Laine DeLaney joins us in this episode to talk about her journey from her childhood religion of Islam to her current Heathen and magickal traditions. What does it mean to be a Heathen? Do you have to be of Northern European descent to be a “proper Heathen”? Is there really such a thing as an “unbroken” tradition? Why is hospitality important? We also talk about how accepting people as they identify themselves and accepting their humanness is important in accepting the “Other.”
This is part of a series of interviews with people who will be presenting at Pantheacon 2016.
Laine DeLaney was born in Western New York and has spent much of her life trying to escape its pull, but recently has made a new home in San Diego, California. She has been a member of several traditions and has acted as a clergyperson, spiritual guide, and seeress for various groups and communities. Laine writes for pleasure (science fiction on her Empyrean Dreams blog and other random fiction), for profit (as a custom content creator), for activism (in her columns in various LGBT publications), to discuss Pagan issues (on The Lady’s Quill on Patheos Pagan and Pagan Church Lady on WordPress), and because she has difficulty stopping.
Website: Pagan Church Lady
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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
15. Dominant Culture
17. Cultural Appropriation
20. Body Shame/Policing
22. Calling Out
24. Hate Crime
27. Microaggressions/Trigger Warnings
29. Sexual/Affectional Orientation/Asexuality
30. Radical Inclusion
Good luck, and I look forward to seeing what you and I write!
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:
- Social Justice
- Dominant Culture
- Body Shame/Policing
- Calling Out
- Hate Crime
- Microaggressions/Trigger Warnings
- Sexual/Affectional Orientation/Asexuality
- Radical Inclusion
Good luck, and I look forward to read what folks write!