I’m making a brief comeback to this blog from my new Willow Loves Thexlogy!, mostly because the topic I am about to discuss quite does not fit into the purpose of WLT, nor its standard of scholarship. This is mostly my own reflections on my own experiences, offered here as a cautious tale. If you want to dismiss it outright, that’s okay. As you may … Continue reading Not all spirituality is good. Beware of demonic influences.
If you’ve been following this blog, you are probably familiar with the evolution of my inner life. I’ve been considering a return to ministry of some kind, but I did not have clarity as to how that might look. I wasn’t interested in starting a church. I’ve done it and failed miserably. Church politics is uglier than your standard non-profit organizational politics. In any case, … Continue reading Moving on. Bye for now.
When I began writing this blog (and its predecessor) over two years ago, I did not foresee a scenario in which I had evolved past my obsession with Goddess-worship or so-called “feminine spirituality.” I was deeply invested in this for the last decade, and my interest in a feminist alternative to patriarchal religions began when I was still in high school, back in 1991, despite … Continue reading Reassessing “feminine spirituality”
I was once an adherent of a fringe Goddess-worship sect known as Filianism. It spread mostly through the Internet, and without any centralized organization. For some time, however, I could not deny this feeling that it wasn’t authentic, that everything is made up. A few days ago, I came across an anonymous blog that seems to be attributed to one of the authors of the … Continue reading The Filianic fraud
One of the key attributes of the “developed” world in the modern age is compartmentalization. We tend to separate various aspects of our lives into neat boxes using somewhat arbitrary criteria. We have our “personal lives” and “professional personas.” We put our “personal feelings” apart from what we say in public. Many of us have been taught not to talk about politics or religion in … Continue reading Talking politics and religion: how they inform each other, my story
It’s become fashionable these days among the conservatives in the United States to call their leftist and Democratic opponents as “socialists.” To the FOX News talking heads, Chuck Schumer is a socialist, Elizabeth Warren is a socialist, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the next worst thing that happened after Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro. I’ve spent many years in leftist activism and had lots of contacts … Continue reading On the importance of service and purpose: Something I learned in the last five years
Nowadays, it’s kind of politically correct to say, “I’m spiritual, not religious.” Organized religions have gotten a bad rap, maybe because of sex abuse scandals and perceptions that some churches have too much money. According to the Pew survey in 2017, the number of the “spiritual but not religious” are on the rise, while membership in religious organizations is on the steady decline. But I … Continue reading Why I am “religious, not spiritual”