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TWIH Episode 68: The Unnamed Path, Gender Identity, and Body Image with David Shorey and Chase Powers #pantheacon

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In this episode we talk to David Shorey and Chase Powers, both members of the Unnamed Path, a magickal tradition for Men Who Love Men. What is the Unnamed Path? Why is single gendered space important to some people? Why do people get stuck on the gender binary, and why do people get bent out of shape when people want more inclusivity in single-gender spaces (i.e.: inclusion of transgender, bisexual, multi-faith, etc.)? What is the importance of language in gendered space? And…what about Beltane?

 

Note: Apologies for the Skype noise. Skype was not being our friend during the interview!

 

This episode is part of a series of interviews with people who will be presenting at Pantheacon 2016.

 

David Shorey is an Initiate and Teacher of The Unnamed Path, a spiritual tradition for men-who-love-men. In addition, David is a student of Druidry and member of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. He is also an Apprentice in Faery Seership under Orion Foxwood. David lives in San Diego with his two partners, Tommie and Virgil, and their dog Murphy. 

 

Chase Powers is an Initiate and teacher of the Unnamed Path, and a student of Anderson Feri, currently living in Houston, Texas. Between spiritual work, video games, and graphic design, he still finds time to fight

with people on the internet and make bad jokes.

 

 

Links

 

David’s Email: drshorey@gmail.com

 

Website: www.unnamedpath.com

 

The Unnamed Path Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/unnamedpath/

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TWIH Episode 65: Being Intentionally Inclusive with Shauna Aura Knight #pantheacon

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Shauna Aura Knight joins us in this episode to talk about ritual practices that can make our public rituals more inclusive. What do we mean by inclusivity? How do we make the welcome clear so that others know that they are welcome into the ritual? Why are people so averse to using more inclusive language or making accommodations for allergy, disability, and gender issues? What is the responsibilities of public priests to ensure that their rituals are inclusive as possible? How do you take ownership, as an ally, of your process, especially in admitting when you’ve done something wrong  even if it was unintended? What happens when you realize that the pagan community isn’t a monolith of belief?

This is a first in a series of interviews with people who will be presenting at Pantheacon 2016.

Shauna Aura Knight is an artist, author, ritualist, presenter, and spiritual seeker, Shauna travels nationally offering intensive education in the transformative arts of ritual, community leadership, and personal growth. Shauna is passionate about creating rituals, experiences, spaces, stories, and artwork to awaken mythic imagination. She is the author of The Leader Within, Ritual Facilitation, and Dreamwork for the Initiate’s Path. She’s a columnist on ritual techniques for CIRCLE Magazine, and her writing also appears in the anthologies Stepping in to Ourselves, A Mantle of Stars, Calling to our Ancestors, and Bringing Race to the Table.

She’s also the author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels including The Truth Upon Her Lips, A Fading Amaranth, A Winter Knight’s Vigil, Werewolves in the Kitchen, Werewolves with Chocolate, and more. Shauna’s mythic artwork and designs are used for magazine covers, book covers, and illustrations, as well as decorating many walls, shrines, and other spaces.  http://www.shaunaauraknight.com

Links

 Email: shaunaaura@gmail.com

Website: https://shaunaaura.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShaunaAuraKnightRitualist

Pantheacon 2016 Schedule

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30 Days of Social Justice 5: Gender (or When Covens Cause Trouble) #30daysofsocialjustice #amwriting

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It feels kind of redundant of me to write about gender today because I’ve done a lot of work and writing around gender issues in the last few years. One of the biggest things that I’ve done, with my wife and coven mates, was bring the issues of gender and transgender to the forefront of the pagan community at Pantheacon in 2011. You can read more about why I wanted to do the activism at Pantheacon in our anthology “Gender and Transgender in Modern Paganism,” which we did the year following our actions. (And there’s many posts and interviews about gender issues that you can search for here.)

After 2012, the coven started moving towards doing more work around radical inclusion and being support for other groups who have taken up the mantle of gender issues (such as CAYA Coven, who have done fantastic work since). We were happy to see other people and groups move forward with the activism that we started. It doesn’t mean that gender and transgender issues aren’t important to us anymore, however. We strive to be radically inclusive, which means that we try to be a safe group and create safer spaces for people of all gender expressions just because it’s the right thing to do.

The one thing that I’ve learned through all of this is that the societal ideas of gender are archaic and not the rigid molds that people like to think they are. I’ve also learned that ascribing strict gender to deity doesn’t work, either.

Besides, when I ask deities about gender stuff, they also say “Oh, that’s a human thing…” and they give the impression that we’re making too much out of it. Granted, it’s not that simple in reality, but I hope that one day our society will get to a point where gender is seen as just a part of a person’s identity and not a set of societal expectations.

 

This is part of a series of writings on social justice for 30 days. You’re welcome to join me.

30 Days of Writing about Social Justice. Who’s in? #amwriting #30daysofsocialjustice

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Tuesday I’m going to start writing about this little list of social justice topics. I was inspired by the Month of Written Devotion (which I have now fixed to the proper link) and created 30 days (because 30 days have September). True, this isn’t everything and I know there could have been way more topics on here. Feel free to substitute topics or mush topics together. I’m not that fussy about what folks do with this list!

Really, it’s your writing for 30-odd days. I’m more curious about what I, and others, will write about these things. Feel free to link back here because I’d love to read what you’ve written. I might even use some of the topics for The Heretic Speaks vlog (instead of writing).

I’ll also admit, for full disclosure, that I’m writing a book that includes pretty much all of these topics, and some of my writing during this time my end up in it. It’s all my wife’s fault, really, because she told me to do the thing.

So I did the thing.

Anywho, here’s the list of topics. Feel free to pass it around on the Twitters, the Tumblrs, and the Facebooks!

1. Social Justice
2. Diversity
3. Marginalized
4. Oppression
5. Gender
6. Classism
7. Bias
8. Dialogue
9. Identity/Labels
10. Intersectionality
11. Privilege
12. Stereotypes
13. Tolerance
14. Worldview
15. Dominant Culture
16. Multiplicity/Multi-identity
17. Cultural Appropriation
18. Ableism/Accessibility
19. Ageism/Adultism
20. Body Shame/Policing
21. Transgender/Transphobia
22. Calling Out
23. Misogyny
24. Hate Crime
25. Patriarchy
26. Racism
27. Microaggressions/Trigger Warnings
28. Sexism
29. Sexual/Affectional Orientation/Asexuality
30. Radical Inclusion

 

Good luck, and I look forward to seeing what you and I write!

30 Days of Social Justice Writing Prompts #amwriting #30daysofsocialjustice

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I’ve been watching folks do the Month of Written Devotion the last couple of months which has been really cool. I thought, earlier today: “Huh…I wonder if there’s something similar for social justice?” My Google-fu and asking on Twitter has failed me, and my wife (not so subtly) suggested that I should do it.

So I did.

The idea is that for each day for 30 days you write about the topics listed. To be honest, I’m not really fussed how you all decide to work on these. Feel free to write on more than one of these a day or spread it out for 30 weeks, or whatever. I’ll be starting mine on September 1. Maybe we can use the hashtag #30daysofsocialjustice? You’re welcome to announce that you’re doing it in the comments (and you can pingback, too).

These terms aren’t in any particular order, but they are many of the terms I see floating around the social justice blogs and other places:

  1. Social Justice
  2. Diversity
  3. Marginalized
  4. Oppression
  5. Gender
  6. Classism
  7. Bias
  8. Dialogue
  9. Identity/Labels
  10. Intersectionality
  11. Privilege
  12. Stereotypes
  13. Tolerance
  14. Worldview
  15. Dominant Culture
  16. Multiplicity/Multi-identity
  17. Cultural Appropriation

  18. Ableism/Accessibility
  19. Ageism/Adultism
  20. Body Shame/Policing
  21. Transgender/Transphobia
  22. Calling Out
  23. Misogyny
  24. Hate Crime
  25. Patriarchy
  26. Racism
  27. Microaggressions/Trigger Warnings
  28. Sexism
  29. Sexual/Affectional Orientation/Asexuality
  30. Radical Inclusion

Good luck, and I look forward to read what folks write!

TWIH Episode 53: Learning from History: South Africa, Ferguson, and Dialog with Rev. Wilma Jakobsen #blacklivesmatter

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In this episode we talk to Rev. Wilma Jakobsen, the first ordained woman in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, and an anti-apartheid activist during the worst, and last years, of apartheid South Africa. We not only talk about her story, but we also talk about her reactions to Ferguson, and working through white privilege. We also talk about the future of not only her home country, but of the civil rights movement here in America. What does it mean, as a white person, to be a witness and ally to the experiences of People of Color? What does it mean when we say people are equal in the eyes of God?

Wilma Jakobsen was born in Cape Town, South Africa of immigrant parents from Denmark and Britain. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Cape Town, worked as a high school physical science and math teacher, then came to the United States in 1984 to attend Fuller Seminary, Pasadena.

After obtaining her Master of Divinity from Fuller, she returned to South Africa to be ordained as a deacon. Four years later, when the Anglican Church of Southern Africa finally allowed it, she became the first female priest ordained by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. She worked for 15 years in the Diocese of Cape Town, in parishes in black townships, university towns, the cathedral, a rural parish with fishing and farming communities, and a 19-month stint as chaplain to Archbishop Tutu. During the apartheid years she was an anti-apartheid activist in church and faith based organizations, which crystallized her conviction of the connection between faith and social justice.

In 1997 she obtained a Master of Sacred Theology from Union Theological Seminary, New York. She was the Anglican chaplain at the University of Cape Town for six years, then joined the staff of All Saints Church, Pasadena in 2003, serving most recently as  Senior Associate for Children, Youth & Families, Students & Young Adults.  She is passionate about  the integration of spirituality in all areas of life, and her belief that “ ministry built on a solid basis of prayer, relationships, loving pastoral care, mutual ministry with priest and people as equals, contemplation and action, creativity, Eucharist and social action, can transform people’s lives.”

Links

St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, Cupertino, CA: http://saintjudes.org

Wilma’s Email: wilma@saintjudes.org

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TWIH Episode 48: Inclusive Wicca with Yvonne Aburrow

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What is inclusive Wicca? In this episode we talk to author Yvonne Aburrow about her new book  “All Acts of Love and Pleasure: Inclusive Wicca” which was also recently reviewed on The Wild Hunt. How does this manifest in traditional British Wicca? How has the craft evolved over the years? Why do people still cling to these outmoded and outdated traditions, and why are they so resistant to change? 

Yvonne Aburrow has been a Pagan since 1985 and a Wiccan since 1991. She has an MA in Contemporary Religions and Spiritualities from Bath Spa University, and lives and works in Oxford, UK. Her most recent book is “All Acts of Love and Pleasure: Inclusive Wicca”. She has also written four books on the mythology and folklore of trees, birds, and animals, and two anthologies of poetry. She is genderqueer, bisexual, and has been an anarchist socialist green leftie feminist for the last thirty years.

Links

Patheos blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/sermonsfromthemound/author/yvonne/

YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKSb364RP4H16lXpBHGiSmQ

Review on The Wild Hunt: http://wildhunt.org/2015/05/book-review-all-acts-of-love-and-pleasure-inclusive-wicca.html

 

Books

“All Acts of Love and Pleasure: inclusive Wicca” Publisher’s Page: http://avaloniabooks.co.uk/catalogue/wicca-witchcraft/inclusivewicca/

All Acts of Love and Pleasure: Inclusive Wicca (Amazon Link)

Other Books By Yvonne Aburrow

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TWIH Episode 46: The Five-Fold Goddess with Lasara Firefox Allen

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In this bonus episode, Lasara Firefox Allen and I discuss her upcoming book which is tentatively titled “The Five-Fold Goddess,” which reconstructs the phases of the Goddess to move away from the more body-centered lore of Maiden, Mother, and Crone. Is the feminine divine, as most Pagan traditions practice it outdated? Why do some groups who claim a feminism that is meant to make us more than our bodies cling to rituals that are based on the uterus? Why does our society assume these roles of women when there are many examples of exceptions to the rule? What does this say about our societal attitudes about a woman’s (cis-, trans-, or otherwise) bodily sovereignty?

 

Lasara Firefox Allen is the author of the internationally published bestseller, Sexy Witch (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2005), The Pussy Poems (Treasure Finder Press, 2012), and numerous anthologies. She is currently working on her second book for Llewellyn, with the working title of “The Fivefold Goddess.” Lasara is also a clergy member, teacher, coach, and activist. She offers workshops on topics ranging from parenting, to relationships and intimacy, sexuality, body image, feminism, and devotional love, spirituality, and Mysticism. Lasara offers one-to-one and group coaching, spiritual guidance, and intuitive, transformational tarot readings. She regularly offers in-person workshops on the festival and conference circuit, and ongoing web-based courses. 

 

Married to the love of her life, Robert Allen, and mother to two amazing kids, Lasara and her family live in the wilds of Northern California and surround themselves with a community of loving, like-minded souls. 

 

Links

Email: lasara.allen.mpnlp@gmail.com

Lasara’s Websites:

http://www.LasaraFirefoxAllen.com

http://www.EmbracingtheRedQueen.com

Class fundraiser: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/010036/ab/a4gNRe

Class Facebook Event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1515521785372503/

 

Books

Sexy Witch

The Pussy Poems

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TWIH Episode 45: The Many Faces of Spirit with Yeshe Rabbit

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What does it mean to be a multi-faith person in a world where most people except you to be one thing or another? In this episode, Yeshe Rabbit and I discuss her personal multi-faith work and her own evolution of spirit. We also talk about how we are in the midst of change and how our religious traditions are evolving. How do we maintain respect for each other and for all human beings? How do we discuss these topics online without beating each other up online?

 

Yeshe Rabbit is a holy woman, devotee of the Goddess, and lover of life, a shamanic practitioner, witch, tantrika, and student of the dharma, a seer, a healer, and a priestess. When asked about her spiritual path, She describes it as “Graeco-Tibetan Tantric Nomad Alchemist,” and she’s not actually joking. She sings, chants, drums, performs rituals, meditates, brews potions, makes pilgrimages, & travels all over the world for work, spiritual study and growth. Mother Earth is her home. She is also a founder of CAYA Coven in the SF Bay Area.

 

Links

Way of the Rabbit 

The Sacred Well 

Tea and Chanting Sangha 

Dharma Pagan 

Temple of Aphrodite 

 

CAYA Coven 

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TWIH Episode 41: Emerging into Self with Diana Morningstar #transvisibility

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This episode, we welcome Diana Morningstar, who tells us about her coming out and transition as a transgender woman. She also talks about her life in the pagan and queer communities, pre- and post-transition. Diana gives an honest look at herself, her certainties and doubts about transitioning, and her gravitation towards Goddess culture and the issues she ran into in that culture. 

 

Diana Morningstar has been involved in the neopagan movement since the mid 80’s and has participated in Church of All Worlds, NROOGD, Umbanda, and Feri tradition rites among others. She is an initiated witch, a shameless eclectic, and an amazon forest warrior. She has been involved in activism with Earth First! and Queer Nation, and lately with trans issues. She is a transsexual woman living in Sonoma County, CA and is 56 years old. She has journeyed beyond the ninth wave to reach the Isle of Women, and is immensely grateful to be at last on that shore. She writes software, makes graphic art, plays piano and harp, and loves to cycle and hike. The moonlit forest is her true home.

 

Links

Email: diana@miragearts.com

Website: http://www.miragearts.com

To Survive on This Shore: http://www.tosurviveonthisshore.com/photographs-and-interviews Beautiful collection of stories and pictures from transgender elders.

 

Books

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano

Transgender History by Susan Stryker

Nevada by Imogen Binnie

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