Humanistic Paganism

Category: responsibility


Holiday Gift Ideas for Naturalistic Pagans

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Just in time for Winter Solstice/Yule, here are some gift ideas to give or ask for! Of the items here, many will help your spiritual practice, enriching your day to day life. Others will help you be understood by loved ones, or help you open a child’s eyes to our glorious Universe. I’ve listed items for adults, then books/DVDs for adults, followed by the same two categories for parents/kids.

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[A Pedagogy of Gaia] The Worst Animals in the World, by Bart Everson

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Which leads me to something else my daughter said, just the other day, which I found even more disturbing. She and a friend altered the lyrics of some song at school to include the following zinger:

“We are the worst animals in the world.”

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We care about the world.

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Together, our naturalism and our Paganism mean that if we are honest about our spirituality, we will do what we can to influence politics. After all, the decisions made by politicians – especially by politicians who lead the United States government, are some of the strongest human forces on the planet affecting everything from education to the environment.

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“Is Anyone Else Getting Weird Vibes?”: On Confirmation Bias and Emotional States, by Lupa Greenwolf

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It’s okay to want to not feel alone in your thoughts and feelings. But remember that we humans share a lot of common experiences. And it’s natural for us to feel empathy for others in the same situation we’re in: welcome to being a social species of ape. We evolved this connection to each other over millions of years, and we share it with lots of other species, too.

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[The Dionysian Naturalist] “Nature Religions and Revolutionary Social Change, Part 5” by Wayne Martin Mellinger, Ph.D.

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This is a time for revolution. The climate crisis threatens to destroy much of our planet and we face an environmental catastrophe unprecedented in human history. We are coming to realize that the extraction of valued resources, so central to capitalism and modern industrial civilization, is destroying countless ecosystems. Let us struggle together to transform our social systems and to create a just, compassionate and sustainable society.

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