Buck Shomo

Buck Shomo holds a bachelor's degree in history with a global specialization from Michigan State University and a law degree from the University of Detroit. He practices immigration law in Michigan. An amateur linguist, he speaks Spanish, French, and Russian, and can get by in most Romance and Slavic languages. He has lived in Latin America and Europe. He is currently studying Irish Gaelic. Buck has been on the Pagan Path for over a decade, and most identifies with Celto-Norse practice.

Hey, You! (and other inappropriate ways to dialog with deities)

In his play The Suppliant Maidens, Aeschylus notes "For dear is an alien tongue to Zeus who cares for the stranger." Many of us pray to Goddesses and Gods whose worship predated modern English by centuries, if not millennia. It may be music to their divine ears to once again humans voices lifted in their praise, but wouldn't it be even nicer if they recognized their own names?

In this workshop, he'll review the pronunciation of the names of Gods and Goddesses from the Greek, Roman, Celtic, Slavic, German and Norse traditions. He'll also introduce a few basic phrases for use in ritual in Irish Gaelic as well as certain ritual phrases in Greek taken from classical sources. If anyone is interested, he can help compose ritual phrases in Spanish, French or Russian.

Pagans and the Law: An Overview

In this workshop, Buck will go over some of the areas where Pagans seem to come to loggerheads with the law, and discuss some ways to prevent problems before they arise. He'll cover the following themes in a general discussion:

  1. Free Speech/Freedom of Religion;
  2. Discrimination in Employment/Housing;
  3. Family Law issues (divorce/child custody);
  4. Public and Private Gatherings;
  5. and Planning for Disability and Death.

* Please Note: Buck is only licensed to give legal counsel in the state of Michigan, and in practice, deal chiefly with federal immigration law. This talk is a general discussion of legal issues relating to Pagans, and should not be considered to be individual legal advice.

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