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We treat Nature as something other, something to be conquered and exploited, never remembering that like the Donner Party, our ill-informed actions have very real consequences.
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James Bianchi was a good friend and a fine Druid who did great things for our community.  He will be remembered.
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There will be days when your Paganism is beautiful, powerful, and magical.  Keep practicing.  There will be days when your Paganism seems empty and lifeless.  Keep practicing.  Paganism isn’t something you believe or something you have to qualify for.  It’s something you do and something you are.
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The two men who attacked an anti-Islam gathering in Garland last night are dead and I can’t say I’m sorry.  But I wonder if the organizers of the event understood that innocent people could also get hurt… or if they cared.
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It’s good to reclaim sacred sexuality from the Neopuritans who preach abstinence and shame, and from the evil sorcerers of marketing who use sex to persuade us to buy stuff we neither want nor need.  But Beltane is about a lot more than sex.  
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The stereotypical tourist with a camera is a stereotype for a reason – it’s easy to get caught up in taking pictures and miss out on experiencing a new place or event.  But photography has taught me a few things I might not have learned otherwise.
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I think you are absolutely right. Nice article +John Beckett !
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James Bianchi was a good friend and a fine Druid who did great things for our community.  He will be remembered.
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I encourage you to read A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment and if you are in general agreement, to sign it.  Over 3,600 Pagans have already signed the statement – the working group that put it together is trying to get 10,000 signatures by the Summer Solstice.
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already signed Nº 1450 :)
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Paganism is neither solely concerned with Gods and spirits, nor with social justice and other this-world concerns.  A healthy, vibrant Paganism needs both.
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Denton CUUPS Beltane was traditional and current, inclusive and polytheist.  That’s not always easy, but it can be done.
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The real question isn’t who gets to decide, it’s whether we cling to the harmful idea that there’s only one right way or if we accept and embrace our differences.
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Beltane is without question the most difficult high day for a solitary celebration, but there are things that can be done and done well as a solitary.  In this ritual we continue the tradition of passing between two fires for purification and protection.
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O-o I've never had trouble celebrating Beltane as an SP. Still an interesting read, though; thanks for sharing.
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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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