Geordon

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About Geordon

  • Rank
    Iconoclast, apologist
  • Birthday 04/14/1973

Helpful Information

  • Title, Name/Nickname
    Brother Shoshin
  • Gender
    Male
  • Marital Status
    Married
  • Location
    Northern Illinois

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  • MBTI
    INTP-A/-T
  • Interests
    Zombies, space opera, Buddhist teachings, emergency and disaster preparation. I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and information.
  • Pets / Animals
    One dog, Oni
  • Grateful For
    My loving wife and family
  • Your Motto
    Sentient beings are boundless: I vow to liberate them.
  • Doctrine /Affiliation
    Buddhist, Druid (OBOD), Devotee of Hekate

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  • Occupation
    EMS Dispatch
  • Website URL
    http://betwixt-the-trees.us

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  1. I hope that your vacation was fulfilling, and look forward to your further questions.
  2. The thing is that Wiccans are the most widely publicized sect of the Pagan multiverse, and therefore are assumed by many to be Paganism as a whole. Nothing could be farther from the truth, despite the fact that many Pagans (myself included) got a start BECAUSE of Wicca. Simply because it is more available than other varieties of Paganism. Also, there is a big difference between "pagan" (little P) and "Pagan" (big P) that is often ignored. Just the same as witchcraft and Witch are not interchangeable. Both of the first terms (little letters) are more of a "what one does" rather
  3. A lot of that has to do with the fact that Paganism generally looks down on proselytizing. Many of us see that as trying to push one variety of religion on someone who doesn't necessarily want or need it. That's not to say that there aren't paid classes, etc that are not valuable, because I know that there are some that are very good. Those tend to be specialized for a particular topic or audience. There has been a big debate for YEARS over whether it is "ethical" to charge for teaching in the Pagan community. Personally, I think there is a LOT of reason to charge for exchange
  4. This also falls into the "Talking to Pagans is like herding cats" category. There are so very many different kinds and paths of Pagans, that almost the only universal truth is that no two Pagans are alike. I don't know of any Dutch resources, unfortunately, but you might be able to find something useful at the CUUPS main website: http://www.cuups.org or the CUUPS main Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CUUPS/ As Johnathan said, the best way to learn about Paganism is to roll up your sleeves and start DOING. Most Pagans that I know are more interest
  5. Patheos Pagan has some really great authors. Some are more hard-line, some are very Universalist, but all of the ones that I've come across are all typically higher quality. Random pagan websites are a mish-mash. Some utter rubbish, some fantastic, and the vast majority somewhere in between. I invite you to to look up our CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans) group on the Book of Faces here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whiteoakgrovecuups/ We're a conglomeration of a LOT of different Pagan paths, and while there are only a few of us who post regularly, there are
  6. We could use more Pagan voices in the broader social discourse, too, just like any minority. Unlike many other social minorities, Pagans have countless subtle variations and sub-groups, and there is no single defining characteristic. Moreover, there is no single, central body or authority. Even the Abrahamic faiths that we skirted above have a common basis to draw from, regardless of the fact that they are all three have vast differences in expression, to the tune of fundamentalists of each stripe calling for war with at least one of the others. (cf. The Crusades, the Global Jihad, and the J
  7. When you consider that there is actually no central authority of Paganism, like there is with Judaism, Islam, and Christianity (all go back to Abraham, where most of the core doctrine comes from), it's not surprising at all. Rather, it's surprising that we can come together as well as we can at all! Lol You'd be surprised to learn how many contemporary military personnel are some variety of Pagan. The Evangelicals who have ben running the Chaplains' Corps for years have been fighting a losing battle against recognition of non-monotheists for decades. As for shaking thi
  8. I've been absent for a while, due to both personal and reasons associated with the board. I did some digging the other night and I see that at some of the significant issues that I had with the board have been addressed to some extent. I'm back to give it another whirl. Believe it or not, both the Department of Defense (The U.S. Army Chaplains Guide to Wicca, Department of Defense adds Heathen and Pagan religions to recognized faith groups)and Veteran's Administration have been making inroads for the acceptance of various inclusions of Paganism from an official perspect
  9. Ok, that was quick. First, let me say that I define myself as follows: I am a Buddhist, a Druid, and a Devotee of Hekate. I would classify myself as a devotional hard polytheist, as I perform rites to Hekate and I view the many gods as separate individuals, discrete in and of themselves, rather than as different aspects of some amorphous universal Divine. Now, I originally took my ordination through ULC with the expectation that I would be available for my Pagan community in general. Most Pagans don't think that they need formal clergy since they mostly do things for and by t
  10. Speaking as a Pagan voice, I got tired of being ridden down and incessantly argued with by a handful of specific individuals on this board. The administration has gone absent, and one of the people who was (is?) one of the largest problems *is* the only active admin. When I addressed the issue with Andre directly, he basically washed his hands of it and said that if the forum was too much of a problem, he'd just kill it off. Now, that being said, let me read the article in question. Brb.
  11. Doctrinally, I don't think it is a change of course, but I would agree that it's a very welcome change of emphasis.

  12. Lighthearted my ass. That was a personal attack an you know it.
  13. That's why it's called "faith" rather than "fact."
  14. Got it in one! That was one of my favorite of his movies and characters. The movie was called "Bicentenial Man"