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  • Should Paganism Become More Organized?

    17 posts, 5 voices, 485 views, started May 4, 2009

    Posted on Monday, May 4, 2009

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      The following link is to another interesting article at Witchvox. The author gives his argument for keeping Paganism as an Unorganized religion. I tend to agree with him, but can understand both arguments.

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          UK Girl wrote May 4, 2009
        • Bernadette as a born and bred Catholic - I read a lot of the post on here and I had no idea about Paganism - but reading your links and blogs has opned my eyes ..

          I suppose if it was organised then people would be more open minded - just my thoughts honey



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          UK Girl wrote May 4, 2009
        • Bernadette - just a question - you can tel me to bugger off but what drew you to Paganism - I’ve noticed from your posts you lead a very natural lifestyle and have a holistic embrace on food and health etc; so which came first as I do see you as a mother nature type - hope thats okay ?



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          Mjmurphy wrote May 4, 2009
        • I too can see both sides of this MB, but this author I think goes too far to make some of his points. To me, organized religion is mostly established to create community among those that are like minded. The building used is a sancutary, a sacred space for the community. The minister or priest is there to lead the group. He makes it sound like it only has to do with money. I am also thinking how many who are part of alternative religions end up becoming members of the UU church in order to get this sense of community because they have no where else to go. I am with Vicki on this, I do think it would give creditability and acceptance if pagans were more organized.



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          Mjmurphy wrote May 4, 2009
        • PS thank you for the post and your most well written thoughts and information. it is always a pleasure to read your posts!

          do you write for any magazines? if not, someone should definitely be paying you for your knowledge and writing skills!  

          I know you are working on a book, how is that coming along? I am thinking it was fantasy, perhaps you should also start a non fiction one. we must get you paid for this girl!!



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          Mjmurphy wrote May 4, 2009
        • You wrote: It felt Divine and made me feel joyous. It was nature and me and everything all at once. It was a definite, positive, ancient presence.

          I have felt this too and I was just sitting here trying to remember if I had felt it anywhere but in nature, and I don’t think I have either. maybe this is why I love to garden so much. and get me in some woods and I don’t ever want to leave even though I have severe allergies to poison oak and sumac. maybe this is why I love the ents in Tolkien’s books, I just love trees they are so wonderful!



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          Mjmurphy wrote May 4, 2009
        • yeah, consensus sounds so good but you still must have a leader! I know that that all comes from mistrust of what a leader may do with their power. I’m for just making sure you have chosen well, keeping them accountable, and if not to replace



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          Mjmurphy wrote May 4, 2009
        • I think your first magazine is a good first step for your portfolio, even if it’s an exchange. My friend is a journalist and she would do clippings of all her stuff and take book with her on interviews. I was wondering about those blog sites too, I found a couple the other day and wondered if they were for real or not. I’m kinda thinking aloud here and going to throw out some other ideas...I also have a friend that does book reviews for 3 papers in the area. I think he gets paid $50 - $100 for each review on big city papers, Wichita, Topeka and/or another large city here. He also does it for local Manhattan paper, but all they give him is the book for free and/or maybe $20. So what he does is write the first review for them and then he also sells it to the other ones. I also know that Stephen King got his start with magazines, was it sci fi and detective, something like that. I know that all writers say to just keep sending them in. If one place doesn’t like it then send it to another. Keep trying girl!!



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          Mjmurphy wrote May 4, 2009
        • Another thought, how about writing a column for a regular newspaper?..just go ahead and write it the way you would like to and take it to newspapers and try to sell the idea that you would be a great addition to their paper!!



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          Mjmurphy wrote May 5, 2009
        • I just love the Grandmother and Grandfather trees!! I have two big cedar trees in the back yard of the house I’m moving to, I’m going to name them same and tell my grandchildren. You have started a tradition for them here tonight staying up so late! Needing it, I know it is partly from the economy’s toll on your family but when you say the yard needs it, it reminds me of the Findhorn Garden. Love that book!

          I will quit yaking now and let you get some rest, so nice talking with you!



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