Weekly Update: Solstice Edition
Well, here we are: at the end of a terribly rough week, nearly halfway through a year that has already seemed unusually bad. Part of what has helped me cope with it all has been the good company I’ve been in in my pagan circles, which includes the writing I find here.
On the schedule for the next week are posts from G&R regulars Rhyd Wildermuth, Sable Aradia, James Lindenschmidt, Linda Boeckhout, and Sophia Burns. Their topics will cover such things as finding gods “in the dumpster,” spiritual activism, capitalism, the commons, and the Orlando shooting.
Additionally, on Tuesday the 21st — in honor of the Solstice by all its names — we have Wayne Martin Mellinger with his first piece for Gods & Radicals: Nature Religions and Revolutionary Social Change: Advancing a Practical Theology for Spiritual Activism. This is a longer piece for us, but it’s worth the investment since it gives a nice topography of the spiritual-activism space and will be of value to our communities.
The Digital Edition of A Beautiful Resistance 2: The Fire Is Here is now available! Order your copy here. Those of you waiting for the print edition do not have much longer to wait…. it should begin shipping soon. Watch this space for updates.
From my collection of “things people who read this website might appreciate”:
- Dam removal and restoration of watersheds is very dear to my heart; I read several things in just this past week that give me hope for the future:
- “Undoing the Elwha,” a beautiful poem
- In California, the Carmel River has had a dam removed after nearly 100 years
- On the other side of the continent, Herring Spawn in Hudson River Tributary for the First Time in 85 Years
- Cute baby stick insects, belonging to a species once thought extinct (if you like baby animals, ZooBorns has fantastic archives to spend time in)
- Death and Violence: “I watch the slow rise of pro-gun and anti-queer paganism, and wonder how much longer it will be before I’m staring down a barrel at festival.”
- From Wands up for Orlando:
- Dear friends, LGBTQIA Pagans and allies,
We have put together a ritual to commemorate the dead of Orlando. We suggest that it be performed after the solstice but before the end of June. It can be performed alone or with your group. We have tried to make it adaptable to any Pagan or polytheist practice. Also available in Italian.
I didn’t understand that “bisexual” was an option when I was a teenager in a rural high school in the 90s. I only knew from how some of my classmates slandered others as “gay” or “lesbian” – and it was always, always meant as an insult – that there were dangerous ways to be. Very few of my friends were openly supportive of the idea of being queer, even if they also disliked some of the homophobic laws being proposed in my state. So I didn’t acknowledge my sexuality to myself until I was in my 20s, and felt for a long time I didn’t really belong in the queer community.
My social circles since my mid-20s have been matter-of-factly queer-friendly and included a lot of out folk. My pagan social circles, which are my social circles these days, seem to be majority LGBTQIA/MOGAI/QUILTBAG/queer/etc., and that has been fantastic. I can talk about my ex-girlfriend and talking to gods in the same conversation and no one bats an eye!
The last week has been so, so terrible; I’m simply heartbroken over the homophobic murders and attempted murders at Pulse. Learning more about who was actually there that night has just made it worse: It was Latinx Night; the headlining performers were trans; people of color are already victims of homophobic and transphobic violence more than white people. A lot of people were from other countries, and some are/were undocumented, and this makes it even harder for them and/or their families . . .
I’ve seen some very good thoughtful writing and some very powerful emotional writing about all of this, but I am kind of at a loss to add to that now.
Take care of yourselves, okay? Take care of each other. Keep on loving.