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I try to help us learn the skills and practices that will help us survive and succeed, and I advocate for religions that promote virtues and enable connections. And occasionally, I try to remind us all that while we’re living in Tower Time, the Sun is coming.
I try to help us learn skills and practices that will help us survive and succeed, and I advocate for religions that promote virtues and enable connections. And occasionally, I try to remind us all that while we’re living in Tower Time, the Sun is coming.
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I’m very happy that after a four year break, this year we’re returning to Lughnasadh and honoring Lugh, the Master of All Arts.
I’m very happy that after a four year break, this year we’re returning to Lughnasadh and honoring Lugh, the Master of All Arts.
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There are two obligations of good religion: to heal the world and to heal ourselves. To be focused on the world out there and the world within. To feed others and to remember that we need to eat too.

The text from today’s Sunday service at Denton UU.
There are two obligations of good religion: to heal the world and to heal ourselves. To be focused on the world out there and the world within. To feed others and to remember that we need to eat too. The text from today’s Sunday service at Denton UU.
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Does the polytheist movement need a different name? Perhaps, but it will have to arise organically. I’m less concerned with what we call ourselves than with what we do: honor the Gods and ancestors, and help build a world that reflects Their values and virtues.
Does the polytheist movement need a different name? Perhaps, but it will have to arise organically. I’m less concerned with what we call ourselves than with what we do: honor the Gods and ancestors, and help build a world that reflects Their values and virtues.
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I’m enjoying reading about and listening to witches, magicians, and occultists. I’m learning some things, including some I can incorporate into my own practice. But at the end of the day I’m a polytheist, and I’m happy to be one.
I’m enjoying reading about and listening to witches, magicians, and occultists. I’m learning some things, including some I can incorporate into my own practice. But at the end of the day I’m a polytheist, and I’m happy to be one.
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Most Pagans and many polytheists cast circles, do house cleansings, and put up wards. We understand the necessity for purity, even if we don’t always take it as far as we should. But there are times when the concept of purity can be abused.
Most Pagans and many polytheists cast circles, do house cleansings, and put up wards. We understand the necessity for purity, even if we don’t always take it as far as we should. But there are times when the concept of purity can be abused.
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The direct experience of the Gods can be an amazing, fulfilling, path-confirming experience. It can also be an on-going experience of sheer terror. If a God turns you upside down, find someone who understands what’s happened and talk with them.
The direct experience of the Gods can be an amazing, fulfilling, path-confirming experience. It can also be an on-going experience of sheer terror. If a God turns you upside down, find someone who understands what’s happened and talk with them.
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I’m very happy that after a four year break, this year we’re returning to Lughnasadh and honoring Lugh, the Master of All Arts.
I’m very happy that after a four year break, this year we’re returning to Lughnasadh and honoring Lugh, the Master of All Arts.
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There’s a lot that’s wrong with Texas and if you’d rather live somewhere else I completely understand. But I’m getting really annoyed with people who’ve never set foot in Texas talking about it like it was Saudi Arabia or North Korea.
There’s a lot that’s wrong with Texas and if you’d rather live somewhere else I completely understand. But I’m getting really annoyed with people who’ve never set foot in Texas talking about it like it was Saudi Arabia or North Korea.
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How can we speak confidently and even passionately about religious matters, where certainty is impossible? We accept the reality of our experiences, and we remain open to new ideas and new interpretations.
How can we speak confidently and even passionately about religious matters, where certainty is impossible? We accept the reality of our experiences, and we remain open to new ideas and new interpretations.
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Good religion has both an internal focus and an external focus; an Otherworldly focus and a this-world focus. We need both. But inevitably, conflicts will arise between our religion and our politics, and choices must be made. As for me, the Gods always come first.
Good religion has both an internal focus and an external focus; an Otherworldly focus and a this-world focus. We need both. But inevitably, conflicts will arise between our religion and our politics, and choices must be made. As for me, the Gods always come first.
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This Fourth of July, give thanks to the Founding Fathers for establishing a secular republic where all are free to practice their religion. But do not worship them or their words. Any claim to Godhood they may have had was forfeited when they punted on the issue of slavery.
This Fourth of July, give thanks to the Founding Fathers for establishing a secular republic where all are free to practice their religion. But do not worship them or their words. Any claim to sainthood they may have had was forfeited when they punted on the issue of slavery.
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I'm a blogger for Patheos (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/), I'm the Coordinating Officer for Denton CUUPS, I serve on the Board of Trustees for CUUPS Continental, and serve on the Worship Committee of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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I'm a Pagan, Druid, and Unitarian Universalist trying to deepen my spiritual practice and serve my community.  I earn my keep as an engineer.
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