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IPVBM 2: Haec Est Unde Vita Venit! [Jun. 30th, 2010|04:53 pm]
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This will be the final post in this series, on this, the final day of the month of June.

I wouldn't call the often-heard phrase Haec Est Unde Vita Venit! the Ekklesía Antínoou "mantra" as such, because it is more of a slogan than a mantra. But nonetheless, what exactly it means, and why it functions as a slogan (or a mantra), would be a good thing to examine here, because such short statements--particularly when they are in words or phrases that do "mean something"--can often be found to enshrine a short statement about values.

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IPVBM 2: The Value of...Criticism? [Jun. 30th, 2010|02:42 pm]
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What I had thought would be the penultimate post this month has turned out to be the antepenultimate post. No matter...Special thanks to passionandsoul for giving me the final push necessary to finish my thoughts on this and get it out there for your consumption.

Very few people in the modern world are comfortable with the word "criticism." It would be fair to say many people try to avoid it as much as possible, and indeed the fear of critique as a motivator for positive action can be in some circumstances a good thing (despite being a negative motivation). However, critique, critical faculties, and the basic value of criticism is something that is both important in spiritual work overall, something that has existed in many spiritual systems (even if under slightly different terminology), and yet it is also something that would strike many modern pagans as utterly incompatible with paganism. Not to sound too "critical" (!?!), but, it isn't.

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IPVBM 2: "The God of Peaceful Connection" [Jun. 24th, 2010|09:07 pm]
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Getting back to Ekklesía Antínoou-specific matters of value for what will probably be my penultimate post in this series, I would like to talk about an aspect of Antinous that emerged in my own experience and practice last year, and how this reflects views of values within the tradition, and the overall paradigm of Ekklesía Antínoou practice as the "way of kalokagathia."

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IPVBM 2: The Value of Information and Knowledge [Jun. 20th, 2010|05:22 pm]
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Yesterday, my students in Religion 101 (an introduction to world religions course) impressed me with a very perceptive question. We had discussed Hinduism, watched the animated film Hanuman, talked all about bhakti and the basics of advaita vedanta, what an avatara actually is and some of the myths that organize that system of theology, as well as things like lingam puja and kirtan, the different major textual groupings found in Hindu literature, and how the ancient Vedic religion is of an Indo-European linguistic/cultural lineage. They seemed to be enjoying this a lot, and then one of them asked, "So, do Hindus know all this stuff?" I smiled at the question and said, "No, probably not."

I then told them the story of my first interaction with the Hindu Student Council at the university I was teaching at last semester, and how after showing up for one of their weekly darshan meetings, they asked me if I'd give them a lecture. When I expressed some reservation at this, being both new and a non-Hindu, several of the group's members replied, "We just do this because we learned it from our parents; you actually understand it because you've studied it."

My students in the Religion 101 class further made me happy by then concluding the following, all on their own, without any prompting: "Well, in that sense, Hindus are not that different than people of any religion. How many Christians really understand their religion, or have studied the bible, or know the history of it?" It's true...and it's lamentable.

And this is something that is as true of paganism, in many cases, as it is of any other religion.

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IPVBM 2: The Spiritual Value of Authenticity [Jun. 16th, 2010|05:42 pm]
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The wonderful bearfairie prompted me with the following question/suggestion for a post in International Pagan Values Blogging Month:

B/c I'm nosy like that, I'd be fascinated to hear how you navigate being multi-trad in terms of ethics & values. Are there places where you find conflict (one trad says values look like x while other trad says differently)? If so, how do you navigate that? I know for me being multi-trad, I sometimes come up against this in really subtle ways (mild variations in how a trad understands the way to have a respectful relationship with deity, for example - Santeria is a bit different than Heathenry with regards to how we understand who our powers are, what to expect from them, what to ask for and how to ask respectfully, etc). I'm always interested to hear how different folks navigate multiple traditions with honor and integrity (which I know you do!).

I think I need to lead into a more specific answer to that question with some initial thoughts on the subject of autheticity, because this is an issue that seems--implicitly, if not explicitly--at the heart of a great deal of critical evaluations of reconstructionism, as well as any attempts to be "true" to a particular cultural tradition which is not one's own by birth. And, in the process, I probably won't exactly answer the question directly (which I may rectify in a future post). So, off we go...

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IPVBM 2: "Value" = Underlying Problem / Ideal Solution...?!? [Jun. 10th, 2010|09:10 pm]
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After having read Stephen Prothero's God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World--And Why Their Differences Matter, I've had a number of ideas in relation to paganism, and this is one of them.

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IPVBM 2: Memoria, and Marguerite Porete Day [Jun. 1st, 2010|08:02 pm]
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For my first International Pagan Values Blogging Month post of 2010 (and, incidentally, I'm hoping to get my entries from last year whipped into shape over the next few months to be publishable, with some subsequent reflections and such added in!), I'd like to focus on the topic of Memoria, and what it means in relation to a particular matter that is one of the most controversial and misunderstood in the modern Ekklesía Antínoou (but which has relevance for other forms of paganism, particularly reconstructionist forms, as well).

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National Transgender Day of Remembrance 2007 List of the Dead [Nov. 19th, 2007|07:19 pm]
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I apologize to those who have complained about my lack of lj-cut's. Occasionally, I feel the abuse to ya'll's friends pages warranted. This is one of those times. Other times, I'm just a rude idiot. This is not one of those times. Please forgive me.

Many or most of you probably already know this, but tomorrow, November
20, is the National (in the U.S.) Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day
chosen in remembrance of a transwoman who was killed (Rita Hester) in
order for us all to remember those throughout the year who have been
killed or died because of their gender identity or presentation.

Every year, I post the list of that year's dead, that their names might
be known, where possible, and they might be remembered, even if for
just one day. The Greco-Romans believed that immortality was to be found
in the memory of those still living and this was why they considered a
braggart nature a heroic virtue. Let us thus remember these victims,
who have historically suffered great mutilations in the course of their
murder, as if their killers were trying to erase them from the
photograph of existence.

All the victims from all years past may be found on

After the list of the dead follows the details of the San Jose Day of
Remembbrance which I will be attending. If you live in the area of
Silicon Valley, please come. If not, I beg of you to find out where and
when the nearest remembrance is. Many of the dead were alone when they
died, and many believed they would always be alone even while they
lived. Let not their loneliness continue into the chill after death. Let
them be warmed by the fire of our tears, our thoughts, and our prayers.

Whichever of the alphabet soup you are (LGBTQQIA -- Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Intersex, or Ally -- the last
meaning "we invite straight, cisgendered (non-trans) folk too"), please do
this for them.

Lacking a specific formula as yet, I merely call upon the mup gods to
look, read, and remember:
Hermaphroditus, look at the names of the dead.
Ardhanarisvara, read the names of the dead.
Melek Ta'us, remember the names of the dead.
Eris, look at the names of the dead.
Antinous, read the names of the dead.
Hoor-paar-kraat, remember the names of the dead.
Tlazolteotl, look at the names of the dead.
Azathoth, look at the names of the dead.
Pomba-Gira, read the names of the dead.
Inanna, remember the names of the dead.

List of murdered trans people from Nov. 2006 to Nov. 2007.
For more info see:

www.rememberingourd ead.org/day
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Nakia Ladelle Baker
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Age: 31 yrs. old
Cause of Death: trauma to the head
Date of Death: January 7, 2007

Hasan Sabeh
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Age: 34 yrs. old
Cause of death: Stripped and shot dead by an Islamist death squad
Date of death: January 11, 2007

Keittirat Longnawa
Location: Rassada, Thailand
Age: ?
Cause of Death: Beaten by 9 Youths and then they slit her throat
Date of Death: January 31, 2007

Tatiana (Aldomiro Gomes)
Location: Trani, Italy
Age: 57
Cause of Death: Her skull was bashed in, in the middle of the street
Her head was slammed in a car door.
Date of Death: February 18, 2007

Moira Donaire
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
Age: 30 yrs. Old
Cause of Death: Stabbed 5 times by a street vendor
Date of Death: March 5, 2007

Michelle Carrasco "Chela"
Location: Santiago, Chile
Age: 54 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: She was found in a pit with her face completely
Date of Death: March 16, 2007

Ruby Rodriguez
Location: San Francisco, California
Age: 27 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: She had been strangled and was found naked in the
Date of Death: March 16, 2007

Erica Keel
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age: 21 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: A car repeatedly struck her
Date of Death: March 23, 2007

Bret T. Turner
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Age: 48 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: Multiple stab wounds
Date of Death: April 2, 2007

Manuela Di Cesare
Location: Pescara, Italy
Age: 37
Cause of Death: Head smashed by unknown object.
Date of Death: April 21, 2007

Unidentified Male Clad in Female Attire
Location: Kingston, Jamaica
Age: ?
Cause of Death: Gunshot wounds to the chest and lower back
Date of Death: July 7, 2007

Victoria Arellano
Location: San Pedro, California
Age: ?
Cause of Death: She was denied necessary medications to treat
HIV-related side effects.
Date of Death: July 20, 2007

Oscar Mosqueda
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Age: ?
Cause of Death: Shot to death
Date of Death: July 29, 2007

Stefania (no found second name)
Location: Roma, Italy
Age: 35
Cause of Death: Violently beaten with skull bashed in.
Date of Death: August 1, 2007

Maribelle Reyes
Location: Houston, Texas
Age: ?
Cause of Death: AIDS; Reyes was turned away from several treatment
centers due to her transgender status.
Date of Death: August 30, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


The DeFrank Center Ballroom
938 The Alameda San Jose CA

The evening will focus on highlighting the substantial progress made in
understanding and protecting transgender people.

Speaking at the event will be Aejaie Sellers, Executive Director of the
Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center, Danielle Castro of
TransPowerment, Shelly Prevost, Director of the powerful film "Trained in the way of
men", Reverend Sky Anderson of the San Jose Metropolitan Community
Church and Sylvia Guerrero, The mother of Gwen Araujo.

The evening will conclude with a reading of names for those who lost
their lives due to hate crimes this past year.

For more details please go to: www.reelfreedom.com/DOR_info_2007.htm
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