(A bit ago I began my new series Trans* Tuesday, Today I’m starting Theology Thursday. Again these might not be weekly, but I will try. My goal will be to talk about issues that are important to me and have a bearing on our society at large.)
At the beginning of July I attended a New Age Full Moon celebration in Cincinnati, Ohio. The point of the evening was to celebrate and thank the Earth for her bounty, for Love, Equality, and Joy. Most of the evening was spent dancing in a large crowd surrounded by drummers. At sunset the dancing was halted for a group prayer and healing circle. All those who were struggling in anyway or needed healing were called to the center, and those who practiced healing or felt called created a inner ring around those in need, the rest of us forming a larger outer ring. This healing circle felt not unlike the alter and healing calls that charismatic and evangelical churches often do. The main difference being that there was no expectation that anyone in the inner circle was “being saved” or even fully completely totally healed. It was about the community, the energy, and the love flowing between all of us. For me it was a fulfilling experience.