Citizens’ Climate Lobby launches Earth-based Spirituality Action Team

Citizens’ Climate Lobby launches Earth-based Spirituality Action Team

M. Macha NightMare to speak on inaugural call

12 September 2019 — The CCL Earth-based Spirituality
Action Team announces its formation and inaugural conference call. The
team will officially launch just after the southward equinox on 24
September 2019, with an interactive call featuring guest speaker M.
Macha NightMare.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.

“CCL has over 50 action teams in a wide range of areas, including
a dozen faith-based teams,” said T. Todd Elvins, CCL Action
Coordinator. “The Earth-based Spirituality team will give greater
visibility to an often-overlooked religious orientation.”

“The Earth-based Spirituality Team is for Pagans, Wiccans,
Witches, Occultists, Druids, Gaians, Goddess-worshippers,
Earth-worshippers, Animists, Deep Ecologists, Scientific Pantheists,
Creation-centered Christians, Secular Humanists, and Religious
Naturalists,” said Bart Everson, CCL volunteer and founding team leader.
“We enthusiastically welcome indigenous people, followers of African
Diasporic Traditions, shamanic practitioners, and anyone who shares our
reverence for Mother Earth.”

On the inaugural call, prominent ritualist M. Macha NightMare
will share her distinctly Pagan perspective on interfaith cooperation.
“We are stronger together,” she said, speaking from her home in Marin
County, California. “We needn’t sacrifice any of our uniqueness to work
with others.”

M. Macha NightMare, whose given name is Aline O’Brien, is a ritualist, both solo and collaborative, internationally published author, and activist. She co-authored The Pagan Book of Living and Dying and serves on the Advisory Boards of Cherry Hill Seminary, the Sacred Dying Foundation, and Poetry Witch Magazine. She has published two other books, and has contributed to anthologies, encyclopedia, religious studies textbooks, and periodicals.

Macha represents the Covenant of the Goddess, and CHS in the American Academy of Religion, Marin Interfaith Council, Marin Interfaith Climate Action (founding member), and United Religions Initiative, and at interfaith symposia throughout the U.S.

Currently she serves the inmates of the Wiccan circle at San Quentin State Prison.

She blogs at Broomstick Chronicles and Witch at Large: Ruminations from a Grey Perspective.

Everson, who is based in New Orleans, expressed gratitude for Macha’s
involvement, citing her depth of experience as an asset to the team. He
is hopeful that Earth-based practitioners will answer the call to
action.

“We strive to keep the sacred Earth at the center of our
practice,” Everson said. “As a result, we see action on climate change
as an urgent moral imperative. We aim to reach out into our global
communities and recruit volunteers for Citizens’ Climate Lobby. We
recognize and honor the spiritual nature of climate work.”

Links

Zoom meeting link:
https://zoom.us/j/762109354

CCL Earth-based Spirituality Action Team link:
https://community.citizensclimate.org/groups/home/2372

Zoom meeting details

Topic: EBSAT Inaugural Call
Time: Sep 24, 2019 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Atheopaganism

12 September 2019 — The CCL Earth-based Spirituality Action Team announces its
formation and inaugural conference call. The team will offcially launch just after the
southward equinox on 24 September 2019, with an interactive call featuring guest speaker M. Macha NightMare.

Citizens’s Climate Lobby is a nonproft, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization
focused on national policies to address climate change.

“CCL has over 50 action teams in a wide range of areas, including a dozen faith-based
teams,” said T. Todd Elvins, CCL Action Coordinator. “The Earth-based Spirituality team
will give greater visibility to an often-overlooked religious orientation.”

“The Earth-based Spirituality Team is for Pagans, Wiccans, Witches, Occultists, Druids,
Gaians, Goddess-worshippers, Earth-worshippers, Animists, Deep Ecologists, Scientifc
Pantheists, Creation-centered Christians, Secular Humanists, and Religious Naturalists,”
said Bart Everson, CCL volunteer and founding team leader. “We enthusiastically welcome indigenous people, followers of African Diasporic Traditions, shamanic practitioners, and anyone who shares our reverence for…

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“Observing: The shape of the ritual” by Áine Órga

Áine Órga shares the general outline of a Gaian ritual.

Humanistic Paganism

One question that is often raised by those who are coming to Paganism for the first time – whether naturalistic or not – is that of ritual content and structure. And this is a question that also needs to be answered by those whose practices are changing; for example, from theistic Pagan practices to naturalistic or atheistic ones. When I initially returned to ritual, I was doing something similar to what I had done for years as a Wicca-influenced theistic Pagan. But a lot of it felt empty; there were elements that I just didn’t believe in, and which didn’t mean anything to me. So I began to address this problem, and went about gradually reconstructing the content of my rituals.

Although Pagaian Cosmology by Glenys Livingstone was probably the most influential book I’ve ever read in terms of sorting out my attitudes towards divinity and the philosophy behind my…

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‘Gaia’s Lovers” by Meg Pauken

Humanistic Paganism

Today we continue our early spring theme, Inspiration, where we showcase examples of the poetic imagination flowing from the depths of the universe through the minds and hands of Naturalistic Pagans and friends.

Author’s note: One of the things that has drawn me to Paganism is that it embraces both the divine feminine and the divine masculine. I tend to see this duality playing itself out nearly everywhere in nature. This poem was inspired by an early morning drive through the countryside in late October, just as the sun was coming up.

photo by Meg Pauken

“Gaia’s Lovers”

Gaia’s breath lingers, misty, in her hollows
On a chilly October morning;
Sighs as geese rise from her pond,
Honking and flapping.
Stirring slowly as her lover arrives over the horizon:
Sun, casting a golden flush on her curves,
Russet blush on her tree-covered peaks.
Warming, she arches to the sky
Urging her mate…

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The Cult of Gaia in 2064

Planet EarthCurrently, in 2014, Gaia is not a major focus of religious thought and activity. The Gaia hypothesis or theory has been advanced by James Lovelock and others, not without controversy. This scientific conception of Gaia has fired the public imagination, leading some to criticize the idea as essentially religious or spiritual. Tellingly, most media references to a religion of Gaia come from conservative sources and are critical or satirical. More broadly, nature religions do exist but they are obscure, diffuse, esoteric, marginalized and all but invisible to mainstream cultures. This will change in the decades ahead.

Fifty years from now, the cult of Gaia will have grown substantially. In part this will be because the vicissitudes of climate change will have driven home the message that humans must live more lightly on the Earth.

As a religious movement, the cult of Gaia will manifest in many forms. The dominant established religions of the world will begin to connect to the idea and image of Gaia. In its most dilute form, this will simply be a message of environmental responsibility and stewardship. In some communities and traditions there will be a more substantial recognition of Gaia as a coherent whole, as an entity, as a sacred context, and this will be syncretized with existing theologies and beliefs. There will also be a proliferation of newer groups explicitly dedicated to celebrating Gaia. These will provide the most dramatic and interesting forms of religious expression.

These new groups dedicated to the celebration of Gaia will represent a confluence of contemporary Pagans (especially Naturalistic and Eco-Pagans), New Age practitioners, Goddess worshipers, Deep Ecologists, radical environmentalists, indigenous cultures, pantheists, religious naturalists, atheists, Buddhists and many others.

They will not always use the name Gaia. Some will refer to the Great Mother, or Mother Nature, or Mother Earth, or simply the Earth, or some other name. Some will envision an anthropomorphized goddess, while others will seek to embrace the Earth just as she is, in leaf and rock and wave, without such imagery. Yet these groups will share a common understanding and a common experience of the Earth as a sacred system in which humans participate. (Ideas about the exact role of humans in this system will differ considerably.) The centrality of this concept in beliefs and practices will be the uniting factor that defines the cult of Gaia as a recognizable cultural phenomenon.

The cult of Gaia will further be characterized by a radical feminist, anti-authoritarian sociopolitical stance; a critical perspective on global capitalism; and an emphasis on direct action for political and social change. Yet the orientation of these groups will not be exclusively external by any means. Above all they will be marked by a holistic view and what might be called an ecocentric consciousness. As people cannot awaken to Gaia without development of such consciousness, the cult will support the interior growth of celebrants in an integral fashion. The cult will meld politics and spirituality and reunify science with religion, blending secular modernity with Pagan revival.

As sea levels rise, as extreme weather events become commonplace, as various forms of ecological crisis become more severe, as the age of cheap petroleum draws to a close, there will be much fear, confusion and upheaval. People will seek new answers to the oldest questions of humanity, new expressions of ancient experiences. Insofar as it provides a relevant response to these developments, the cult of Gaia will swell accordingly and play a central role in shaping humanity’s future.

In response to a prompt from Christine Kraemer and Rhyd Wildermuth

Photo credit: Planet Earth / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0