Religious Practice

There Is Only Service

I find I’m frequently watching a debate from the sidelines in the last couple of years – a debate that keeps being repackaged in different ways, but carries a familiar discomfort for me as it is hauled out into the light again and again. It’s […]

On Faith

Sometimes, faith seems almost like a dirty word in Paganism, steeped in too much Christo-centric history to be worthwhile.  It’s paired, somehow, with notions of gods who chase – even abuse – their devotees, demanding worship.  It’s associated with being anti-science, of convincing oneself of […]

Pragmatism and Outcomes-Oriented Religion

I’ve watched a lot of debates about cosmology and the nature of the Divine Mystery: between religions and within the Pagan umbrella.  It holds its own allure, I suppose, but I have never understood why people become so vehement about their own worldview or so […]

Called by the Spirits, but not to the Priesthood: The Mystery of Monasticism

I’ve been pondering, over the course of the last month, my relationship to a “calling” by the Spirits I Serve.  There is a deep knowing, in my own experience, when a spirit calls you and claims you.  I felt that I could run away, but […]