We're back for Watery Wednesday, when we bring you news about Pagan and interfaith communities around the world. This week we have stories for you about the various controversies within Paganism, requests for submissions by both PantheaCon and Humanistic Paganism, and interfaith cooperation in North Carolina. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
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Often it is painful for me to attend a ceremony in a Christian church. I don't feel safe most of the time and rarely feel included. Certainly there are some notable exceptions to this, but it is too often true. Today at noon, at the AME church in downtown Asheville, there was a service to honor the people who were killed at "Mother" Emanuel AME in Charleston.
I told myself this morning that my attendance--my considered presence--at the noon service was something I needed and representing them was something my community needed. So I sat with an extraordinary group of colleagues in the choir pews at St James AME, Episcopalians, UUs, Baptists. And I looked out over the anguished faces of friends who had brought their grief and fear to this service, to sit with others in the pain and wonder of what had happened....
So, one day the Interfaith Council asks the witch the deliver the opening prayer.
(By the way, this actually happened. My long-time friend and colleague Macha Nightmare has been active in Interfaith for years.)
She stands up.
“Witches dance to pray,” she says. “So I'm going to teach you one of our oldest, most sacred dances. It's called the Spiral Dance.”
Religion is no more immune to the passage of time than any other aspect of society. However, in some cases, the diminished and forgotten does not remain so. This week for Faithful Friday we take a look at some of the ways past modes of spirituality have come back in the present, from the revival of Zoroastrianism in Kurdistan to the renewal of Catholicism in Cuba. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
Because my response to PantheaCon and Leadership is so long, it seems worthy of its own blog entry.
Annika, the reason you found only older Pagans at the PWR meeting was because only older people came, not because younger folks weren't welcome. Don Frew spoke about the history of the PWR because he had expected people unfamiliar with it to be the ones who came. That turned out not to be the case, but for you. Had I known it was going to unfold as it did, I wouldn't have needed to come. I already knew most of what he had to say, and in fact have given talks on it to Pagans around the country myself. Also, there were a few people there who were older, Pagan but not Witchen, new to interfaith involvement and who had never attended PWR and who came for that reason, to familiarize themselves with what it is and how it works....