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TWIH Episode 80: Learning from Where You’re At with Pat Mosley #hb2

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In this episode we talk with Pat Mosley, a Gardnerian witch in North Carolina. We talk about how Wicca takes on the culture of where it’s at, and how it’s not that much of a stretch for people to be multi-faith practitioners. Pat discusses his coven, Granny Magick, and his involvement in CUUPs. We also talk politics and #HB2 (also known as the “bathroom bill”) and how, on the ground in North Carolina, there are more people who are against it rather than for it. Pat talks about the uphill battle in challenging their state government and the disconnect of their elected leaders from the people they represent.

Note: After recording this podcast in May, and after another blow up around  transgender women in women’s only spaces (primarily concerning Budapestian Dianic Witchcraft), Pat has announced a call for submissions for a anthology called “Arcane Perfection”. You can click here for more information.

Pat Mosley is a Weirdo Inspired to Create Here (WITCH). He writes semi-regularly at Patheos Pagan, but more of his work can be found at his website. Pat is a Gardnerian Witch, and is currently conspiring to author a book on one Appalachian coven’s vision of Wicca in the next year or so. Pat is also a coordinator for Mountain CUUPs (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans) in Boone, North Carolina–where everyone is welcome to share a meal and sing a spell.

Links

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/commontansy/

https://patmosley.wordpress.com/

https://mtncuups.wordpress.com

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TWIH Episode 78: The Magick of Pagan Music with Sharon Knight

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After a brief TWIH hiatus, we return with our guest Sharon Knight, a pagan musician who does both solo work and plays as a group with her partner Winter in Pandemonaeon. We talk about the art of performing, the magickal experience of being on stage, the future and past of pagan music, and how music influences her work, both spiritually and professionally. We also talk about her latest album and the work that goes into writing, recording, and making videos for an album.

  

Note: Please excuse the audio weirdness. We were having a bad Skype day.

Festival Favorites Sharon Knight and Winter are internationally touring musicians in the mythic-Celtic vein. Their penchant for combining fierce and gutsy bravado with ethereal beauty, a hearty dose of fantastical lyrics, and an obvious love of storytelling has inspired their own style, “Neofolk Romantique”. This often sounds less Celtic and more “Folktales that ran away with the Faeries at the turn of the century and took cover in an old trunk bound for the circus, which was then commandeered by pirates.” This suits them fine.

They have shared stages with mythic music favorites such as Faun, Omnia, Corvus Corax, SJ Tucker, Tricky Pixie, Heather Dale, Wendy Rule, Stellamara, and many more. They have recently completed a 100% crowd-funded CD and music video featuring several of these artists, called Portals, which they are touring to support now.

Links

http://www.sharonknight.net/

http://sharonknight.bandcamp.com/album/portals

https://www.patreon.com/SharonKnight

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TWIH Episode 73: Paganism and Shinto with Megan Manson

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This week we talk to Megan Manson, a pagan who also practices Shinto, the indigenous religion of Japan. Megan talks about her path to Shinto, some of the history of Shinto and how it relates to the other religions practiced in Japan. We also talk about how religion co-exists together in Japan and how it differs from how religions get along in the West. What is the difference between Japan and the West in regards to religious identity? What does it mean to be multi-faith, and how do we explain it to others?

Megan Manson is an eclectic Pagan from the UK who also practices Shinto, the Japanese “Way Of The Gods.” She is actively involved in the field of Japan-UK relations, interfaith activities, and  her local Pagan community.

Links

Email: trellia@gmail.com

Patheos Blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/pagantama

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TWIH Episode 71: Creating Interfaith Families with Rabbi Mychal Copeland

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In this episode of TWIH we talk to Rabbi Mychal Copeland, editor of “Struggling in Good Faith: LGBTQI Inclusion from 13 American Religious Perspectives” and Director of InterfaithFamily/Bay Area. We talk about her decision to go to rabbinical school, the varied interpretations of the bible, and how to navigate being part of an interfaith couple. How does being an interfaith couple today compare to the past? How does talking together about people’s experiences with religious traditions help families work out how to get along spiritually? How do we heal from our respective church burn when one’s partner (or partners) is practicing a form of the tradition that caused it? How can community help significant others through the ups and downs of an interfaith family in our society?

Rabbi Mychal Copeland is the Bay Area Director of InterfaithFamily after having served as Rabbi at Hillel at Stanford for 11 years.  She has worked with interfaith couples and families throughout her rabbinate, and her blog about interfaith family life can be found at InterfaithFamily.com.  Mychal writes a monthly Torah column for the J: Jewish News Weekly of Northern California.  She is the co-editor of Struggling in Good Faith: LGBTQI Inclusion from 13 American Religious Perspectives [Skylight Paths Publishing, 2015].  She is passionate about opening the doors of Judaism wider and leading people towards a profound spiritual and religious life that embraces all of their disparate identities.  Mychal is married to Kirsti Copeland and they have two children.

Links

Website: http://strugglingingoodfaith.com/

Facebook for Struggling in Good Faith: https://www.facebook.com/strugglingingoodfaith/

Rabbi Mychal’s Huffington Post Blog

Facebook for Interfaith Family: https://www.facebook.com/groups/InterfaithFamilySanFranciscoBayArea/

Books

Struggling in Good Faith: LGBTQI Inclusion from 13 American Religious Perspectives edited by by Rabbi Mychal Copeland MTS and D’vorah Rose BCC

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TWIH Episode 64: Tradition, Secrecy, and the Life of a Public Witch with Storm Faerywolf

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Storm Faerywolf joins us in this episode to talk about the Feri Tradition, being a public witch (or warlock, in Storm’s case), and the role of secrecy and privacy in modern witchcraft. What does it mean to be a public witch? Why do humans have a need to define what other people’s paths are and hold absolutist attitudes about what is “right” and “proper”? What is the role of secrecy, and what is the difference between secrecy and privacy? Is secrecy still necessary in the age of the internet? We also talk about cultural appropriation, privilege, and the power of walking between the worlds.

Storm Faerywolf is an author, teacher, artist, warlock, priest, and initiate of the Faery/Feri tradition of witchcraft. With nearly thirty years experience practicing the Craft and teaching for more than twenty, Storm has lead open circles, given lectures, and taught both public and private classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the U.S. He holds the Black Wand and is the founder of BlueRose, his own school and lineage within the Faery tradition, offering classes both in-person and online. He is the author of The Stars Within the Earth, and the forthcoming Betwixt and Between: Exploring the Faery Tradition of Witchcraft. For more information about his classes, books, CD’s or art visit his website.

Links

Website: faerywolf.com

www.feritrad.org

The Mystic Dream (Storm’s store)

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TWIH Episode 58: Baptist, but not That Kind of Baptist with Paul Schneider

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In this episode we talk to Paul Schneider, one of my good friends and Baptist seminarian about his journey, and his church’s journey into affirming LGBTQA people and radical inclusion. We also talk about the realities about the way that traditions can be used to harm people, regardless of faith path and how clergy need emotional and personal support in order to help them avoid harming those they serve. How does clergy isolation create the idea that we have to “do it all ourselves” and not ask their communities for help? (Even Jesus has his disciples…)

Note: Apologies for the lack of episodes recently. One of my covenmates was suddenly ill and is in the ICU. If you can help them in any way, prayer or otherwise, we would all greatly appreciate it.

Paul Schneider was born, raised and still lives in Oakland, California. Raised at the First Baptist Church of Berkeley, Paul was part of the church leadership when they were joining the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists. Now a father, husband, and seminary student at the American Baptist Seminary of the West, Paul is pursuing a deeper understanding of Liberation Theology, struggling with quiet, and dynamic liturgy.

Links:

Blog: http://logonpaulos.wordpress.com

Twitter: @Logon_Paulos

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TWIH Episode 55: Multi-Faith Education and Dialog with Denise Cush

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In this episode we talk about interfaith dialog and religious education with Denise Cush. How do people learn about interfaith and mutli-faith practices? What are the differences between the way religion is viewed and taught in the United States and the United Kingdom? What is the importance of face to face dialog and experience in interfaith work?

Denise Cush (BA/MA Oxford, MA Lancaster, PhD Warwick) is currently Professor of Religion and Education at Bath Spa University. She has taught Religious Studies in a sixth form college, trained both primary and secondary teachers in religious education, and taught Study of Religions at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Until recently she was Head of the Department of Study of Religions (now Religions, Philosophy and Ethics) at Bath Spa. She is deputy editor of the British Journal of Religious, a major international journal. In addition to religious education, her teaching and research interests include Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and alternative spiritualities such as Paganism.

Links

Website: http://www.livingreligion.co.uk/

Email: d.cush@bathspa.ac.uk

Books

Celebrating Planet Earth, a Pagan/Christian Conversation: First Steps in Interfaith Dialogue

TWIH Episode 54: The Dynamics of Awareness with Deborah Blake

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In this episode we talk with author Deborah Blake about daily practice and how we can get hung up on what “proper” daily practice is. We explore how daily practice can be just a part of our mundane practices, and that what is right and “proper” depends on your own spiritual needs. How do we cultivate a practice that works for us? How do we determine the regular practices in our groups or covens? Are we walking our talk? We also talk about the advantages and disadvantages of both group and solo work, and the ins and outs of working in community.

Deborah Blake is the author of the Baba Yaga paranormal romance series, including Wickedly Magical, Wickedly Dangerous and Wickedly Wonderful (Berkley) as well as eight books on modern witchcraft from Llewellyn Worldwide. She has an ongoing column in Witches & Pagans Magazine and was featured in The Pagan Anthology of Short Fiction.

Links

Author Website: http://www.deborahblakeauthor.com

Blog: http://deborahblake.blogspot.com

Books

The Circle Within: Creating a Wiccan Spiritual Tradition by Dianne Sylvan

Everyday Witchcraft: Making Time for Spirit in a Too-Busy World by Deborah Blake

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TWIH Episode 51: Syncretism, Jesus, and the African Traditions with MaShiAat Oloya Adedapoidle Tyehimba-Ford (Queen Mother) #tfam

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In this episode, recorded after the multi-faith traditions panel at The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries Convocation, we talk to Queen Mother about syncretism and the way that spirit works in the world. She describes the traditions that she belongs to and how they work together for her. We discuss the responsibilities of priests, aspects of initiation, and how magick, and the gospel, is a tool of spirit that can be used for both good and ill.  We also discuss her role at City of Refuge and how she relates to Jesus. What can both traditions learn from each other and how do we navigate the misinformation and misconceptions of each?

This episode was recorded on location at City of Refuge UCC during The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries Convocation on July 17, 2015. 

Oloya Adedapoidle Tyehimba-Ford carries the title of MaShiAat (Queen Mother), and is co-founder and presiding Queen Mother and Spiritual Leader of the Temples and Kemetic Spiritual organization: The Kindred of ShiEndra and its conglomeration of affiliated Temples. MaShiAat Oloya is an ordained Kemetic Priest, an Iyanifa in the Ifa tradition and an Ordained High Priestess within the original Dianic lineage of the Wiccan Goddess/Great Mother tradition.

She is also a Holistic and Spiritual Practitioner and Midwife, holding numerous degrees and certifications in nursing, Iridology, Esthetics, indigenous and complementary healing. She is co-founder of the Kephra Holistic Institute and co-creator of the Kephric Transformational Platform both dedicated to the concepts of complete wellness through holistic, indigenous, and naturopathic modalities.

MaShiAat Oloya lectures and facilitates workshops with many local and national community activists and spiritual leaders. She is often considered a bridge between mainstream religious churches and indigenous spirituality, making it a personal crusade to dispel myths, expose the truth and similarities between the philosophies of these religious groups with the intent to build understanding, respect and unity among the people as a whole.

Links

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

Website: http://www.ancestoralley.com/

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The Heretic Speaks: Interfaith Clergy Support Ministry

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It’s been an interesting few months for me, but one thing that has been on my mind, and in my heart is asking for and getting support in my ministry. Support for myself as a minister and priest, and for other clergy, is extremely important, especially from our peers. There is a lot of stuff in dealing with groups, covens, and congregations that is common to all clergy-type folk, regardless of tradition.

I’ve read too many articles in the last few years about clergy burnout. Granted, most of the articles were specific to Christian clergy, but I’ve seen it happen with Pagan, Jewish, and other clergy as well. A large part of the burnout comes from feeling isolated in one’s calling, where the clergy person feels not only like they are going things alone, but that there’s no one else they can talk to about it.

This is one ministry I’ve felt for awhile now that is particularly needed, both online and in person. Sometimes, it just needs to be started, and so I’ve created some ways clergy can come together and support each other.

The description and details of these ministries are also found on the Clergy Support Ministry page.

Online

There are two online communities that are for any clergy from anywhere, particularly for those who are in areas where they don’t have much support, or could use some extra support that is outside their tradition. Sometimes it takes someone completely outside your group or congregation to give you a better perspective on a particular situation.

The first is 1st Friday Clergy Chat. This is a monthly chat on the first Friday of the month via Skype from 8 pm to 10 pm Pacific time (11 pm – 1 am Eastern). For some people, it’s better to be able to talk to people face to face, and Skype is a great way to do that. There is a chat this coming Friday (which got moved because of the July 4th holiday.)

The second, especially for those who are more partial to email, is a new Yahoo group called the (highly unoriginal) Interfaith Clergy Support Group. As with the 1st Friday Chat, this is open to all clergy from anywhere.

In-Person (South Bay SF Bay Area)

My other pastor friend, Deb, and I were talking the other day about how the South Bay doesn’t have quite as much clergy support as the East Bay does. So, we’re going to be starting a monthly dinner gathering for clergy starting in September. Tentatively, it’ll be the 2nd Monday of the month at some place like Denny’s or Hobee’s. If you’re interested in attending, please contact me or join the email list.

I hope that by providing these options for clergy that we can help and support each other to help prevent burn out, and ultimately, help us from leaving our callings. I look forward to talking to my colleagues and helping each other out!

 

ETA: Some of you might ask why I’m not using Facebook for this ministry. There are two main reasons for this:

First, Facebook is still booting people off its site because of the “Real Names” policy. I think this policy is ridiculous and damaging. I also know that there are many clergy who are either transgender or differently gendered who could possibly be affected by this policy, and I would not want them to lose their support community if it happened.

Second, given Facebook’s algorithms, only a partial subset of the group would get posts on a regular basis, which, in my opinion, limits meaningful interaction. If someone asks for help in a particular area, it could be likely that another person from that area, who’s in the Facebook group, may never see the post or know that it got posted.

There is also the fact that not everyone is on, or wants to be on, Facebook. Having an email list and using Skype allows for the most people to be able to participate.

I hope you understand my reasons for this. If folks would like to connect through Facebook, you’re welcome to use the This Week In Heresy page to do so.

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