We are very fortunate to have a great interview with Mandisa Thomas, the founder and leader of Black Nonbelievers on The Wonder podcast! Check it out! It’s especially brave for people of color to be openly Atheist in our culture today – both in America and the wider world. In addition to all the additional obstacles those of us in minority communities already face, willingly deciding to add membership in one of the most hated groups in America is a big decision (so consider helping them out – link here). For that reason and more, I fully support anyone’s decision whether that’s to stay in the Atheist closet or not – everyone’s situation is different, and others know their situation better than I. The Wonder also has a podcast about summertime in this set! – All that more, on the page here.
And I of course don’t know about you, but for me, every minute can be a tight squeeze in my busy life. I used to have a 30 minute commute, which adds up to 5 hours of listening time every week. But now, with my new job, it’s only a 9 minute commute, 3 times a week (due to Covid work from home), for less than 1 hour per week. So it’s really cool to discover that now, transcripts are on The Wonder podcast page! Audio is of course better – conveying a wider range of our human emotions – but if you are having trouble finding the time, consider the transcripts!
THE WONDER explores perspectives, rituals, and observances of modern, naturalistic, Earth-revering Neopagan religious paths. Naturalistic Pagans embrace the world as understood by science (that is, without gods, magic, or the supernatural), and enhance our lives with myth, ritual and activism. THE WONDER is named, of course, for the awe and reverence we feel as we contemplate the magnificent Universe—is that it will be an ongoing resource for non-theist Pagans to inform and inspire our practices and stimulate our thinking.
The authors are Mark Green (see bio below) and Ecologist, Atheopaganism Facebook group member, and YouTuber (The Pagan Perspective, Magic and Mundane, and the podcast Nature Guided Meditations), Yucca (bio also below).
THE WONDER is available through iTunes and Google Play, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher…all the usual platforms for finding podcasts. The first few episodes feature Arwen and myself discussing topical questions, but we will expand to interviews, music and book reviews. We will announce events, promote the Atheopagan community’s annual chosen charity, and present other material of interest to non-theist Pagans.
All episodes are at https://thewonderpodcast.podbean.com/, or download it through your favorite podcast access app.
See the original introductory post here.
Note: The introductory essay was originally published at Atheopaganism and is copyrighted. It has been published here with the explicit permission of the author.
About the Authors
Yucca is a Pagan, a mother, science teacher and ecologist. She lives in the high desert on an off-grid, permaculture homestead with her family and their very well loved cat named Moose. Yucca is a co-host on the podcast THE WONDER: Science-Based Paganism.
Mark Green is a writer, thinker, poet, musician and costuming geek who works in the public interest sector, primarily in environmental policy and ecological conservation. He lives in Sonoma County on California’s North Coast with his wife Nemea and Miri, the Cat of Foulness. For more information on Atheopaganism, visit Atheopaganism.wordpress.com, or the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/atheopaganism.