A few quick notes about the Actionary Pagan thingy we're striving for. Thanks to everybody who's FBing me and emailing me and getting in touch with me about it. Yay! It seems there are a lot of us thinking the same way, which I think is fanfrickingtastic.
A couple of things: first, I think I'm going to call the site Informed Pagan. I think it's less incendiary than Actionary Pagan, and also accomplishes the goal of being immediately recognizable as a place from which folks can gain knowledge. Knowledge is power, after all. I've secured the domain and will start working on getting the site up soon. (And the lovely Heather is working on a logo design. Oh, how I luff her.)
Per request and suggestion, there will be a database of Pagan practices, probably organized by name and accompanied by links to more info. There will also be a calendar of sorts--or even a page of calendars. There are sooo many gatherings and opportunities for Pagans to get together and learn and share; we need to take advantage of them.
Finally, there WILL be an Actionary Pagan page. It will be unapologetically a place of political and social action, and it will encourage Pagans to speak up and out. But I want to make something clear: this site will NEVER be one in which we bash other faiths or even faiths inside our own faith. Criticize when provoked? Yes. Debate strenuously when questions arise? Sure. But no bashing, no insulting, no ugliness. Mkay? Mkay.
On an entirely unrelated note, I found the other day a reference to Humanistic Paganism. It occurs to me that this might be the best fit for me that I've found thus far: a spirituality outside of the big three monotheistic faiths (that would be the Pagan part) that embraces human potential and science while also acknowledging the importance of mythology and wonder. I am intrigued and will be exploring this idea as the days go by.
Take care and blessings to y'all!