There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans out there, sometimes more than I can write about in-depth in any given week. So The Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up.
- Renowned Haitian Vodou priest and flag-maker Silva Joseph passed away yesterday at the age of 81 (more here). You can view some of his flags, here. Our prayers go out to Silva Joseph, his friends, family, and coreligionists.
- The 1st Annual Conference on Earth-Based, Nature-Centered, Polytheistic & Indigenous Faiths has announced that author and teacher T. Thorn Coyle will be presenting a talk on genderqueer theology at the September event. The theme for this inaugural year is “Gender & Earth-Based Spiritualities” and the keynote speaker will be Vicki Noble (of Motherpeace Tarot fame). Other presenters include Joi Wolfwomyn, Lady Yeshe Rabbit, and Diana Paxson. If you’d like to be a part of this conference, submission deadline for presenters has been extended to 8/7/11 due to the Lammas holiday. Vendor spaces are now open.
- The excellent Religion in American History blog, inspired by my recent post on the subject, explores Mormons, Pagans, and post-modern polygamy. Author John L. Crow concludes that “polygamy, polyamory and multiple-partner marriage are clearly issues that concern American paganism too.”
- Programming for PantheaCon 2012 in San Jose is now open! The theme this year is “Unity in Diversity.” Submission deadlines will be in two rounds: September 15 and October 15. They encourage those who want to improve their chances of getting their presentation submission approved to make the early deadline. PantheaCon is the largest indoor Pagan convention in the United States. Check out the panel discussion I led at last year’s PantheaCon: “Exploring New Media: A Pagan Perspective.”
- A very happy first birthday to the Pagan Newswire Collective bureau in Minnesota! Here’s to many, many more!
- Hindu American Seva Charities is holding the first-ever White House community briefing organized by Hindu Americans. At the Huffington Post, Joshua Stanton, founding co-Editor of the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, says that “this moment has been a long time in the coming for Hindu-Americans. They are a community here to stay, a gift to American society.”
- While I’m on the subject of Hinduism, here’s a story on photographing Hindu deities.
- PNC-Minnesota does a report on the upcoming Sacred Harvest Festival (SHF), interviewing Bress Nicneven, festival site director and board member of Harmony Tribe , the event’s sponsor.
- Watergate co-conspirator turned Christian leader Chuck Colson claims that “without [a] Christian understanding of fallen human nature, the people of Norway are left in mourning, but without an explanation for the horror that has befallen them.” Because, you know, only Christianity has a concept of evil or wrong-doing.
- How to talk to non-Pagan press.
- Congratulation to the Hindu community in Hamtramck, Michigan on the opening of a new temple.
- Recovering the “significant role that women played in many Native American communities.”
That’s it for now! Feel free to discuss any of these links in the comments, some of these I may expand into longer posts as needed.