As part of the 2011 Pagan Values Event, M. Macha NightMare posted a wonderful piece Growing Pagan Elders: An Exploration of Sustainability. I just rediscovered the post about it today, on one of my many online groups, and discovered to my distress that it was never added to the archive last year… I’ve added it and by way of apology am highlighting this excellent essay.
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So one of the posts to this years Pagan Values Event was Hecate making some interesting observations and asking some good questions in Money & Pagan Values. I was reminded of a piece I wrote a number of years ago about Invoking the Power of The Pagan Dollar, and I was equally fascinated in the next few days to find both Diana Rajchel’s deep and courageous exploration of her own relationship with money in her Money Drunk Money Sober series of posts, and Pythia Theocritos of the Daughters of Eve: Pagan Women of Color Speak blog writing the first of what appears to be a series on Pagan Finance: Supporting The Pagan Economy.
There is certainly a stereotype of Pagans as being on the lower end of the economic scale, it is interesting to muse how much of this is self-fulfilling prophecy on our part. I also find myself wondering of this is across the spectrum of Contemporary Paganism or if different faiths within the movement have different self-images in their relationships with money.
What do you think? Are we cash poor but spirit rich? Contemporary Paganism demands a certain level of focus on Spiritual and Religious identity… are many of us cash poor in part because we are still so enmeshed in the overculture’s ideas of a dichotomy between money and spirit? Or is the stereotype of the poor Pagan just that, a stereotypical image that only has some fun house mirror relation to the reality?
Hecate has written some follow up thoughts and advice about money in her Bloomsday Potpourri….
The folks over at Faith, Fern & Compass podcast have recently posted an episode on The Green Marketplace, discussing the intersection of economics and the Green movement… with plenty of useful and interesting links…
Just a brief hello to the many people who have started following the Blogject since RevKess over at The Pagan Musings Podcast was kind enough to invite me to a discussion/interview. Thank you all for you interest and support of this project!
The event archive is up and running and you can click on the link on the button below the title bar or on the link at the beginning of this sentence.
I would also like to invite anyone reading this to join in this years event by writing, or commenting on posts you like… you never know where inspiration or even a kind word can take you in your own spiritual journey!
Geoffrey Stewart / Pax
So one of the early contributions to the 2012 Pagan Values Event was from Selina over at Cauldron to Kitchen, who shared the first of her series of posts “Pagan Kosher” from August of last year on our 2012 event FB page. I was intrigued because last year Jessica from over at Malaise Can Sit, Jeeze! shared a similarly themed post “Eating Gi“.
Another contribution from last year posted in From David Salisbury’s Cauldron, entitled Animal Rights: My Pagan Value is not unrelated to this topic as he discusses the global food industries treatment of animals…
A little poking around the Interwebs also showed that the good folk over at Pagan Blog Prompts did an Ethical Eating prompt back in June of last year; and Lady Lala from the multi-author blog Practical Pagans also wrote about Ethical Eating last year…
Ethical Eating is sort of a catch-all term that can include moral and ethical bases for things from buying/eating Organic and Fair Trade items, to Vegetarianism and Veganism, to engaging in the Slow Food or Localvore movements.
I really don’t have much to say for myself on this topic yet, since most of my food choices are trying to navigate what seems the sometimes competing complexities of eating healthier, and buying what I can actually afford. But I am trying to learn more about this topic, and figured a post connecting to several posts and resources was in order…
There are a number of very useful resources out there on the topic of Ethical Eating, including a very basic guide from New York Magazine, a list of resources and links on Ethical Eating from the Unitarian Universalist Association, the transcript (because the link to the video sadly does not seem to be working) of a segment on Ethical Eating from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, and an enjoyable post about Ethical Eating from the Aquarian Newspaper…
So what do you think of this topic? How do you engage with the practice of Ethical Eating?
This video is from an interview done in 2002 as part of a 10 year anthropological study.
Earlier this year Star Foster at the Patheos Pagan Channel started blogging about the Delphic Maxims, and has inspired a spontatneous Blog Party on that worthy topic with a number of bloggers participating. There were a few shares on this on the 2012 Pagan Values Event Facebook Page and Thalassa at Musings of a Kitchen Witch has a great summary post of who is participating so far!
What sources of inspiration, what texts, what lore, speaks to and inspires your quest for excellence in your Pagan path?
The recent post The Work of a Witch, by Witch and fabulously well written and eloquent blogger Hecate Demeter is well worth reading. In it she discusses her plans for spending a week with her grandson, and of not only living her values as a Witch but sharing them with her grandson…
“Is this the work of a Witch? Yes. Yes, it is. When I was raising Son, I was doing the work of Demeter, the work of THE MOTHER. And, now, I am doing the work of Baba Yaga, the work of THE CRONE.
What I’m passing on is the joy of simple pleasures outside. The love of place. History. Physical strength. A memory of a time when everything was OK and blue jays showed up for breakfast.”~Hecate Demeter (C) 2012
Hecate’s entire blog is well worth reading, not only for its excellence in writing, but for a wonderful example of a Pagan and Witch who is living her values day in and day out, who wrestles with the questions raised by her faith and path and who is willing to share the lessons she’s learned with others.
So there is a fascinating discussion of Compassion and boundaries and relationship entitled The Problem of the Pagan ‘Us and Them’ going on over at Bishop in The Grove over on the Patheos Pagan Portal.
That post, and the discussion, are informed by a previous post by
Theo Teo Bishop on Where Does Compassion Belong Among Pagans and Polytheists, and a responding post by Steven T. Abell entitled Compassion in Cold Climates, both very much worth reading.
At the same time, or at least recently, a new study was released that showed that this virtue seems to show up as a reason for doing good more with non-religious folks than for religious folks… although I have to say the scope of the study seems relatively small given the methodology… I’d love to see more studies on this topic.
Does anyone have any other readings, articles, or thoughts to share on the topic of Compassion in Contemporary Paganism?
(edited to corect Teo Bishop’s name, and with my compliments and apologies to the gentleman.)
Welcome to the 2012 Pagan Values event.
Started as a blog carnival in 2009 and expanded into an open event for bloggers and podcasters in 2010, this event lasts the month of June and provides a bully pulpit for Pagans and Polytheists and many others to speak about our Values. In a world where our many faiths and paths are often held up for ridicule or as straw dogs of evil for Fundamentalists, it would be easy to remain silent; especially as articulating our values and how we act upon them challenges the Fundamentalist’s claim of ownership over all Values and Virtues, and can attract unwanted attention from them
However, in not articulating these things we also miss out on the friendships and connections that can arise with like-minded folks of many Faiths and Paths. We miss out on the opportunity to speak the Truth of who we are and what we do. We miss the chance to perhaps bring some much needed change and inspiration to a world in need.
What are the Ethics, the Virtues, and Values that Contemporary Paganism has taught you to cherish, to live, to bring with you in your every interaction with the world? What do you do, inspired by these values? What adventures, or misadventures, has your Paganism and the Values and Virtues and Ethics it has inspired led you too? What and who have you encountered on your spiritual and moral journey as a Pagan? How have you acted upon these Values. What have you done inspired by these Virtues? What wrestling matches have you had when these Ethics encountered the real world?
Write of these things on your blogs, speak of them on your podcasts, share the links with me either here in the comments section of this blog post, or on the Facebook page for the 2012 event.
Pax / Geoffrey Stewart
Note: until July 1st this post will be stuck to the front page of the Pagan Values Blogject…