Pantheism is my religion and the lens through which I see the world. As Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “I believe in God, only I spell it N-A-T-U-R-E.” I believe in celebrating everyday life, the simple things that feed my soul, right where I am. I don’t have a need for a supernatural worldview.
But pantheism is more than pretty pictures of flowers and animals, greater than inspirational Nature memes. It’s also about dealing with real world problems like violence, hunger, homelessness, mental illness, a pandemic, and, of course, climate change and other environmental issues. All these things in our society are interrelated. Many pantheists seem to want their pan groups to be insulated from the unpleasant facts of life in this century, and the politics of it, and I guess I used to be like that, too, at least to some degree. To be honest, it was pantheism’s focus on the natural world that first attracted me, but now I want to fully embrace all of life, the good, the bad, and the ugly, always from a pantheist perspective. We humans are, after all, part of Nature, our failures, our successes, our effects and consequences.
Some of my favorite topics here have been (and will continue to be) family, cats, birds, mountains, food, flowers and trees, autumn, sky, and John Burroughs. These things are wonderful, but I also need to talk about things going on around me that make me sad, angry, tearful, and keep me awake at night. Pantheism is a worldview that is big enough to handle it all.
You’ll see that some things I’ve written and shared here were first published in Pantheist Vision, the quarterly publication of the Universal Pantheist Society, the oldest pantheist organization in the country, and though I’m less active in it than in the past, I’m still proud to be a member.
I hope you enjoy these glimpses into my little corner of the planet.