Religious Practice

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 […]