Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Building Bridges: A World Religions Program for 8th-9th Grades

Handout 1: Pagan Beliefs

Circle in red the beliefs that are commonly held among most Pagan sects. Circle in pencil beliefs held by some sects, though not universally.

It is important to keep our lives balanced.

Female qualities and male qualities should be balanced. Neither is more important than the other. They are both necessary.

We should worship Mother Earth and Father Sun.

Magical spells can help us keep in balance.

Plants and animals have different qualities to which we can connect using rituals.

We are connected to and dependent on the natural world.

We should observe the seasons and cycles of the earth: They correspond to human seasons and cycles.

Everyone must find their own, true spiritual path.

Proselytizing is not important.

Life and death are two sides of the same coin and not be feared.

We can commune with the dead.

Spirits are all around us, all the time.

Important life transitions such as birth, death, marriage, adulthood, and aging should be acknowledged and blessed through rituals.

We should return to the goddess-centered religions that existed before recorded time.

Homosexual, bisexual, and transgender people are welcome. Their unique perspectives are a divine gift.

Circles are powerful.

What you do is at least as important, if not more important, than what you say you believe.