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What is ethical thinking, and how can Pagans apply it to live in a way that is consistent with our spiritual beliefs? In this third lecture in our four-part Pagan Way 40th Anniversary Lectures, New York City high priestesses Silkie O-Ishi of the Grailwood Coven and Courtney Weber of the Novices of the Old Ways explore the foundations of ethics within Paganism, and discuss how Pagan ethics can guide our relationship with the environment and the actions we must take to preserve life on our precious, endangered planet.

The lecture took place on December 4, 2012, at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Brooklyn, New York. Inspired by the recent publishing of Michael Lloyd's Bull of Heaven: The Mythic Life of Eddie Buczynski and the Rise of the New York Pagan, the series aimed to recount the origins of the New York Pagan community, highlight issues that have shaped who we have become today, discuss how we as a community can help effect positive change in the world today, and imagine what our next steps might be together.

New York Pagan Lecture #3 - Silkie O-Ishi and Courtney Weber

Photo: (L to R) Brian Brewer, Rev. Jude Geiger, Silkie O-Ishi, Courtney Weber, Gary Suto

The lectures also featured a collection to provide Hurricane Sandy relief to the Ali Forney Center, a nonprofit that provides shelter to homeless LGBT youth. Attendees generously donated $670 over the course of the four lectures. Please make a donation to the Ali Forney Center today to continue growing the good karma.

New York Pagan Lecture #3 - Silkie O-Ishi and Courtney Weber

Photo: Courtney Weber and Silkie O-Ishi looking out onto the attendees in the chapel

These lectures are presented by the New York Pagan Alliance, the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn, New York, and the New York pagan community.

You can read more about this lecture at The Juggler, a blog featuring New York Pagan, author, and blogger Puck Zan Fraser's reflections on each of the four Pagan Way 40th Anniversary Lectures.


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