Pagans at the Parliament



The Pagans Meet and Begin Rattling at the Parliament

Before the official Parliament opening, Angie Buchanan and Phyllis Curott hosted a Meet and Greet for the Pagan community in their suite. While held in the mid afternoon, it drew Pagans from several countries, and totaled over 50 people. It was so packed it was nearly impossible to count. Nearly every presenter was there including Dr. Michael York, the Entire Earth Spirit Delegation, and David Garland (President of Pagan Awareness Network) to name a few. It was a great time, and a important reaffirmation of why we were all came to the Parliament.

River Higginbotham, a Parliament Ambassador presented the ‘Bridge to the Meeting Place Rattles’. He asked us to rattle them and add our energy. He also explained that they will be handed around and used throughout the Parliament in various ways and rituals. At the end, these rattles will be given to the Council of the Parliament of World Religions, The Melbourne Council of Parliament of World Religions, The Indigenous people of Australia, and the Dalia Lama.

Let me offer the words of the artist in describing this: The Pagan Community has collaborated with talented American Pagan Artist, Julee A. Higginbotham to gift these sacret art objects to the Parliament of the World’s Religions and distinguished leaders; in honor of the indigenous peoples of Australia and in celebration of the Pagan traditions of the world.

Symbolizing the Intention to “bridge” the cultures, traditions and compassion of the world, these beautiful art pieces commemorate a common “meeting place”, where by the People of the Earth can come together, and work together on issues that affect us all, no matter how we choose to worship; world peace, religious and cultural tolerance, survival of our peoples, and sustainability of our planet, Mother Earth.

Over all, we will follow the journey of the rattles and will show as many of the images of people adding energy to them.

Another discussion of importance brought up was that the Pagan Participants at this event really needed to move beyond simply Pagan programming, and to attend other presentations, especially environmental. Angie pointed out that while Pagan presenters are doing ritual, presentations for faith, history and even education, not a single Pagan was asked or given any spaces in the environmental area. Pagans were locked out of this crucial area, and that we need to make our presence felt during these presentations. So yes, while we have come far, we still have a long way to go to have the Pagan Voice heard where we feel our issues are most important.

The Meet and Greet was closed by Mother Tongue, that favorite Pagan Choir, and they favored us with two songs, which we are fortunate to share with you. This was a great pre-event that help us all understand our strengths and our challenges of our events.

Bridge Rattles Created for the Parliament

Bridge Rattles Created for the Parliament

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7 Comments for The Pagans Meet and Begin Rattling at the Parliament

Kathy Nance | December 3, 2009 at 11:50 pm

For a few more details about the rattle and comments from the artist, see my blog at:

I’m very excited that Pagans are taking such an important role at this year’s PWR. We have something very special to bring to the discussion table of world religions. Go, team!

Local artist sends prayer for unity to Parliament of World Religions | Civil Religion | STLtoday | December 3, 2009 at 11:53 pm

[...] the rattles. And yesterday, 16 hours and half a world from here, Pagans from across the world met  to pray that those meeting in Melbourne would be inspired to build bridges of [...]

The Wild Hunt » Richmond Withdraws from Public and other Pagan News of Note | December 4, 2009 at 10:01 am

[...] can read more about these rattles at the Pagans at the Parliament blog, where you can see daily updates about the Pagan presence at the Parliament of the World’s [...]

The Wild Hunt » The Mistress was a Witch and other Pagan News of Note | January 13, 2010 at 7:16 pm

[...] created by Pagan artist Julee Higginbotham for the Parliament of the World’s Religions. After being blessed and distributed by the Pagans at the Parliament, they ended up being gifted to several key spiritual/religious leaders, including the Dalai Lama. [...]

Antonietta | December 30, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Thanks for sharing with us at PBP. Forgive my delay in stionppg by a severe head cold kinda took over my life, and my normal online stops were ignored.With your situation, I don’t blame you for not connecting on a local level sometimes there just isn’t what you need nearby.

auto insurance | April 9, 2015 at 10:02 am

Det var jo ikke noe morro å høre, men det var fint du tok turen innom, kanskje vi finner en løsning sammen Jeg skal legge ut ting som har vist seg å være nyttig for meg, og forhåpentligvis kan det være nyttig for deg også.Har du fått infoskrivet fra legen? (inneholder generelle tips og «kjøreregler»)

Daniel | April 10, 2015 at 6:31 pm

You are right. There’s a fine line in the practical ookturwing of loving the sinner and not the sin and churches often do struggle with how to walk that line. We don’t want to appear intolerant yet at the same time we don’t want to abandon God’s Word. We need to speak the truth but do it in love (Eph. 4:15). Jesus was full of both grace and truth (Jn. 1:14, 17). He did not lay truth aside to accept the sinner. Yet, He was criticized for being a friend of sinners (Matt. 11:19). It’s not a matter of balancing grace and truth but rather of being both. Jesus was 100% grace and 100% truth at the same time. The more Christ-like we become, the more we will display both of these traits, at the same time, to those who are different from us whether that be marital status, physical or mental abilities, economic status, race, or even moral struggles.

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