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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, July 15

Welcome back to Watery Wednesday, where we celebrate themes of community and cooperation around the globe. Join us this week as we talk about the community role of soul food, news about the Pagan Spirit Gathering, and the fight for justice within the Pagan community. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

The idea of same-sex marriage may still be strange to a lot of Americans (even if it's now legal), so the idea of a Hindu gay marriage must be all the more unfamiliar. Yagnaram Ramanuja Dasan, a Hindu priest in training, reflects on his own experience officiating a lesbian marriage over at The Huffington Post.

You may not have known it but last month was Soul Food Month. Over at Afroculinaria you can learn more about this distinctive tradition of Southern comfort food as well as the special role it plays in African-American culture.

By now we're certain you've heard of the flooding that plagued the Pagan Spirit Gathering (PSG) this year. Now Circle Sanctuary has put together an announcement describing what the flood means for the future of PSG and how you can help if you're interested.

Are you concerned about the struggle of underprivileged groups, both within and outside of Paganism? If so you might be interested in contributing a paper to the Conference on Current Pagan Studies, which is looking for articles about "social justice" in the Pagan community.

Should you capitalize "Pagan?" What about "God?" Over at Patheos, Jason Mankey talks about the evolving terminology and manuscript style of Pagan writers, including why some people capitalize religiously significant words and others don't.

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