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Drawing Down the Moon author and NPR correspondent Margot Adler, and Matthew Sawicki, a gay witch with more than 20 years experience in the Craft, joined us to talk about how Paganism has evolved over the years, and discuss where it could be headed. Along the way, we get to enjoy lots of fun anecdotes from both of them that shed light on how much our community has evolved (or hasn't, in some cases).

Margot Adler and Matthew Sawicki

Photo: Margot Adler and Matthew Sawicki

The lecture took place on December 11, 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.

Margot Adler and Matthew Sawicki

Apologies in advance for the less than optimal sound quality. :-(

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.

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.

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New York Pagan is a collaborative effort produced by and for the New York Pagan community. We are seeking contributors to this podcast. If you are interested in becoming a contributor, please email editors@newyorkpagan.org for more information.

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