Despite six years worth of requests, the U.S. Army officials has not yet added Heathenism or Asatru to the list of faith group codes as originally reported. In January, the Open Halls Project was informed that both Heathenism and Asatru had been approved. However, a short time later, that approval was put on hold, and the Army has yet to add the terms. As reported in a recent Army Times article, “The Army sidelined all such requests, pending the findings of a Defense Department working group investigating how to create a single set of faith group codes across the service.” In response, the Open Halls Project and the Norse Mythology Blog have issued a Call-to-Action. Dr. Karl Seigfried writes, “Today, soldiers who follow the Old Way of Odin, Thor, Freya and the other Germanic gods and goddesses are still denied basic religious rights available to faiths that are recognized by the Army.”
You Are What You Believe
You Are What You Do.
We fall somewhere on the spectrum between these two statements.
We are either driven by our beliefs, or we allow our beliefs to be informed by our practices. In this regard, there is a distinction to be made. Many Pagans have a spiritual practice that starts from the ground up (quite literally).
Pagan Community Notes is a series focused on news originating from within the Pagan community. Reinforcing the idea that what happens to and within our organizations, groups, and events is news, and news-worthy. My hope is that more individuals, especially those working within Pagan organizations, get into the habit of sharing their news with the world. So lets get started! Solar Cross Temple Announces New Growth: Solar Cross Temple, a Pagan service organization co-founded by author and teacher T. Thorn Coyle, has announced the addition of priestess and professional counselor Crystal Blanton, author of “Bridging the Gap,” to its board.
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. Since the incident last week where Mrs. B from Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom was attacked (and “prayed for”) by Christian mom-bloggers for performing too well in the “faith” category at Circle of Moms a wonderful thing has happened. First, several Christian mom-bloggers apologized for the behavior of their coreligionists, and thanks to a mobilized online Pagan community Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom is now in first place, and several other Pagan mom-blogs (The Pagan Mom Blog, Witch Mom, Hearth-n-Home, etc) are in the top 10. Congrats!