or Connect
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Mom › Talk Amongst Ourselves › Spirituality › Christians with Pagan leanings
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Christians with Pagan leanings

post #1 of 165
Thread Starter 
I know you're out there!

I'm talking about Christians who also follow and celebrate the cycles of nature, who do meditations, who follow the cycles of the moon and the universe as a whole, etc etc etc. And also of course those Christians who would like to encompass more of that in their lives.

I'd love to meet y'all!

post #2 of 165
me me me!! i am trying to encompass more of that in my life--in fact i am wondering *how* to follow the moon...is there a nifty little moon cycle book or something? i am curious to hear what others say. I have set up a little altar on my dresser so that's a step.
post #3 of 165
I follow a liturgical calendar....it leads one through the seasons. Delightful!
post #4 of 165
I am a Christian and most often nature is my place of worship (where I really feel God). I do have a regular church too. I encompass both Christianity and many Cherokee religious principles into my spirituality as well as Yoga philosophies.
post #5 of 165
Hi ladies! I haven't been on MDC in a long time, but I recognize some of you from previous threads along similar lines! It's always such a comfort to me to visit here and be reminded that I'm not alone in my journey. So, yes, I'm in, and would love to hear about what you all are doing to honor this season of drawing inward and sharing that with your children. I need some inspiration, as I'm coming out of a very difficult time. :
post #6 of 165
Maggie, you know I'm in!
post #7 of 165
Thread Starter 
Yay! (and yay Jenne!)

So how do you all incorporate nature into your spiritual practices? How do you celebrate the seasons?

Jenne~ have you read this? I love it! (It's a PDF)
post #8 of 165
We are homesteading and homeschooling in the Waldorf tradition, so this helps us quite a bit. We are always taking nature walks and taking notice of the changes, sounds, etc... We also try to pay attention to the subtle clues that nature gives us. Sorry... more later... gotta go.
post #9 of 165
Maggie, thanks so much for sharing that article with me. I'm adding it to my favorites.

On the topic at hand, though, I have much to learn. One of the things I got this year was a Witches Calendar for 2009 which I've enjoyed reading the descriptions for each month.

This next year, I'm going to start celebrating the Equinoxes and Solstices. I think I may try to take the family on walks during full moons each month too. We recently got a telescope and a DVD series on astronomy. I really enjoyed the series but we haven't taken many opportunities for stargazing, and sadly its the wet season in the Northwest so there won't be many clear nights for a few months.

Chunka is pretty lucky because his life is heavily influenced three months of the year by the tidal cycles because of my husband's research. I love being able to expose him to those concepts and involve him in the observation of that phenomenon.

I have much to learn on this topic, so I'd love for others to share their knowledge!

Another thing I just thought of are hymns that celebrate and reverence the seasons and earth:

How Great Thou Art
For the Beauty of the Earth
I Know Heavenly Father Loves Me (in the LDS Primary Songbook)
All Things Bright and Beautiful
All Through the Night
The Holly and the Ivy

Can anyone add to this list?

And another thing, I am interested in is studying the ways that Christianity adopted pagan practices over time and how they have been woven together to become the traditions we are familiar with today.

On that topic, how are those here planning to celebrate Halloween this year? Anyone going to observe Dia de los Muertos?

My favorite Halloween event is the Irish ceili my Irish Dance company puts on. Last year, my little boy was dressed up as a Druid and he ended up in the ceili circle with everyone dancing around him. So cool.
post #10 of 165
I am from a verrrrry christian background, and now have completely stripped off all titles, so Christian Pagan doesn't even really fit. BUT- I mostly follow a pagan path, influenced by the christian teachings that still resonate with me, mixed up with a deepening yoga practice.

So yeah, I could hang with you all. :-)

My biggest thing is the Wheel of the Year, and kitchen witchery. I find a very deep connection with divinity by following the natural worlds rhythms and through seasonal foods/herbal medicines etc.
post #11 of 165
Subbing. Not time to write a lot now.

My spirituality includes Catholicism that my husband's family introduced me to, praying the the rosary as a personal practice, and Catholic school for my children, the very liberally Christian United Church (a bit like UU) that I grew up in, and a love of the Psalms that my Mormon-born, Baptist-by-choice grandma introduced me to.

Right now, I am totally touched by a woman in my church who contacted me saying that the Holy Spirit moved her to offer to sponsor my dd for confirmation meetings (her Godparents are not living near us and we didn't realize she needed a sponsor for the meetings this year, so it would have had to be delayed for a year). I've bumped into this lady here and there - she's active in the church, and our dds used to play together -- and I am happy that my dd has found her as a spiritual mentor through this process of becoming a full member of the church.

I made the commitment when I got married to raise my children Catholic, and even though my own beliefs are all over the place (which I am honest about with my children), I am very comfortable with following through on the pledge. What our children choose to do or believe as adults will be up to them. It doesn't hurt that a lot of the beliefs and practices of Catholicism seem very pagan to me, at least compared with what I experienced growing up of the rather intellectual Christianity of the United Church and the rather literal Christianity of the Baptist church!

I also read a lot about paganism, follow the cycle of the moon as a spiritual practice, do a Treasure Map every year, love kitchen witchery, have a growing interest in astrology and what some pagans might call "greenwitchery" or earth magic, and thoroughly enjoy the pagan threads here, including the tapping camp right now.

I have decided not to worry about or apologize for who I am, and just to think of myself as spiritually eclectic with interests and practices that cluster around Christianity and Paganism. I guess I'm fortunate to have no one in my life who is likely to judge me negatively or cut me off for not having the religiously correct views of either Christian or Pagan beliefs.

Quote:
Originally Posted by jenneology View Post

On that topic, how are those here planning to celebrate Halloween this year? Anyone going to observe Dia de los Muertos?
Wanted to recommend a couple of children's books on the Day of the Dead that were important to our commemoration of it last year

Clatter Bash

Ghost Wings

We also made these books part of a homeschool-for-preschool unit study of Mexico. A lovely warm thing to do in a cold Northern November! I think we'll revisit a lot of this this year.
post #12 of 165
Thread Starter 
Jenne I have found myself singing How Great Thou Art while outdoors with my kids recently. For the Beauty Of the Earth is one of my favorite hymns. Oddly enough O My Father is another one I am drawn to in this way. Maybe because it mentions our Mother in Heaven?

We want to celebrate the solcitices and equionoxes this oncoming year as well.

One thing I am drawn to as well to live in the seasons is eating seasonally and being more aware of the chaning earth through what we are eating as well. I cannot recommend the book Full Moon Feasts enough! I love the fall because I make apple pancakes, apple pies, apple cookies, apple granola, baked apples, etc etc. Can you tell I love apples? This year I can't wait to try my hand at gingerbread.

I am also drawn to the seasons and kitchen witchery. I also very much love mantras and writen out prayers to recite. I few them as gifts from my heart like singing a hymn.
post #13 of 165
Quote:
Originally Posted by jenneology View Post
Another thing I just thought of are hymns that celebrate and reverence the seasons and earth:

How Great Thou Art
For the Beauty of the Earth
I Know Heavenly Father Loves Me (in the LDS Primary Songbook)
All Things Bright and Beautiful
All Through the Night
The Holly and the Ivy

Can anyone add to this list?
All Creatures of Our God and King (based on St Francis' "Canticle of the Creatures") is one of my all time favorites.


I should have guessed it was you that started this thread maggie, I just saw the title in 'new posts' and clicked.
My DH jokes that I'm a "pagan mormon" cuz I like so many of the earthy things. I just got henna on my big 37wk belly this morning, and I incorporated the spiral and sunburst patterns which I know are significant symbols in several ancient cultures.
I guess I just figure that nobody has a monopoly on truth--truth is found in many places, and even though I do believe in Christ as the ultimate source of all truth, I think that truth trickles down through many things and in many ways. So I don't look at the source of an idea so much as I consider how it feels--if it feels true then I believe it's true.
I teach my kids that we should respect all the things and creatures on Earth, because we are all God's creations. Obviously as a Christian I believe that people are made in the image of God whereas the animals are not, BUT I still believe that we have an obligation to respect and honor the animals and trees and that when we use them (to eat/build/etc) we should give thanks for them--even to them--and then only take/use what we need, not be wasteful, etc.
I very much want to observe the solstices and equinoxes--have for several years--but I have never been totally sure what to do. Especially because I don't have my DH or any local friends who are really on board with traditional celebrations of those things... So last year for winter solstice we did a soup potluck--a chance for gathering and fellowship and sharing warmth--and that went over ok. The year before that my mom and I tried to pull off a solstice spiral a la waldorf and the family went with it but I think they all thought we were weird
post #14 of 165
Quote:
Originally Posted by Millie Ivy View Post
I am from a verrrrry christian background, and now have completely stripped off all titles, so Christian Pagan doesn't even really fit. BUT- I mostly follow a pagan path, influenced by the christian teachings that still resonate with me, mixed up with a deepening yoga practice.

So yeah, I could hang with you all. :-)

My biggest thing is the Wheel of the Year, and kitchen witchery. I find a very deep connection with divinity by following the natural worlds rhythms and through seasonal foods/herbal medicines etc.
Wow! You have just described very closely what I have been for the last couple years. Thank you for summing that up for me, I have been so confused lately that I just figured I was a spiritual misfit.
post #15 of 165
I would say that I'm a Pagan Christian. I celebrate the equinoxes and solstices; I read the Bible. My biggest spiritual influences are Starhawk and Marcus Borg. My parents raised me Christian. I spent time as a Pagan, but I really struggled with the issue of cultural appropriation, which led me back to my childhood faith. I haven't found a good religious community for us. (We cannot find a theologically liberal place of worship that also family-integrated.)
post #16 of 165
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~Boudicca~ View Post
Wow! You have just described very closely what I have been for the last couple years. Thank you for summing that up for me, I have been so confused lately that I just figured I was a spiritual misfit.
Well, you just helped me! Spiritual Misfit- a title I can get behind.

I am glad I made you feel less alone. It's been a long and winding path (obviously one I am still on) but I finally got to the point where I can honestly say "I don't know. I believe what I believe, I don't what I don't- and I am ok with it"

So hugs to you and anyone else who feel like they don't belong anywhere, there is a HUGE amount of people from all walks who feel the same.
post #17 of 165
Me! I attend a Prebyterian church and consider myself Christian(although some would not!), and began following and celebrating points along the wheel of the year and moon cycles shortly after my children were born.
post #18 of 165
Quote:
Originally Posted by boigrrrlwonder View Post
I would say that I'm a Pagan Christian. I celebrate the equinoxes and solstices; I read the Bible. My biggest spiritual influences are Starhawk and Marcus Borg. My parents raised me Christian. I spent time as a Pagan, but I really struggled with the issue of cultural appropriation, which led me back to my childhood faith. I haven't found a good religious community for us. (We cannot find a theologically liberal place of worship that also family-integrated.)
OT: but have you visited either a Baha'i or Unitarian congregation near you? They are generally both of those.

Can you also describe what you mean by cultural appropriation? I'm interested.
post #19 of 165
We celebrated Samhain at our house! It would have been more complete with a bonfire, though. Maybe next year. I can't really explain why but celebrating Samhain as the New Year makes more sense to me than January. It really does feel like a year ends as fall turns to winter.
post #20 of 165
Haning out here around the 34th parallel, I'm still anxiously waiting for fall to stick around. We had about a week of fall weather, but now it's back up in the 80s. My tomato plants are even starting to bloom again.

I too have been leaning toward pagan ways and finding ways to celebrate nature. The more I start to research, the more I believe that the Bible is VERY humanly male biased and full of predudices, that are not necessarily "God's Word", but teachings of arrogant men (albiet with good intentions), with thier own agendas.

Does anyone have any book suggestions on where to start? There are lots of books out there, but I'm not sure how to weed through them and find relevant information.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Spirituality
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Mom › Talk Amongst Ourselves › Spirituality › Christians with Pagan leanings