Pagans at the Parliament

by Andras Corban Arthen

This year’s EarthSpirit delegation to the Parliament of the World’s Religions include (in alphabetical order):

  • Andras Corban Arthen
  • Deirdre Pulgram Arthen
  • Isobel Arthen
  • Susan Curewitz Arthen
  • Moira Ashleigh
  • Mark Bonczek
  • Jose Gonzalez
  • Kaye Hughes-Kittredge
  • Chris LaFond
  • Kate Richardson
  • Day Walker

In addition to the following presentations by pagans at the Parliament, on the evening of December 2nd I will be participating in the Melbourne screening of the new film “This Sacred Earth: The 2012 Phenomenon,” by Australian filmmakers Billie Dean and Andrew Einspruch, at Cinema Nova in Carlton. I was interviewed for this film when I was teaching in Wales last year, along with Philip Carr-Gomm, Chief Druid of OBOD from England, and Celtic scholar and ritualist Geo Athena Trevarthen from Scotland. When the filmmakers heard that I was going to be in Melbourne for the Parliament, they very kindly invited me to be their featured guest at the discussion that will follow the screening (go here to find out more about the film and view a trailer).

PRESENTATIONS BY PAGANS – PARLIAMENT OF THE WORLD’S RELIGIONS

FRIDAY, 4 DECEMBER

Pagan Observance:
Dancing the Seven Sacred Directions
T Thorn Coyle
Friday, 4 Dec 2009  8:00 – 9:00am

Pagan Panel:
People Call Us Pagan – The European Indigenous Traditions
Angie Buchanan, Andras Arthen, Phyllis Curott
Friday, 4 Dec 2009  9:30 – 11:00am

Youth Panel:
Mother Nature Doesn’t Do Bailouts
Alana Smith, Miriam Pepper, Isobel Arthen, Stuart Hall, Tony Le-Nguyen, Josh Stanton
Friday, 4 Dec 2009 11:30am – 1:00pm

Indigenous Panel:
Protecting Religious Freedom & Sacred Sites: Examples from Indigenous Communities (Session 1) Christopher Peters, Karuk (USA), Moderator; Jonas Trinkunas, Romuva (Lithuania); Marcos Terena, Terena (Brazil)
Friday, 4 Dec 2009  4:30 – 6:00pm

Pagan Ceremony:
Peace at the Heart of the World
Angela Buchanan, Deirdre Arthen, Andras Corban-Arthen
Friday, 4 Dec 2009  4:30 – 6:00pm

SATURDAY, 5 DECEMBER

Pagan Observance:
Solstice Sites and Celebrations
Patrick McCollum
Saturday, 5 Dec 2009  8:00 – 9:00am

Interfaith Panel:
The Divine Feminine
Mary-Faeth Chenery, Moderator, Joan Chittister, Mother Maya, Phyllis Curott, Ven Karma, Lekshe Tsomo
Saturday, 5 Dec 2009  9:30 – 11:00am

Pagan Panel:
Men Who Love the Goddess
Drake Spaeth, Patrick McCollum, Michael York, River Higginbotham, Don Lewis
Saturday, 5 Dec 2009  11:30am – 1:00pm

Interfaith Panel:
Multifaith Perspectives on Interreligious Holidays and Celebrations
Deirdre Pulgram Arthen, Georg Ziselsberger, Norman Habel, Jorge Veiga e Castro
Saturday, 5 Dec 2009   4:30 – 6:00pm

SUNDAY, 6 DECEMBER

Interfaith Panel:
The Lost & Endangered Religions Project: Preserving the World’s Religious Diversity
Don Frew, Dr Layne Little, Dr Archana Venkatesan
Sunday, 6 Dec 2009  2:30 – 4:00pm

MONDAY, 7 DECEMBER

Pagan Panel:
Australian Pagans Speak: A Community Forum
Fabienne Morgana, Glenys Livingstone, She’ D’Montford, Gede Parma, Linda Ward, Anthorr Nomchong
Monday, 7 Dec 2009  9:30 – 11:00am

Interfaith Panel:
Global & Interreligious Education through Peer-to-Peer & Online Learning in AU & US Schools
Richard Prideaux, Ed Hubbard
Monday, 7 Dec 2009  9:30 – 11:00am

Pagan Panel:
Pagans and Religious Freedom
Phyllis Curott, Patrick McCollum, Grove Harris
Monday, 7 Dec 2009  4:30 – 6:00pm

TUESDAY, 8 DECEMBER

Pagan Observance:
Sing Praise for the Earth
Deirdre Pulgram Arthen & MotherTongue
Tuesday, 8 Dec 2009  8:00 – 9:00am

Indigenous Youth Panel:
Hearing the Concerns and Voices of Indigenous Youth
Triloki Pandey, Moderator; Leo Killsback, Northern Cheyenne (USA); Arturas Sinkevicius, Romuva (Lithuania); Mary Issaka Serwah, Akan (Ghana)
Tuesday, 8 Dec 2009  8:00 – 9:00am

Indigenous Youth Panel:
Sustaining Spiritual Practices in a Changing World
Minnie Lucy Naylor, Inupiaq Eskimo (USA), Moderator; Leo Killsback, Northern Cheyenne (USA); Arturas Sinkevicius, Romuva (Lithuania); Mary Issaku Serwah, Akan (Ghana)
Tuesday, 8 Dec 2009  11:30am – 1:00pm

Interfaith Panel:
The United Religions Initiative: A Global Network of Local Interfaith Efforts
Don Frew, Yoland Trevino, and Charles Gibbs
Tuesday, 8 Dec 2009  4:30 – 6:30pm

WEDNESDAY, 9 DECEMBER

Indigenous Panel:
The Revival of the European Pagan Religions
Andras Corban-Arthen, Anamanta (Europe/USA); Jonas Trinkunas, Romuva (Lithuania)
Wednesday, 9 Dec 2009   9:30 – 11:00am

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