In this week’s Pagan Community Notes, Elizabeth Graham is reported stable after life-threatening injuries, the Cherokee Nation names a delegate to the US Congress, Buddhist temples destroyed, and more.
TWH – For many Pagans, an ecological disaster occurs both materially and spiritually. Many Pagans understand the planet Earth as Creator and Creation and generally reject the idea that humans have dominion over nature. Brazil, in the tropics of the Southern Hemisphere, has different seasons from countries in the temperate Northern Hemisphere. Its nature spirits probably differ as well- and they are under threat with the clearing of the land, perhaps retreating, perhaps departing. The current fires demand attention to understand the social and political effects that are driving, what many feel, is a spiritual affront at a time of climate crisis.
A recent ruling by the 11th District US Court of Appeals says invocations at government meetings must not be discriminatory and cited Wiccans as one of many non-Christian faiths that might experience such discrimination.