PMP: Crystal Blanton & Shades of Faith

Crystal Blanton returns to Pagan-Musings to talk about her new anthology Shades of Ritual. Crystal last visited with KaliSara and RevKess in 2011 to talk about her anthology Pain and Faith in the Wiccan World (please note, RevKess misspoke as to when Crystal was first/last on the show). Both this new anthology and her earlier edited work Shades of Faith share essays and personal experiences from several Pagans of color. In late 2014 or early 2015 another anthology will be released that talks about race issues from several Pagan perspectives, Bringing Race to the Table. Crystal will be visiting with the hosts again for that release, perhaps with her co-editors.

In a first for PMPChannel, five of the contributors to the anthology, including Crystal herself, joined in the conversation. In this special three hour edition of Pagan-Musings you will hear from these contributors about being a  Pagan of color. You will also hear the white folks on the show, RevKess and KaliSara, ask questions in an attempt to get a better understanding of what it might be like to be a person of color in the Pagan world.

The Guests (and when possible, links to their websites)

Crystal Blanton is an activist, writer, priestess, mother, wife, and social worker.  She is a advocate for true diversity and multiculturalism within the Pagan community.  Crystal is the author of Bridging the Gap and Pain and Faith in a Wiccan World, and the editor of Shades of Faith: Minority Voices in Paganism and Shades of Ritual; Minorities Voices in Practice. She also writes for The Wild Hunt, Sage Woman, and Daughters of Eve, a community blog on Patheos.com.  A frequent speaker at Pagan conferences and festivals, and in her professional life, she serves disenfranchised youth in Oakland, California, while studying for a master’s degree in social work at a California State University.

Luna Pantera is a native San Franciscan and mother of an amazing 24 year old. She is an out of the Broom Closet Witch, professional tarot reader, Navigator at the Cross Roads, Master Reiki Practitioner, and body worker specializing on adult survivors of sexual assault. She currently works at the Mystic Dream in Walnut Creek, CA. She is the founder of Theatre of the Ancestors. She is a feature author in the anthology, “Shades of Faith; Minority Voices in Paganism,” and is currently working on her forthcoming trilogy, “Both Sides Now.” She co-facilitates retreats up to Mount Shasta.

BlackWitch: Olivia Haynes writes Black Witch, a blog centered on the intersection of being Black and Pagan. She also currently resides in her hometown of Baltimore City, MD.

Clio Ajana is a high priestess, Hellenic Alexandrian tradition and Director of Education, E.O.C.T.O. She is deeply passionate about numerology, astrology, and writing as a spiritual practice. A writer for Daughters of Eve, her current projects include a work on the individual’s quest for a spiritual home, a second work on the intersection of racism, homophobia, and religious non-acceptance in modern society.and an exploration of eldercare in Paganism.

Szmeralda Shanel MA is a visual, ritual and performance artist. She is an initiate in the Anderson Feri/Faery tradition, a  founding member of CAYA coven and an ordained priestess of Isis/Auset with the Fellowship of Isis and the Temple of Isis. Szmeralda is the founder of The Iseum of Black Isis, an iseum dedicated to Goddess Spirituality and Sacred Arts. She currently lives in Chicago, IL and works as a teaching artist, expressive arts therapist/facilitator, and tarot reader.

Alisa Kuumba Zuwena (passed away before the book went to press), Crystal read an exert from Alisa’s contribution so that her “voice” could be heard during this broadcast.

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by, Peggy McIntosh was cited as a resource by all five guests.

MUSIC

  1. Big Bad Gina – Freedom Connection – Lake of Dreams
  2. Queen Mother Imakhu – Sacred Mother (Anuk Mwt) – Water Woman
  3. Spiral Dance – Raven’s Lore – Magick
  4. Omnia – I Don’t Speak Human – Musick & Poetree
  5. Frenchy and the Punk – Batgirl – Bonjour Batfrog

MP: African Sounds & Healing Journey

At long last, RevKess has brought back Musica Pagani. As listeners of PMPChannel well know, MP is somewhat infrequent, but RevKess does have a crazy schedule. He’s going to try his best to bring Musica Pagani to the listeners on a more regular basis.

In this 20th edition of the rebooted Musica Pagani, RevKess brought you just over an hour’s worth of new age and Pagan music. Much of it new to the channel, some a little more familiar. Check the playlist below and follow the links to learn more about the musicians.

Playlist

  1. Akasa – Paradise Reborn – Portal
  2. Peter Kater & R. Carlos Nakai – Space Within – Ritual
  3. Ricky Kej – Pieces of Heaven – Shanti Orchestra
  4. Hennie Bekker – Cry of the Wilderness – Temba
  5. Wouter Kellerman – Mama Tembu – Mzansi
  6. Wendy Rule – Let the Wind Blow – Black Snake
  7. Bone Poets Orchestra – Illumination/Secret of the Rain – Atheist Anthems
  8. Kellee Maize – Healing Tones – Integration
  9. Lis Addison – Solar Winds – The Song of the Tree
  10. Akasa – Hero’s Journey – Portal

To hear more new age and Pagan music on a weekly basis, tune into Murphy’s Magic Mess on KZUM-Lincoln/KZUM-HD, Sundays at 9am Central.

PWN S4E8: Pagan Pride Day Season, news and more

Pagan Weekly News, week of 24 July 2014

The Pagan Weekly News is, as the name implies, a weekly news program from a Pagan perspective. Over the years the show has moved around a lot on the weekly calendar, but RevKess and Zaracon strive to bring the listener the news in a timely manner. At its current day of the week, PWN is trying to settle into a new routine. The time of the live broadcast may continue to fluctuate, but for now it will be on Thursdays.

Just in time for Throw-Back Thursdays, KaliSara has been posting links to past episodes of programming on the Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel. You can follow those listings through our Facebook page of the channel or by following RevKess on Twitter. This week’s TBT episode is Herbs and Some of Their Uses from 6 February 2010. Might be time to revisit the topic.

Pagan Pride Day season is about to start. It officially runs from August 1 through October 31st. With events all around the country, some states having more than one event, and reaching across the globe, PPD is quickly becoming one of the largest and most popular Pagan outreach celebrations. One of the largest PPD events in the world is held the first Sunday of August every year since 2009. the UK’s PPD is in Central Nottingham with over 1500 Pagans attending and more coming every year. With any luck maybe one or more of the PMPChannel hosts can make it to one of their local PPD events.

Links to topics covered

Links to stories not covered, but of interest

  • George Takei talks frankly, with some humor, about his experience in the Japanese-American internment camps during WWII.
  • Conflicts in the Middle East are putting priceless archaeological treasures at risk, including a recently discovered mythic temple of Musasir.

MUSIC

featuring brand new music from Frenchy and the Punk

  1. PWN intro courtesy Aetopus
  2. Frenchy and the Punk – Don’t Fear the Rabbit – Bonjour Batfrog
  3. SJ Tucker – The Great Velocipede Migration – Wonders
  4. Celia – Red Alabaster & Blue – Red Alabaster & Blue
  5. Celia – Metta Prayer – For the Asking
  6. Frenchy and the Punk – La Vie de Boheme – Bonjour Batfrog
  7. Wendy Rule – Deity – Deity
  8. Cernunnos Rising – Wise Old Yew – Urban Druid
  9. Lis Addison – My Big Community – Grace of the Green Leaf

Frenchy and the Punk will be in Omaha on 31 July 2014, Thursday. They will be performing at the Barley Street Tavern with Anonymous Henchman.

SJ Tucker and Betsy Tinney will be in Lincoln on 19 August 2014, Tuesday. They will be performing at the historic Ferguson House, a concert sponsored by KZUM and the Wayward Concert Series through the Unitarian Church of Lincoln.

MMM: A Weird Mess

This week on Murphy’s Magic Mess the Mama Dragon and her minions decided to take a walk on the Weird Side with their music. Starting with Walkin’ in the Woods by Elvendrums they took a path of oddness that hopefully entertained the listeners.

A special note about the third track, Madiba by Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman: 18 July was the birthday of the late Nelson Mandela, an inspiration to his people in South Africa and indeed to the world as a whole. Madiba was the name given to him by his people, it means Father. This track comes from the CD Winds of Samsara. Samsara is from the Sanskrit for “cycle of life” or “reincarnation”.

As a tribute to the late James Garner, actor, we played the full TV theme from The Rockford Files.

MUSIC

  1. Wytches’ Chant ’98 – Inkubus Sukkubus – Away with the Faeries
  2. Suryaya Swaha – Nadaka & Gopika – Surya
  3. Madiba – Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman – Winds of Samsara
  4. The Dreamer – Peter Calandra – Inner Circle
  5. Tomorrow Starts Here – Steven Vitali – Language of the Soul
  6. Bach/Basie/Bird Boogie Blues Bop – Lisa Hilton – Kaleidoscope
  7. The Goddess of Letting Go – Mama Gina – Goddess Kiss’d
  8. Song of the Witches – SJ Tucker and Alexander James Adams – Wonders
  9. Walkin’ in the Woods – Elvendrums – the Dragon
  10. Purple People Eater – Austin Lounge Lizards -
  11. Fairy Story – Brobdingnagian Bards – A Faire to Remember
  12. Penguin Lust – Annwn – the Lovers Enchained
  13. Illuminati Polka – Tom Smith – They say I’ve got talent
  14. The Rockford Files – Mike Post -
  15. The Truth about Ninjas – SJ Tucker – Mischief
  16. Never Split the Party – Emerald Rose -
  17. The PSG Song – Mama Gina – Goddess Kiss’d
  18. Wine, Wine, Wine – Cynthia McQuillan – Witches’ Dance
  19. Absolutely Bonkers – Three Weird Sisters – Rite the First time
  20. Grodno in the Moonlight – Those Darn Accordions – Squeeze This
  21. Over Flowin’ Cat Box Blues – Cynthia McQuillan – Bedlam Cats
  22. Butch Witch – Big Bad Gina – Lake of Dreams
  23. My Karma Broke Down – Three Weird Sisters -
  24. Flying Saucer Polka – Brave Combo – Polkas for a Gloomy World
  25. The Battle of New Orleans – Coyote Run – Coyote Run Pleads the Fifth
  26. Angus McDonald -
  27. Wolf Creek Pass – CW McCall – Best of

Selections Playlist (podcast)

 

  1. Suryaya Swaha – Nadaka & Gopika – Surya
  2. Madiba – Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman – Winds of Samsara
  3. The Dreamer – Peter Calandra – Inner Circle
  4. Tomorrow Starts Here – Steven Vitali – Language of the Soul
  5. Bach/Basie/Bird Boogie Blues Bop - Lisa Hilton – Kaleidoscope
  6. The Goddess of Letting Go – Mama Gina – Goddess Kiss’d
  7. Song of the Witches – SJ Tucker and Alexander James Adams – Wonders
  8. Walkin’ in the Woods – Elvendrums – the Dragon
  9. Fairy Story – Brobdingnagian Bards – A Faire to Remember
  10. Penguin Lust – Annwn – the Lovers Enchained
  11. Illuminati Polka – Tom Smith – They say I’ve got talent
  12. The Rockford Files – Mike Post – (in honor of the passing of James Garner)
  13. The Truth about Ninjas – SJ Tucker – Mischief
  14. Never Split the Party – Emerald Rose – Con Suite
  15. The PSG Song – Mama Gina – Goddess Kiss’d
  16. Butch Witch – Big Bad Gina – Lake of Dreams

Murphy’s Magic Mess airs live every Sunday at 9am Central on KZUM-Lincoln/KZUM-HD (89.3FM in Lincoln, NE). You can find the Mess on Facebook.

PMP: Why we do what we do

It has been five years since RevKess dragged KaliSara online to do the first episode of Pagan-Musings. Hard to believe it has been that long! And yes, RevKess had to “drag” KaliSara. He was unemployed and going stir crazy, trying to find something to fill his time while waiting for potential employers to get back with him. So he asked her, “Wanna sit in on my first podcast? I don’t know what I am doing, but it could be a lot of fun!” Five years later and they’ve hardly missed a week (those that have been missed have been due to technical difficulties).

Both hosts enjoy doing the show. They enjoy the music and meeting them musicians. They enjoy the books and talking with the authors. They enjoy sharing news and information with their listeners. On a deeper level, RevKess feels that the show, indeed almost everything he does with PMPChannel, is part of a calling that he has to teach. For KaliSara she feels that she has something to share with others, with the hopes that what she shares will be of benefit to others.

Along the way both hosts shared some of their favorite topics and guests. As you can see from the list below, PMPChannel plays host to other shows, some of them as one-off’s, some as series. PMPChannel plays home to the podcast version of Murphy’s Magic Mess and Lavender Hill from KZUM.

MUSIC

  1. Cernunnos Rising - The Witches Tree – Urban Druid
  2. Leigh Ann Hussey – Greenmantle – Homebrew
  3. Damh the Bard – Raggle Taggle Gypsies – Herne’s Apprentice
  4. SJ Tucker – Cheshire Kitten – Mischief
  5. Celia – Everyday Goddess – Breathe
  6. Lon Milo DuQuette – Sweet Babalon – I’m Baba Lon

Lavender Hill Op-Ed: LGBT protections on the federal level

LHv6APresident Obama is slated to sign an executive order on Monday 21 July 2014 that would protect LGBT federal employees and employees of federally contracted companies from discrimination in hiring and firing. Many contracted companies already have such protections on the books as well as 21 states have protections for LGBT citizens in regards to employment and public accommodations.

In a Talking Points Memo dated 2 July, Dylan Scott wrote that almost immediately after the SCOTUS ruling regarding religious exemptions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in favor of Hobby Lobby and other privately owned businesses with a strong religious leaning in ownership many religiously owned institutions and businesses were petitioning the president for similar religious exemptions to his proposed executive order. Similar religious exemptions are written into the current draft of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that was recently passed by the Senate and sits before the GOP-controlled House this session. The religious exemptions in ENDA have caused many LGBT rights groups to drop drop their support. The Human Rights Campaign being one of the only groups to maintain their support.


Read Phil’s op-ed on the SCOTUS ruling.


Read Phil’s op-ed piece on LGBT civil rights group dropping support for ENDA.


With Obama signing this executive order only federal employees and the employees of federally contracted companies are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Outside of the 21 states that have such laws and those companies around the country that also protect their employees from such discrimination, people can still be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity (or perceived sexual orientation/gender identity). In my state of Nebraska that means that only those who work for the federal government in some capacity will be protected in the hiring and firing process (as well as for consideration for promotion) and those who are lucky enough to work for a company that has similar protections (and residents of Omaha). Fortunately, I work for such a company. As indicated in my earlier pieces (see above links), I have been lucky enough to work for many such companies over the years. But not everyone is that lucky.

On Tuesday 8 July over 100 faith leaders in the United States sent a letter to Obama, along with a press release to several major media outlets, urging the President to not include religious exemptions in any executive order from his administration. One of those leaders, Rev. Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary,  included in the press release this statement, in part:

“As people of faith, we should be exemplary and not exempted. Jesus came to protect the most vulnerable. The faith community that taught me never to throw stones should not have special permission from the White House to throw stones. It is simply theologically indefensible.”

This letter arrived on Obama’s desk a week after a letter from a large number of faith leaders, many of them his own advisers, urging him to include such exemptions.

“An executive order that does not include a religious exemption will significantly and substantively hamper the work of some religious organizations that are best equipped to serve in common purpose with the federal government. When the capacity of religious organizations is limited, the common good suffers.”

You can read the entire letter against exemptions, and the list of signatories, at Huffington Post.

QueerProud Monthly has been following a story that shows what kind of damage these religious exemptions can do. A transgender student at George Fox University in Oregon has been denied housing in the men’s dorm because the religiously owned institution doesn’t accept transgender as valid. Socially, medically, and legally Jayce M is a man. He was born a woman and that is the argument that GFU is using to bar him from single apartment dwelling in the men’s dorm. The Department of Education has upheld their decision to bar him, citing a religious exemption in the 1972 version of Title IX, the updated Title IX (from 2010 includes protections for LGBT students). The religious exemption from 1972 carried over to the 2010 version.

“This section shall not apply to an educational institution which is controlled by a religious organization if the application of this subsection would not be consistent with the religious tenets of such organization.”

Religious exemptions don’t protect religious institutions, they harm people. The federal government should be working to protect everyone. Institutions of higher learning should be educating their students. Citizens of the United States won’t have equality, protection from discrimination, without the government and religious stepping up to the plate and protect, treat equal, everyone within the borders.

Phil in StudioPhil is one of the hosts of L“As people of faith, we should be exemplary and not exempted,” Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary, said in a press release sent to The Huffington Post. “Jesus came to protect the most vulnerable. The faith community that taught me never to throw stones should not have special permission from the White House to throw stones. It is simply theologically indefensible.”avender Hill on KZUM-Lincoln/KZUM-HD. KZUM is Nebraska’s first and only community radio station, Lavender Hill is Nebraska’s only LGBTQQIA news and talk program on radio. The views and opinions expressed in this op-ed are not necessarily those of KZUM, it’s board of directors, underwriters, or staff. Nor are they necessarily those of Corwin, Phil’s cohost on Lavender Hill. Lavender Hill can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. The show airs live every Sunday at 11am Central. Email the hosts with questions, comments, or suggestions for the show at lavenderhill89.3@gmail.com.

Phil is also known as RevKess on the Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel.

 

PWN S4E7: A Brand New Day and more

Regular listeners of PWN have grown accustomed to the show floating around the week. RevKess’s schedule is always a mess at his bills-paying-job and Zaracon has concerns that sometimes make it difficult for him to do shows. In an attempt to remedy at least the scheduling issue for RevKess, they have elected to move the show to Thursdays at 9am Central. This will soon be reflected in the show’s graphic.

In this first edition of PWN on Thrusdays RevKess found himself going solo for the majority of the show. Zaracon was able to join in towards the of the show. Both hosts hopped up on the soap box from time to time. (That box of soap gets so much use it needs new wheels!) This week is no exception to that.

Links to Stories Covered

  • PantheaCon 2015 is in full swing when it comes to planning. You can submit your presentation ideas to them for Round 1 consideration at their website http://pantheacon.com/wordpress.
  • While you may be considering your ideas for PantheaCon it is also coming up on Pagan Pride Day season around the globe. You can go the Pagan Pride Day website to find out what might be going on in your area and make your plans now.
  • Pat Robertson has told a mother that her son might be under demonic influence, causing severe stomach pains.
  • Retired Methodist minister Charles Moore self immolates for “social justice”. Moore was an ally o the LGBTQ community as well as a staunch supporter  of the abolition of the death penalty, among other civil rights issues.
  • Conservatives in the Republican party are doing more than just murmuring about the idea of impeaching President Obama. Former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin started in on the impeachment talk by saying “no mas” to what she sees as Obama’s lax border control at the Southern border of the United States. Two polls, one from the Huffington Post and the other from the Rasmussen Report, indicated that nearly one third of those polled think the President should be impeached – the Daily Mail has a summary with infographics. The list of reasons for impeach is rather …. crazy, though.
  • The conflict in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine is heating up even more than usual. Israel and the radical Islamic group Hamas have been doing more than just posturing. For a history of the conflict you can view the Wikipedia entry. The conflict has even boiled over in the United States, in Los Angeles pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian demonstrators clashed on 13 July. European broadcasters aren’t even immune to protest, the BBC sees protesters outside their broadcast house accusing the network of bias.
  • In recent months thousands of children and youths from Central and South America have been intercepted while trying to the cross the southern U.S. border. Over 52,000 children have been detained, some sent back while others have received medical treatment – most are been considered for deportation. Opinions vary about what should be done about these refugees. Immigration reform has become a hot button issue once again.
  • This week’s column on the Wild Hunt from Heather Greene discusses religious observances in public schools and new laws developed to protect the students’ rights to practice their faith.
  • Fellwater, book one in the “Hidden Houses” series by Brendan Myers, has been re-released in its professionally edited and revised version. Thanks to the support of Kickstarter backers, Myers was able to pay a professional editor to help him improve books one and two, edit book three and two novellas. Kindle edition available here, paperback  can be ordered here.

MUSIC

  1. PWN intro courtesy Aetopus
  2. Blackmore’s Night – The Click Ticks On – Shadow of the Moon
  3. Lis Addison – My  Big Community – Grace of the Green Leaf
  4. Wendy Rule – Evolution – The Wolf Sky
  5. Damh the Bard – Only Human – Cauldron Born
  6. Bone Poets Orchestra - Interlude at Sunset – Belladonna Smiles