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Witch at Large: Ruminations from a Grey Perspective
Seeing Paganism in terms of being a movement, explorations of our history, societal context, comparisons to other religious movements, and general Pagan culture.
Aline O’Brien (M. Macha NightMare), Witch at Large, has circled with people of diverse Pagan paths throughout the U.S., and in Canada and Brazil. Author of Witchcraft and the Web (2001) and Pagan Pride (2004), and co-author, with Starhawk, of The Pagan Book of Living and Dying (1997), Macha has also contributed to anthologies, periodicals, textbooks, and encyclopedias. A member of the American Academy of Religion, the Marin Interfaith Council, and the Nature Religion Scholars Network, Macha also serves as a national interfaith representative for the Covenant of the Goddess (CoG) and on the Advisory Board of the Sacred Dying Foundation. Having spent the last eleven years developing and teaching at Cherry Hill Seminary, the first and only seminary serving the Neopagan community, Macha now serves on its Board of Directors. An all-round Pagan webweaver, she speaks on behalf of Paganism to news media and academic researchers, and lectures at colleges, universities and seminaries. www.machanightmare.com
Because my response to PantheaCon and Leadership is so long, it seems worthy of its own blog entry.
Annika, the reason you found only older Pagans at the PWR meeting was because only older people came, not because younger folks weren't welcome. Don Frew spoke about the history of the PWR because he had expected people unfamiliar with it to be the ones who came. That turned out not to be the case, but for you. Had I known it was going to unfold as it did, I wouldn't have needed to come. I already knew most of what he had to say, and in fact have given talks on it to Pagans around the country myself. Also, there were a few people there who were older, Pagan but not Witchen, new to interfaith involvement and who had never attended PWR and who came for that reason, to familiarize themselves with what it is and how it works....
This year’s PantheaCon nourished me. I printed out a schedule ahead of time of events on the official schedule, as distinct from the many programs being offered in various suites throughout the weekend, that I wanted to be sure to attend. I left plenty of space for serendipitous encounters.
I knew I had some responsibilities in the Pagan Scholars’ Den -- I dislike that term – for both Cherry Hill Seminary and the Pagan History Project with which I’m involved. And I was scheduled to sit on one panel, “Tradition vs. Innovation.” Beyond those things, I was open to see what arose....
I've promised to post my AAR Annual Meeting reports here, but since they are complex -- at least the way I write them is complex -- they don't adapt well to this blog format. Therefore, until I manage to submit the final report, I will simply provide a link to a blog where they appear more or less as intended. Thanks for your understanding. http://besom.blogspot.com/2015/02/aar-annual-meeting-iv.html
I apologize for the formatting wonkiness of my posts to this blog. I think I've exhausted potential remedies. However, I still want to keep in touch with readers and share my thoughts to those who may be interested in reading them. Therefore, this time at least, and possibly in future, depending upon Pagan Square policies, I'd like to share what I've been struggling to post here by directing you to my Broomstick Chronicles blog here: http://besom.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-power-of-north-wisdom-of-earth.html...