by Moira Ashleigh
Topics the panel covered were: why we use the name Pagan, the
similarity in the yearly holiday calendars, sacred geometry, the
indigenous aspects of Paganism, Nature as teacher, and techniques to
"remove the blindfold." The room was full to overflowing with 101 people
attending in a room meant to hold 70.
Today there were 3 video interviews done in the EarthSpirit Booth. The
Clinton Global Initiative, an independent film maker from Canada, and
Vision Peace Now. People are very excited to talk to us. Hearing advice
like: "Go outdoors and spend some time in Nature, find a tree and
listen. Listen to the rocks and streams, until you can hear them."
Directly after the morning Pagan panel, Isobel Arthen was one of the
speakers in the Daily Youth Session: Mother Nature Doesn't Do Bailouts.
The young people were very motivational in their passion about caring
for the Earth. There were youth speakers from Christian, Native
American, Buddhist, Aboriginal and Pagan traditions.
Many connections at the Parliament of the World's Religions are made in
the halls between workshops. There is a moment where one heart opens
and another heart responds and a cross tradition and cross
religion connection is made.
Later in the afternoon, Deirdre Pulgram Arthen, Andras Corban Arthen
and Angie Buchanan co-facilitated a Peace Ritual for 75 People, titled
"Peace at the Heart of the World." In the ritual many Pagan presenters offered a spoken piece including T Thorn Coyle, River
Higginbotham, Drake Spaeth, Anna Korn, Don Frew, Patrick McCollum, Sue
Curewitz Arthen, Kaye Hughes Kittredge, Chris LaFond, Moira Ashleigh
and several of the Queensland Pagans. The sacred waters of the worlds
were brought to bless everyone as well as the sacred symbolic rattles
by Julee Higginbotham. MotherTongue led several chants and closed with
a Gaelic Blessing.
Finally a tired, but well satisfied, EarthSpirit group wound their way
back across the city to get a short sleep before another full day.