Tag: Paganism

A priest at Pendle Witch Camp

You can learn a lot from pagans, Mark Townsend suggests: “I’m actually a priest of the Church of England – but with a difference. Though I’m still in “holy orders”, I now work full time as a magician, writer and retreat leader. I’ve been described as a “priest at the edge”. My latest book, The Path of the Blue Raven, describes my own encounters with the Pagan traditions of this land and what great treasures I’ve learned from them.” “I’ll always be a priest. It’s where it all began, and the beauty of the unpolluted Christ-message is still enough to send shock waves of love rippling down my spine. But when I spend time with pagans and absorb the openness, warmth, magical-power and sheer delight in being human, I catch a glimpse of what the church ought to, and (perhaps) could be like.” See also: Neo-Paganism: Is Dialogue Possible?

Pagan altar found at Israel construction site

Pagan altar Israel on Thursday announced the discovery of a 2,000-year-old pagan altar at the site where plans for a new hospital wing have come under fire from ultra-Orthodox Jews who fear bones found there may be of Jews.

It was discovered as the IAA was overseeing development of a hospital wing designed to withstand rockets fired from the nearby Gaza Strip by Palestinian militants.

Some Pennsylvania shops close doors to Pagan festival

Paganism ADAMSTOWN, Pa. — In the rolling hills of deeply religious rural Pennsylvania sits Stoudtburg Village, a tiny hamlet modeled on a German town. On weekends, tourists come here to visit shops on the ground floors of closely set three-story houses painted bright colors on pedestrian-only streets.

But this weekend, plans for a nature-worshipping group of modern pagans and witches to hold a festival in this picturesque section of Adamstown are getting a mixed reception, with some shop owners welcoming the visitors but others saying they plan to close.

Religion News Roundup: Dahn Yoga, Virgin Mary as an exorcist, yoga retreats, pagan cops

Religion News Today’s RNB Religion News Roundup includes pagan police officers, and offensive garden gnome, and the Virgin Mary as an exorcist.

Then there are ‘White Sikhs,’ Freemasons, and a Muslim wannabe suicide bomber.

Also: a look a expensive yoga retreats, and a study that shows the downsides of positive thinking.

Plus lots of other religion and ethics-related stuff…

Researcher presents thesis on tiny pagan movement in Israel

Paganism in Israel Like many other soldiers who took part in the Gaza operation, Omer, 20, occasionally took a few moments to pray, but he did not pray to the Lord of Israel.

Omer considers himself pagan, and has sworn allegiance to three ancient gods. During combat, he says they appeared before him, giving him strength during the most arduous moments.

The soldier is part of a tiny community of pagans that has developed in Israel