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In the Face of Despair, Choose Life by Carol P. Christ

Yesterday I had a delightful swim with a friend in the cool Aegean Sea. In in the evening I met two dear friends at an open air restaurant for a delicious meal and good conversation. Last night a beautiful moon rose over the sea and a soft breeze caressed my skin. All of this made me very happy. However, the state of the world does not.

Michael Brown. Trayvon Martin. The Ferguson police. Hold your ground laws. Bombing in Gaza. War in Ukraine. War in Iraq. War in Afghanistan. War in Syria. Wars that are not on my radar. Rape as a part of war. Joe Biden threatening to chase ISIL “to the gates of hell.” Citizens United. A rash of laws restricting voting rights. A rash of laws restricting abortion rights. Police brutality. Police brutality that is racially motivated. Young men being sentenced to prision for minor drug offenses. The brutality of the prison system. A woman with children being paid $8.50 an hour working at McDonalds and not even knowing when she will be called in to work. Open carry laws allowing Americans to walk the streets with loaded weapons. And that’s just off the top of my head this morning.

When I was young and protesting poverty, racism, and the War in Vietnam, I thought that it would be a relatively simple matter to change the world. It turned out that I was not only wrong: I was very wrong.

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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    I agree with Joanna. Yes, Carol, we Vietnam protesters were too naive - more's the pity. But I was at least under the impression t
  • Joanna van der Hoeven
    Joanna van der Hoeven says #
    Brilliant post. x

Every so often I like to feature a friend and college here at my Pagansquare Blog. This time, it's Sable Aradia and her new book. We got to chatting about how there is some cross over between The Witch's Eight Paths of Power and my own Gates of Witchcraft, so I thought she would be an excellent resource to showcase for my own readers. I hope you enjoy. - Christopher 

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Harvest-tide

     The full Harvest Moon rises tonight. As its clear light falls on forest and field, take a moment to meditate on the majesty of the season. Harvest-tide is a time to be thankful. Our ancestors knew this abundant season was their only hope for the winter months. Successful harvests meant survival. Today that dreadful uncertainty is taken from us. Of course we will survive the winter. There are plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and breads available at the local grocery store. We have nothing to worry about.

     Or do we? This year-round abundance is available to us at a cost. Pollution from shipping, from poorly managed factory farms, over-planted fields stripped of nutrients, herbicides, pesticides--they are all eating this planet alive. I am as guilty of purchasing off-season produce as anyone else: my four year old adores strawberries and apples, and in my effort to instill healthy eating habits I am not going to refuse him fresh fruit in January.

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PaganNewsBeagle Airy Monday Sept 8
It's Airy Monday with news of academic import for our various communities. This week: an important Hellenistic tomb discovery; another Stonehenge mystery solved; mysterious Arctic disappearences;. the archeology of religion; and how serotonin can actually poison you.
 
From northern Greece: the discovery of an important Hellenistic tomb from the time of Alexander the Great is exciting archeologists.
 
Meanwhile at Stonehenge: an extra-dry summer has (accidentally) solved one of the sites most-persistent mysteries.
 
Anthropologists have uncovered (through genetic evidence) an astonishing mystery: the first indigenous tribes that inhabited the Arctic apparently disappeared without a trace.
 
Pagan blogger Ethan Doyle White interviews a major religious studies academic researcher who specializes in the study of indigenous cultures and the archeology of religion.
 
Pleasure or pain? Evolutionary biologists are discovering the surprising ways in which serotonin (usually associated with maintaining our emotional balance) is also a potent pain-inducer used by a variety of venomous critters.
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The Vegan Pagan: Interstice the First

I've been following the Facebook conversation around my first post in this series, and I'd like to address a few things here that I hope will help to facilitate a more congenial conversation around this topic going forward.

First, to my fellow vegan Pagans: If you've allowed yourself to be baited into flaming on Facebook, you're not helping the animals, the Earth or yourself. Difficult as it is to do, you need to remain calm when you address non-vegans in cyberspace, even when you're treated unfairly. Remember what you believe in, and let your ethics guide your responses, not your anger. Thank you.

Second, to my fellow omnivore Pagans: Many of the arguments you've made on Facebook are addressed via the links I provided in my first post, so I would encourage you to peruse them. I would also encourage you to remember that I wrote my introductory post for the very reason that I was concerned about the possible tone of the conversation around this topic.  So please think carefully before you comment. Thank you.

Third, to Witches & Pagans: I understand the need to foster a balanced environment around difficult topics, but I ask you to remember that I have not yet made an argument of any kind. When I do, it will certainly be appropriate to point interested readers to "the opposite argument". Further, I hope to provide the sort of pro-vegan information you can point to for balance when others write anti-vegan blog posts. Thank you.

Finally, to the peaceable Pagans who commented thoughtfully in the aforementioned Facebook thread: Vegan or omnivore; thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  • Lee Pike
    Lee Pike says #
    As a fellow PaganSquare writer I'd like to welcome you! The Facebook community for Witches & Pagans is very large and for that re
  • C.S. MacCath
    C.S. MacCath says #
    Hello Lee, and thank you for your thoughtful comment. You know, I hadn't really considered (until I drafted this piece) that many
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Hi, my friend. I complained to Anne about Facebook a couple of months ago, saying that most of those people were responding withou
  • C.S. MacCath
    C.S. MacCath says #
    Hello, Ted! Thank you for your counsel on this. I'll certainly consider it, though I am hoping my post here will help smooth the t

 

Inspired by the recent publication of an environmental statement by the Covenant of the Goddess, and spurred on by the increasingly urgent need for personal and societal reform of our relationship to the environment, I am gathering interested parties to prepare a draft Pagan Community Statement on the Environment.  Our intent is to a prepare a draft statement which will then be made available for public comment and then finalized for signatures. Among other things, I would like to see this statement published by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation, which already has published similar statements by many other religions. If you would be interested in helping to write the first draft of the Pagan Community Statement on the Environment or if you would like to participate in any other way, please email me at your earliest convenience or respond in the comments. Thank you for your attention to this important issue. If you would like to read more about the thoughts that prompted this effort, see my recent post at The Allergic Pagan

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  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale says #
    I would help with writing / editing that. Your email link goes to an error message, but I'm trying you on Facebook.

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A harvest of hats

I’m late with this post. I normally aim to blog in the first two days of the month, and in truth this time I nearly forgot. The 1st brought me a handfasting, the 2nd a political launch and as I swapped hastily between celebrant and press officer hats, the Druid blogger hat didn’t get a look in. I wear a lot of hats, so this kind of thing happens now and then.

When you have one identity defined by one thing you are doing, it’s much easier to steer the course of your life and pace yourself in line with the year. The more hats you have, the harder it is to keep an overview. I frequently end up running from one kind of job to another, so busy trying to be in the right headspace for the task in hand that I don’t pay as much attention as I might to the bigger picture. So here I am wondering how it got to be September already, and nearly missing a post.

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  • Lynda Ryder
    Lynda Ryder says #
    You've got me thinking now about how many hats I find myself wearing during a typical day/week/month... And you're so right about

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