A Pedagogy of Gaia, by Bart Everson: “Solstice Connections”

Naturalistic Paganism

Editor’s note: Bart Everson will be presenting at the 10th Annual Conference on Current Pagan Studies in February in Claremont, CA.  His paper is entitled “Toward an Ecocentric Program for Faculty Development”.  Today we hear from Bart as part of his new regular column, A Pedagogy of Gaia.

Solstice Connections

Over the years, I have experienced increasing levels of cognitive dissonance around the Christian holiday.  Many slough off the religious aspect of the day and focus on the secular attributes, but I could not. Perhaps it’s how I was raised. It is a tradition in my extended family to sing “Happy Birthday Jesus” at Christmas gatherings.

At the same time, I’m turned off by the rampant commercialization of the holiday, just as many Christians are. (We often imagine this commercialization to be a process that happened in the last generation or two, but this trend actually goes back to the early 1800s.) The economic…

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