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The sacred circle of life

By Helen Riding

I recently crafted a broad definition of Paganism as “Paganism is a religious movement embracing earth-centred spiritual traditions that celebrate the sacred circle of life and teach us to live in harmony with Nature and each other.”

This definition was inspired by a clause in the current bylaws of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, the sixth source of inspiration adopted in 1995.

“The living tradition which we share draws from many sources: Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.”

On the advice of others, for which I am grateful, I changed my original wording from “a broad umbrella religion” to “a religious movement” to allow for the many different Pagan paths within Paganism. This change also allows for the fact that a Pagan path may not be a legally recognized religion in any given country.

Read the original article at: Penton Independent Pagan Media

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