I Belong to This Land; This Land Doesn’t Belong to Me

Herd of wild horses running in front of foothillsA herd of wild mustangs near Benton, California. Like me, the mustangs are a product of colonialism and they have a complex environmental and cultural impact.

I am a child from nowhere, a long string of wandering ancestors trailing behind me Some forced from their native homes long ago, some more recently By war or economy — conquered, defeated, starved, persecuted They carried their wounds with […]

Terrorism and Tea

A cup of London Fog and a coffee cake muffin. The morning is quiet, in contrast to the increasing chaos of my country.A cup of London Fog and a coffee cake muffin. The morning is quiet, in contrast to the increasing chaos of my country.

I never thought, as a child That I’d spend my 40s Responding to mass shootings With making tea and coffee cake Staring out the window at the mountains But here we are Our nation has thoroughly descended into stochastic terrorism […]

A Prayer to the Gods, in Service to All Existences

Woman Faun StatueA statue I purchased for my shrine room to depict Elen of the Ways. I experience her as very wild... part deer, part human... a guide of the deep woods and little-trodden paths.

I come before you in love and service, and ask… Brighid, help me to feel the flame of your inspiration and the nourishing water of your healing Lugh, help me to build my skills and serve my community well Morrigan, […]

There Is Only Service

heart shape made of small rocksHeart made of small rocks, found in the desert at Ghost Ranch, Santa Fe, NM (Kimberly Kirner, 2017)

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 […]

On Faith

flower offering in the hollow of a tree trunkI stumbled across this little offering in the trunk of a tree in Victoria, BC. It was one of several in this tree.

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 […]

Pragmatism and Outcomes-Oriented Religion

people composting in a gardenAt an urban farm where I currently intern, there are Muslim, Christian, Hindu, and non-religious people working alongside me. Our cosmologies are very different. Our ethics are the same: the earth is sacred and worth humans' efforts to relate to it and serve it better. Composting is a sacred act, regardless of whether we do it because the earth is god or because the earth belongs to god(s).

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 […]

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

Cabinet with art, sacred objects, and items from natureOne of the two shrines in my sanctuary at home. My goal for this year is to have twice-daily practice with periods of contemplative prayer, in sacred space.

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 […]

Pagan Identity and the Plague of White Supremacy

Black Lives Matter banner in oak treeBlack Lives Matter banner in historic oak tree at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, CA

I began this post in June of this year, right before spending a summer completely inundated with rather stressful events in my life and in the nation.  As much as I greatly desired to blog, I’ve been battling the kind […]