the gifts... Continue Reading →

[PoWR] A Religious Life

One of my Parliament goals was to get a selfie with a nun. I took a lot of selfies with a lot of cool people (Selena Fox, Oberon Zell, Don Lewis, Vandana Shiva...) but I did not acquire the holy of holies. In fact, I don't know if I saw a (Catholic) nun at all.... 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 →

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