Before the blog entry proper, Id like to state that the ideas proposed are still in a somewhat incubatory stage. That said, I invite your criticism and thoughts on the topic. Still needing to flesh out the ideas and needing better metaphors, I offer up the discussion here for better ways to express these thoughts. Thank you.
A few weeks ago, I posted a Spotlight On column about Walking With the Gods: Modern People Talk About Deities, Faith, and Recreating Ancient Traditions from Connaissance Sankofa Media. At the time, the book was only available in digital format.
I happy to report that Wendi Wilkerson has just released the paperback edition. A hefty 390 pages, it can be purchased immediately through Lulu.com. It will eventually be available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, but ordering it through Lulu is better: Wilkerson gets a higher percentage of the royalties, and she deserves every cent for all the time and effort she put into the title. And, if this edition sells well enough, there might be a second book with more interviews that she could not fit into the first book.
When the whole Kenny Klein issue hit the news, I was appalled but not surprised. I had met the guy in New Orleans and been less than impressed, in fact i"d found him energetically filthy and obviously lacking in any moral sense. I thought thought "well, here at least is an issue that all Polytheists, Pagans, and Wiccans can staunchly stand behind: child abuse and molestation, sexual assault. coverups -- and anything that furthers those things is wrong." How naive I was and how incorrect.
Since the affair de Kenny hit the Pagan blogosphere I have been sickened by the number of Pagans and Wiccans who have come out publicly excusing these behaviors and moreover attempting to silence his victims. Just check out the wildhunt.com coverage for a sickening sample.
Firstly, happy spring. Winter is slowly starting to loosen its grip--I know it may not feel like it for those of us in the east but soon, very soon we'll be complaining about the warm weather. I for one, can't wait.
Over the past couple of weeks I've been slowly working my way through my Devotional Polytheist post. I wanted to share my answers to the first ten questions. If any of you are also participating in this meme, please feel free to share the links to your blogs in the comments. I would love to read how everyone approaches these issues and concepts.