For paganism there is also www.witchvox.com as sort of the standard, and a great place to meet others.
Within(?) or apart but somewhat similliar to paganism (depending on who you talk to) is Asatru (aka Vanitru, Odinism, Heathenism, Norse Paganism). It is a reconstructionist faith based on the pagan gods of scandanavia. Good resources for it are:
Just to set the stage: I am 51 years old with a 1975 BA in the study of Religion from Princeton University. I lived in a root cellar for seven years without electricity and running water beginning in 1979 when I went "back to the land" with my husband in the hills of West Virginia. We built a more conventional home eventually and my husband went back to public school teaching. Meanwhile, I homeschooled our two sons until they were in Middle School. They're now a Junior and Senior in High School and I am writing a book and substitute teaching, etc.
Being isolated and distraught... back in 1994.....I sought and found....an awesome Medicine Woman who was raised by her Cherokee Grandmother in the hills of southern Appalachia. She has traveled the world, studying and teaching. She is a business woman in Columbus and has lead the founding of a community and retreat center in Ohio called Friendship Village.
My mentor's name is Grandmother Parisha and her website is www.parishaonline.com
Our medicine society is called the Yunsai Society www.yunsaisociety.com
Our community retreat center is Friendship Village in Ohio, about two hours East of Columbus.
A book has been written about her by a Canadian journalist who traveled and studied with her: The Lighted Path by Risha Enrique.
We have been learning the ceremonial cycle of the "Principle People" for many years. We are currently building an "Ancient Historical Village" to demonstrate to tourists that there were/are other ways of life than those they know as "modern." We are particularly interested in demonstrating the art of the Council.
We have various celebrations and events. Two in particular I will mention.....Wind Fire and Earth Celebration in which we teach the Medicine Wheel and do Fire Walks and have other guest speakers and workshops....and every summer, an awesome Sun Ceremony. WE welcome new folks always.
Perhaps also of note: I belong to a Presbyterian Church and consider myself to be a Christian in the manner in which I define the term. When we do the Sun Ceremony, it is for the sake of all peoples, cultures and traditions. It is beautiful and powerful.
taken from The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
check out my children's room in the library: Hampton Bays Public Library Children's Room http://hbaychildroom.blogspot.com/
This one has rituals, including naming ceremonies for baby girls. It's non-denominational and has a feminist orientation--it's sponsored by two womens' groups in New York:
Another site that has been useful for me lately is My Jewish Learning--non-denominational and good for explaining both Jewish concepts and Jewish history:
Divorced mom of one awesome boy born 2-3-2003.
www.lordswords.com Breaks down the Quran in sections that makes it easy to find information based on Creation to Science etc., masha'Allah a good site for new and not so new Muslims
www.science4islam.com Another great site showing how the Qur'an has numerous miracles being proved by science in our generation.
http://english.islamway.com (with a forum where nonmuslim women can come ask questions)
www.islamtomorrow.com (with great audio lectures by an American muslim, Yusuf Estes)
http://islamicparenting.blogspot.com/ (a muslim attachment parenting mama writes her thoughts)
The Thirty-Seven Practices of the Boddhisattvas - oral teaching by Geshe Sonam Rinchen and translated & edited by Ruth Sonam. Great complementary text to the original oral teaching.
Their site mandate is as follows:
"To promote religious tolerance and freedom. To objectively describe religious faiths in all their diversity. To objectively describe controversial topics from all points of view."
"This website is unlike almost all other religious sites:
It promotes religious freedom, and diversity as positive cultural values. "
Ann-Marita. I deleted my usual signature due to, oh, wait, if I say why, that might give too much away.
Contains many thougthful essays by a self-identified progressive Catholic on issues of theology, morality, politics, and spirituality.
Catholic peace movement.
Columns by Sr. Joan Chittister
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
Another good book is a summation of interviews by a Palestinian Arab who is a Professor of Philosophy at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, Isa Ben Adam. The book is called A Refutation of Moral Relativism: Interviews with an Absolutist and the author's name is Peter Kreeft.
BTW, great thread!!
catholic forum site, similar to MDC, only its about all things catholic, and life.
very fun interesting people on there
2 kids. 1 more on the way. Cloth diapers, home birth, and boojuu is how I roll.
is a site that explains the similarities of religions based on their scripture. shows how we all have a common belief.
is a site promoting bhakti yoga. Love of god through devotion, love and attachment. the spiritual Guru connected with the site, travels around the world preaching how to develop your loving relationship with God through spiritual practice. If you ever want to meet an amazing, life changing person, he's the one.
good luck everyone on your spiritual journey
How to start / answer my question sites
http://members.aol.com/RawnaMoon/what.html ***site no longer active. You can find the pages of the site at the NorvicensianSeekers Yahoo group.
Rawana Moon's whole site is full of useful information on how to begin in the Norvicensian Tradition. This is a great site, with a year full of tasks to complete and think about, personal stories, and articles to peruse and think about. It was my personal jumping off site almost 4 years ago.
Christian Mystics - my current favorite site blending the two paths. I tend to have better luck reading books (Christian books, or pagan books, not too many that blend both!) but this one has tons of resources, and also another how-to-start-on-this-path page. A very tasteful, well put together page.
Amazon reading list
Christian Witch -
Christian Druid -
Christian / Non-Orthodox and Searching
Meadowsweet & Myrrh - Catholic Druidic
A Religious Tolerance page on what the bible says on witchcraft
Personal Letters of a Catholic Witch
One persons thoughts on the anti-Christ/Jesus / Anti- Christian Bias of some Pagans (no offense, I promise!)
Mystic Wicks Forum
Disclaimer - I don't agree with everything on every site, but I have visited every site and have drawn something(s) from each of them that has been extremely helpful with my path.
mama to E (01-2007) and wife to C
Unitarians value both spiritual insight and rational enquiry. Some have words like God and Goddess in their vocabulary; others do not. We each explore our place in the universe in different ways - true to our own conscience and experience.
We are each charged with taking individual and collective responsibility for our lives and for our planet. Our sense of connection is demonstrated by our respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person and our environment.
We are called to act with compassion, generosity and integrity in all human relations. You will find Unitarians at the forefront of social action – driven by our commitment to a fair, diverse and sustainable global community.
Our long-standing tradition evolves to remain relevant and vital.
www.cuc.ca Canadian UU's
http://www.uua.org/visitors/index.shtml American UU's
http://www.icuu.net/ International Council of UU's
http://clf.uua.org/ Church of the Larger Fellowship (on-line church)
Unitarian Universalist Family: 06 & 08
Third Way Cafe: http://www.thirdway.com/
Mennonite Church USA: http://www.mennoniteusa.org/
Mennonite Church Canada: http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/
Mennonite Central Committee: http://www.mcc.org/
Mennonite Disaster Service: http://www.mds.mennonite.net/
Peace & Justice Support Network: http://peace.mennolink.org/
To Life! Harold Kushner
(Jewish philosophy - light reading)
Handbook for a Jewish Home and The Jewish Home Advisor Alfred Kolatch
(how-to-guide to home stuff, holidays, etc)
The New Jewish Wedding and The New Jewish Baby BookAnita Diamant
She writes lots of family stuff - great.
To Be a Jew Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin
Choosing a Jewish Life Anita Diamant
Great book for conversion.
The Sabbath, God in Search of Man, Man is Not Alone Abraham Joshua Heschel
Some of the best Jewish philosophical writing EVER.
Why the Jews Rejected Jesus David Klinghoffer
The Jewish Book of Why Alfred J. Kolatch
Musings on the "tough questions" in life.
Everyday Holiness and Climbing Jacob's LadderAlan Morinis
Jewish meditation and spiritual betterment practice.
The Jewish Woman's Prayer Book Aliza Lavie
Beautiful prayers for women's lifecycle events.
There Shall Be No Needy Rabbi Jill Jacobs
Jewish Social Justice
Yeeesh, can you tell I'm a bibliophile?
Sara , Keith , Toby 6/08, Nomi 4/10, Mona 1/12
Mama of three, lover, student rabbi, spoonie, friend, musician, narcoleptic, space muffin, pretty much a dragon. Crunchy like matzoh.
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