Happy Darwin Day! This commemorates the birthday of the one who contributed the theory of natural selection to our understanding of evolution, Charles Darwin.Read More
It may seem strange that one of the most profoundly Shinto experiences I’ve had was in New Zealand. The whole trip, from the cave’s entrance to the meditative atmosphere of the glowworm chamber, felt like a pilgrimage to a particularly powerful Shinto shrine. To me, this visit to Te Ana-Au Glowworm Caves demonstrated how universal the concept behind Shinto – the sense of respect and awe we feel in the face of Nature’s wonders – really is, and that the kami themselves truly are to be found everywhere.Read More
It’s common for humans to have things with symbolic meaning…what we often call “sentimental value”. Atheopagans are just more deliberate about it, and conscious of how to use these associations for our psychological benefit.
What are your favorite ritual tools?Read More
Grandmother Fish is a delightful new book that teaches our evolutionary history to kids as young as preschool, and its call-and-response structure makes it perfect for public reading. Listen as the book is read live at a Unitarian Universalist church story hour in this video! Kids hoot, squeak, and laugh. The energy in the room builds up step by step. The kids start out wiggling like Grandmother Fish, and they end up wiggling, chomping, crawling, breathing, squeaking, cuddling, grabbing, hooting, walking, and talking like Grandmother Human. Here it is, just in time for school!Read More
I hope we, as Pagans, can move past the harmful views of the AFA toward a better word for everyone, with recognition that we are all of mixed race. I’m white and privileged, and I’m proud to count Africans, Asians, and so many colors of wonderful human beings among my Ancestors, whom I thank every day.Read More