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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, June 17

While people look for many things in a religion, community is undoubtedly one of the most important. This week for Watery Wednesday we took at the ways in which community shapes religion and vice versa. Read on to learn about the 2015 Mythopoeic Awards, the nature of the Muslim fast of Ramadan, and how you can support contemporary Pagan artists. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Ever heard of the Mythopoeic Awards? For those not in the know they're an honor awarded by the Mythopoeic Society to works of fiction or about fiction exemplifying the "mythopoeic style" of "the Inklings" (aka an informal group of writers that included the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis). You can find out more and check out the 2015 finalists here.

Although we often think of communities as human-oriented, non-human animals can be an important part of communities as well. This piece from The Wild Hunt by Alley Valkyrie talks about her relationships with several animals including a rabbit, a kitten, and some crows.

One of the most binding parts of a religious community are its rituals and one of the most sacred rituals in the Islamic community is the annual fast of Ramadan. If you were ever at all curious about this communal practice or what its particulars entail, you can read more at The Guardian.

Communities often define themselves as much by who they aren't as who they are, but diversity can be an important and enlivening thing in a community. At Patheos, Cecily Joy Willowe talks about her own experiences as a Wiccan and a person of color and how both parts of her identity enrich the other and her community.

One of the most valuable things a community can do is pool together its resources to help its own members. And Monica Richards and ZED Presents are looking for just that kind of support as they look to crowd fund a goddess-themed coloring book at Kickstarter. Follow the link if you'd like to take part!

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