PWN: KaliSara joins the show

After an unfortunate hiatus, Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel is pleased to announce the return of the Pagan Weekly News. Zaracon’s health has prevented him from devoting any time to podcasting right now, so KaliSara has volunteered to fill his seat for PWN. Everyone at PMPChannel hopes to hear Zaracon return to the internet airwaves very soon. On her debut edition of PWN the hosts discuss many issues that have some bearing on the Pagan community.

Your hosts spent a good deal of time talking about Charlie Hebdo and freedom of speech/expression. On Thursday 15 January 2015 RevKess published an article on PaganActivist.com giving his opinion on the shootings and how people should realize that freedoms have consequences. You can read that article here, read his addendum in comments on that page.

In advance of the 2015 State o the Union Address they dwelt a good portion of the show on some of the topics that President Obama will discuss in his address.

  • Net Neutrality
  • Community College
  • Racial Tensions
  • Housing
  • Minimum Wage

KaliSara  and RevKess also discussed news items that have a direct bearing on the Pagan community, especially in the United States.

Mention was also made on upcoming events such as PantheaCon and the Between the Worlds conference. As well as music and book news.

  • Alex Bledsoe announced that at least three more books are in the offing for Tufa Tales
  • Mama Gina is scheduled to release her third CD in February – tune in on Sunday 25 January at 7pm Central to hear an interview with Gina about her musical career and her newest CD release on the Pagan-Musings Podcast with RevKess and KaliSara
  • Celia is working on a children’s story CD
Music
  1. Crow Women – In the Fire – Crow Goddess
  2. Damh the Bard – Sons and Daughters of Robin Hood – Antlered Crown and Standing Stone
  3. Crow Women – Healing Circle Song – Crow Goddess
  4. Mama Gina – Waking Panther – digital single
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PMP: Old & New, the Year Past & the Year to Come

KaliSara and RevKess did a 2014 review in the first hour of the show followed by a look at 2015. Though you can find a 2014 review just about anywhere in the Pagan blogosphere, as well as in the mainstream, the hosts wanted to take a look at 2014 through the lens of the programming here on PMPChannel. In these notes you will also find links to previous shows in 2014 that pertained to the topics at hand.

2014

  • Kenny Klein: Late in March, the author, musician, and teacher, a strong leader of the Blue Star Tradition, was arrested on multiple accounts of possession of child pornography with intent to distribute. After the rather fleeting mainstream media coverage, many young women (and some no longer so young) came forward to the Pagan press and on social media to share their stories of uncomfortable situations with Klein, up to and including coerced sexual encounters. This lead to his ex-wife and son breaking their silence and visiting with the host of Green Egg’s podcast, currently not in production.
  • PaganPro and other organizations launched throughout the year to help address and combat issues similar to those brought to the fore by Klein and others. The hosts of PMPChannel visited with one of the founding members of PaganPro in December to learn more about this site and similar proactive groups in the Pagan world.
  • Community rally to support: It is clear that the Pagan community can and will rally to support each other and certain projects within the Pagan community. Over the years of this podcast the hosts have spoken with community leaders, artists, musicians, and others involved in various projects that were seeking the support, both financially and spiritually, to make those projects a reality.

2015

  • KaliSara and her husband Stormcrow moved into the new year by cleaning house, eliminating things they didn’t need, weeding out some of the toys their children had, creating more space within their home. Going with the idea of “less is more”.
  • The hosts discussed some off the future topics for the year, including a visit with author and historian Mike Nichols, a panel discussion on Racism in the Pagan community, and more.
  • KaliSara got personal with RevKess and asked him what his plans were for the year. RevKess revealed that he is looking for a better position in his employment and planning to spend more time writing. To that latter end, he will be writing a monthly article for PaganActivist.com – his articles will appear on the 3rd Thursday of each month starting with January 15.

MUSIC

  1. Cernunnos Rising – The Coming and Going – Wild Soul
  2. Leigh Ann Hussey – Witches Come Again – Homebrew
  3. Celia – Cleansing My Heart – Shaman Journey

PMP: Kerr Cuhulain – Witch Hunts, The Wizard

KaliSara and RevKess were joined once again by Kerr Cuhulain, now retired from the Canadian Police, to talk about his many projects and the work he has done for the Pagan community. Kerr is the author of several books, including Full Contact Magick, How to Be Glorious, The Wizard, and Witch Hunts. The focus of this episode was on the re-release of Witch Hunts and the publication of The Wizard, both available through Dark Moon Press. In his previous visit we focused on How to Be Glorious, 15 December 2012.

Kerr was running a little late, so the first 30 minutes of the show has KaliSara and RevKess talking food. What better topic for a bunch of Pagans?

Both hosts have had the pleasure of spending some one on one time with Kerr Cuhulain at Heartland 2012. They sat together to observe his Armoring Ritual that year where he shared his duties with Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary. Towards the end off this episode you can hear Kerr talk about the armoring ritual, and modern knighthood, and some of the surprises he has had during that ritual.

Kerr Cuhulain was the first openly Wiccan cop anywhere in the world (1977). Though many may have been in law enforcement prior to his coming out to his superiors, Kerr was the first. He made a name for himself in Canada as the liaison between the Pagan community and the police during the Satanic Panic of the 80’s and 90’s. Since that time he has been asked to speak at many conventions of law enforcement and been involved in the background work on many cases, including the West Memphis 3.

Now that he is completely retired from his police work (most recently as a 911 dispatcher) he says that we can expect more books, workshops and other projects coming from him. He is a former Preceptor General of the Officers of Avalon and has been involved in the ground work for many other organizations for first responders who are Pagan. The hosts are looking forward to talking with him again in the near future, perhaps even face to face again.

MUSIC

  1. Damh the Bard – The Songs and Daughters of Robin Hood – Antlered Crown and Standing Stone
  2. Cernunnos Rising – The Witches Tree – Urban Druid
  3. Mama Gina – Waking Panther – (single, available on ReverbNation)

PWN S4E6: What we’re really say is….

On the Pagan Weekly News RevKess and Zaracon do their best to bring you news, views, and information that is of interest to the Pagan community. Along the way we often discuss religious intolerance/persecution and the brighter side of our religio-spiritual umbrella: festivals, books, and music. This week’s edition is no exception to that pattern. As the title of this edition implies, Zaracon and RevKess discuss some of the popular memes that are floating around on the internet, primarily on Facebook. What is a meme, you might be asking. It used to mean “an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.” It has come to mean “a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.” Many of the memes that we see in social media are political in nature, especially during an election year. Whether they are political or not, memes are often half truths at best, out-right lies at worst. Many of the memes that people share seem humorous at first glance, if you look at them again you note that they are insulting to one group or another. Here is a prime example of such a meme. It is true that many who use politically correct speech are sugar coating things, but not because they cannot handle the truth. More often than you might think it is because they are trying not to insult someone else. This one makes no attempt to avoid insulting people. It does, however, bring to light what many think of politically correct speech. An example of how politically correct can be more insulting than sugar-coated would be many of the attempts the straight community use when talking about the gay community, in particular the trans community. See, look there. In an attempt to be general and “politically correct” I left out lesbians and bisexuals, gender queer and gender fluid. Other attempts to be more encompassing of everyone who might fit into that community is the abbreviation “LGBTQA” Even that collection of letters leaves people out.  Some like the acronym “SOGI”, sexual orientation and gender identity. This term is confusing for some, a literal look at the term would encompass the entirety of humanity. Perhaps that is the point. Maybe, just maybe, people should call it as they see it, or to use a phrase “call a spade a spade.” And then you have the opposite end of the spectrum. Memes that point out something that many might consider to be true. In this situation, many might consider it a fault to need alcohol and drugs to be entertained. Agreed. Drugs and alcohol are not necessary to have a good time. They can make for a little extra entertainment – like when your friend gets so drunk they can’t walk without falling down. In moderation, though, alcohol is fine – even some drugs are fine in moderation. RevKess would rather enjoy a glass of wine at dinner or while watching a movie than toke up, or even go out to the clubs. Combing through several pages of racist memes, none could be found that weren’t in some way disgusting or too far into the racist field (I think I need a shower now). But it is easy to understand that a racist meme is just wrong, insulting. Whether they are directed at whites, blacks, Jews, Asians, Latinos, whatever. They are all disgusting and insulting. After all this, there are some memes out there that are just down right funny, cute, or enlightening. Here is an example of one that is inspiring – at least for the bibliophiles out there. Just look around at RevKess’s home and you will see bookcases in every room (save the bathroom) and stacks of books literally to the ceiling. Never enough bookcases. And of course there are the snarky memes.

LINKS

Before we start with the links, RevKess would like to apologize for a tidbit of misinformation. He failed to double check the publication date of an article about Andy Griffth. Mr. Griffth died on July 3, 2012.  The article he saw just before going live was in memorial of him.

  • In the New York Times, opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof talks about how religious freedom is in peril, focusing on how Muslims seem to be using the idea of religious freedom to persecute non-Muslims – primarily in the Middle East and “underdeveloped” countries.
  • The Pope apologizes to Buddhists for the Christian Colonial Rule of Sri Lanka. Is it enough?
  • Rev. Chuck Currie, a minister for the United Church of Christ and columnist for Huffington Post – Religion, writes about how religious freedom is in under attack, and not how you might think. His focus is on how the SCOTUS ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby’s religious exemptions for certain birth control coverage may lead to further misuses of the law and the protection of freedom of religion. “In a nation as diverse as the United States of America, it is critical that the federal government be trusted to follow — and indeed, to role-model — equitable employment practices. We believe that our mutual commitment to the common good is best served by policies that prohibit discrimination based on factors that have no relationship whatsoever to job performance. We are better and stronger as a nation when hiring decisions are made based on professional merit rather than personal identity.” – from a letter Currie wrote to President Obama.
  • On the Wild Hunt, Cara Schulz writes about the SCOTUS decision, after breaking things down in understandable terms she quotes several Pagans who voiced their opinions. RevKess is quoted.
  • RevKess’s full opinion piece on the SCOTUS decision for Lavender Hill.
  • In the days following the SCOTUS decision many businesses and organizations have begun prep work to petition for religious exemptions from Obama’s promised executive order to ban discrimination of LGBTQ employees of federal contractors, and the current draft of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act before theHouse. RevKess wrote an opinion piece for Lavender Hill after the announcement that  the Nation Gay & Lesbian Task Force, the ACLU, and other civil rights groups have withdrawn their support for the current version of ENDA.
  • In the current edition of the Pagan Community Notes on the Wild Hunt, Jason PItzl-Waters talks about the New Alexandrian Library Project and the special issue of Green Egg in honor of Morning Glory Zell.
  • Heather Greene has written a two part series on Pagans on campus for the Wild Hunt. Part 1, Part 2.
  • Cara Schulz, taking a step away from the seriousness of SCOTUS, birth control, and religious freedom, writes on the Wild Hunt about discovering Pagan ethics in modern secular life – Football.
  • Silverspring on her blog writes about why some people may choose to remain in the broom closet.
  • Writing on Witches&Pagans’ blog, author and lecturer Karen Tate talks about integrity in Pagan writing. Read an excerpt from her new book Goddess Calling on the blog Bad Witch.
  • On Patheos, T Thorn Coyle writes about public priesthood.

MUSIC

  1. PWN intro, courtesy Aetopus
  2. Damh the Bard – The Parting Glass – Tales from the Crow Man
  3. Big Bad Gina – Freedom Connection – Lake of Dreams
  4. Leigh Anne Hussey – She is Grandmother – Homebrew
  5. Mama Gina – Summer of the Fae – Goddess Kiss’d
  6. Spiral Dance – Weaving the Summer – Magick (also available on their best of CD, The Quickening)
  7. Frenchy & the Punk – The Circus Parade – Hey Hey Cabaret
  8. Celia – Carry Me Home – Carry Me Home