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 […]

The Limits of Language

Cement and glass towers reaching toward the sky.Watt's Towers, Los Angeles (Kimberly Kirner 2017)

I sat in the crowded, small auditorium as Gregory Cajete, a Tewa author and professor at University of New Mexico, tried to help us understand a reconciliation between Western science and indigenous integrated science-religion.  In the question and answer session […]