Who are our allies?

Thing on Thursday #8

Last time we identified our goals, now who can help us attain them?  All good movements work in concert with others, mutually enriching each other.  What other movements might be closely aligned enough to make exceptional allies?

When I say allies, I do not mean people from whom to rip off traditions or otherwise appropriate culture.  I do mean people with whom to work, engage in interfaith dialogue where appropriate, cross-fertilize ideas, and from whom to draw inspiration.

The following shortlist of choices doubles as a nice resource list, since every movement here has something valuable to say.  If there are any you’re unfamiliar with, they might be worth checking out.  Examples and links follow after the poll.

Please choose your top three.


Spiritual Naturalists – e.g. Loyal Rue, Ursula Goodenough, Jerome Stone, Chet Raymo, DT Strain

Secular Humanists – e.g. Greg Epstein, Chris Steadman, Paul Kurtz

Stoics – e.g. Keith Seddon, Michel Daw, New Stoa

Pantheists – e.g. Paul Harrison, World Pantheist Movement, Universal Pantheist Society

Epic of Evolution advocates – e.g. Michael Dowd & Connie Barlow, Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme, Glenys Livingstone

New Atheists – e.g. Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett

“Liberal” or “Humanistic” religionists – e.g. Bishop Spong, Paul Tillich, Sherwin Wine, Mordecai Kaplan, Stephen Batchelor

Contemporary Pagans and Polytheists – e.g. Starhawk, Janet Ferrar, Chas Clifton, Michael Harner, Isaac Bonewits, Galina Krasskova

Deep Ecologists and Gaians – e.g. Arne Naess, Joanna Macy, John Seed, James Lovelock,

Skeptics – e.g. Michael Shermer, James Randi

Jungians – e.g. Jung, Joseph Campbell, James Hillman, John Ryan Haule

Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

About Thing on Thursday

Althing in Session, by W.G. CollingwoodThis post is part of a series of councils on matters vital to the future.  The name represents both the generic term for, you know, a thingie, as well as the Old Norse term for a council of elders: a Thing.

Each week until the Winter Solstice, Thing on Thursday will explore a new controversy.  Participation is open to all – the more minds that come together, the better.  Those who have been vocal in the comments are as welcome as those quiet-but-devoted readers who have yet to venture a word.  We value all constructive opinions.

There are only a few rules:

  • be constructive – this is a council, so treat it as such
  • be respectful – no rants or flames

Comments will be taken into consideration as we determine the new direction of Humanistic Paganism.  This will also greatly shape the vision that unfolds in our upcoming ebook Our Ancient Future: Visions of Humanistic Paganism.

So please make your voice heard in the comments!

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