Mama Bearings: Leap of Faith?

By : Sylvie Griffiths
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I’ve had an “it’s complicated” relationship status with organized religion since I was a child. My mother converted to Judaism, the religion my father’s family raised him within, and on Friday nights and many holidays, took us to synagogue. We were far from orthodox and we celebrated Christmas with my maternal grandparents annually.

I also frequently attended Catholic church when spending Saturday nights at my best friend’s home growing up. Overall, I would say I’ve flirted with religion but never fully committed.

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Orlando Pagan Pride Day 2018

By : adonofrio
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  • Join us for our free community event and learn about Earth-based religions in a family friendly atmosphere! This fun filled day will have spiritual workshops, vendors, nonprofits, Pagan groups, children’s activities, a huge raffle, food and bake sale, drum circle, ritual, and more! Event is rain or shine!

    Admission is free, but we appreciate donations for our Charity Drives:
    Non-perishable food for Second Harvest Food Bank

Toiletry Items for Hands of the Goddess, an organization that helps meet the needs of the homeless and at-risk
Dry or wet dog or cat food, collars and leashes for Bandit’s Buddies, part of Hands of the Goddess, it serves the homeless owned animals

8.14.14 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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SteveBlanchardHeadshot_137x185When I was a child, enjoying one of many sleepovers with my cousin, we’d often get a bedtime story from his mother, my aunt. Her husband, my uncle, was the pastor of our church, so it wasn’t surprising that most of these stories had a spiritual or fable-like lesson attached to them.

Her story-telling abilities were mesmerizing to my 8-year-old self and my 9-year-old cousin. While I have no idea if these tales were of her own creation or if she found them in books, I was always fascinated. One story in particular remains with me.

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