VANCOUVER – Public Safety Minister Vic Toews appears less concerned about the quality of spells cast from behind bars than he is about a backlash from taxpayers, cancelling a Corrections Canada tender for a priest to nurture the spiritual needs of witches in prison.
Earlier this week, the federal prison agency put out a request for a proposal for a Wiccan chaplain in British Columbia who would provide about 17 hours of service a month, about an hour less service than the department says it needs for the Jewish faith.
About an hour after The Canadian Press reported on the contract, a statement from Toews’s office said it will not proceed until after a review.
What I propose is that we shift from a passive to an active relationship with belief. To be clear, I’m speaking of belief in its context of the state of our psyche. I’m not using the term belief or beliefs in its usage as a container for dogma in this situation. When we suspend disbelief in reading a novel or watching a movie it is for the most part a passive action. What does it look like when it is active? The writer must believe in the world that pours out through their words. The witch must believe in the power of the ritual that they enact. I am suggesting that you consciously incorporate chosen belief into your spiritual, religious, and magical practice. This is what I mean my chosen belief:
The extension of the practice of the willing suspension of disbelief to the willing acceptance and empowerment of beliefs as a set of virtual truths for a given span of experience.
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The 2012 Pagan Pride Day (PPD) season is ramping up. According to the Pagan Pride Project, “the primary purposes of this corporation shall be the advancement of religion and elimination of prejudice and discrimination based on religious beliefs." PPD events that are affliated with the Pagan Pride Project are required to have a harvest ritual, a food drive, and send out a press release to local media. Outside of those requirements, events are very diverse, and they can include workshops, live music, drum circles, other entertainment, vendors, group information booths, psychics/readers, kids activities, and more.
(Here is a list of local Pagan Pride Day events: Capital Witch: Gearing Up for Local Pagan Pride Days)
Current Schedule For The Day… May Change Again
Rites of passage are one of the most durable building blocks in the creation of community.They are also among the most underutilized. I was encouraged in my last post to continue exploring the ways in which we build strong organizations and community. Lasting growth comes from both momentum and inertia. I love ideas, perhaps as much as I love people, but this is not necessarily the case for others. For me, a cause is often enough motivation to persist in my efforts. Even if there is agreement about the goals and the visions of a group, the implementation of those in the real world often generates conflicts born out of a variety of sources. The stresses of conflict can bring about a loss of commitment, a loss of coherence, and perhaps a loss of membership. The uncertainties of the way forward can also sap energy that is needed to pursue collective goals.