Nature’s Path — Columns by Liz Fisher

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Liz writes a monthly column for Nature’s Path, Celebrating Unitarian Universalist Paganism and Earth-Centered Experience which is posted on PATHEOS, the premier online destination to engage in the global dialogue about religion and spirituality and to explore and experience the world’s beliefs.

Check out her columns here. Each one has a brief introductory statement and a link to its original posting on the Nature Path site. On the page the complete column is also posted for easy access.  All are generously illustrated and easy to read.

MY PERSPECTIVE

Why I Am Still a UU Pagan – August 2015  UU Principles, symbols, appreciation for the Oversoul.

The Lessons of The Little Prince – September 2016

April’s Fool – April 2016  The fearless fool, the rainbow, humor and the benefit of finding joy in times of trial and strife.

Amaterasu Emerges, January, 2017  New Year is the time when we make resolutions and visualize what we want to accomplish during the upcoming twelve months. This year, 2017  carries an underlying feeling of foreboding. The changes in the power structure of the government in the United States have made many of us feel apprehensive. The story of Amaterasu, the Goddess of the Sun in Shinto, can provide insights about how to proceed. when to withdraw and when to emerge.

FOUR ELEMENTS — THEIR MEANING AND IMPORTANCE

Celebrating Water, March, 2017

Celebrating Earth, April, 2017

Celebrating Fire, June 2017

Celebrating Air, July 2017

SEASONAL CELEBRATIONS, IMPLICATIONS

Brigid and the Chinese Dragon – February 2016  Honoring the pagan traditions of both the East and the West increases multicultural appreciation. A word about correcting past injustices to Chinese in U. S.

Eclipses, Spring Equinox and Ocean Tides – March 2016

Beltane, Maypoles and Labyrinths – May 2016

Summer Solstice: Season of Passion – July 2015   Bridging divides, finding voice.

Lughnasa At the Crossroads – August 2016

Bringing Back the Dead – November 2015  Empowering women and girls; celebrating our ancestors.

Joy: The Persistent Ally (Betty Soskin) – December 2015  Introducing Betty Soskin, an African American UU, 94 yrs. old and a Park Ranger cultural educator with slave ancestry she is invited to introduce Pres. Obama at the National tree lighting ceremony, December 3, 2015.

Year of the Rooster Crowing and Phoenix Rising, February, 2017  Chinese New Year is an important turning point in the Asian world and is celebrated wherever there is a Chinese American population. Living on the West Coast for over forty years, I have been a fan of this holiday and gave valuable insight for the coming year from the lore that is highlighted in these celebrations.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Oceans Are For Everybody – June 2016

A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment – June 2015  Eye witness account of Nepal earthquake; Groundbreaking statement – CUUPS signs with others.

Declaration of Interdependence – July 2016

Whale Song – September 2015  National Marine Sanctuary shows ecological restoration can work; artists and movie makers who honor whales are introduced.

SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES

Multicultural Maypole in Baltimore – May 2015   Response to murder by police of unarmed youth.

Healing the Traumas of War – January 2016  UUs learn from Lakota Indians; ceremonial ride to commemorate the 125th anniversary of massacre at Wounded Knee on December 29, 2015

Father Serra Not A Saint – April 2015  Supports Native Americans who reject sainthood.

Who Is Pandora? – October 2015  Recasting myths and defending women’s rights to control her body.

Art of Peacemaking — October, 2016 Celebrating Peace worldwide and locally keeps the vision alive; includes an inspiring example and suggestions for actions

Gifts Goddesses Offer,  November, 2016  A vast array of female divinities and spiritual guides is now drawing far reaching interest inspire courageous actions, shift expectations, open our hearts, and stimulate social justice actions. Here is a brief sampling of what they have to offer.

SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE

Eclipses, American Character and Improvisation – August 21, 2017  Multiculturalism shapes the American Character. in this column,  the concept of “Sacred and Secular are One” and the importance of improvisation as demonstrated in African American quilts is explored. This topic was the focus of one of the Rise Up & Call Her Name sessions.

Aren’t We All Dreamers? – September 18, 2017  What do hurricanes, the oceans, and sand castles/sculptures have in common with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients?  This column, which honor the Autumn Equinox when the length of the days and nights are equal, explores finding balance,  an important practice to society as well as to individuals.  The indigenous concept of Seed Corn is also revisited, a seasonal activity that has something to teach us about appreciating the power of dreaming and the worth of these young people.

Creating Wild and Urban Sanctuaries – October, 2017  Weaving together the holidays of Samhain and the Day of the Dead with the contemporary issues of how we provided places of peace and protection to both humans and all other beings is the focus of this column’s exploration.

 

Inaccurate observations of “the Dark” feed racism, sexism; have negative psychological impact and social ramifications.  This series deals with various aspects of recasting the Dark.

The Dark, Part 1 – January 2015

The Dark, Part 2 – February 2015

The Dark, Part 3 – March 2015

 

Time-in-Between, December, 2016  This time-in-between (between Samhain and Solstice) is ideal for gathering the power of our reflections on the year that is about to end, as well as shed light on the future. Remember the dark is an intuitive and introspective stretch when we place down our roots for coming growth. The power of the ancestors is still strong while we are also preparing for the commencing six-month cycle when the light will be increasing again.

 

 

 

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