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Paganism: Money is Bad, Right?

*Note: this was first published on Pagan Activist, and is also included in my book The Leader Within. These conversations about Pagans and money and do we pay our teachers come up over and over, so I thought this was worth reposting here as it's an important issue for Pagan leaders. 

Paganism: Money is Bad, Right?

The question, "Should Pagans charge for services/rituals/events/classes" comes up with some frequency within our community. One of my activist goals is looking at underlying difficulties and assumptions in our culture and how that impacts us.

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  • Kristina Galbraith
    Kristina Galbraith says #
    When someone comes for services and then doesn't think they should have to part with something to balance out the time and energy
  • Rick
    Rick says #
    That is a great idea! At least in terms of what hard costs are.
  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale says #
    How I deal with the money issue is that I don't charge for gythia services, but I have things that I sell: books, or scarves or wh
  • Rick
    Rick says #
    Can't answer for the author, but I run my services under an LLC. I have thought of switching to a 501c, but there are some drawba
  • Gregory Lane
    Gregory Lane says #
    I have a question. Does the author, or anyone who charges money for "spiritual" workshops and classes, have a category of busines

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Tithing: not just for Christians

Risking charges of cultural appropriation, I'm going to come right out and say that I thinking tithing is a wonderful idea that Pagans should borrow and embrace . . . with some modifications to fit our diverse paths and beliefs, of course.

Tithing is the Biblical tradition of skimming ten percent off the top of one's income and giving it to one's church.  This was an effective way to provide for priests and ensure that charity stays local, but there are a number of reasons why its literal application won't work for most modern Pagans.  A few that come to mind are:

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  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. Ward, I wish we could do this. We do give to various charities, though. Thanks again for another great post.
  • Debbie Vozniak
    Debbie Vozniak says #
    This is a great idea. I personally tend to give my donations to animal or nature rescue causes and to victims of disasters worldwi
  • Terence P Ward
    Terence P Ward says #
    Great points, Emily! Produce was the originally tithe expected of Hebrews, with money moving in as a convenient way to measure th
  • Emily Mills
    Emily Mills says #
    Wow. Another timely blog that coincides with things on my mind. What is about this site? The Fistula Foundation is a charity I l

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