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TWIH Episode 67: What’s So Funny About Being Pagan? with Angus McMahan #pantheacon

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In this episode we talk to Angus McMahan about the role of humor and storytelling in society and in the pagan community specifically. What makes you laugh? What is it about humor that helps us understand things that we may not know about it? How can humor help us make breakthroughs when other things can’t? What is the line between the humorous and the political? We also talk about our most interesting experiences doing tarot…

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

Angus McMahan is a gregarious solitary who can usually be found playing strange drums strangely at various Community Seed rituals. He is a lego sculptor, a cross-country marcher, a crop circle inspiration, a breathtakingly slow triathlete and a writer of no great renown.

Links

Email: angusmcmahan@gmail.com

Angus’ Website: www.angus-land.com

Angus’ Patheos blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/askangus/

Books

The Witch’s Athame: The Craft, Lore & Magick of Ritual Blades (The Witch’s Tools Series) by Janson Mankey

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30 Days of Social Justice 21: Transgender/Transphobia #30daysofsocialjustice #amwriting

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In 2011 the Circle of Cerridwen dropped a social justice bomb about transgender issues on Pantheacon.

In 2012, because of the work we did in 2011, we published an anthology entitled “Gender and Transgender in Modern Paganism” (which is a free PDF download, or you can buy a paper copy slightly above cost). We also did a big open discussion/ritual so that people could express their feelings around these issues. Afterwards, Z. Budapest wrote some pretty hateful stuff on my blog, to which my wife had a beautiful response.

After these two events, we saw, much to our surprise and happiness, many people and groups (such as CAYA coven and P. Sufenas Virius Lupus) take up the banner and create space in the pagan community that is welcoming to all genders and sexual orientations. It’s not perfect, and there’s still plenty of work to do, but it has been amazing to see just how much the paradigm has shifted.

I’m proud of the work that my coven did around transgender acceptance. As a coven, we’ve moved on to doing more support for other people doing the work and we’ve also moved more into teaching about radical inclusion. But our commitment to supporting transgender, gender variant, and agender people still remains a core part of who we are, and we hope we’re setting a good example for other groups to follow.

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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TWIH Episode 39: Hospitality, Gender, and Inclusion with Dee Shull (#pantheacon)

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In this episode we’re joined by Dee Shull to talk about the concept of hospitality and the inclusion of gender variant people in rituals. How do we show hospitality to those who are different? What is a responsible way to be inclusive, even if your group doesn’t represent as a diverse group as the members would like? How do we create as safe a space as possible? 

 N.B.: This episode was recorded shortly after Pantheacon 2015. There were also technical problems with the sound (my own fault, really) that have since been fixed. My wife, who is my sound engineer, worked a miracle on this episode, however, there will be some lingering weirdness with the audio. And finally, when we discuss “Dianics” in this episode, we are referring to Z. Budapestian Dianics, who are generally trans-exclusionary.

Dee Shull is a decidedly eclectic pagan whose praxis includes some generic Wiccan-flavored elements, heathen practice, animism, and ecstatic work (they prefers the term over “shamanic”). They works most closely with Brighid and the Vanir. They is also genderfluid and queer, and advocates for not just inclusion of gender diverse pagans, but the practice of hospitality by and within groups.

Links

Email (please be mindful that Dee is in the middle of their last terms of their masters): seabhacmhor@gmail.com

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TWIH Episode 36: Breaking Our Lenses with Xochiqetzal Duti Odinsdottir (#blacklivesmatter #pantheacon)

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This week we are joined by Xochiquetzal Duti Odinsdottir. We not only talk more about the events of Pantheacon 2015, but we also talk about how the progressive movement deals with issues of race. How do we open our eyes to how racism works in our society? What is the future of racism and social justice in America? How do we crack the lenses that we’ve been given by history and by our faiths so that we can see outside our smaller communities and groups?

 

Xochiquetzal Duti Odinsdottir is genderqueer, AFAB, Mexican (born Stateside), mujerista, social activist, and Witch. Xochiquetzal does a lot of work in joining the Sacred and the Profane. They were recently elevated to High Priest/ess in Treebridge Tradition and are currently trying to figure out what that means (besides MORE work).

 

Links

Xochi’s email: contact@sacredprofanity.com

Xochi’s Website: SacredProfanity.com

Sacred Profanity Facebook Page

 

Books

Bringing Race to the Table edited by Crystal Blanton, Taylor Ellwood, and Brandy Williams

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TWIH Episode 33: Does God Hate Shrimp? with Joe Decker (#pantheacon)

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This week we talk with Joe Decker, photographer and co-creator of the website God Hates Shrimp. We not only talk about how the website came to be, but we also talk about the role of humor and satire in social commentary. Where is the line between free speech and hate speech? How do we navigate tragedies like the Charlie Hebdo shootings when one has problems with the content the paper was producing?

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience on February 13, 2015 in the st4r.org/Circle of Cerridwen suite at Pantheacon

 

Joe Decker is a nature photographer, author and educator living in Northern California. His work has been exhibited across the country from the Smithsonian to LACDA in Los Angeles, and he has been awarded artist residencies in Petrfiied Forest National Park, Iceland, Svalbard, Antarctica and Greenland.  He is the author of The Tuesday Composition, published by Flatbooks Publishing. He is also the co-creator of the website God Hates Shrimp with the late Ryland Sanders. 

 

Links

God Hates Shrimp

God Hates Shrimp Facebook Group

Joe’s Photography Site: Rock Slide Photography

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TWIH Episode 31: Radical Sisterhood with Sister Krissy Fiction (@Pantheacon #pcon #pantheacon)

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In this bonus TWIH episode, we welcome Sister Krissy Fiction, a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence from Portland, OR. We talk about what it takes to be a Sister, what the sisters do, and how Sister Krissy Fiction came to be. We also delve into gender non-conformance, theology, and how the pagan community is evolving. 

This is second in a series of interviews that coincide with Pantheacon.

Sister Krissy Fiction, the nun that got nailed, is a Gnostic, Pagan, drag clown nun.  In the past she has been a minister in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church and in the United Church of Christ.   These days she is a practicing Gnostic, a devotee of Antinous and a member of an Alexandrian Witchcraft coven. She has been  a fully professed member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for 8 years and is the Prioress of the Order of Benevolent Bliss in Portland, OR.

 

Links

Sister Krissy’s Facebook

Email: sisterkrissy@gmail.com

Twitter: @sisterkrissy

Blog: http://promulgatethis.wordpress.com

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: http://thesisters.org

Circle of Cerridwen’s Account of their Gender Activism

 

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Update: Call for Interviews: @Pantheacon Edition

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It’s that time of year again! Pantheacon, one of the biggest indoor Pagan conventions around, is happening on President’s Day weekend, February 13 -16, at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose. The Circle of Cerridwen is once again hosting a hospitality suite on the 9th floor. This is a great opportunity for folks to be interviewed for the show (as time permits, of course). I’m particularly interested in folks with mixed traditions, reconstructionist traditions, or atheist pagans, but if you believe your story fits within the scope of This Week In Heresy, don’t hesitate to ask!

If you’d like to be on the show and will be at the con, please read the page about being on TWIH, and then send me an email with “Pantheacon” in the subject line so that we can figure out scheduling. You can also write to me if you know someone who will be at the con that you think I should interview. (Please get their permission first before making the contact!)

All shows recorded at Pantheacon will air starting the week after the con. If we don’t manage to find time during the convention, we can also schedule for a later time via Skype/Google Hangout.

 

UPDATE: If you would like to do an interview BEFORE Pantheacon, please let me know! I have about 2-3 spots open at the moment. This would be a good opportunity for presenters to talk about their workshops!

If you can, please share this widely!

Call for Interviews: @Pantheacon edition

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It’s that time of year again! Pantheacon, one of the biggest indoor Pagan conventions around, is happening on President’s Day weekend, February 13 -16, at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose. The Circle of Cerridwen is once again hosting a hospitality suite on the 9th floor. This is a great opportunity for folks to be interviewed for the show (as time permits, of course). I’m particularly interested in folks with mixed traditions, reconstructionist traditions, or atheist pagans, but if you believe your story fits within the scope of This Week In Heresy, don’t hesitate to ask!

If you’d like to be on the show and will be at the con, please read the page about being on TWIH, and then send me an email with “Pantheacon” in the subject line so that we can figure out scheduling. You can also write to me if you know someone who will be at the con that you think I should interview. (Please get their permission first before making the contact!)

All shows recorded at Pantheacon will air starting the week after the con. If we don’t manage to find time during the convention, we can also schedule for a later time via Skype/Google Hangout.

Thanks and I look forward to seeing everyone in February!

Rev. Gina

TWIH Episode 20: The Descent: A Samhain Meditative Journey with Mage of Machines

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This week’s episode is a special Samhain edition of This Week in Heresy. This approximately one hour meditation is a journey to the Underworld and the Isle of Apples, under the protection of Inanna, to commune with the Beloved Dead. The music was written, composed, and performed by Sarah Thompson, also known as Mage of Machines. You’ll recognize a little bit of this album as the show music for both This Week in Heresy and The Heretic Speaks

Some of you, if you had attended Pantheacon in 2013, will also recognize this music. The Circle of Cerridwen, with friends, performed The Descent live with an early edition of the music. The final edition of the album was released on Samhain 2013. 

Sarah Thompson is your Guide. Inanna is voiced by Calyxa Omphalos, and Rev. Gina is the voice of Ereshikgal. The script was written by Rev. Gina and Sarah Thompson. 

We offer this as a Samhain blessing for you, as a gift to the community, and to honor the Beloved Dead. 

The album version of The Descent is available via iTunes. If you are looking to purchase it through other platforms, click here.

 

 

Blessed Samhain!

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