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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, June 10

Community; it's what brings us together and helps us define our lives. What does community mean for Paganism and other minority religions? What purpose does it serve? Today for Watery Wednesday we take a look at some of the central pillars of community, from public gatherings to social services. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

For those of us who are in the military, chaplaincy can be a valuable service. With that in mind Cherry Hill Seminary is now offering a program for training Pagan military chaplains to be. If you're interested or know someone who would be, check it out!

Looking forward to the coming Midsummer? Then now might be a great time to brew a midsummer mead. This primer from About Religion should get you started, after which you can check out one of the recipes they've linked to.

Music plays an important role in communal bonding for many cultures and Cuba is no different. This column from The Wild Hunt takes a look at the role of drumming in Cuban traditional healing and the spiritual-religious practice of Lukumí.

Sharing knowledge is one important function of community. It's for this purpose that several Pagans have put together the Many Gods West "lore share workshop," which features voices such as Anomalous Thracian, Galina Krasskova, and Jason Mankey among those gathered. Check out their program if you're interested.

Speaking of gatherings, have you heard of Falun Gong? Members of the Chinese religious movement, brutally repressed by the Chinese government over the last decade and a half, recently came together in Brooklyn to share their experiences and raise awareness about their struggle.

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