The Once and Future Religion

Presented by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart.

(Panel/discussion forum with Oberon and other Pagan Elders)
The two thousand years allotted by their own mythos for the reign of Christianity has now ended. After an Age-long exile, Paganism is returning to the world. The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Avatar movies are only a few examples of how the new Pagan Renaissance is impacting the popular culture-especially the next generation. Joseph Campbell said it is time for a new myth that includes the whole Earth and everyone on it. Paganism and the Gaea Thesis offer such an all-embracing mythos. This Millennium can be ours, if we can seize the day.

In the first century CE, early Christianity bore a great resemblance in form to contemporary Neo-Paganism; 1,100 years later it was conducting the Inquisition and Crusades. How can we plan now so that our descendants will not betray our noble visions? More immediately, how can we cope with our exponential growth? Temple buildings, lands, full-time paid clergy. Legal and media issues. Securing our rights and thwarting our persecutors.

Drawing upon nearly half a century of experience as a group founder, magazine publisher, presenter and leader in the worldwide Neo-Pagan community, Oberon leads an informal interactive forum-style discussion concerning our identity as modern Pagans, our history, and our future. Come prepared with questions to raise, issues to discuss, ideas to present, visions to offer.

















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