[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 →

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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