The remarkable 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions held in Melbourne was the first where Paganism was recognised officially as a world religion, thanks largely to efforts over years by Angie Buchanan and others of Earth Traditions: there was a strong and diverse Pagan and Indigenous presence.
I was honoured to be part of presenting two programs at this Parliament. When I submitted my proposal, I had been ambivalent about whether to identify my religion as as “Goddess” or “Pagan” and opted for Pagan: I think it was good that I did so at the time, and was so pleased with the beautiful people, including Indigenous traditions, from around the globe that I gathered with.
The programs that I was part of were:
Below is an interview by Noel Debien from the Australian Broadcasting Commission, on December 9th 2009:
As I drew closer, I could hear words about the earth and about blessing. I guessed it was a pagan circle- and waited behind to speak to some of the people who were taking part.
Dr Glenys Livingstone kindly agreed to speak about her understanding of modern paganism.
To go direct to the mp3.
For more videos and reports from the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions – such as People Call Us Pagan, Men Who Love the Goddess, Divine Feminine Panel, Australian Pagans Speak, Indigenous Statement Panel and more: Pagan News Wire Collective
Preparations are under way for the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, USA in October, and there is currently a Call for Papers due January 15 2015.