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Old Jul 20th, 2011, 04:53 AM   21
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Old Jul 21st, 2011, 10:33 AM   22
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Old Jul 21st, 2011, 13:41 PM   23
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Old Jul 22nd, 2011, 06:04 AM   24
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Non-practicing pagan mummy/mummy-to-be

I found Paganims back when I was turning 16, ended up running a forum! Although i actually let it slide when I was at uni. I got put off by all the bitchyness and infighting that started to happen in my community, much the same as the old owner did when he handed it over to me.

At uni I met some of the people that I'd known for years on the forum and they were lovely, but then I also had to work and study and my whole faith just slide away from me. Which was a shame.

I still attempt to observe the sabbats, but now as a working mother it's hard!

I'd love to raise Tegan and this baby as Pagan's, my upbringing was a non-practicing Christian one and my OH's mother is a "faddy" pagan but never really pushed her ideals onto him or his brother but kinda made them more aware of the world.

We never got round to doing a naming ceremony for Tegan, we'd always meant to but it just never happened! And now she's a getting older and knows her own mind etc... She'll find her own path to walk when she's older.

I think with this pregnancy (and the fact that I'm currently off work sick with chicken pox!) I've started to think more about Paganism again. Maybe because it's been 10 years since I first started looking in to it, I don't know, or the fact that last week I caught Tegs pulling out one of my books from the depths of the book case (Ritual by Emma Restall Orr).

At the moment I kinda don't know where my beliefs stand, I still believe in the God and Goddess and I definately empathise with the mother aspect of the Goddess now but apart from that I really don't know where to go!

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Old Jul 22nd, 2011, 13:31 PM   25
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I think it is hard to try and raise/consider raising child in any faith that isn't the most recognized - in these parts it is Catholicism that tends to dominate, and anything that goes against the grain tends to be looked on oddly. Which isn't fair, but I guess that's the way the cookie crumbles. Although I intend to try raising our children in the Pagan ways... I guess we will have to see when it happens.



 
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Old Jul 22nd, 2011, 16:59 PM   26
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I guess my objectives would be to raise my children in a Goddess tradition from the beginning.. so these things would seem natural and normal to them. I actually think this can incorporate quite well into some of the conventional ways of celebrating.. for instance, the sabbat Ostara is usually on a different day than the widely celebrated Easter.. so my children will celebrate Ostara at home with us, and then have Easter with their grandparents. Same with Yule and Christmas - we'll celebrate gift giving and have a ceremony on the solstice, and still have presents, etc with the family on Christmas.

I think for me it will be harder to daily incorporate some Pagan traditions.. but those books mentioned before I own and have read So they have good info there.

I've also considered going to the local Unitarian church.. is this an option for anyone else?



 
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Old Jul 22nd, 2011, 17:12 PM   27
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I think that as far as raising my son and future child/ren I wouldn't want to enforce any kind of religion on them only because I think faith is a personal choice. I want to educate my children that there are many different faiths and that they are all connected. I also want to teach them the respect for nature and balance in life and the world that paganism ephasizes.

Other than that just general moral values and things like openmindedness acceptance (not tolerance... who would want to be tolerated ), love, kindness, compassion, giving freely of oneself, loving oneself and things like that are my focus.

The balance of God/Goddess in the world and feminine and male energies. Basic gender equality... I want to teach by example though not by text or word. I really would love to have my kids learn about all different religions and one day choose their own path like I did.



 
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I agree with you both, since you both make very valid points. It's a lot to consider either way, since it is a complete lifestyle and not something that could just be tossed around or used/practiced when convient.

What is a unitarian church?



 
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Can I join in? I've been studying and practicing Wicca for nearly 10 years now. I've always been solitary but I'm looking at taking classes at the local shop to meet others near me. I admit since I started at university my practice has had to take a backseat to other things but I am trying to fix that.

I haven't raised my daughter in paganism because I think that religion is a very personal choice and I don't want to push her into anything. I expose her to multiple paths and time will tell which she wants to follow. I plan on doing the same with any future children we have. Of course I would be thrilled if she decided to practice paganism or Wicca but it's not for everyone.



 
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Old Jul 23rd, 2011, 00:01 AM   30
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I agree with you both, since you both make very valid points. It's a lot to consider either way, since it is a complete lifestyle and not something that could just be tossed around or used/practiced when convient.

What is a unitarian church?
It's a church that teaches a variety of religious beliefs.. like monotheism, paganism, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. It has a different focus each week. At least that's the idea - not that all the churches are really "true" to it. This is what Wikipedia says:

"Unitarian Universalism is a religious community characterized by support for a "free and responsible search for truth and meaning".[1] Unitarian Universalists do not share a creed; rather, they are unified by their shared search for spiritual growth and by the understanding that an individual's theology is a result of that search and not obedience to an authoritarian requirement. Unitarian Universalists draw on many different theological sources and have a wide range of beliefs and practices."

The one in my town does tend to lean towards Judeo-Christian overtones in their sermons.. but, it is a friendly atmosphere, and I like that they're open to all discussion about religions.

I feel like Paganism, and especially the way I believe and practice, is open-minded enough that I could bring my future children up following the Goddess, but without imposing my religion, per se, and allowing him or her the ability to draw their own conclusions about what they believe. It's important to me to give my children a spiritual upbringing. But I'd be happy if they branched out and discovered other religions.. that's kind of what Paganism is about, isn't it? Finding your own path to Divinity?

It's such a big deal, raising a kid. I don't even have one yet and I can already tell it's going to be an amazing journey.



 
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