I’m very excited to announce our four new monthly columnists at Humanistic Paganism. Each will be contributing an article or essay semi-seasonally (8 times a year) beginning at the end of November.
A Pedagogy of Gaia by Bart Everson
Bart Everson is a writer, a photographer, a baker of bread, a husband and a father. An award-winning videographer, he is co-creator of ROX, the first TV show on the internet. As a media artist and an advocate for faculty development in higher education, he is interested in current and emerging trends in social media, blogging, podcasting, et cetera, as well as contemplative pedagogy and integrative learning. He is a founding member of the Green Party of Louisiana, past president of Friends of Lafitte Corridor, sometime contributor to Rising Tide, and a participant in New Orleans Lamplight Circle.
Bart’s first post: “Solstice Connections” (Dec. 18)
Postpagan Ceremony and Ecology by Glen Gordon
Glen Gordon writes about animism, religious naturalism, and Unitarain Universalism on his personal blog Postpagan.com™. Under the name Fishbowl, he has participated in the broader bioregional animist community at gatherings and in internet forums. As an active UU, He has given sermons on bioregional animism at his local UU church in Northern Idaho. The video Biorigional Animism in Five Minutes features the words of one of his sermons. He also co-facilitates a The Palouse Nature Covenant, a group of pagan and naturalist UU’s exploring themes of nature and ecology through worship.
Glen’s first post: “Death Song” (Nov. 27)
Starstuff, Contemplating by Jon Cleland Host
Dr. Jon Cleland Host is a scientist who earned his PhD in materials science at Northwestern University & has conducted research at Hemlock Semiconductor and Dow Corning since 1997. He holds eight patents and has authored over three dozen internal scientific papers and eleven papers for peer-reviewed scientific journals, including the journal Nature. He has taught classes on biology, math, chemistry, physics and general science at Delta College and Saginaw Valley State University. Jon grew up near Pontiac, and has been building a reality-based spirituality for over 30 years, first as a Catholic and now as a Unitarian Universalist, including collaborating with Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow to spread the awe and wonder of the Great Story of our Universe (seewww.thegreatstory.org, and the blog at evolutionarytimes.org). Jon and his wife have four sons, whom they embrace within a Universe-centered, Pagan, family spirituality. He currently moderates the yahoo group Naturalistic Paganism.
Jon’s first post: “Evolutionary Parenting” (Dec. 4)
Musings of a Pagan Mythicist by Maggie Jay Lee
M. Jay is interested in growing a new religious culture grounded in the everyday shared world and the public revelations of science, that celebrates our relationship with Cosmos, Earth and each other, and strives to bring us into right relationship with the Nature inside and outside of us. She draws inspiration from modern cosmology, evolutionary psychology, and the myths and wisdom traditions of ancient Hellas. M. Jay is a member of the Universal Pantheists Society (http://www.pantheist.net/) and the Spiritual Naturalist Society (http://www.spiritualnaturalistsociety.org/), and she has studied with Glenys Livingston author of PaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion (http://pagaiancosmology.com/). She celebrates the creative unfolding of Gaia in west Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, two dogs and cat.