Pagan Values Event 2015

Welcome to the 7th Annual Pagan Values Event!
This event seeks to encourage the deep discussions of Values and Virtues and Ethics within the Contemporary Pagan communities around the world.  How do our faiths impel us to react to situations of injustice or entrenched classism and racism and sexism?  In what sometimes feel like increasingly angry and partisan times, how do our Pagan paths lead us to one side or the other; or do they call us to bring everybody to the table?

So start writing or recording your thoughts and share links to them here in our comments, or here or here!

The hashtags of the year are :
‪#‎paganvalues2015‬ ‪#‎pv2015‬ and of course just ‪#‎paganvalues‬.

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Moderation

Chris Aldridge at My Hellenic Life speaks up on The Importance of Good Moderation

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Three very different points of view on the topic

The contributions have started rolling in and today we share three from around the blogosphere.

In Pagan Values Event 2015, Stormwiseraven writes a piece directly exploring the meaning of virtues, values, and ethics; and also what values are present in their Pagan path.

Meanwhile over at Oath Bound, one of the many fine Pagan blogs at Patheos, Thorn Mooney posts her musings in Pagans, Hugging, and the Fine Art of Consent: A PSA

Meanwhile with profanity, NSFW and possibly offensive images and memes, and a refreshingly brutal honesty Sparrow Brown at The Barbed Pentacle examines how adult Pagans should realistically look at involvement in online media in What the word “network” really means, mother fuckers!

Intrigued, amused, shocked or offended; what are your thoughts and what do you have to say about living your Pagan values?

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Pagan Values 2015: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

When we started this project it often seemed that there was a lot more being publicized about Contemporary Pagan practices and how-to, rather than juicy discussions of how we live as Pagans outside of our ritual spaces and individual groups.  If there were deep thoughtful posts or conversations it seemed as if they were buried in individual blogs or hidden inside various discussion groups or bulletin boards.

One of the delightful changes in our online Pagan culture of the last decade is that we now have a MUCH greater wealth of online postings and discussions about Pagan Values throughout the year!

In March of this year, Terence P Ward writing at The Wild Hunt explored the topic of Hospitality: a Pagan Value? with short discussions on Hospitality with a number of Pagan luminaries.

Our community has also started extending deep conversations across many different sites and through a spectrum of thought and experience.
Over at Gods & Radicals, just this may, Kadmus wrote a delightfully complex and deep post on Capitalist Leveling and the Problem of Pagan Values.

Writing a few days later at the Patheos blog A Sense of Place, James Lindenschmidt carried the same conversation both forward and an interesting new direction with his post On Place, Pagan Values, and Politicizing Paganism.

As we approach the official start of Summer, Cherry Hill Seminary and instructor Selina Rifkin are offering are offering the course Pagans and Permaculture: Bringing Our Values Down to Earth.

So what conversations or posts or episodes have you experienced or witnessed that you would like to share, or perhaps respond to?

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Pagan Values Event: A slow subtle start for 2015

As yet we have had no Official submissions to the event, no links shared in the comments of the Event Announcement or on the Facebook pages.   Searches for the event tags have yielded no definitive results  HOWEVER results for “Pagan Values 2015″ have yielded some delightful results

Posts inside the time frame of the Pagan Values Event include..

Yvonne Aburrow over at the Sermons from the Mound blog at Patheos has provided a primer on our topic in Paganism for Beginners: Values

Then there is Shauna Aura Knight writing at The Pagan Activist looking at the topic of Harrassment, Bigotry, Safety Policies, and Changing Culture

We look forward to your posts and comments and episodes on Pagan Values as the month continues

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Teaching Wiccan Values … Which Don’t Include Biting People

Sable Aradia, an author over on the Patheos Pagan Channel Seekers and Guides column of the Agora, shares with us an article related to teaching Wiccan values.  Specifically, she discusses the Wiccan Rede, the Charge of the Goddess, and the Ardanyes both a little about their origin and how they might be used and taught in the modern world.

Finally, Tim from the Intersections blog brings us a post where he recognizes the difficulty of identifying a set of values that any one of us could consider universal across our Big Tent of Paganism.  Instead, he discusses modern individuals, none of which are likely to be Pagans, who seem to be operated both inside and outside an ethical Pagan framework.

This rounds out the sixth annual Pagan Values month.  Thank you all for reading and especially thank you to our authors this year for helping us make this possible!

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Weekend Words: Consent and Exploration

Two articles came into to us over the weekend.

The first, from Mud and Magic, speaks to us about the value of enthusiastic consent.  With links to a variety of solid articles on consent from others in the Pagan community, this is a welcome addition to our values event!  Identifying three things that, in a ritual, that all participants should be notified of in advance (nudity, blood, and drugs), the author continues to discuss ways to move beyond these general concepts into ways to ensure participants are fully informed before joining in.

Secondly, from the Chasing Domestic Bliss blog comes less an essay about a specific value and more of an exploration of what values resonate with the author.  Specifically, she talks to us about her sense that connection and her creativity lead her forward in this exploration.

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