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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]