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The desire to re-enchant the world is like a craving for a food you can’t describe because you’ve never had it, but you’re sure there must be something that tastes like what you’re thinking, if only you had a name for it.  There is – if we’ll only do what’s necessary.
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Nine Things I Think:  Pagan Unity Fest, Pagan Pride Day, a new OBOD seed group in North Texas, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, and more.
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Scholarship matters.  Fuzzy targets yield fuzzy results.  Why not excellence?  I learned a lot from Isaac Bonewits – future generations of Pagans will too
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It’s fun to speculate about how things would be different if I had made different choices on my spiritual journey.  But to insist it was all fate devalues a lot of difficult choices and hard work by me and by many others.
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Until the general public understands that “I believe” means something more than “I think this might be true” I’m going to continue to describe my interpretations of my religious experiences firmly and confidently.
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"I believe" = "I have something quiet and intensely personal".
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Understanding polytheism is easy – understanding the multiplicity of the Gods is hard.  But when we consider the effects of time and place, the multiplicity of the Gods becomes a little easier to comprehend.
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I am required to practice, worship, and write according to the dictates of the Gods, no matter who that discomforts.  And I am also required to work for the greater good alongside those who practice, worship, and write in different ways, even if that discomforts me.
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I'm only a few years into this and to be honest, it wasn't until this week that I realized that pagan polytheists considered themselves a separate community within the Pagan umbrella. Perhaps, I'm a little slow or perhaps I'm only now beginning to really understand the path. In any case, it was an eye opening experience.

In the end I'm a polytheist, but I'm loathe to rank my subcultures in hierarchal fashion unless I have no other alternative.
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We don’t have clear, widely understood language to differentiate between very similar but critically different approaches to polytheism.  For the sake of those who are seeking, we desperately need to find ways to recognize and appreciate the differences in how different people understand and interact with the many Gods.
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There is room in our many ethnic and regional traditions for people who simply want to honor the Gods and live ordinary lives.  Our polytheist traditions are not all or nothing propositions and I hope they never will be.  But the future of polytheism will be built by those who keep the Gods at the front of their practice.
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Though I happily remain an OBOD Druid, I’m now also a member of ADF.
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Until the general public understands that “I believe” means something more than “I think this might be true” I’m going to continue to describe my interpretations of my religious experiences firmly and confidently.
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There have been individuals writing hymns to Pan and pouring offerings to Zeus for at least 200 years, but they were isolated individuals.  We are the first generation to begin collectively restoring the Way of the Gods.  There is SO much that needs to be done – it’s a challenge to keep our priorities in order and to keep our focus on practice.

My presentation from Many Gods West.
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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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