Contemporary Global Paganisms

A survey course introduces students to the wide variety of Paganisms being practiced around the world, challenging scholarly and personal definitions of Paganism by tracing common threads among disparate traditions. Students will then explore the Internet and their local communities to gain first-hand experience with traditions not their own. We will deal with issues of cultural appropriation versus appropriate cultural borrowing and consider Paganism’s position as a consciously (re)constructed, combinative religious path. A final project will allow students to synthesize their knowledge in a comparison of Paganisms that supports the unique thrust of each student’s ministerial path.

Instructor: Michael Strmiska, PhD
Meeting Day/Time: Saturdays, 10:30-Noon
Required Texts: required readings provided in class