Greetings from the Canadian prairies! I feel so honoured to be here taking part in this amazing conversation. As a long-time reader of Witches and Pagans, as well as PaganSquare, it is very exciting to be invited to blog with you, and share some of my reflections on earthen spirituality at this critical juncture of our shared planetary life.
Green Priestcraft: A ChristoPagan Pastoralia
"Pastoralia" is a somewhat archaic term denoting the spiritual, pastoral, and ritual care of a community. "ChristoPagan" is a somewhat emergent term denoting a blend of Christian and Pagan thealogy, cosmology, and spirituality. So, put the two together, and you have the hopefully intriguing (and, to some, infuriating) description of my own journey as a greenpriest. I trust that folks of various and sundry spiritual persuasions will find something here to pique their interest, deepen their practice, and feed their souls. Hear the Rune of Sophia: "God is Love, and Her body is all creation. She is a Tree of Life, who gathers Her children in Love." This is the conviction which guides me. Blessed be.
The Rev. Shawn Sanford Beck is a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada, and a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. He is the author of Christian Animism, and the founder of the Ecumenical Companions of Sophia, an informal online community fostering Christian-Pagan dialogue and spiritual practice. He lives with his family on an off-the-grid farm community in north-western Saskatchewan (Treaty Six Territory), where he is chaplain to the human and more-than-human wights of the community. When not training priests, chopping wood, or practising magic, Shawn can be counted on to have his nose buried in a book. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org