Transgender is a term that refers to a range of unconventional relationships to gender. Transgender people do not identify with the sex and gender roles they were assigned at birth, and they may feel that their psychological gender and physical bodies are mismatched. Some transgender people undergo hormonal treatments or gender reassignment surgery in order to take on the bodies and gender roles that they desire. Transgender people are often discriminated against in employment and other social situations. Many Pagan communities, however, are welcoming to transgender people and allow them to... Read more about transgender
Revelation is the gift or disclosure of knowledge, insight, or instruction from God to the human. The term is used in the Jewish tradition to refer to the revelation of Torah, the law; in the Islamic tradition to refer to the revelation of the Qur’an, the word of God. in the Christian tradition to refer to the revelation of Christ, the embodied Word; in the Mormon tradition to refer to the disclosure of the Book of Mormon; in the Baha’i tradition to refer to the manifestation of God to Baha’u’llah. In some usages, the term indicates that true knowledge is bestowed by the agency of the Divine... Read more about Revelation
Prayer is the vocal or silent address to the Divine. It may consist of fixed words, spontaneous words, or rest in silence with no words at all. Some forms of prayer are accompanied with specific postures or gestures, while others are not.
Gongfu (also: kung-fu) is the Chinese term for martial arts. Monks from the Buddhist temple of Shaolin were especially famous for their mastery of the physical skills and spiritual potential of this art.
An altar is a raised platform or stand which bears the central symbols of a religious tradition—whether in a temple, church, shrine, or home—and at which offerings are made, worship is offered, or prayers are said.
Margaret Sanger (1879–1966) is widely regarded as the founder of the modern birth control movement. As a nurse and educator, Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, founded Planned Parenthood, and was instrumental in the 1965 Supreme Court case which legalized contraception in the United States (Griswold v. Connecticut).
A priestess is a female leader of a religious community, specially trained and often ordained to service, who leads members of the community in the rituals and practice of shared and individual life. Pagan traditions have many forms of priestesses. The manbos of the Haitian Vodou tradition are also referred to with the English term priestess, as are the iyalochas of the Santería or Lucumi tradition. Ordained female members of the Christian clergy, however, are not called priestesses.
Epicurus (341–270 BCE) was a Greek philosopher who posited that the world was composed of atoms that operated according to a system of natural laws. In his view, if gods did create the universe, they did not continue to engage with it beyond the act of creation. Epicurus emphasized human happiness, or deep satisfaction, fulfillment, and dignity.
A temple is a house of worship, a sacred space housing the deity or central symbol of the tradition. The Temple in Jerusalem was the holy place of the Jewish people until its destruction by the Romans in 70 CE; now the term “temple” is used by the Reform tradition to refer to their places of worship. In the Hindu tradition, temples are laid out according to precise mathematical dimensions and proportions and erected to be the symbolic dwelling or body of the Divine on earth. The image of the deity for whom the temple is built is housed in a smaller sanctuary , the garbha griha (“womb-chamber... Read more about temple
“Queer” is an umbrella term for a wide variety of sexual minorities and their allies, but primarily for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people (GLBT). Because many Pagan groups hold sex-positive and body-affirming values and accept queer and GLBT people as clergy, the Pagans movement has a much larger percentage of sexual minorities than American society at large.