In this week’s episode, we talk to Lizann Bassham about how she became both a Christian minister and a Reclaiming witch, and her journey embracing both/and. We also talk about how both communities (Pagan and Christian) react to multi-faith practice and how humanity is at a spiritual crossroads.

Lizann Bassham has a B.A. in Psychology from San Francisco State University and an M.Div. from Pacific School of Religion. She is an ordained minister of The United Church of Christ and an active witch in the Reclaiming Tradition. Lizann has taught courses for the Graduate Theological Union and Pacific School of Religion and written curriculum on religion and the arts, sexuality and spirituality, and youth ministry. She has worked with Progressive, Evangelical, and Catholic Christian groups, and has been a guest Cantor for a Reconstructionist Synagogue. She currently serves as Campus Pastor at Pacific School of Religion and as a trainer for the FaithTrust Institute on healthy clergy boundaries. She directed a small performing arts company in Sonoma County for twelve years. Her plays, “Stories Seldom Told,” “Breastify!” and “Voices” have been performed in venues around Northern California. She had the opportunity to workshop parts of both her novels, Barefoot and One of Another at the Iowa writer’s summer workshop. She is a columnist for SageWoman Magazine and a blogger at Pagan Square. Once, quite by accident she won a salsa dance contest in East L.A.

(Apologies for the coughing! This was recorded while I was still getting over my cold!)

Links:

Lizann’s Facebook Page

Sacred Cells on Pagan Square/Witches & Pagans

Front Porch Spirit (Lizann’s website. You’ll also find links to Lizann’s books and music here.)

Sage Woman Magazine

Crone Magazine

Reclaiming Tradition

United Church of Christ

Pacific School of Religion

Books:

How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe (The Hinges of History)

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