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Thursday update

A few announcements, concerning the activities of various friends of mine:

Mention the First
amurphyhiscock has announced a release date for Out of the Broom Closet, a new anthology in which "fifty contributors share their stories of how they discovered their spiritual path, the obstacles they faced, the reactions of their colleagues, family, and friends, and the ongoing challenge of staying honest with themselves and the Divine."

I am one of the contributors! As are several friends of mine, including erynn999, and blaackangel (who runs Hamilton Pagan Pride Day, one of the largest one-day pagan events on this continent). More info about the book here.

Mention the Second
I really, really like this new blog, Pinch Pennies Save Planet. Yes, a friend of mine of 12+ years is the author. :-)

Mention the Third
brandondedicant, regular reader of this blog and contributor to its comments, asked me if I would be willing to mention Genocide Prevention Month here. He also tells me that he's helping to organise a genocide prevention ritual, which he described as follows: "It's an interfaith event of numerous rituals happening worldwide throughout the month of April. Groups and solitaries alike can participate. It will also be performed at the Trillium festival in Virginia."

Mention the Fourth
By popular demand: well, actually, by request of a friend who emailed me to ask for my opinion about my own Question of the Week: I'll say a few words about about it shortly. But when this morning I sat down to write a blog post about it, and within an hour it was 2,000 words long, I thought I had better find a more succinct way to say it. Meanwhile, have a look at what Gus DiZerega had to say about a similar topic.

And now, I must get back to marking essays.



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Mar. 19th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
A follow-up to Mention the Fourth
DiZerga's comments are insightful and interesting, as usual.

I was intrigued by Chip O'Brien's comment following it, though. While I certainly think he also has some good points, I can say from personal experience that Christian chaplaincy programs aren't always utterly devoid of interest or use to pagans, and aren't entirely lacking in applicability. While my M.A. at Gonzaga University was in Religious Studies (and therefore less focused on chaplaincy concerns than many of the other degrees offered there), I took a number of courses that were primarily for chaplaincy and lay ministry students--Spiritual Direction, for example, with Fr. Bernard Tyrrell (author of several books, including Christotherapy, Christotherapy II, and Christointegration), and in fact a great deal of what we discussed was purely psychological or mystical (from a phenomenological stance rather than a sectarian one). It was never, at any point, an issue that I was not Christian, and in fact Fr. Tyrrell thought it was great to have my diverse viewpoint as part of the process in that course and a few of his others. The program wasn't 100% useful to me in many respects, but the particular chaplaincy training aspects I experienced were among the most useful and applicable outside of the Christian context.

In any case...!
Mar. 20th, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)
Hello! *waves* Reviews Coordinator for the Druid Network in the UK - and very glad to be in touch with anyone who wants things plugging on our site (which is often pilfered for reviews in other UK pagan publications, so hopefully will help sales).

Feel free to throw things my way - bardic @ hotmail.co.uk :)
Mar. 20th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that plug!
Mar. 24th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
I've got an entry in that book too! This is what happens when you don't make sure the door is properly shut...

And I got an essay published on Witchvox. I'd like to know what you think:

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